It’s been about 7 hours now since I said goodbye to my family and embarked on what is about to be my greatest adventure yet – moving abroad for a whole year! I don’t think I’ve cried that hard in a REALLY long time. Yet somehow, though probably the hardest goodbye, I feel a sense of ease and peace as I begin this journey. I am extremely blessed with a large, strong, faithful support system that is made up of friends and family all around the world! How did a girl like me get so lucky?! I am nervous beyond belief and a little bit scared about what lies ahead – but I know I’ll be okay.
These next 365 days are all about ME! That may sound selfish to you, but I’ve decided it’s about time I focus on me and bettering myself than all the distractions around me. So over the next year I will be traveling to places I want to see, playing my saxophone and creating music I haven’t had the chance to create in years, reading every single book I can get my hands on for fun and professional development, working to meet my fitness goals with 110% effort but trying as many new foods as I can along the way, cooking in a kitchen for the first time in almost half a year, running to meet my 400 miles this year and spending more time with God as I work to build a closer relationship with him. I’m going to throw myself into my job, being the best I can and learning from my mistakes and the mistakes of those around me, first one in – last one out, whatever I need to do to further my career and develop myself as a leader.
Over the next year, don’t ask me if I’m seeing anyone – if you do I’ll reply with “Yes, I’m dating myself” because no, I’m not dating anyone. I’m getting to know me. Until I know who I am, have begun meeting my goals and established the relationship with God that I deem necessary – I can’t be dateable. It may not seem right to you, you may think I’d be better off doing all of this with someone by my side – but I’ll be praying along the way so if God places someone in my life I trust I’ll know and that he will make sure I know – so don’t worry about me too much in that area. I’m not, that’s for sure.
So, as I embark on 365 Days of Me – I’m going to categorize my blogs related to this in their own separate category. If you wish to keep up with what I am doing in relation to my journey I’ll be using the hashtag #365daysofell on Instagram (@harpyrrr) and Twitter (lov3lilly). Feel free to follow along 😀 My goal is to capture one photo or memory each day for the next year to share with you.
See you on the other side of the pond!