You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
—Buddha (via lazyyogi)
One thing I have learned over the last couple of years is that very few things are set in stone. I have been fortunate enough to experience SO many amazing moments in my lifetime and I am constantly reminded that everything really does happen for a reason.
I am writing to you from Rome, Italy. I have once again, left everything behind (temporarily) to set out for my senior year of university. I have been attending university in London after transferring from school in Amherst, Massachusetts, but am now taking a semester to study at my uni’s program in Rome before my final semester come Spring!
I have been hesitant to start blogging about my experiences here, but at the end of the day, I know it is a positive way for me to think through my life and have some sort of log to look back to. I have tried journalling OVER and OVER again but for some reason journalling has always felt forced to me, tumblr on the other hand, feels a bit more comfortable as well as creative! Oh— and it also is forcing me to get better at using social networks..meow..
It is already October the 4th, which means I have been away for a month! This has hands down been one of the most stressful departures of my life. For a number of different reasons, I was feeling rooted to my home in NH and it took just about every ounce of strength within me to get on that plane in Boston and say goodbye to one of the most challenging and beautiful summers of my life. Although it has been a month, I can still think back to when I went through security and feel exactly how I felt at that moment. This just goes to show just what we as human beings are capable of doing. I firmly believe in pushing myself past my comfort zone, and leaving this time, I just knew that I needed to push through the discomfort. Sometimes I still consider what would have happened if I hadn’t gotten on that plane, but I know myself, and I know I needed to come over here.
So far I have learned a lot about myself. Here are a few of the highlights.
*I really need to live near the mountains.Like, I need to see them from my window every morning..
* Italy may not have the most sound government or infrastructure(can’t really talk #governmentshutdownusa) but they sure know how to eat well. Eating well definitely leads to overall happiness.
* I am not as bad at cooking as I thought-in fact, my roommates think highly of my cooking so far!
* I love singing and thrive around others who like to sing along with me
* I miss my best friends and am so appreciative of the fact that they are spread out all over the world.
* I can learn Italian if I try :)
*I am more shy than I thought
I travelled to a cool town on a cliffside today called Orvieto-check out the link! http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/italy/01orvieto.htm
If you like cable car rides, delicious pastries, and underground caves, I totally recommend checking it out! I will post more details of my trip as soon as I can. Tonight I need to just relax and get to be early. Tomorrow I am going to a farmer’s market with some of the other girls in my program. In the afternoon we have a tour of the American Academy where we will see organic gardens, meet with a chef, and eat uh-maze-ing food! Can’t wait :)
Keep on livin’
Meow. Hello again tumblr….
very, very true. same goes for skype. I miss youu.