T-22 days until this jet-setter puts her feet back in the air.
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There’s something terrifyingly exciting about jumping into the unknown. Since junior high my love and passion to travel has grown and led me to over 5 countries, which may not seem like a lot, but to me it’s crazy! I never could have dreamed of traveling to that many places, but God likes to do that huh? Bless us in ways we could have never thought possible. His dreams and ways are higher and better than ours anyways. Learning to trust Him has been something I’ve been continually learning over the years. I am definitely the type of person who has a plan. I like to know where I will be, when I will be there, how I will get there, and what I can be doing to get there—but God doesn’t always tell us all the details, and it often goes better when we don’t try to do it on our own anyways.
I had been planning to study in Sweden for a year or so and began to learn Swedish, research the country, and even reach out to Swedish friends to learn more about the country and culture. As I got nearer to my junior year of college, when I hoped to study abroad, I got a back-up plan in case Sweden fell through (thanks dad!). I looked into a couple other programs and landed on a solid back-up plan with my advisor that would fit my course requirements—a semester in Prague. Studying abroad has been something I’ve hoped to do since I was in high school and having a solid back-up opportunity to do so was definitely reassuring; and man am I glad I had one!
As I mentioned earlier I am the type of person who likes to have a plan and to see it through. Being flexible is something I struggle with in regards to planning. My incredibly wise college roommate once told me amidst a minor freak-out about “having” to study in Sweden that I shouldn’t let myself get too caught up in one place; I need to be open to going somewhere else—more importantly where God wants me to go. Woah. There’s some perspective for ya, eh? After that I began to learn about being content with whatever God wanted and began to let go of what I wanted. He always ends up surpassing anything I could have thought of for myself anyways. I reached a point of contentment in the study abroad process when I knew that even if I didn’t study abroad at all, I had learned so much through the process of applying and persevering that I was going to be okay—God had something else in mind; He had my back and knew the desires of my heart. Then it happened. Doors that had seemed open for me to study in Sweden began to close one after another. God did have another plan. Slowly but surely doors began to open for me to study abroad in Prague, and one after another new opportunities began to appear as I began to step into this new destination—this change of plans.
Now here we are. At the end of the month I will officially be off to embark on this journey for real, and you get to join me! I hope to document and share the future journeys I shall embark on with my best friend and the greatest adventure partner—Jesus. I am amazed every time I look back on life and am reminded of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and experiences I’ve had. I am blessed to have this opportunity and can’t wait to share it with you!