I've been living in the Middle East since September of 2013. I moved here to teach, which I'm now beginning year 5, and to spend time with my daughter. When I was living in the US, I worked a ton trying to make ends meet as a single parent. My daughter was 3 at the time. I picked her up from daycare and she looked up at me and said, "ok, mommy, who is watching me tonight?" and it broke my heart. I didn't become a parent to work all the time and stress myself out. I became a parent to parent. I had a friend who had been teaching here for 2 years at that point. She stopped for a visit, convinced me to apply and 2 months later we moved. It was the best decision I made for the two of us. But now it's time for a change.
I've been looking for a challenge for the last couple of years, I'm bored at work and want something to get me excited. Plus I have a deep desire to go back to the US. My daughter and I miss the extreme seasons. (Although I do love winter in the Middle East. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of snow but I'm not a huge fan of cleaning off my car and driving in it.) I also miss trees and especially fall.
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it. I think it was through Daily Worth or some other newsletter. I had played around with freelance writing, but it just wasn't working for me. I was slightly bored with the articles I was doing. I found this webinar hosted by SkillCrush; it looked like something I could do, plus it would give me a challenge. I did the free 10-day bootcamp - pretty sure I finished it in less than 5 days - and I was hooked!
This has led to a discussion about moving back to the US, which my daughter is in full support of (let's be real though, she just wants a yard and a dog. That's the goal when she gets stateside!) I love the idea of remote work in tech; it was one of the draws to the industry. Plus, I've really enjoyed the work even when I'm frustrated. I'm feeling challenged and like that I'm doing something constructive.
- Liz Tracy
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