When I stumbled upon The Girl Who Wanders’ 2017 Reading Challenge I jumped at the chance to take it on! #2017TGWW #ChallengeAccepted
Moving abroad is terrifying. It’s isolating and it’s hard. While I’ve been lucky to have had a fairly smooth transition as far as finding work, and being able to stay in my friends’ absolutely lovely house in Battersea; and while it’s so easy to take a million beautiful photos of this city and fill instagram and Facebook with celebratory updates, in real life I’ve been ridden with a sometimes crippling anxiety since the moment my plane touched down at Gatwick.
Happy February, Wanderlusters!
If you’ve been following along on social media, then you may already know that January was a very big month for me. In the first week of the month I called Her Majesty’s Passport Office. I had been checking in so often that I expected nothing from the phone call. In fact, I was only calling to make 100% sure they had my new phone number on file, you know, in case they needed to call me and ask for 235 more documents… Instead, I was put on hold for a couple minutes. A new gentleman greeted me on the line and confirmed my name and date of birth again. Here we go, I thought. It’s going to be like when I call the phone company and get transferred to a million departments –
“Well Miss Dunnings, I have good news”
I gave up many parts of myself in 2014. I saw my ugliest self, and my most vulnerable self, and thankfully through that regained many of the pieces I had lost, as well as finding new guts along the way that I wasn’t sure I possessed.
It was a year of giving things up, letting things go, living things down, and simply getting through.