On Being Home

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November 12, 2018 Sitting in my backyard in Oregon

Having traveled extensively and lived, studied, and done research abroad, I know how central the concept of “coming home” is to that experience. Of course, when you return to “life as usual” you bring new memories, perhaps new distant friends, and hopefully personal growth. You might have reverse culture shock or see your native land in a slightly different light; you might even have a great shift in perception. T.S. Elliot famously wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time,” and Lin Yutang wrote, “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” After spending weeks in places where I didn’t know anyone, I have appreciated just going to my local supermarkets and cafes, being greeted by familiar faces.

Back Home in Oregon!

 

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I’m back home in Oregon after six weeks of travel! My Kauai, Hawaii post is coming soon, probably this weekend (followed by my European travels). While in Europe, I attended the UK Technical Communication conference in Daventry as a sort of kickoff for my career realignment. In September, I resigned from my full-time position as a remote software developer to pursue a career in technical communication, looking to combine my writing, teaching, research, and software development background and giving my severely strained coding eyes a different career path. The three day TCUK conference was awesome and it added extra validation to my decision! I really enjoyed the workshops and conversations with my new tech comm colleagues. After the conference, I made a visit to commune with the Bard in Stratford-upon-Avon and then spent two days in Oxford, before heading back to France. Writing is central to my life’s goals, from a career standpoint, and I’m excited to have found a field that combines my software skills with my passion for writing and communication.