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Why Are You Here?

Michelle from A Mid-Atlantic English (as well as The American Resident) asks, “Why are you here?” and asks her readers to post their stories on their blogs.

“Why are you here?” is a question I get asked countless times…at least once/week when I’m at my volunteer job, sometimes in the shops as well, but since I tend to frequent the same shops, people are getting used to me.

I suppose my story goes something like this….

-Visits the UK as part of a whirlwind European tour senior year of HS (1997)
-Decides then and there that she wants to live in the UK someday
-Goes to Penn State, puts dream aside for a few years while she dates and studies
-Breaks up with boyfriend, considers International Business
-Gives up on International Business
-Starts working in a day care, UK dream having been given up
-Gets laid off, gets job at bank. Starts thinking about the UK again and sets a 10-year move to UK goal
-Dates some more
-Goes to Seattle for a convention of webcomic fans. Meets English bloke.
-They hit it off well and stay in touch via email and IMs. They exchange Christmas presents, etc.
-English bloke upgrades his internet to broadband, starts talking on Skype.
-Tells English bloke about dream of living in UK, English bloke suggests an extended visit to see if the UK is really what she wants
-Agrees, and schedules visit for October 2008.
-Decides she likes English bloke as more than a friend, and surprisingly, he likes her too.
-Start dating English bloke
-visit English bloke. Decided after 2 months that they don’t want to be apart, so visit gets extended to full 6 months
-Goes back to US, 4 months later, English bloke comes to visit.
-5 weeks later, takes mom to the UK to sightsee and meet English bloke’s parents
-English bloke has an epiphany while riding Welsh Highland Railway and proposes
-Returns to the US, plans wedding in 5 weeks
-Are wed on 5 November 2009
-Apply for passport in new name, apply for spousal visa, pack up all belongings
-Moved to the UK 21 January 2010 (interestingly, about 2 years before my “goal” year)

So there you have it. And we’ve just celebrated our one year anniversary and soon it will be my one year anniversary of living in the UK.

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  1. Michelloui November 14th, 2010 14:57

    Wow!! That’s a fantastic story. Thanks for taking on the challenge, so to speak, as its a great story to tell. Its a real example of the Law of Attraction in action.

    So you’ve just celebrated your anniversary? Happy Anniversary!!

    xMichelle (formerly of A Mid-Atlantic English!)

  2. Rebecca November 14th, 2010 15:05

    Hi Michelle,

    I didn’t know you had another website as well, but I have been reading A Mid-Atlantic English at least since I moved over in January in my Google Reader. Should I add The American Resident instead?

    We were married on the 5th November 2009 – talk about fireworks!! 🙂

  3. Stephanie November 15th, 2010 1:11

    Hi, I found your blog through UK yankee. I’m currently in an LDR with a wonderful English man and reading your blog gives me hope that one day I will have a happy ending like yours. Happy anniversary!

  4. Rebecca November 15th, 2010 8:18

    Thanks for reading, and thank you!

    It’s definitely worth the wait! 🙂 Good luck!!

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