My name is Hagar.
I’m 38 years old, born and raised in Israel and live the life of a teenage girl; therefore, I appear in my 20’s.
Three years ago, (can’t believe it has been that long), in the midst of a career and after two degrees, I came to visit the United States. I wanted to clear my head and recharge, but in hindsight, I can say wholeheartedly, this trip was a turning point in my life.
Since I was a child, when my grandparents would come back from traveling overseas, I was always thrilled with their return and not just because of the gifts I received, but because of the stories and experiences, I heard from them. My nickname in the family was “Overseas” among the elders.
“I always knew, since you were a child, that you are going to work overseas”, said my father when I got a job offer in Atlanta.
Two years ago I packed three suitcases and landed by myself in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Exactly one year after I was here for the first time.
People who know me know that I’m a fan of culture, fashion, art, food and especially people. Atlanta thankfully surprises me all the time with what she has to offer in all aspects I mentioned.
Few months after I moved here I started blogging in Hebrew to share my journey with my family, friends, and anyone who wanted to hear.
Relocationotes in Hebrew was and always will be a milestone in my journey here.
Every time I wanted to share something in Hebrew it was there, not judging me. Just allowing me to put my thoughts somewhere and share it with the world. When I wrote “The world” I meant for Israelis who live in Israel or other Israelis like me that live all around the world.
I will always cherish my followers for following my posts, reacting, criticizing, like or dislike. I will use this opportunity to tell them that they have made my writing better and better with every post I wrote. They made me want to be more interesting and funny. I became a junkie writer because of them; I’m not kidding. I found myself sad when I was not writing, and now I want to write in English as well.
For me, writing in English and being able to entreat more people with my writing is one big challenge. I decided to take it, and give it a try. Worst case, the world (this time I mean literally the all-world) will lose one of its finest writers. Yeah, this is me, dreaming big. Always.
I want to be able to share with you that two years ago I didn’t understand what is the Holiday season and now I have become a fan of decorations. I want to be able to share that I bought boots and I feel like a southern girl now and you will be able to laugh about it. I want to tell you that Hanukkah is not a big deal in Israel like you made it out to be in the US and I think you took it too far.
Most of all I want people to get to know me and Atlanta and what we both have to offer.
Welcome to my new challenge… and thank you for being part of it.
Photos were taken by talented Win Colier.