At this very moment I am sitting at my desk, alternating my foot from a bucket of ice water to a hot compress. Yesterday, I tripped and fell flat on my face. (Don’t worry, nothing is broken. Just a bruised foot…and ego).
Back home, my family recently celebrated my nephew’s birthday with a jungle-themed party. Friends are heading to the beach to enjoy the sunny So-Cal weather. (Please, stop posting pictures of your In n Out burgers. It’s torture! Please.)
Here, the rainy season has officially started. But the heat – oh the heat – it doesn’t stop.
On top of that, building our lives here is taking longer than expected. You see, we don’t live in the expat bubble. I wasn’t sent here on the dime of an international employer. My immigration, bank account, driver’s license, car etc. was not arranged for me. All of this has been done by scratch, with the help of family and friends of course.
My point? The initial allure and adventure of moving abroad is fading away.
Is it time to pack our bags and go home? Heck no!
This is only the beginning. Just like any new endeavor, whether your starting a new business or learning how to play the guitar, you will experience The Dip. (Coined by one of my heroes, Seth Godin)
When The Dip comes – and it will – you must decide. Is it time to cut your losses and move on? Is my heart into this? Am I trying my best….and can I be the best?
Not easy questions to answer.
Yes, I’m in the dip. The good news? Next week I finally get my car. Business is getting even better. And, they just opened a Krispy Kreme right outside my village.
It’s all about celebrating the small successes and taking a realistic step back to evaluate where you are at – and where you want to be.
And right now, I want to be in line for a fresh Krispy Kreme donut!