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These last couple of years have seen a lot of new experiences come my way. New countries to visit, new cultures to learn, new cities to explore.

It has been the journey of a lifetime and I’m thrilled that I gathered my courage to finally do it.  My biggest regret is that I didn’t do this straight out of college.  I wish I had the willpower and courage then to do what I’m doing now. I wish I had started telling myself “yes” instead of “no” a helluva lot earlier.

But I didn’t.

And so instead of being a globetrotter like so many expats that I have met, I’ve been to five countries in the last two years and lived in two.  And that sucks dammit!  I should have been to 20 countries by now! Or more!  What happened to a life full of travel?!

I get that you think I should stop whining. No doubt some of you are thinking I live a charmed life and I’m ungrateful and I don’t appreciate how awesome my life is. And that’s OK. Because that means you’re jealous and that makes me feel good about myself.

But get this: My blog…

…has been to no less than 57 countries in the past two months. 57! You can follow its journey with this little link here.

The little shit! It’s gone nearly everywhere I wanted to go. Its even gone to places I never wanted to go.

It has visited 57 countries on six continents. That’s right. SIX continents.  Secretly, a part of me feels happy that Antarctica has denied my blog visitation rights. But then another part of me feels sad.  The chances of my visiting Antarctica are vanishingly small, so maybe it would be nice for my blog to visit. But not just yet. I’m not sure I could handle it just yet.

So, yeah, it’s cool. My blog. Living the life I was meant to live. I’m sure it enjoyed roaming the jungles of Malaysia and Vietnam, and standing on the steps of the Parthenon in Greece. Sipping coffee at a café in France and thinking snotty thoughts.  Creeping around off the coast of Africa somewhere, no doubt getting involved with smuggling blood diamonds.  It is just the kind of thing my blog would do. Shady bastard.

I should be doing those things. Not my blog.

When it comes back, and smiles its little sheepish smile, I’m going to take its cheesy little garden gnome and smash it against a wall. Then I’m gonna punch it right in the face.  And it’s gonna feel good.

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The Beautiful Blogger Award

Just a quick update: I’ve now been nominated for this award twice! So thank you Russell,  and Anni for reading my blog. And for liking it. Since this second nomination comes on the heels of my first one, I’m not going to bore you all blogging about it all over again.

 

 

Well wow.

I’ve been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger award(twice!).  I don’t really know what that means, but I’m gonna roll with it.

My first blog nomination ever! Thank you to GlobalAnni for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

I started this blog last year as a way to share my life with my family and friends and to create a personal account of my life abroad.

As it turned out many of the people I expected to read it, don’t, yet I am continually amazed by how much (some) of my family enjoys it, and I am humbled by how many complete strangers stop by and check out my stuff.  I didn’t expect that, but much to my surprise, in the past eight months my readership has been slowly but steadily growing.  I appreciate everyone who takes the time to swing by my blog and even more so, I appreciate those that leave a comment or two.

Living in Taiwan has opened my life to many challenges and new opportunities, including taking my first steps into the wild and woolly world of blogging.  I don’t think I would have ever started a blog if I hadn’t moved here.  Taking that first step has encouraged me to re-open the doors I closed a long time ago on childhood dreams of writing.

This award comes with some rules…

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that person.

2. Post the award on your blog.

3. Nominate 7 (or less) blogs and link to them.

I’m relatively new to the blogging world, but these next blogs deserve an honorable mention.  I enjoy them and I think they are worth checking out.

My nominations are:

 http://kennethauthor.com/  For keeping me up to date on OKC dating exploits and one bachelor’s life in the US.

http://ivanterzic.wordpress.com/ Pretty sweet photography blog.

http://bananascoop.com/  Banana Scoop for keeping me up to date about pop culture and TV.

http://seeingredinchina.com/  Seeing Red in China, for writing thoughtful and intriguing commentary about life in China.

http://storiesbywilliams.com/ Stories by William for interesting commentary on science fiction.

http://loveaddictnyc.com/ Confessions of a Love Addict for truly talented writing.

http://gsprom.wordpress.com/ Scuba Tips for continuing my education on scuba diving.

There are about twenty or thirty other blogs out there that I follow that deserve to be mentioned too, but, hey, I can’t nominate everybody.

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