Syracuse, NY, USA – Vancouver, BC, Canada

And so it begins! Today is full of endings and beginnings. I’ve said my goodbyes, I’ve left home and all that is familiar, and I embark on the next great stage of my life. I am journeying out into the great unknown. Everything I think I know about life, the world, and myself will be challenged in the coming months. And I will be better for it.

Sure, I’m nervous. So much is unknown, so much is up in the air, so much will change. But in the midst of this fear and uncertainty is a calm excitement that overcomes. My sense of adventure outweighs the nervousness and it unties the bonds of anxiety.

Who knows to what distant part of this world I will go? I will see more than I could ever dream. I will grow in more ways than I thought possible – but always hoped I would. Though the itinerary is set, I will voyage into the depths of myself, test the lengths of my heart, and discover the heights that my spirit will soar. And in the end I will find myself.

The first step is taken. My spirit is willing, my flesh is able, and the adventure has begun! Mevlana Rumi, a Sufi mystic, once said, “Don’t be satisfied with the stories that came before you. Unfold your own myth.” And so, MY story begins…

“We will not cease from exploration And the end of our exploring Will be to return to where we started And know the place for the first time.”
-T.S. Elliot

“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
-Marcel Proust

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