It’s hard to believe that this is the last time I will write for Stratejoy. What an incredible journey its been. Somehow over the last six months, I learned to connect the dots. Somewhere between the Czech Republic and Australia, I learned to fix the broken pieces and repair the damage.
It’s been an honor sharing the Stratejoy stage with the lovely ladies of Season 4 (and of course, Molly and Katie) and it’s super sad to see this season come to a close. For my second to last post, it’s time to answer some questions!
In six months I found the courage to start over, but buried beneath all of the happiness, excitement, adventure, and newness is a deep, painful loneliness.
This journey around the world has a permanent place in my heart and the lessons I’ve learned along the way have given me a new perspective on life. It’s taken me to Europe, Asia, and Australia and I’ve never been more confident or happier than I am right now.
There’s a reason why I am where I am right now. There’s a reason why I was able to finish college after my mother died, why I was able to move to Philadelphia, and why I’m able to travel abroad. I owe these last eight years of my life to my older brother, Matthew.
“Live your best life,” she told me. It sounds simple, but it’s so complicated. This season for me has been all about breaking out of my comfort zone, so I decided to continue with this trend by video blogging. How can you live your best life?
When it comes down to it, it’s all about regret. Life is about living with as little regret as possible. I’m incredibly happy in Australia and I’m not sure I’m ready to give that up just yet.
TAKE A CHANCE. It sounds so simple, but it’s so hard and complicated. The problem with taking a chance is that we don’t know what the end result will be and we don’t know if we’ll be any happier than before.
I believe that if you really want to do something – whether it’s travel the world, quit your job, or move across the country – then you should do it. Do what makes you happy, do the things you dream of doing, and live without any regrets because life is too short and too precious to always play it safe.
It’s not about teaching English as a second language. It’s not about running away from my unsatisfying life in the States. It’s about why I chose this journey back to my homeland.
Last week, I booked a ticket to South Korea. Two days ago, I boarded that flight. As you read this now, I’m wandering the streets of Seoul. I finally made it back to my birth place.
I always thought that everyone around me was changing – new jobs, new relationships, making babies – but the truth is, I’m the one who’s changing, and everyone else is standing still, feet stuck in the cement. So much of my life has changed (for the better) in a short amount of time. I guess sometimes change is exactly what we need to live our best life.
On this Mother’s Day 2011, I just want to say thank you for being the best mother I could have ever had. I know you’re shining down on me, and I hope you’re smiling at what you see.
I always thought happiness was found by living the traditional lifestyle. I thought if I followed the trend of school-work-marriage-babies that I would be genuinely happy. But somewhere between alcohol and depression, I realized that my life isn’t supposed to be traditional. I’m not made to follow that trend.
I came to Prague in search of a way to find inner peace and resolution, but a bigger part of me moved out of the country because I need to find a way to love myself before I can allow a man to love me.
I came here with no expectations. I graduated from this course with 23 new friendships, a new perspective on the world, and a new love for teaching. I’m now certified to teach English and travel the world!
I want to do big, bold, gutsy things in life, but I don’t know what those things are, and I don’t know what defines them as being big, bold, and gutsy. I’m craving something bigger, but does it get any bigger than this?
I moved to Prague with the intention of starting with a clean slate, but when we make bold decisions like starting over, is the slate ever really clean to begin with?
Well, I finally made it. I moved to Prague and survived my first week living as an expat. The city is gorgeous and the architecture is absolutely stunning. Now I know why everyone says Prague is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
There are two kinds of people – those who learn the hard way and those who learn the easy way by taking someone’s advice. I learn the hard way. I’ve always learned the hard way because frankly, I’m too stubborn to learn the easy way. I mean, how fun would that really be anyway?
So many people have helped me fight for the things I want in life and to make me realize that life is worth living and dreams can come true. And for that, I thank them and am forever grateful. I’m going to keep fighting, keep living, and keep dreaming.
I really wish my parents taught me the importance of using credit cards wisely and how to budget money appropriately before racked up 8 grand in credit card debt because I wanted a Sex and the City life.
It was a day I had been waiting for since my Freshman year, because to me, graduating from High School meant officially entering Adulthood. Ten Years later, I’m not where I thought I’d be, but is that such a bad thing?
As I peeked out my bedroom window and watched people dig their cars out of the 15 inches of snow that fell over night (and realizing I’ll have to do the same at some point, too), I thought to myself, I am so done with this city.
I wasn’t going to apply for a Season 4 Blogger position because I thought I had already conquered my Quarterlife Crisis. Looking back on all of it, and seeing where I am right now, I realize that back then I wasn’t dealing with a Quarterlife Crisis; I was dealing with a series of unfortunate life events.