Thursday, June 19, 2014

There She Goes

I can't believe it's finally here. In less than 24 hours, I will be on a flight from PDX to JFK and then on to London Heathrow and finally to Brighton.

I will be studying at the University of Sussex International Summer School in Brighton England, along the south coast.

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of traveling farther than my extended backyards of Washington, Illinois and Wisconsin to visit family. Looking back now, I can appreciate the pastoral beauty of my grandparents' farm, the hot sun of Lake Michigan in July and my brother's log cabin in the woods, but I always wanted to see more. I wanted to travel to places I read about and experience it all first hand, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do so now.

I am anxious about the long day of travel tomorrow. When it's all said and done, I will have been traveling from 8am to 6am. I am sure I will be tired, disoriented, hungry, airplane-sweaty and generally overwhelmed, but I am excited to begin my adventure.

I have been packed and ready to go for a few days now and I am surprisingly calm. I managed to avoid the last minute scramble of laundry, throwing together outfits, and buying shampoo bottles and  toothpaste tubes. Coming from a long line of hefty packers (oh how I love my ever-prepared Mom and sister--ask them for chapstick, water, bandaids, hair  ties, power bars or camera batteries and they are sure to have it on hand), I am rather proud of how I condensed everything. You never really realize what you need for the comforts of your routine until your faced with the possibility of being without something. It's now or never. I have triple checked lists and peeked in pockets to make sure everything is accounted for, and now it's time to rest assured.
The pile. Not too scary :)
The past week has been full of hugs, hikes and laughing with my parents who I am lucky enough to call my best friends. I will miss them immensely, but I am so grateful for their unfailing support as I go forward. I have been snuggling as much as possible with my cat, trying to store up enough of her fluff to make it through until I come back in August. It's going to be hard to sleep without her curled up behind my knees. 

I will also miss the summer season at re.volve, the consignment boutique in Corvallis. (You don't know re.volve? Check us out here!)  It's a job I was lucky enough to land two years ago and I can't imagine my life without it. I don't think I will ever have a job where I love my coworkers and daily tasks more. 

But despite everything that I know I will miss, 

For the rest of the summer it is my job to push my limits, explore, adventure, learn, grow, and be present in every moment. 

1 comment:

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
    We are so, so, so excited for you and proud of your courage, bravery and adventurous spirit, my sweet sister. We look forward to reading your posts and viewing your travels through your camera lens.
    Love you to the moon and back...
    J & R