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A Little Bit Brave Is Changing!

Hey, hey, gentle Reader! 

If you’ve been following along on my journey, you might know that I’ve been a little bit of “all over the place” with this blog.

When I started A Little Bit Brave in 2013, I had no clue what I was doing or really why I was doing anything… Blogging was still fairly new and I had dreams of becoming some kind of big-time blogger, but I didn’t know what I was going to write about. 

In the end, it started as a chronicle of my adventures overseas and a major outlet for learning how to blog. I stuck with it for a while and then let it go for long periods… I’ve never been good about consistency (if we’re being honest).

And then, in 2016, after the U.S. election that shocked the world, I wrote this. In the aftermath of that night, I felt completely blindsided by what had happened. And I realized, writing about how I was feeling, what I wanted A Little Bit Brave to become.

The Early Path to Transition

If you read through that post, you’ll hear my first “new” battle cry. In some respects, I may have already been making my way toward becoming a blog specifically for brave women

I wrote about standing up to people we’ve known our whole lives who one day, when we’ve grown up, shock us with something they say.

I wrote to ask you, Reader, and the hundreds of other foreigners in my community what they were doing with their (Korean) lives. I encouraged you (and them) to take steps to think about what’s coming in the future.

I wrote about being single and loving myself.

I wrote about being kinder to myself in my failures and doing my best to be satisfied in what I accomplished.

I invited 4 other wonderful women to guest post on the blog about their own brave leaps.

There are lots of hints that point to where this change was going. They were all very small and incremental, but they began to pave a way for where I find myself today.

The “New” A Little Bit Brave

After much contemplation, I’ve realized that I do want to continue to write specifically to and for women who are making big changes in their lives and taking big, brave leaps.

However, I have also realized that I am passionate about other women who, like me, moved abroad to teach English. More precisely, I have a deep desire to help these women find or create jobs for themselves via the internet so they can make more money without sacrificing or jeopardizing their teaching visas.

This is my new “why” and where A Little Bit Brave is going.

In the next several weeks, you’ll see the look of the site change. The content will be more specific and less of me rambling on about… well, whatever. 

This little blog is about to become an actual thing and I’m super excited for where it’s going.

What This Means for You

This may mean nothing for you. You may be a woman living abroad and possibly teaching English. If so, you’re in a great place to get helpful information and encouragement for whichever path you’re on or heading toward.

On the other hand, you might find that you’re not a good fit for this audience anymore. And that’s okay. The content I put out from here forward may not apply to you. But even if it doesn’t, you’re welcome to stick around and read through it.

Whatever you choose, please know this: I am so grateful for all the times your eyeballs have grazed the likes of my blog. Without readers like you, I probably wouldn’t still be doing this or have landed where I am. For all your reading and commenting, thank you. 

What’s Coming Next

I’m working behind the scenes to make some changes, as I mentioned, to the types of content I write and adding other elements, like videos. I’m also developing a coaching program and creating a course for women who want to start or improve their own blogs while living abroad. 

I’m so excited for all the things!

If you’re interested in learning more about my course offerings or coaching, please sign up to be added to my waiting list. There are some great goodies I’ll share with you, including a link to my private Facebook group for expat women with entrepreneurial ambitions.

If you choose to part ways with A Little Bit Brave, there are no hard feelings! As I said, thanks for coming along for the ride while you did. It’s been a great trip.

 

And with all of that, my dear Reader, I leave you. I hope to see you on the other side of this transition. 

Much love,

Interested in learning more about my coaching packages or blogging course? Add your name to the waiting list! It will take just a minute. 

Daegu Story Slam | once a storyteller, always a storyteller…

Last weekend, I went out on a limb and stopped into a monthly Story Slam meet-up in Daegu. I vaguely recall seeing past events shared to various local Facebook groups I was in over the years, but I always turned up my nose and just assumed it was something I had no interest in.

Oh, how wrong I was.

I don’t remember if I took the time to research what an actual Story Slam is the last time my interest was piqued, but this time I made the effort. And I was immediately enraptured by what I saw.

I was born to be a storyteller…

In short (if you don’t want to do the research), a Story Slam is like an open mic for people to (obviously) share their stories. A theme is chosen for the night/event and your story should somehow relate to it. You’re given a certain time limit to tell your story and it does have to be a story – not a poem or something you’ve written or a performance: it’s a real-life story that happened to you. You don’t make notes, you don’t over-prepare, you just get up and tell your story to (most likely) a room full of strangers.

