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Sep 14, 2014

Going Worldwide

I am moving to Abu Dhabi!!!!

Nothing like a nice strong lead in, right? Just rip that bandaid off!!

Yes, so this has been my life for the last week. I have totally been MIA lately because this was too big of a secret to not dish about on the blog but I had to keep it under wraps until it was completely legit, sign, sealed, and delivered. Yes, Abu Dhabi which is located in the United Arab Emirates, aka in the Middle East #shitjustgotreal

While it is a life changing decision, it is a great opportunity for myself and my husband. I will be an academic principal there with a focus on teacher development, scheduling, classes, curriculum, etc. Basically all of the things that I want to do. Stoked is an understatement.

So lets talk about the 9,402 things that I need to get nailed down prior to going ..

1. Packing what I can take.
Let's elaborate on what I can take - two suitcases that cannot weigh more than 70 pounds. Ummm... FML. how do you pick? What is important? What can be left behind? I thought I was going to be slick and just pay the bag overages to take an additional bag or ten. Yeah, not to the tune of $175 per bag.  I am smarter than the average bear, I will figure out something. Let's be real, my purses need a whole suitcase.

2. Selling stuff
Who knew that once you have to choose things you have to prioritize how important items are to you. I guess I can embrace the living simplistically but damn, this is hard. I guess this is also showing me how materialistic I can be. I'll work on that. Maybe.

3. Speaking of Selling stuff, I am trying to utilize all of my resources and work smarter not harder since this is stressful as hell. So I made an Instagram that I will feature different items on; check it out: @Mistiesmoving   Cutesy right?

4. Guess I should tell my landlord we are out like trout, huh?

You know this probably wouldn't be such an ordeal but I have never lived anywhere but Florida. I have only moved down the street, maybe 5 minutes of my last residence so this is a huge experience for me. Let's go ahead and throw in all of the international paperwork, visas, and hoops and it makes for a damn good time. I am excited but at the same time I have said more than 10 times in the last few days, "Is this really happening? Are we really doing this?"

While it has been a long process, it is finally happening. I still have about 8 weeks before I leave, could be shorter, could be longer. It is a waiting game now before I get my paperwork back from Washington, D.C. from being authenticated.

So while I wait... maybe I should fill some bins up...

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