First posts are always awkward, or at least, I like to think I’m not the only one sitting here struggling how to figure out how to write things and make them sound.. well, good. I’ve started (unsuccessfully) a multitude of different blogs in my day. This one, I’m hoping will stick since I’m actually writing about something that genuinely interests me and that I can actively participate in doing, so I can share my experiences with other people. It makes this all seem a little bit more worth it.
To the good stuff:
I started this 2017 with only one resolution in mind- do things that make me genuinely happy, no matter what. I was tired of telling myself I would get skinny or eat better or get better grades in school; all menial stuff, really. I just made it a goal to make a conscious decision everyday to do what makes ME happy. Sure, it’s selfish. But this is my life, so why the heck not. The first thing I had to do was start looking at the things that weren’t making me happy everyday. School played the biggest factor in my unhappiness. I didn’t immediately drop out, of course. Sadly, I’m finishing out the semester (begrudgingly) and then I’m taking the rest of the year off. From school, from other activities I was donating my time to, and from all the things that seemed to make me question whether I was in a good place in my life or not. This was really scary for me. My plan this whole time after high school was to finish school as quickly as I can, get a good 9-5 job and make sure that I’m financially stable. But who needs that right?!?! So, I’m flying by the seat of my pants and doing everything I never thought I’d be able to do.
I’ve wanted to travel since I was a little girl. I have a list that I made when I was like.. nine of all the places I swore I’d go one day. In my naive nine year-old mind, I’d be able to not only afford it, but just go travel whenever I wanted to. Boy was it a rude wake up call when I realized life just doesn’t work that way. Nonetheless, I’m making it happen because my dreams are meant to be so much more than JUST dreams. In August, I’m going to Europe. I can’t even tell you how much of a dream come true this is. I just put my first payment down just this week and am already putting together all of my packing lists and itineraries together. I’ll be seeing 10 cities in 10 days. This is everything I’ve dreamed about since I was little and I’m making it happen. I’ll be going to Italy and spending 4 days there, then to Switzerland for a day, France for 2, and England for 2 before flying back to Boise.
Now, I like to consider myself somewhat well-traveled. I’ve seen my fair share of the states, to the east and to the west. But I’ve never left the country and I’ve never ever traveled alone. I guess technically I’m not alone since I’ll be with a travel group filled with other people who also love traveling. Nonetheless, it’s going to be a brand new experience for me and frankly, pretty terrifying; no matter how awesome I know it’ll end up.
I strongly believe that this decision is going to be one of the best decisions I’ll ever make. I’m not going to stop traveling and telling stories and writing and sharing my love for this beautiful world and all it has to offer and I’m so excited.