I am Tara.
Since I moved to the United States, a few years ago, I have found some aspects challenging to adjust to and others really easy to adapt to. Over the past few years I have been trying to figure out how to feel settled in a country that my husband and I had chosen to live in.
There are so many things I have learnt now, that I didn’t know before- what to wear in cold weather, how to look for good food for my vegan dietary needs and how to get the make the most of hobbies such as watching movies. I wish I knew all this when I first moved here. Maybe some sort of guide on how to live in USA, making full use of all the perks the country has to offer.
Unfortunately there is no such guide. Here I am, learning it on my own, and stumbling several times before I find all the best places to see, things to do, deals to take advantage of. I am finding my comfort zone. I am sure there are others sailing this same ship.
A huge part of building a home is figuring out who I am.
For me, what I bring to my life and marriage has a lot to do with how I grew up and what my life was before America, which has come with me, half way across the world. In New York, I still crave places from India that I have left so far away. I miss the everyday contact with people. I yearn for the warmth and the colors of that country. I look for it everywhere and each day I am more and more content and settled here – in my new home.
My husband and I travel a lot. This helped. I am in love with the natural beauty and diversity, America has to offer. This country is full of awesome land formations, food and art that blow my mind each time. I love USA! That was my first step in beginning to feel comfortable here.
By and by I have learned to find color and texture and warmth in several places.I found wonderful stores, classes and friends and in doing realized that a lot of people here are in the same boat I am sailing in.
I started writing so I could remember.
I started writing to possibly better understand myself.
More than ever, I started writing to share “the guide” that I wish I had for myself when I moved here.
And in doing so, if “My Takes,” can be a resource for a new-comer or I my perspective can reinstate the love for America to those who may have lost it, I would be thrilled.
I understand that much of America is now on the internet. It’s often where I do my research. I joined into the matter on the World Wide Web through my blog, having decided it’s the best place to be to share what I have to share.
These are my stories, my resources -my Journals From America.
I am currently working on project AmericaWOW. I am interviewing and photographing expat women who share their experiences about living and working in the United States, the country they now call home!