I'm back in Bangkok. I no longer live in Sukhumvit, and moved back to Sathorn, my old neighbourhood. I'm living in a hostel, starting all over. How did I get here? Is all hope lost? Not exactly. Because this time, I'm starting over on my own terms.
Three years ago, when I first came to Bangkok, it was supposed to be temporary. I wasn't supposed to stay longer than 2 weeks, as I was planning to return to teach English in China. But the longer I stayed, I fell in love with Bangkok, from the food, ease of getting around the city with the Sky Train, and a lot of people speak English.
So, I decided to stay in Bangkok, found a teaching job that provided housing (rare). Since leaving the US, I've travelled alone, and moving to Bangkok, I didn't know anyone, I wasn't familiar with neighbourhoods like Sukhumvit, Sathon, vegan places, yoga/reform Pilates spots, or how to go about finding a condo. So I lived in my hostel for about 3 weeks, which gave me enough time to find a teaching job and settled in Sathorn.
Now, if you've followed my blog I've shared my adventures in Israel, China, US, and most recently Korea. Everything I've been through, despite the challenges and success, I've believe it has made me more resilient, more focused, and determined to build my startup.
The last 2 weeks have been very stressful. It may look like a "care fee lifestyle" from the outside and what I share on my social media, but there are many depressing and days were I feel like simply giving up. Questioning if this path worth all the sacrifices.
And yes, I've made major sacrifices (as everyone does when building a career), but for entrepreneurs, building a business from scratch...in a foreign country (and not having a local partner), with few resources (not coming from family money, or a lucrative career), is very difficult.
So, when I returned back to Bangkok from my month long adventure in Korea, I had 2 choices. To return back to teaching English, or go find work that is in the startup ecosystem while managing my startup part-time. It would be easier to do the former, as teaching gives stability and it's easier to find a teaching job. However, I chose the latter, I applied for a job position as a Community Manager at an accelerator program.
I chose to go for the latter, a big risk, because there was no guarantee that I would get the job, but I've taken many risks, and I decided to invest my energy and time to be a key player in the Bangkok/regional startup ecosystem, than safely go back to teaching.
And you know what? I got the job as a Community Manager (more exciting news to come), and I found a condo in Sathorn (so expensive out here!). I still have a way to go before I build a new home base, but I'm very excited.
Along this journey, I've learned my optimism, stubbornness, flexibility (I'm an aquarius), faith, and community has enabled me to go through some of the most "darkest hours" of being an entrepreneur.
Thank you friends, family, readers for your support as I'm taking a new direction in my life.