There and Back Again

I have returned to the United States after living in Hong Kong for 18 months, and honestly, it’s all very weird and strange to me. In fact, this blog post is a little difficult to write because I am experiencing a large range of feelings, but I know that all of you want an update about my life.

I just arrived in Sodus Point, New York after spending two weeks outside of New York City at training with my fellow mission interns from Global Ministries. These two weeks provided an awesome opportunity to catch up, share stories, and learn from each other. We laughed together, we cried together, and I left feeling renewed and excited to see my family. I am so grateful for the support and love offered by my missionary family.

I then traveled to upstate New York and am staying with my mother at her newish house on Lake Ontario. I will travel back down south to DC and Philadelphia late next week before I head to my next placement, which is in Dallas Texas with the Workers’ Defense Project (WDP). WDP assists low income workers in Texas in a variety of capacities, primarily through case work and advocacy. I will join WDP as a campaign coordinator and case worker (once I learn Spanish). I am extremely excited to start this new placement!

As I mentioned above, I feel a variety of things. Here are a few:

  • Loss and sadness about leaving my HK family
  • Excitement to see my family and friends, to share my stories and learn about their lives over the past 18 months.
  • Happiness about reconnecting with family and friends and becoming a daily part of their lives
  • Joy at being able to CALL people here (instead of just using Skype)
  • Overwhelmed by the grocery store (so many choices!) and the need to repack/reorganize (why do I have so much stuff???)
  • Unsettled weirdness because HK somehow feels like a dream, but I had my entire life there and then I just picked up and left
  • Contentment

This is just a brief update and a few thoughts. I will try to write more detailed reflections as I process the last 18 months.

 

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