52 Days

There are exactly 52 days (7 blog posts) left until I begin my adventure across the pond. Is there a better way to start such a great journey other than an 11-hour plane ride? Yeah, probably not. I will say that no longer having the planning stress is making this countdown even better (I hope my French class doesn’t change that statement). I’m not going to lie; I was dreading this weeks post just a little bit because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. It’s a little too early to write about how much I will miss everyone, 52 days is a pretty long time. I also don’t have any crazy planning happening right now, just a lot of waiting and anticipation. Then I realized something great, and this is my blog so that I can write about anything.

A lot of people have asked me about knowing people when I get to Surrey. For the record, I will know absolutely no one. This might be scary for some people, but I could not be more thrilled. Not only will going abroad be a time to reconnect with me, but it will be a great way to reconnect with those around me. With the people, I’ve surrounded myself with throughout my 20 years on this earth, even if I will be miles and miles away (I was going to look up the exact amount of miles, but effort). I know most people think that me leaving means that I might struggle to stay in touch with everyone that I care about, but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a way to fortify my friendships with everyone I know. A chance to put in the work I want to to stay in touch.

Of course, going abroad isn’t a “test of friendship,” but more a way to learn everything about my life. In a way, it is a great way to take a step back and think about where I am. I am fully committed to coming back from Europe being the person that is constantly talking about how my time abroad “transformed my life” because if it doesn’t change me then maybe I wasn’t doing it right. I’m not saying I expect this journey to change who I am; rather, I want it to help reveal more of who I am, the parts that I might know as well yet. I want my time abroad to show me just how amazing everything is, and just how lucky I am to be me. While my reasons for going abroad are many, I do believe that part of the reason I am going is to learn more about myself.

I don’t think of being in a new place with new people as starting over, but more as a time of growth. The newness will shake things up, and maybe that’s a good thing. It will be a test, I mean it’s not an easy thing to move to a foreign country, but I do not doubt that it will be worth every moment. I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in my life and learning just how much I can change and grow. I think that this experience will be one that I find myself going back to over and over again in the years to come as I begin to find my way in adulthood (post-college life isn’t exactly a walk in the park). So anyway, stay tuned for next week. I’m thinking of sharing some spots that I am most excited to visit! Let me know if you want me to post my whole list. It’s a little long though…haha. As always, stay lovely everyone!

Cheers,

Kylie

11 thoughts on “52 Days

  1. I just found out you are going to be a mere 35 minute car ride and an a 70 minute train ride from Epsom Downs Racetrack. Do be sure to pack a fascinator (hat) for your outing at Epsom.

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    1. Thanks for sharing it with her! I love that! Also, totally less miles than I thought, but it is across the pond 🙂

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  2. these words, YOUR words make my heart happy! your adventurous spirit and love of self and the world around you fill me with pride and the honor of watching you grow fills me with gratitude for the privilege of parenting you! my favorite part of this post: “if it doesn’t change me then maybe I wasn’t doing it right. I’m not saying I expect this journey to change who I am; rather, I want it to help reveal more of who I am, the parts that I might not know as well yet. I want my time abroad to show me just how amazing everything is, and just how lucky I am to be me” tells me you already realize these things and that the world (especially england) is lucky to have you!

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    1. Thanks mom! I love you lots and lots (also that was one of my favorite parts too) Thanks for helping me become the kind of person that is able to feel that way 🙂

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  3. Kylie,
    I am now caught up (technologically impaired). I just love the excitement in your eyes and voice. I have no advice or suggestions-just lots of love (and some money when the time comes😍)

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