Well, just 3 weeks now until I start my trek (via The Netherlands) to Australia! It has been a long process getting to this point and It’s crazy to think I will be leaving what I have called home for the past 26 years. It was just a few short years ago I was leaving to get on a plane and head to Melbourne for an internship and little did I know, at the time, that it would be one of the hardest, scariest, but inevitably one of the most rewarding and most life changing experiences. I can’t wait to do it all again soon!
I took a leap moving around the world the first time not knowing a soul or what to expect. They say at a point it is time for a person to spread their wings and go, but I hadn’t the slightest clue what I was getting myself into and boy did I spread my wings to their fullest! In fact I think I sorta kicked myself out of the nest. The first few days were overwhelming and definitely some of the hardest I have had, but I knew if I could get through that than I could get through just about anything.
Taking myself out of my comfort zone really made me learn a lot quickly and knowing no one at first it was a big test on who I was as a person. Having traveled a little before and being open minded to new and different cultures, I was able to dive in and in no time I was feeling like I had found a second home in Melbourne. Through that experience I grew immensely and really started to find myself as a person and I am excited to continue growing there again.
I had struggled for a while trying to figure out what I really wanted to do as a career and the direction I wanted to go in but I know that I have always been a very creative, hands on person and that I love to travel. Even though there are still a lot of unknowns and I still don’t know exactly the path I’ll take, which I may never fully know, I really feel that this is the right move for me and will allow me to excel in many aspects of my life. Because of the growth I’ve made in myself since moving there the first time, I know my strengths and passions more than ever and have the drive to really go out and achieve what I want to do. (Though I’m learning it never becomes less scary to really put yourself out there.)
The first big step in doing this was deciding to apply to schools abroad to get out there and be able to experience the world more while also gaining an education. This will allow me to take steps toward my future in hopes that following the program I will be able to mesh media and travel into a career. I don’t really know what to expect going back to school for a Masters in Media or what doors this may open for me in the future but I am very hopeful and excited to begin the journey so here goes nothing! Melbourne here I come … again!
*All photographs are originals and I hope to continue to post periodically during my time there whether written or visual so that you can share my journey with me. Thanks for your support!
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