Before I get into the update about our second week here in China, I wanted to start by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reached out to Taylor and I this week. I was super nervous about being so raw and vulnerable about our experience in my last post, but there was nothing but kind and gentle encouragement. I was shocked at how many people called and messaged us! We really appreciate the friends and family who encourage us through all seasons of life. These messages and phone calls gave me so much hope, and have been making my transition much easer. If you haven’t read my first post on China, you can click HERE.
With that being said, another week has come and gone here in Nanjing! This week didn’t feel as dreadful and long as the last, and I’m relieved. If you’ve been praying for peace over us it’s working, so thank you! There were a lot less tears and no anxiety attacks this week!! So that’s a HUGE win in my book! I’ve also gotten my camera out again, so there’s a lot more pictures in this update!
Right now, I’m holding onto routine, routine, routine. My mom recommended that I try and make my daily life as “normal” as possible. Although things are much different here, her advice has helped tremendously. Moms are always right. 🙂 Taylor and I get up, go to work, come home, go for a walk, then go to bed. This routine gives me something to look forward to and keeps me from being “bored,” which triggers my anxiety. I’ve also been trying to redirect my thoughts. Instead of focusing on all the negatives and the things I’m missing, I’m thinking about all the positives and what I can have! Unlimited travel opportunities, experiences, less distractions, growth, and unlimited time with my husband. We chose to move to China because of all the amazing benefits, so I may as well enjoy them right?
Our weeks are structured a little differently here because Taylor’s schedule revolves around a baseball team. We always have games on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, so Monday’s and Tuesday’s are our days off. This week, we chose to visit Shanghai during our “weekend.” We chose Shanghai because it’s a lot more western compared to Nanjing!
This was our first time taking the bullet train within Asia and we were super impressed! They were exactly on time, clean, and Taylor didn’t think it was too hard to navigate. I’m directionally challenged, so I just follow him around everywhere. 🙂 We are 5 hours away from Shanghai by car, but only 1.5 hours away by bullet train.
We booked one night at the Grand Hyatt downtown, and had a very chill weekend. This was exactly what I needed mentally. Shanghai is very diverse, so we didn’t feel completely out of place. We saw so many other non-Chinese people, which made my heart very happy! We ate American food, shopped, and did some exploring! The Grand Hyatt was beautiful and I’d really like to stay here again! It was perfect for a one night stay.
Traveling to Shanghai for one night really made me happy and gave me some normalcy in my life. The smooth train ride makes me giddy, because I can’t wait to start traveling to a lot more parts of Asia during our days off! It gives me peace, knowing that when things get rough here in Nanjing, I’m one short train ride away from Shanghai. Taylor has continuously gone above and beyond to make me happy and comfortable here in China! I don’t know how I got so lucky. 🙂
I’d like to start writing about other things in China like, the differences, what we wish we’d packed, working, etc. Please comment what kind of content you’d like me to write about! Thank you!