The votes are in. If I continue to write (and have non-China posts) you guys said you’d stay for the ride!
Woot! Have a cookie.
I am taking baby steps and starting a ’10 Day Challenge’ because quite frankly there is very few material out there on the Internets for a ’30 Day Challenge’ which isn’t completely narcissistically driven, entirely self-absorbed drivel (ain’t nobody got time for that crap).
So the headlines for the next 10 Days (courtesy of http://blog.wendycphotography.com/2012/05/ten-day-blog-challenge-ten-reasons-you-love-your-job/) are:
10 reasons you love your job.
9 things about yourself.
8 ways to win your heart (ugh).
7 things that cross your mind a lot.
6 things you wish you had never done (ruh roh).
5 people who mean a lot (in no particular order).
4 turn offs.
3 turn ons (reowr).
2 emotions describing life right now.
1 confession (gulp).
Let’s get cracking then!
10 reasons I love my job:
Reason one: It’s new. Starting September I will be working at an art institute in the great city of Beijing. I have officially left my job of English Teacher in polluted Shijiazhuang, and am looking forward to a different flavour of smog in the big smoke capital of China.
Reason two: I will be surrounded by art people! This makes me immensely happy. The creative vibe will be buzzing 24/7 and I cannot wait to channel it.
Reason three: The art institute, also known as Kede, is rather rich. Think ‘we just built a brand new 3D capable cinema for our students to showcase their work because we can’ rich. The campus is also very gorgeous and well designed (very few hints of terrible Chinese architecture).
Reason four: I will be officially contracted to three working days per week. Hello free time, how you doin?
Reason five: The pay for such an absurdly low amount of work is actually real world money! And the location of the institute, being very isolated from the centre of Beijing, means I will actually save it.
Reason six: I am nowhere near finished with traversing the world, and being able to stay in China because of this job means I am a wee bit closer to every other country than NZ is.
Reason six: Networking potential in China is immeasurable. There is just so much happening here and I want to be a part of it.
Reason seven: I can continue learning Mandarin in an environment which will help me a lot more than NZ could. I really want this skill to develop
Reason eight: I will be working with someone I know, a radtastic girl from Iowa called Sarah (she will read this and probably laugh/accept me as the coolest being ever/laugh some more).
Reason nine: The institute has ties to international school such as New York Film Academy and California Institute of Art and Design (fingers crossed the foreign teachers can go on ‘school trips’).
Reason ten: I think it will lead to something much bigger for me. Don’t ask me what that is. But I have a hunch this could end up being much more than I expected.