Monday, May 18, 2009

Dear friends

For those of you who don't already know, I am excited to announce that I will be joining the US Foreign Service.  That means that in less than a year, Dave and I will be moving overseas for two years to work for the State Department at an embassy or consulate.  This past year I have been going through the process of applying--taking exams, getting clearances--and now I finally received an offer to start training in June.  It is both exciting and daunting to have no clue where we will be sent.  Because this is not a typical career path, many of my friends and family members are apprehensive.   I started this blog to 
  1. clarify the confusing aspects of this lifestyle
  2. inspire and assist others interested in this career path
  3. keep track of the small wonders in life  
I have about a month now to rehabilitate the right side of my brain before I dive back into the books.  Dave and I are looking forward to watching movies, reading books, taking our wedding photos out of a ziplock bag, and sending handwritten letters (gasp!).  I'll end with some good advice found on happy cavalier:

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  1. Best of luck to you. I have added a link to your blog on my blogroll of 100+ FS blogs at

    On a happy note, if you are in the Jne A-100, I can vouch for the awesomeness of at least one of your classmates. I served with her overseas when she was the OMS (Office Management Specialist) for our CG (don't worry. You'll learn all the acronyms and soon be incapable of speaking without them!). After about 5 years in the service as a Foreign Service Specialist, she decided to convert to being a Foreign Service Officer. I'd serve with her anywhere (about the highest compliment you can give in the Foreign Service), and I think she will make a fabulous officer. I'll leave it to you to figure out which one, of all the incredible people you will be in A-100 with, that she is!

    Good luck and congrats!

  2. Wow! That's amazing. Best of luck.