Some readers sent me messages to express their sadness when I announced the change for Deafinitely Wanderlust. I even met one Deaf follower who told me that he shredded a tear or two when I made an announcement, and he wasn’t joking…
but it was time for me (& Lilo) to grow in our own path.
(If you haven’t read my recent post, you probably wouldn’t understand what’s going on. I advise you to read that first before reading this).
What’s next for me and Deafintiely Wanderlust?
Traveling around the world long-term
Something that I never thought I would have an opportunity to do so. You probably rolled your eyes as I said this. I don’t blame you because you’ve heard it from many, many others.
I’m not saying it only because I am Deaf, or that I had other personal commitments, but it has been a struggle to earn a sufficient income. Several hiring managers looked at me, questioning me “you can’t hear, so how are you going to…” I’ve read that off their lips, or even just expressions, countless of times since I was 16. After visiting Hawaii with my family at the age of 18, I thought of how the heck am I gonna earn sufficient income and travel? Traveling once considered very unrealistic and expensive to me.
Fortunately, I found a job at a local Deaf agency where I lived on a budget and saved my money. Paying rent & utilities at my parents’ were cheaper than living in an apartment (Los Angeles is ridiculously expensive).
For my first long-term travel, I plan to travel for a year, maybe more. I just started off first in Indonesia. I decided to travel in Asia again because it’s generally cheap and budget friendly. I’ve already said my goodbyes to my family after Christmas, and it wasn’t easy. But I know I’d return for a while when I can.
Meeting the Deaf community around the world
Meeting and making new Deaf friends around the world is one of the greatest highlights of all my travel. Although I can make new Hearing* friends, it’s not the same as being friends with Deaf people.
I’m not saying it is the same for all Hearing people, but the connection is entirely different. There is no communication barrier, impatient sighs or “never mind.” All I need is my eyes to have a visual communication. I felt at “home” and have a complete access to communicate with Deaf people.
If you have read my posts about Hong Kong, Nicaragua and my experiences of meeting them, you’ve learned why it is one of the greatest highlights. Meeting them also means I’ve been building networks. Networking is important.
Improve my writing skills
I’ve been writing since I was around 12 years old. I’ve written cheesy short stories, poetries, and multiple diaries. I even got one of my poetries published in my senior yearbook – which was embarrassedly cute because it was about someone that I had a HUGE, HUGEE crush on.
I’m hoping to try some freelance writing sometimes soon. I don’t consider myself to be an expert though. My grammar still sucks sometimes, and that’s probably pinching some of your nerves. Bear with me though. I wasn’t born with great writing skills, but I know I’ll improve as I write more often.
Make a lifestyle blog
This will help me more with writing skills. But where the heck will I find the time to do a lifestyle blog? Maybe I’m pretty crazy for thinking of that. I have enough on my plates, but I figured why not just started off as a hobby and see how it goes from there. I love talking about a different range of topics, including mental health, therapy, personal well-being, self-growth, Deaf awareness and more. Because sometimes these topics cannot relate my niche, so I thought “why not?” Right?
Share more personal stories
For Deafinitely Wanderlust, I want to share more stories, including in a narrative writing style. There are countless of stories that I’ve not shared in the last few years (since 2014, yikes). Despite how old these stories are, I plan to share them (even maybe boring ones).
I don’t plan to write too many posts relating to resources, guides & tips. However, I’ll make a lot of those in videos for the Deaf community around the world. They lack several travel resources, and several of them don’t have English as their first language. I’ve explained more in About me if you like to learn more.
Work in another country
My family wasn’t happy to hear that. “Estas loca, Stacey!” (You’re crazy!”) But I do want to work in another country. I’ve become bored of Los Angeles. I mean, I know I should appreciate it what I have there but it wasn’t challenging me nor helping me to grow. Perhaps I can move to another state, but I prefer to move to another country.
I’ve been wanting to work with the Deaf community in another country, whether it may be in Japan, Taiwan or Mexico. Plus, learning new languages (sign language + the national language) won’t bother me, because I always love learning new languages.
I’ve been seeking for jobs in the last few months, but it hasn’t been easy. Maybe it won’t happen this year, but I’ll have to keep trying.
Learn to listen to myself
Easier said than done though. I’ve just made that mistake again today. I have a great issue with putting others’ need first before my own. I often have a hard time saying “no” or afraid to let people down. That’s an issue because it affects my personal well-being. I need to learn to listen to myself when I knew my own limits and needed the time to take care of myself and take care of the tasks that I need to do.
I actually have more plans than this. Sometimes listing all the plans and goals get too overwhelming for me, but I know I can do it when I take step by step.
2018, let’s see what you’ll bring this year.