I am home

November 17, 2011 § 3 Comments

Yes, I have returned to the states. Below is the email I sent to my fellow PCV’s in Macedonia before I left. I believe it succinctly expresses why.  In Peace Corps lingo ET means Early Termination.

As most of you know I have made the decision to ET. My work site has proven to be less then fulfilling and has been on a decline for some time. Peace Corps Staff has recognized the problem and was willing to move me to a new site however I have chosen to not ‘start all over’ in a new village and school. I have a lack of faith that a new placement will offer fulfillment nor meet the expectations I have that my skills and experience will be valued.

PC Staff has been supportive and respectful of my decision, although they do wish they could have talked me into staying.

I made a lot of changes in my life to get here and I will never regret the opportunity that I have been given and appreciate the experiences and friendships I have made during this journey. 

I deserve better. I deserve more from my efforts. I have a lot to give. There is much to see and do out there and I am going to keep looking for it, just not here in Macedonia. I am going back to the home I grew up in, Minneapolis. I said goodbye to the 22 years I spent living in Kansas City spring of 2010. I have no idea where the next few months or years will take me, we never really do. I look forward to staying in touch with you to share where we have been, where we are and what might be next. 

 If I have not had the opportunity to say Goodbye … well, maybe it will be a fresh new Hello stateside a year from now. 

 Take from this adventure you are in what you need and what feeds you. Thrive. Feed others along the way. Live. Fly.

I have been in Minneapolis for almost a week. I am thankful for Mark’s love, kindness, generosity and faith; he has given me a home to come home to.  And and iPhone 4s too 🙂 I am going to take some time to settle in and feel around for what is next.

A huge thank you to every one that followed my blog, encouraging and supporting me through this journey. I have received nothing bet well wishes and praise for this decision and take that as a sign that you believe in me.





§ 3 Responses to I am home

  • Amy Crouse says:

    I’m proud of you, Aimee, for following your heart and your mind. I know there are good things in store and will come at just the right time for you. I hope we can get togetheer sometime soon.

  • Karen says:

    Sorry it wasn’t as you expected but I know you had a wonderful time while in the adventure. Best of luck to you and all you find in your new travels. Lots of Love, stay in touch!


  • Scott Wells says:

    I think I understand; Some of my overseas experiences were less than what I desired to fulfill and make the best use of my talents and my time. I believe you expressed the same. Since we live in the same place (Mpls), I would like to invite you (and Mark, if he wants) to meet for “coffee” and conversation before the holidays. Let me know 🙂

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