Friday, January 30, 2009

A Day of Going Forward

Today is the one year anniversary of the day when I passed my Life in the UK test. I loved that day a year ago. I had made it over a hurdle and I was one step closer to settling here in England. I felt good about myself that day because I was going into a territory where I couldn’t ask a friend what it was like, and I began to relish the unknown.

This was a great step ahead for me on my path back from being so depressed after my mom passed. I had just sort of checked out on my own life before this. So preparing for this test was a great help in getting my mind going forward again. It was a baby step and it took a string of baby steps before I was able to look in the mirror and see me again.

I think that January 30th will always be a special day for me. It was a day when I got my confidence back. It was a day when I reached a goal. It was a day when I started to ask myself ‘what next’ again. And to evolve in life, I realized that growing is what I’m here on Earth to do. And that’s what makes life exciting for me :-)

This is a day of reflection for me. It's the day when I remember stepping back into life again with both feet.

14 comments:

Ivanhoe said...

That sure is a significant day for you. I'm glad you made the step :o)
I know how hard it is to start in a foreign country. Hats off to you and have a wonderful weekend!

tahtimbo said...

We all need to remember that those baby steps are what allow us to take the bigger steps. Moving to a new place is unsettling enough, but to move to a new country takes real courage. My hat is off to you! Have a great weekend:)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

It's neat that you have a day like this as a milestone. I often wish I had one, myself.

The Fitness Diva said...

Awww.....I'm so happy for you, Dori!
Good for you toughing it out in the UK! (lol) But seriously, I'm glad that you've found a new home and life that fulfills you and that you enjoy!
Here's to many more good years at it!

Alison said...

Here's to your anniversary Dori! Sounds like you have done wonderfully.

jacqueline said...

Happy Anniversary Dori!
When I was young, I'd always hear the grownups say time heals all wounds. Now I know for sure, it is the greatest healer of all. :-)

Congrats for making your surroundings work for you. I'm wishing you many years of happiness and growth.

Kathy said...

That is so wonderful. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's very difficult, but it's good to know that there are brighter days ahead. Congrats on moving forward.

Jane Doe said...

Congrats! You've succeeded at making some significant changes in your life! That's more than a lot of people can say, including me. :-)

Bruce said...

I just found your site on Entrecards. I am an American Expat living in Davao, Philippines. I enjoy reading about other expats and how they assimilate in their new home country as I do in my site. I hope you will read mine and comment if something strikes you to do so.

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

Congrats to getting through the tough times. It can be so hard and it is wonderful that you even have a day where it really hit you!

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

Happy Anniversary! I am glad that you are settling in England. Wiltshire is a beautiful county and one I visit, a beautiful place to live.
I hope that as you reflect on how far you have come you have many good memories from the last year.
Did you have much snow? It's still here where I am and more this morning!! Charlie is loving it!!
Hugs
June

Duni said...

I'm so happy for you, Dori, that this day is the day you made that significant step forward...

FromThe Creek said...

So wonderful!

Dori said...

Thanks everybody for your comments and support. It hasn't been easy sometimes, but I'm fully up to the challenge of embracing this experience. I am developing quite a dual streak lately, so it is getting interesting. Thanks again everyone :)