I decided to talk to those close to me more and wait on the contract to see if it was worth it. I did a lot of praying, research, talking and contemplating. I received the contract late last week and after having it for two days I decided to accept the job. I just couldn't pass up on this opportunity and I knew that this job was given to me for a reason. I believe that my higher power put this opportunity in my lap for a reason. I can't tell you the reason right now but I am sure I will figure it out over the next 2 years. I am scared to leave all my comforts here in Houston. I am going to be leaving some amazing people.
My friends here are what get me through all of my tough times and are there to support me. I truly hope that those relationships will continue to grow even with the distance between us. I am also leaving my boyfriend who I love more than I ever thought I could. He is my best friend and a true blessing in my life. I am not sure what is going to happen to our relationship but I am confident it will take the coursee it is supposed to. My mom and dad will still be in Houston but I have my fingers crossed they will be visiting regularly. I will miss calling them daily and having them calm me down over one of my irrational freak outs. I guess I will have to learn how to change windshield wipers on my own, how to deal with a stressful situation, decide if I should go to the doctor or not, set up my apartment, buy a car, and so much more that I rely on my parents for. Ugh that sounds horrible. My little sister will be in Lubbock and I will miss being able to share her excitement with her through her college years. She is at Texas Tech so I am confident she will be fine because when you are a Raider nothing but good things can come from that. Now, if she was at some other schools that are not to be named I might worry. HAHA. My older sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew are in Saudi Arabia which is about an hour flight from me. I will be able to see them pretty regularly and look forward to watching their family grow. I also will be leaving a job that I have become comfortable at and have met so many great people but the things I have learnt and experienced from that job make me better prepared for what is to come.
Now that I have teared up and got all sentimental let me tell you about where I will be moving...
Abu Dhabi is located in the United Arab Emirates which is the same country where the infamous Dubai is located. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the country and is known as the worlds richest country by some due to their wealth in oil. I will be living in an apartment that my employer provides. The accommodations are very nice from what I have seen. I will have to get a car once I receive my residency visa. The official religion of the country is Islam but is very tolerant of other religions. About 26% of the UAEs population is made up of nationals and the rest is expatriates from other countries. Abu Dhabi and the UAE are very safe. As a single, non-muslim women I feel very safe in the UAE having lived there when I was younger and visiting a couple of years ago. As opposed to other Muslim countries I will be able to drive, I will not have to cover my head unless I choose to and probably will when I am in public so my hair does not attract a lot of attention. I will have to cover up my arms, shoulders, legs, and collar bone while I am working. I will probably wear abayas to work (that is where my blog name came from). While I am in the city I can wear my regular clothes as long as they are not too revealing. So no daisy dukes and tube tops for me, haha!
Me in my new work attire
My dog Max will hopefully come over after I am settled. I have to find dog friendly housing which will be a challenge because Muslim people are not big fans of dogs. After I find suitable housing and have thought out if it is suitable for Max to live here, my parents will put him on the plane and send him to his mom.
I think I have written enough for today. My wish is that all of you will keep in contact with me and visit my blog to see what I am up to. I will be posting regularly with pictures, links, stories, videos and so much more. I will have skype, facebook and email so I will be able to keep in contact. If you are reading this please know that I will miss you and at some point in my life you have helped me become strong enough to make this exciting journey possible.
Here are some pictures of Abu Dhabi: