September Changes Everything

September 1st has always felt significant. It’s the scent of fresh notebooks and pencils, new skirts and dresses, warm chai tea lattes and pumpkin bread. September reminds people that it’s time to change in its own unique, September way.

I remember exactly a year ago September 1st, I woke up and decided, “That’s it. I’ve had enough.” I had spent most of my summer moping, coping with the culturally mocked but entirely legitimate reverse culture shock. Waking up on September 1st felt like blinking through dust and cobwebs, as if I had been sleeping in some forgotten corner for months.

This past year has been one of the most difficult years of my life – yet also one of the most rewarding.

dinner with the fam
Family dinner in Wisconsin before my brother left for college
Holiday with my boyfriend
Holiday with my boyfriend
Overwhelmed with emotion visiting one of my best friends from Paris in her hometown of Ottawa
Overwhelmed with emotion visiting one of my best friends from Paris in her hometown of Ottawa

And I couldn’t have imagined that exactly one year later, I’d be boarding a flight to London.

And yet, it’s not even London that’s significant today. It’s the simplicity of change. Anyone with some impending change knows this abruptness – uncertainty – this invisible causeway you’re expected to find. That feeling when you can’t possibly imagine your day-to-day routine in a mere month.

There’s no precedent.

But after days and days of routine and working and saving and waiting, nothing feels more rewarding than the unexpected.

What’s next, exactly? Besides rectifying my whole “homeless in London” predicament, I’m off to my first blogging conference tomorrow! I’m armed with business cards. We’ll see how this turns out.

What else?

  1. An upcoming trip to Oslo, Norway
  2. Trips to Edinburgh and the Scottish countryside
  3. Literary-inspired English adventures
  4. Return trip to Paris
  5. The Unexpected (any travel suggestions??)

Since I’ve been based in the U.S. for the past couple months, I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like about new places to explore or advice on what to do and where to go. That will finally change, though!

This blog has always been personal, yet I’ve also always hoped it could be a resource of information and stories that may help other travelers – or people who just need to escape from their normal life for a little while. As I stumble my way through these next two years of writing a book, I’ll continue writing here as well, so if you’re interested, feel free to sign up for blog updates (right-hand side or bottom of this page) or head on over to my Facebook page.

Now I’m off to learn a bit more about my new home!

So here’s to London – to moving – to change.

Have any of you made any massive life changes lately? Anyone else considering moving abroad? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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