I can hardly believe a month has already passed. That said, I already feel so settled here that it feels like I have been here forever.
In this first month I have done so much more than I would in the average January…
I have a fantastic group of friends; likeminded girls and guys who are all friendly, outgoing and fun and we all share the goal of making the most of this amazing experience. So far we have been to BBQs on the beach and at a friend’s house, visited other company compounds (one with the most amazing beach), eaten out in lots of restaurants, cooked dinner for friends, been shopping in the most fantastic malls (and worn an Abaya), marvelled at the fact I have date palms and parrots in my front garden, started a new job, started learning Arabic and last, but definitely not least, enjoyed the sunshine!
It’s a strange thing living on a compound. As you know I’m sharing a lovely 3-bed house with another girl, we have everything we could possibly need either in camp or a shot bus ride away, and although we are technically living in Saudi Arabia sometimes I can’t help but feel it’s a bit of a suspended reality. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. It’s nice to live in a safe, multi-cultural community where everyone is friendly and goes out of their way to help if you need help.
Work is still relatively quiet but I’m starting to feel like part of the team and that I belong there. And I have stopped trying to log on using the login details from my old job in Scotland!!
The best thing about being here is how I feel about myself. For the first time in what feels like a very long time I feel calm, settled and positive about my future. I feel like there are endless possibilities just waiting to be grasped and I’m living life to the full and making the most of everything. And, yes, there’s always going to be that part of my brain that says I need to be slimmer, fitter, dress nicer, look better, etc. But you know what, that voice isn’t so loud or important anymore and I love feeling HAPPY!!!