Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year, New Adventures...

Being the beginning of the new year, it seemed like a great time to reveal a little bit of personal news. At the end of January, I'll be going abroad for a season. Doesn't it sound like I belong in a Edith Wharton novel or something?

Since my sister and ex-roommate Erin's big move, I have been a little displaced. All my stuff was packed and in storage at my parents' house. I too was at my parents' house living with my brother and his family while I figured out my next move (my brother has been house-sitting my parents' house in Salt Lake City while they're living in Hong Kong). 1 month turned into three, three turned into six...basically, I was paralyzed by choices.

See I've always had this dream about living abroad, and more specifically, London. I did a study abroad there while in college and felt connected to the city. A part of me didn't want to make a decision on my next step, cause that would mean giving up on my London dream. Then while visiting Erin for her birthday, and talking over her Birthday dinner, it all just clicked. No more excuses--I need to go to London.

So at the end of January, I'm leaving my job behind and going abroad. I will be in Hong Kong visiting my parents for the month of February and then from there heading straight to London for about 3 and a half months. No job. No friends. No place to stay...yet. Just me, my savings, and my book. Oh yeah, I'm going to write a book. I studied creative writing in college and I think it's time I finish my young adult novel.

I have a very open door policy when it comes to this trip. If at the end of this trip, I can't imagine being anywhere else, I will figure out a way to stay. Or in June, if I feel like I'm ready to come home or to try something completely different, that'll be fine too.

What does this mean for my blog? Well, it might evolve from being primarily about crafting and include a travel log. I hope that's okay.

Oh yeah, what about that pledge? Umm...I think my first new year's resolution is going to be to stop making promises in my blog.

42 comments:

Yaya said...

That is so exciting! Congratulations on following your dream, it's really great that you are going for it. I wish you all the best on your new adventure :-)

Amy said...

Wow.Wow.Wow. I am super excited for you and sort of jealous. Way to go.

Margene said...

Of course it's ok! Such exciting news about YOU..YOU go grrl and live the life you want.

Cobbalicious said...

Congrats on the awesome upcoming move! And definitely include travel bits on your blog. Why the heck not?

nova said...

It all started with a girl and a dream.... I am so excited for you, Kara! I am looking forward to reading about your travels and adventuers. Vicarious living at its best!

Nonnahs said...

Wow, Kara! What incredibly exciting news! And yes, of course it's okay- are you kidding? I'd be sad if you didn't take us along. ;) Cheers to you for following your dreams- I wish you a wonderfully adventurous '08!

Chris said...

Wow! That is really cool - and really brave of you! Do you have any UK bloggers that you'll be visiting? And I love multipurpose blogs - I think they end up being more interesting. :)

amanda said...

Your plans sound beautiful and exciting! I look forward to your travel entries this year :)

amy said...

Wow! Congrats to you for following your heart! I can't wait to hear all about your travels. I know you have a little time before you leave, but safe travels!

Melissa said...

Oh, congratulations! I love hearing about people taking risks and going for it. And you know what's funny, I wrote the same comment to your sister when she moved. Funny, huh? I can't wait to hear about your adventures!!

Lauren said...

How exciting! I'll be staying tuned to your blog, whether it's knitting or traveling - I love hearing about both!

sulafaye said...

Wheeeeeeee! Can I come? That is really quite wonderful, and I'm so proud and inspired that you are following two dreams at once! Please do keep us posted! I'm going to be in Ireland for a bit this summer and you'd better believe if I get to hop the channel I'll be looking you up! ;)

Lisa said...

It sounds like an amazing plan!

sulafaye said...

P.S. Thought I should clarify my earlier comment so you don't think I'm a total geography idiot. I hope to be in Ireland and on the continent but I'm still planning. Might have to make a few changes...

ty & megs said...

that sounds awesome kara! i'm so excited for you and your big adventure.

Christy said...

Wow! Go for it, what a great and scary (in an exciting way) idea. Good luck

MaC said...

