A to Z of Me – E

A to Z of Me – The Letter E:

Ehime– After I graduated with my undergrad, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I moved to Japan to teach English. I lived in a very small town called Tanbara in Ehime-ken. Ehime is a prefecture on Shikoku, which is the smallest of the main four islands that make up Japan. It’s sort of seen as the backwoods Alabama of Japan, which isn’t totally wrong. But the thing is, it’s probably one of the loveliest places in the world with people who are so utterly kind that it’s mind boggling. I lived there for a year. My town, Tanbara, was tiny and full of such interesting and amazing friends. My Tanbara-brother, Duncan, who was the other English-teacher in my town, now lives in Tokyo and is in a successful band, the Watanabes. Check them out!!

I wish I had stayed longer, but I had some personal things going on in my life at the time that made me leave. To be honest, I was pretty miserable there, but that’s pretty solely due to my Ex, who I lived with when we were there. I won’t get into that, but that was a very negative situation, and I’m so glad I’m out of it. The one really amazing thing to come out of it was that after being with someone who made me so unhappy, it really puts everything into perspective with my life with my husband. Having that tough time in the past makes me appreciate how happy I am and how loved I am now.

Excitable– I guess I am excitable. I like to think that I’m not, but my husband says that I am. He also wants to remind everyone that I’m annoying. What a (lovable) jerk.

England– For Grad school, I moved to London. I lived in Shoreditch, which is on the east side of Zone 1. Living in London was an amazing experience for me. I made some wonderful friends, although now that I’m back in the US, I miss them a lot.

One of my best friends from London is someone that I knew from AT&T, where I worked before moving there. We learned that we were both moving to England at the same time, although she was going to a smaller town called Preston. Even though we knew each other before, our friendship was really cemented while we were in the UK together. And now, she’s back! I hope I can go visit her some time while she’s there working on her PhD…

Emotional– So, my birthday is in July, and I am a cancer. Cancers are known for being emotional, and boy is that correct! I try to keep it in, but it gets hard sometimes. I’ve heard that it’s a strength of mine, but it’s also a weakness.


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