Game face
Charity putting on her game face

Life should always be an adventure. This is the lesson I’ve learned from decades of being a lover of a damn good story. In fact, it’s damn good stories that have influenced me all my life–from my decision to become an English literature major in college, to my interest in writing blogs and romantic fiction, to bringing me together with the World’s Most Patient Man, Tea.

And if you’re familiar with the romance genre at all, you know that love is another one of life’s grand adventures.

That’s where this one begins.

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept of to. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

When we met in 2012, I was intent on simply visiting the United Kingdom. Mostly I wanted to retrace the steps of literary giants like Tolkien, Austen, and Shakespeare. And I was able to do (most) of those things when Tea brought me over the Pond for holiday visits. But living in the UK wasn’t really an option we discussed as a real possibility until after we got engaged. We agreed that if the right opportunity came along, we would jump at the chance to settle in England permanently (because, you know, who needs California sun when you’ve got English rain for days?), it was then a matter of waiting for the right opportunity to come along. After all, just as one does not simply walk into Mordor, one does not simply pick up and “move country” (as my husband calls it).

Though I started this blog to document my journey of becoming an expat, I’ve realised that my entire life is a voyage of sorts. So starting in January 2017, I’ve decided to expand this blog to encompass the many twists, turns, ups, downs and unexpected tangents that life has to offer me. This new direction comes with a name change from I Who Wander to Charity Ever After to reflect my freshly widened boundaries. With any luck, this story of becoming will wind up being an exciting tale of adventure and discovery!