Hi! I’m Kirsty. Thanks for stopping by.
So here’s the thing! I am a 26-year-old Drama Studies graduate, living and working in Shenzhen China. I’ve not been here for too long but I’m finding China fascinating so far.
I grew up in a town just outside of Birmingham in England, unfortunately for me, this is the furthest point away from the sea. I had a great childhood, but it wasn’t without its difficulties. My mother died when I was 13 years old and having to deal with a loss at that young age forced me to grow up before I should have.
That being said, I did all of the things that most people do. I went to school, college, and university, got my degree and inevitably landed in an office job. I met some amazing people whilst working for this company and I really loved my time there but I knew I wanted to do some exploring. As cliche as it sounds, I was always wondering what was out there in the world.
If I wanted to travel or live in another part of the world I was going to have to be paid for it (I still have uni debts to pay off after all). Google helped me to discover TEFL. I did my research and found a course that offered the right hours, study time and classroom contact hours. Within a few months I was qualified. Now my only issue was, where on earth and I going to go?
After much deliberating and research I eventually decided on China. I figured that I should experience a totally different culture and I thought that moving to China would give me the opportunity to find out a little more about what the world has to offer. Never mind the cheap flights around Asia!
After applying for a few jobs I had actually landed one that was in the city I desperately wanted to explore. PERFECT! I was moving to Shenzhen. Bring on the beach!
Now that I have been in Shenzhen for just over 8 months and settled into my life in China and my role as a Teacher, I feel like I have grown so much already. I’ve met people who are incredibly awesome, who inspire me every day, I have developed teaching skills, language skills and navigational skills (not something I thought I would ever be able to do) and I have also lost a little weight! I know that there is so much more to come.
I never, not in a million years, thought that I would be living in China, I never thought that I would be a teacher. If anything, this has shown me that you can’t predict the future at all and that is so exciting! For now, I am living day by day and doing what I love in my spare time, running, painting, drinking, travelling, yoga, looking after stray animals… the list could go on.
And now I’ve decided to start a blog. So that you can find out where I am and what I am up to now. I have flights booked and Aisa to explore and I’m hoping that you’ll want to check in on me from time to time. Who knows what’s going to happen but stay tuned to find out!
By the way… I’m saying hello from the beach!