Why I Said Yes To Thailand

Pssst! You may have missed the news, but I’m moving to Thailand!

If you know me well, you might be asking yourself: “What job could possibly make Anna excited for a 37 hour flight itinerary, scary jungle-spiders and 90% humidity upon arrival?” (Yuck.)


After living out of boxes for most of the past 2 years, I’ve learned to be fairly low-maintenance, and consider myself a seasoned minimalist. I am easily pleased with food choices, adapt easily to minor inconveniences, and have essentially non-existent attachment to material things.

When I moved to San Francisco, I packed my little car with 4 boxes and some clothes. But since then I’ve sold, lost, or given away nearly half of that. I’m bringing 1 suitcase to Thailand.

With that being said, on a daily basis I am much more of an indoor, air-conditioned, ice-cold beer type of girl. You won’t see me waking up at sunrise for Bikram yoga; I like to sleep in and I hate humidity. My ideal apartment would be full of cats and wine.

In previous posts about choosing Thailand, and saying ‘no’ to Australia, I illustrated the bottom line: I’m going to Thailand because I want to be challenged.

Maybe honest self-estimation is learned, or perhaps it comes with age. Either way, I see my humanity clearer than ever these days. I’ve faced a lot of challenges, but I’m not proud of how I’ve handled all of them. I’m ashamed of how I handled a lot of situations in the past. How young and unappreciative I was. Only recently have I learned the importance of feeling empowered rather than powerless, and that strength comes from accepting total responsibility for your own life.

I want to grow. I want to be stretched. I want to learn how to be a better human being.

I know that this job will be deeply challenging. I know that there will be days when I feel alone, isolated, and pushed past my limit. I know that culture shock will be unavoidable. But I hope that it will lead me somewhere wonderful, too.

I can’t dish all the deets, but here’s the general info: I will be working with a wildlife and nature film production company, that has recently sold a film to National Geographic, on a social media and web development project. I will also be spending time with the director’s sweet baby boy, and helping teach him English.

Thailand Elephants

What on earth do I know about film production? Virtually nothing, but I will learn. Social media and English translation/correspondence will be my forte, and I will be travelling with the producer and his family around Thailand, being the token farang for the first time in my life.

I’m trying not to think much about the jungle creatures. I’m skittish enough around American critters. This week I screamed when I saw a spider, and my roommate rushed in and caught the vicious beast with her bare handsShe didn’t even kill it! It squirmed for freedom, enclosed in her fist, until she released it outside. (French exchange students are bad ass. She did the same thing with a mosquito yesterday. Bare hands. She’s like Xena.)

Have you ever chosen to do something because it was challenging? What was it like?


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