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5 Reasons Why You’re Ready to Move Abroad

Are you thinking about moving abroad? Chances are, it’s been on your mind for awhile.

Experiencing Reverse Culture Shock

Moving abroad is so exciting. It really is – until you come to the point of being away so long from your home country, you experience the shock of how you ‘used’ to live. 

Things You Don’t Think About Before Moving Abroad

Moving abroad sounds like a fairy tale. Everything will be new; culture, currency, friends, language, environment. Your friends and family will be jealous because they never have had the opportunity to travel as much, or even leave the country, let alone live somewhere culturally different. You will be a pioneer.

Don’t Let Yourself Forget

In order to hold one down, the person must be willing to let go of everything they could possibly experience or witness in this short time we have. So why not cut loose the hands of time and watch the seconds move freely?

Say Goodbye to the old and hello to the unwritten.

This is a picture I took in Ios, Greece. I was on the highest point of the island, and I decided to ring the bell to let the world know I was alive. Instead of walking to the beat of the “American Dream” drum, I choose to dance across the world. These are the things I have learned that are of importance:

  • Love might be a mistake, but it’s worth taking.
  • The Aegean is the most beautiful thing in the world…next to the David, the Duomo, the Acropolis, the Venis de Milo, Santorini caldera, the grand canyon, Tuscany, Perugia dungeons, and French catacombs.
  • Don’t carry a 20 pound (10 kilo) suitcase and call it “backpacking.”
  • Shoes made in Greece withstand the apocalypse.
  • Bargain like hell.
  • Take Regional trains when traveling, it will save you money.
  • When alone, your camera, a book, and iPod are your three best friends.
  • Never settle for the path of least resistance.

:I've Got So Much Love To Give:

3pm in the afternoon.
I just woke up.

And I have so much love to give। To you, to the people of Mykonos, to the travelers I have met. And most importantly, to this world.

This has definitely been the adventure of a lifetime. I have met the most wonderful people and I am apart of the most amazing bar. Every night me, Michalis, Angelo, Jack, Nik and Angelo #2 (haha), and the DJ Valsilis (check him out on myspace as DJ Brouss) start off the night by having a laugh or two, me being the only girl, they pretty much just make fun of me. But this is only when the club is empty, eventually we see people come up the stairs the techno music volume raises and I can feel the beat pounding in my chest and we all take our positions and get ready for a night of crazy chaos and endless entertainment.

I also live with two girls that have become my sisters. Alison and Holly. One from Boston, the other from London. I don’t know what I would do without them. 
This island is very confusing at times. We are in such a bubble and all we do it work, eat, sleep, cry from frustration, and every day off our balcony ‘We are on a DREAM island!!’ just to remind us that we are truly living the life so many people dream of. I feel like this summer is going by so quickly. I have been here 2 months now and I still have a month or two left…but what do I do after this? I am completely a free bird and it is the scariest thing I have ever felt in my life. I was listening to my iPod the other day on shuffle, and this song came on…and it just explained everything I felt…

‘Trying hard to reach out
But when I’d try to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I’d pray
I could breakaway

Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on an airplane, far away and breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors, swinging with revolving doors
Maybe I don’t know where they’ll take me but
Gotta keep moving on, moving on
Fly away, breakaway

I’ll spread my wings
And I’ll learn how to fly
Though it’s not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget the place I come from
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance, Make a change, And breakaway’

Today was the first day that I opened my eyes and saw the world for the first time. I saw myself as not someone who I wanted to be, but finally the person I am. After everything is said and done, we live we love we laugh and cry and are angry and frustrated at the things we can’t have…but in the end, we are all fighting for one thing. That there is good and love in this world and it’s worth fighting for. So here I am. Living the dream not everyone can live. I fight for you, for me and everyone in between.

My Crazy Life

Such As Life.
Plain and simple and imprinted on a drunk Australian’s back. And I will always remember him as being drunk. Drunk at the beach, drunk in my VIP section in the club, and passed out drunk on the sidewalk by the bus station. 

It’s You. It’s Me. It’s Everyone In Between.

When you think about your life, what do you want to accomplish? 

It's You. It's Me. It's Everyone In Between.

When you think about your life, what do you want to accomplish?

When you are old and gray and sitting in a rocking chair, what is it that you can think back on and make you smile?

For me…it is all the people in this world that I would never have met if I did not take a jump; a leap of faith, hoping that the wind will always catch me and give me wings to fly and dream as big as I want.

I have made my decision to let the wind take me to a small island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos. I have always had a fascination with Greek history and the romance that comes with Greece. I feel that life is a puzzle of opportunities and we all have to figure out which pieces fit together at the right times to make our “puzzle,” our life, a masterpiece.

So I quit my job at Starbucks and I am tipping my hat to my friends and life in Seattle, Washington for a 3 month adventure that will hopefully change my outlook on life. It is my goal to always better myself and believe that no matter how good or bad, everything happens for a reason. If you look at every situation and think “this is the best thing that could ever happen to me,” then every morning you will wake up happy. I want to be happy and never look back and think “I should of.”

As people, we NEED to look back and smile and move forward. We have families and boyfriends and girlfriends and responsibilities in our lives, YES…but you cannot forget that you are an individual and that your wants come before anything else, even if you think you are giving something up…you are doing it for a reason, and that reason is that everything HAPPENS for a specific reason that will essentially come out as the most amazing, beautiful and life changing THING in the word.

With that, I introduce you to my website where you can keep track of my adventures and hopefully it will inspire you to have some of your own this summer.

So I thank you for meeting me and hopefully we can meet everyone in between us.