My Decision with Russia for 2021

We can all agree that this year has been different. I remember at the start of the year, probably like many of you, about what 2020 might bring us. I am talking about our goals, plans, and what we would like to achieve. I did have plans to travel to Russia this year to continue on with some more research but up to this point I know I have just needed to be patient. Our incredible I’m Adopted team, ambassadors, and contributors, we have been able to grow this community like never before and I thank all of you for this. When most places around the world started to have their lockdowns, we started to live stream and discuss topics. I know that this was a time that people started to discover how great video calling really is. We utilized this alot. We have been able to see the impact that our live talks have made for those who need it.

We also recently reached a milestone this year by becoming an official New Zealand Charity. This was something that I know we needed to do. This now gives us the opportunities to open up to other organisations and grow our resources even further. We had been a Charitable Trust since 2017 but for us to apply for extra help, we needed to become a Charity. This also opens up our transparency and honesty with our Organisation.

Throughout this year I have told myself that at some point I want to live in Russia for an extended period of time. I have been able to grow my own Social platforms by telling my own story on my YouTube Channel and Facebook. I also want to grow my resources in Russia for I’m Adopted and do what I can to grow this community further and further.

Last month I sat down with my family who live in a City further north of me, my hometown. I told them what my plans were for 2021 and why I wanted to do this. I want to focus on my Russian language, grow I’m Adopted more inside Russia for those adopted from Russia and learn more about my roots and the country I was born in. My family instantly told me, Yes! You should definitely go. I of course was worried about their reaction. New Zealand is my home, I get homesick but I know this is something I have been wanting to do for a while. I have been growing so many incredible connections inside Russia. I had been back a few too many times and that adds up to a lot of hours on a plane.

I will be going early 2021. At the moment I only have a one-way ticket. I will be going to all different places inside Russia, learning more about the culture and growing those resources. Those adopted from Russia need more resources and support and I want to make sure I can achieve that with I’m Adopted.

I am extremely grateful for my parents and for their support. I know that this will be worth it. The world is huge and there is so much to see.

Thank you!

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