#21 : The year I turned 21

One big thing happened when I turned 21, it started with a fairly small party on an island with some good friends and the year just got better and better.

First, we moved into a new bigger house, which meant that we could get more pets!

A beautiful grey kitten.

And, the cutest puppy.

It also meant that our rabbit had more room to roam.

I started a new job teaching in a private primary school, which I loved!

But, the biggest thing that happened when I was 21 was that I got married. You can read about that here.


# 20: The year I turned 20

I turned 20 on the island, Koh Phangan. Eight surprised me with a birthday cake right at midnight and the partying started. I was actually a bit depressed about turning 20, which is kinda funny to look back on. I thought I was getting soooo old!

The most exciting things that happened, that could all be posts in their own right were:

1. Travel

I left Thailand for a period of two months (it was supposed to be four, but I didn’t make it that long!). It was originally planned as a test to see if I still had the travel bug, and if I actually just needed to push myself to leave Thailand, so that I could see how strong my relationship with Eight was, and if Thailand was the place I wanted to stay long term.

a. England

I first went to England, met up with some amazing people that I met while working in Thailand, and had such a great time! I also went to visit my sister, as she was living there for six months. It was a great holiday.. and I would have been happy to have gone straight back to Thailand after those 3 weeks.


b. Italy

After England, I went straight to Italy, where I was teaching English to a filthy rich family. They owned a house by the sea side in a very small town. It should have been a great experience, but I was homesick for Thailand and cried every night on Skype to Eight about how the family was awful and how I hated everything about Italy.

In all fairness though, the family were crazy! I was primarily teaching twin boys who were 7 years old. They were given sachets of sugar! To eat raw! They also had a bottle of heated milk that they were given each night. They were so badly behaved, it wasn’t funny, including hitting a waiter when he had used the same spoon to scoop out vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream!

It was definitely an experience, and I’m glad I went as it showed that my relationship with Eight was definitely strong and that I loved Thailand!


And, they are the charming young boys!

I left early, and couldn’t wait to get back to Thailand! I was sooo excited when I was in the airport and couldn’t wait to get on the plane. But, my flight was delayed for 48 hours. The longest 48 hours ever, and it made the whole trip back to Eight that much longer! Not fun at all.

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#19: The year I turned 19

I turned 19 at a small party in the small town I lived in, I was surrounded by the friends I had made while in Thailand. It was a great evening, and I had recently signed a contract for a year at the company I was working at, so it doubled as a celebration not only for turning 19, but also for another year in Thailand.

19 was a good year. I loved my job, I met amazing people and I realized the career path that I wanted to stay with. I wanted a business, and I wanted it to be in something along the line of education and teaching English. I started studying towards that dream by enrolling in an online degree through an Open university.

Studying online was the best, and the worst decision I made. The best because I always wanted to study again and finish a degree. But, also the worst because I really don’t have time to study!!

I was also 19 when I met Eight.

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#18: When I was eighteen.

When I was eighteen, I packed up my backpack and headed off on an adventure. An adventure that was supposed to last ten weeks, where I would be volunteering in Southern Thailand in a small community, giving free English lessons and working on community development projects.

This is where I lived when I first arrived. A small area outside of Krabi.


I waved goodbye to my friends and family and promised I’d be back in 10 weeks. I was full of excitement, nerves, and uncertainty over what the time in Thailand would bring. Would I like teaching? Would I like Thailand? Would I make new friends? Hundreds of questions were going through my mind.

I boarded the plane with my Mum’s words running through my head,

“Whatever you do, don’t meet anyone over there and get married!”

I laughed to myself, thinking that would NEVER happen. Sitting on the plane, I kept thinking, I wonder what I’m getting myself into.

Eventually, after what felt like a long flight I arrived in Krabi. It was beautiful and everything felt perfect. I walked around and ate. I remember distinctly thinking, ‘I could live here forever’.

I settled into life in Thailand, I loved the teaching, and eventually told my family that I would be coming home for Christmas, for ten days, and would be starting a year long contract. They were happy and excited for me, but still had dreams of me coming back to go to Uni and get a career.

I explored the area on my weekends off, going to the islands, and making close friends on one island that I visited each time I had time off.

This is the island that would later change everything that I ever planned.


The next few posts will tell the story of my life and growing up and the life changing decisions I made at every year.