You go, Girl! I'm so excited for you. I wish I had that same kind of courage and determination. 2008 is looking good for you.
MaC aka martha

Kaet said...

very exciting! london is amazing and i am sure you will make new friends in no time! enjoy the time with your parents, and i hope all goes fantastically in london! please keep us posted on your adventures, your book, and your knitting! hey- it's your blog, you make it whatever you want and we will love it no matter what!
what an exciting time- my dad has been living in the cotswolds for over three years and visiting england is always a pleasure. and travel from london to the rest of europe is so easy and cheap too!

Denise said...

Oh I do hope you keep on blogging, I am originally from the UK so I'd love to read all about your travels and how you're enjoying London. I'm from 'up north' but I lived in Suffolk (just an hour north of London) for 10 years before coming to the US with my hubby (who is from CA.) :-)

tiennieknits said...

I have that same dream too! I can't wait to see your travels since I can't up and move. Happy New Year!

The Happy College Knitter said...

Oh my goodness! Talk about a change to your 2008! That's very exciting news indeed, I'm sure once you're there everything will fall in place and you'll know if it's still the right fit for you. And of course I'll still read about your travel adventures, who are we kidding? :)

AmyArtisan said...

What great news to start the new year with Kara! Yay for you - I look forward to reading/seeing where your journey takes you! :)

Lisa C. said...

You are so smart to do this. No matter how long it lasts, you will have this wonderful experience to look back on. Good luck. Stay safe.

amanda said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful decision! I am totally excited for you. Can't wait to see what 2008 will bring for you around the world.

And, good job on all those posts in December - I am finally caught up with reading!

Steph said...

Wow Kara, that's amazing! Things always work out to the best when you follow your dreams!

Lolly said...

An amazing step forward - good for you for living the life YOU want to live. I am inspired by your choice to do this. I look forward to reading much more about your adventures abroad. I will live vicariously through you until my own time comes :)

best wishes, Kara!

Bobbi said...

oh my gosh! I'm so happy for you! And Jealous! wow! I can't wait to read about your travel adventures!

I'll be in London in April!

Meg said...

Wow, that is awesome, and not just because I have a minor in writing and thing for young adult lit either. You must keep us updated! I want to live vicariously!

Asappa said...

Congratulations! I am very excited for you and inspired by you to live the life you want! Tou will have to read the Marian Keyes books on the plane! They are ‘Chick Lit’ but great for travel, and ‘Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married’ takes place in Lodon! I might have to come visit, once you find all the good LYS of course!

WandaWoman said...

Congratulations on your exciting news! That is wonderful. Good luck going to London. I think you will have the time of your life. Way to go and live your dream.

You may want to look up some English bloggers before you get there too.

Heather Joins The Round said...

How fantastic! I'm so happy for you!

Heather Joins The Round said...

How fantastic! I'm so happy for you!

Disentangled said...

congrats! what an exciting adventure! it will be an amazing experience no matter what you decide to do in the end. have fun and i look forward to reading about your travels!

the Lady said...

Congratulations, that is so cool! Have so much fun!

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artmomma said...

Holy smokes you are so awesome. What a fabulous opportunity! Have a lovely time.

knitseashore said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you (and envious too!). It's hard to make a big decision like that but once you do it is totally worth it. I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Happy Jo said...

Hurray! I am so excited about your upcoming adventure...I also want an autographed copy of your novel! Boy, do I need something good to read! Love ya!

Keepin' up with the Jones' said...

kara, london will be a better city with you there. i can't wait to read the YA fiction novel. I always loved when you gave us updates in college about it! I can't wait to hear about your adventures abroad!!

a friend to knit with said...

ok. that is just about the most exciting thing! ever!
it is a fantastic decision. there are only certain times in ones life where things like this can be done. i am so excited for you and the journey ahead. and yes.....you best take us along!

Octopus Knits said...

Wowie! That sounds exciting - I look forward to hearing about your travels : )

Knitting Novice said...

OMG! You are so lucky! You better blog about your travels. I can't wait to read about it. Did you read Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray Love? She writes about traveling and searching for God. You could so write about life in London and knitting. You are so lucky!