Now, I love telling stories… If you’ve read any part of this blog, my guess is that’s pretty apparent.

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solo trips: the importance of being a hermit…

 

 

I’m crazy busy these days between my teaching contract ending; my part-time editing and content management gig with Anna Wickham, my amazing boss and friend; and I’ve been working on a startup project with a business partner I made in Bali in November. I don’t have time to mess around these days…

It was clear to me at the end of last year that I needed to do something to get myself on track and well-organized for the year ahead. I knew I’d be working a lot and wouldn’t make enough time to push myself to have some legit “me” time.

But I knew it was going to be important for me to exercise some of my hermit tendencies more than ever. So I decided to do my best to find ways to get my shit together and make it happen.

Making It Happen

I’ve gotten better at being by myself over the years. The first time I remember taking a “solo trip” – going somewhere “fun” all alone – was when I was 21. I had a season pass to a local theme park in Branson, Missouri called Silver Dollar City and that day, I was sad.

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I didn’t forget about you…

My dearest Reader,

You might be thinking that I completely forgot about you. I realize that I haven’t written anything for about six weeks now, and for that I’m terribly sorry! It certainly wasn’t intentional, but a lot has been happening.

I’ve been serving as editor for an awesome boutique content marketing firm, Charm House.

I went to the Americas for 3 weeks. (That’s right, THREE. I had a lot of Mexican food, sushi, Chick Fil-a, and cheesecake. Though not all together (thankfully).)

I came back from the Americas and got slapped in the face by my “day job” of teaching. Report cards, special classes, and keeping up with my semi-newly-accepted position of Head Instructor has made life nothing less than chaotic.

I finished a book (for the first time in a couple of months.).

I have accomplished few (or no) goals and have failed to set any new ones since, oh I don’t know, April?

So essentially, I had a lot happen. I promise I didn’t forget about you. Nay, I have thought about you a lot. I’ve felt spectacularly guilty about not writing anything to entertain you, or at the very least, ramble on about my opinions that you may or may not agree with. (That’s the beauty of the internet, I can say what I want to!)

Here’s my promise: I’m back full-swing this week. I’ve been cooking up things I should write about and I’ve got a post for the A Little Bit Brave series hanging out, waiting to be published. I promise to hop back on the horse!

So please forgive me, gentle Reader. I didn’t forget you. I just have really pathetic excuses as to why I haven’t been writing. But I’m back, really.

Talk (super) soon,

-K

a little bit brave… life and love in the land down under…

Reader, I’m so excited to share the next installment of my series, “A Little Bit Brave.”

Each month, I’ll be posting an article by another blogger who took a leap and moved themselves away from everything that was familiar to find the next “right” step in their life. You can read other women’s stories here.

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Koalas. Kangaroos. Australia has this amazing mystique about it. It always has for me. I remember when I was 14 or 15, my mum told me she just had this feeling I would live far away when I grew up. I’ve always had an adventurous heart, but I can honestly say that I never expected anything to end up like this.

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When it came time to go to university, I left my parents’ house in Shawnee, Kansas to go two hours away to Kansas State. It was basically like high school, round two. Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but wasn’t without its challenges. The day after we moved in, I played football with my roommate and two new friends. One of these friends would impact my life in a big way, and give me the illusion of a safety net that would help me to jump into the best decision of my life. 

I decided in December 2008 that I was definitely going to study abroad in Australia for my sophomore year. The whole year. Not the measly six months everyone else did. I wanted the full cultural experience. I was now also dating this previously-mentioned friend. I was in love. So I packed my two suitcases. Whoever invented the 50lbs/23kg limit never knew a 19-year-old girl packing for a full year. You have to be able to have nice things to go out.. Aussie summers are hot… Nobody has central heating… It’s a delicate balance!

I fell in love with Australia. Head over heels in love with Australia. But how could I stay? About as soon as I landed back on American soil, I was homesick. I can’t explain the tie this country has to my heart, but I knew I had to find a way back. I was prepared to make plans to leave my family, everything I really knew, to spend exorbitant amounts of money on finishing my degree, and to create a life halfway around the world.

 

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