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Things I’ve learned living in Thailand

Ten days! We leave Asia in ten days! Hard to imagine that the time has flown by so quickly, but these last days are dragging on. We’re getting our packing on, enjoying eating at our favourite restaurants, and seeing our friends a few more times.

This year has been a very interesting one, with Graham working from home and my being a housewife 😂  (can we all just laugh at that for a moment?). It’s been enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. Here are a few reasons why.

Moving every year is draining. Mentally, spiritually, financially. I spent two years in London, one year in Calgary, and one year in Thailand… I’m ready to spend four in one place! There are benefits to living somewhere long term, and moving too often is taxing. We won’t be moving again for a while (well, maybe around town). 

Having purpose in life is a good thing. It drives our lives, creates routine, and gives us a sense of accomplishment. We won’t be moving to another country without a solid reason. 

Community is everything. Specifically, a church community. It’s so wonderful to be connected with like-minded people. The first thing we’ll do when we move is find a welcoming and loving church.

Hosting people is a lot of work. Family, friends, and strangers. When 59 people come through your house, there’s a lot of laundry that needs to be done! (post on this one day) Our hosting capabilities will be less in Poland.

Quality is important. Spending a little more money on quality items is better than being cheap and having something break a few uses in. I realize this is a key value of minimalism, and we like it! We’ll embrace it.

Eating out every day is hard. It’s hard because it’s difficult to eat healthy (if you want to eat cheap and locally), and it takes effort to go places. Especially when it rains. We’ll be eating in a lot more.

We really, really like board (and card) games. I guess we learned this in Calgary, but it was reaffirmed here. I’m excited to make new board game friends and build up a little collection that we can share with people. Who wants to come over?

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