In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
I’ve been in Taiwan for 6 months but it feels longer than that. More like 6 years. Lol. Reflecting back in my time here, I realized just how much I’ve grown.
The toughest obstacle I’ve had to overcome here are health issues. I have a gluten allergy and many times Taiwanese dishes contain noodles, dumplings, and bread. Additionally, I can’t read Chinese so it’s been difficult to buy food. I remember just staring at the items in the grocery store as my eyes begin to swell with tears, “How am I going to buy food to eat?” I was so overwhelmed.
I’m not the type of person to ask for help. People that are familiar with me know that I’m very independent. I had to swallow my pride here and it was an important lesson for me. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and people are more than willing to help one another a majority of the time.
One of my co-workers took me to the grocery store and read the ingredients of food items so that I could buy what I needed. Thank you Hsuan.
Another coworker directed me to a homeopathic doctor who spoke English. She was extremely helpful in giving me names of organic stores and providing me with herbs to help lessen my inflammation in my body. (When I moved here, I ate many things with gluten. It made my joints hurt and my body swell up). Thank you Meredith for helping out.
Even though I struggled with food, I was able to take this struggle and grow from it. I put faith in the universe and they sent me the tools necessary to figure out where to eat, what to eat and sent me the humans that would guide me to these answers.
What I’m most proud of in these six months is my spiritual growth. Moving abroad in your own almost forces you to look within. I’ve done so much shadow work, figuring out what Dawn is all about. I’ve slowly peeled off layer-by-layer the past traumas and have released so much. I’m at the point where the work is paid off and I notice the shift in me.
I’m loving myself more each day and by clearing this kharma, my purpose is showing up and doors are opening for me. Things are becoming easier.
I think back to myself 6 months ago and do I feel that I’m in a better space? Yes. I was feeling stagnant in the US. The moving abroad experience is a roller coaster. I know many times on social media people only show the good aspects of their life. I try and be as honest as I can. It’s not always easy to put yourself out there, but I will continue to do so.