Today I am 29 years old. Well, for my timezone anyway. When this journal publishes, it will still be April 23rd for most of the people who follow me enough to read this when it pops up. My past three birthdays have been spent in China, which can leave me a little forlorn around this time of year. I miss my family, but I can see them in the summer.
I've been living in Beijing for over a year now. My time here has been good so far, and I am glad I chose to travel here to teach. My school has recently decided it wants to renew my contract for one more year, so I will be living and working in China for at least one more year. This makes me happy because I can do so much more now.
My language skills aren't that good, but I'm gradually improving. I get out and sightsee as often as I can, and at this point, I have seen most of the temples and historic places within the old city limits. Most days after work I go straight to the gym afterwards, and I am pleased to say I am maintaining the steady weight loss I started last summer.
I'm certainly going to be here when I turn 30, which is another milestone of life that has been gradually creeping up on me.
Never think you can't make a change in your life. It is always possible, regardless of how desperate your circumstances may be.
Watching: Chinese TV
Eating: I'm on a strict nutrition plan
Drinking: Water and Green tea exclusively