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I posted this quote on the On The Bright Side Facebook Page earlier today. Since it received lots of likes and comments, I thought I would share this here too.

— USE YOUR EXPERIENCE – In a world obsessed with youth, experience is often undervalued. But your unique experiences are priceless. They give you many advantages. Cherish them. Use them wisely: at work, with your family, in relationships, in planning ahead.


What’s been interesting for me is that since I have returned from an 8 year stint abroad, I find it increasingly difficult to actually talk about the experiences I cherish, the moments that have changed my life forever and made me the person I am today. All that international travel experience is unique and it is priceless… to me. Very few people in the US can relate to living overseas, and in such places like Japan and Vietnam. It’s a shame, really. It’s those experiences I value the most and have made my life full of value.

Time to Celebrate!

Be careful what you wish for, people.  You may just get what you want!

Just two days shy of the two month mark after returning from my travels, and I am a breath away from being employed.  Woo hoo!!!!

I am currently negotiating a contract which would land me the coveted “Director of Sales & Marketing” title within the luxury travel industry.  This job would bring me back to SE Asia.

I want to share my terrific news, but wish to hold off on the details until everything is finalized.  What I will tell you is that I am thrilled and excited and happy and have all of the wonderful feelings one would have when they are about to begin the next chapter of their life!

Soooo…I will soon have a hot little contract in my hands and when I do, I will spill more details about this exciting adventure!


On the Bright Side,


All Good Things Come To An End

After a terrific twenty-eight days, the European tour has come to and end.  The tour ended in Greece, after just a few short hours in Athens.  My flight schedule took me back to London, where I pondered the idea of traveling to Spain to find work.  I mentioned in my previous post that I wouldn’t mind staying in Europe, particularly Greece or Spain.

Well, after greater contemplation, I realized I was unable to camp out in Spain, or anywhere in Europe.  Hotels and transportation cost a pretty Euro or Pound and I simply could not afford to stay and look for work.

What that means, my dear friends, is that – SURPRISE! – I’m writing to you from San Diego!  I’m back in the good old US of A.  I just got back on Monday, and have spent the last couple of days recuperating from a long and delayed flight.  I’m also adjusting to being back in the U.S.  Reverse culture shock always seems to hit me harder than culture shock.  How weird is that?  I do love being immersed in foreign cultures!

I find it oddly coincidental, that I returned from my travels the same exact day I returned from Japan last year.  Interesting how things fall into place that way.  Even though a year has passed, I still miss Japan and often thought of my friends, students and life in Japan while I was traveling throughout the world.

My goal, while here in comfort of casa de papa y mama, is to polish up my resume, do some research, and figure out what the next step is in my life adventure.  After five months living out of a backpack, I need a break, a job and routine in my life.  I love, love, love traveling and exploring the world, but even “Shanna the Adventurer” has her limits!  It was time to come home.

What I feel so grateful for is that I am in the unique position in my life that I can do anything and go anywhere I choose.  Yes, I will look for jobs in Spain and Greece, as I said before.  And I will still keep bugging Kurt in Vietnam to find a way to put me in that Sales and Marketing position in Hanoi.  But I will also research opportunities a little closer to home and see what pops up.  It just may be time for me to settle in the US again and plant some roots here.  We’ll just have to see.  Point being, I’m open and flexible.

I have posted my resume online here.  And you know me well, so if you would like to forward my resume to someone you know, please feel welcome to do so.  If you know someone who’s looking for a person like me, please put us in touch.  Any efforts you make on my behalf are GREATLY appreciated.

Soon enough, I’ll be writing my OTBS newsletter, both an Asian version and European version, to highlight some of the experiences I’ve had during my journey.  I know many of you have kept up with my travels here, but I’m hoping to tickle some of my friends and acquaintances who haven’t visited the website as frequently as you!  Look for that news very soon.

If you want to reach me, you can find me on my cell.  It’s the same number I had previously.  I’d be delighted to hear from you and catch up in person.  Thanks so much for being so supportive and I look forward to speaking with you soon!




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