Single Status Update
When we started the immigration process, we thought it was going to take us about a year. It's such a long time! we thought, how funny, how naive of us; how far away early 2017 feels now.
Now as we reach the 10-month mark and we haven't yet been approved, (hopefully in the next 2-3 weeks) we've had to rethink and restrategize. We've had to bitterly let go the thought of me being there in March, and hope for the summer instead.
I've dealt with a vast array of emotions, including: sadness, anger, hopelessness, and resentment. I've thought and done things I regretted, things I'm not proud. I've learned so much about myself and others.
This process has a way of breaking you down, testing your relationship and yourself and taking you to the limit, I'm actually incredibly grateful for it.
I got married
I boarded a total of 16 planes
Partied with friends in the gorgeous Havana Cuba
Enjoyed the spring with my husband in Vancouver
Achieved my long teenage dream of visiting Tokyo
Volunteered with lovable elephants in Thailand
Gave my first art therapy seminar against bullying
Visited Oaxaca: food and mezcal with my husband
Donated more tattoos for breast cancer awareness
Spent a lot of time at the beach, relaxing and reading
And I'm going to spend the holidays at the beach with my family, including my husband. He is visiting for a full month.
It's easy to fixate on the long, tedious and emotionally taxing immigration journey, but honestly? My year was friggin' amazing overall.