Our new year’s eve didn’t come in with a big bang. We barely had a glimpse of the spectacle of the Big D’s fireworks. It was an evening accompanied by the steely echoes from a dated karaoke machine and craggy bathroom singing, dotted with flutes of champagne, a shot of Tequila and glasses of beer. Our Christmas didn’t come with the bedecked towering tree, the sparkly lights, the mountain of gifts and the over booked social calendar filled with family get-togethers and reunions with friends from various days of yore. It was an evening of Texas sized portions of steak, fresh greens, platters of home cooked Filipino food and endless conversation on our expat lives – past in our home country (and previous location for The Husband and I) as well the present and future plans in this great country.
After three years of an expat, I’ve found out that the holidays abroad were simpler: just a table of good food, a handful of friends and The Husband and I together. Void of all the holiday trimmings and hoopla, it was actually more special, bringing us back to the core of the holiday season: thanksgiving and togetherness.
This is the expat life I am extremely thankful for and have finally embraced.
Because, in these past months, I’ve seen how SIMPLE it is (though not necessarily 100% void of stress and drama), helping tone down the noise and really allowing me to zoom in and FOCUS on what matters: exploring, learning, enjoying my time and building a life with The Husband in this great country.
And as I’ve moved and changed, so does the blog. If you’ve noticed, I willingly shed off and threw away the cutesy pa-tootsie trimmings and doodads to simplify and focus on sharing stories of our expat life in America (and wherever fate would bring us). Doesn’t the new design feel nice and clean? What do you think?
Thank you to all you out there who spared a bit of their precious time to read my ramblings through the years. Thank you to fellow bloggers who’ve helped me process this big change. Thank you to Patricia, web designer extraordinaire, who helped the un-tech savvy me to put this change into fruition.
I hope you do still stick around in 2014 and beyond: enjoying, exploring, laughing, and maybe sometimes even crying in this new home of ours.
Happy New Year to all!