Yes, it has been June for a couple of weeks now and yes, I haven’t written a post in three weeks. Sometimes life gets in the way and you have to focus on what is important for the time being. I thought this post would serve as a great announcement/update about what I’ve been doing and what I plan to do over the course of the next few months.
Since I last wrote, I took the remaining weeks in May to relax with my friends before we went our separate ways. As I finished out my first year of college, it felt so nice to be unplugged and truly enjoy my experiences. Many bittersweet emotions overcame my last few days in my dorm, with tearful goodbyes even down to the last minutes of my departure. I’m so grateful for the memories I made with all of my friends from college and I can’t wait to visit everyone again. As of now, I’m moved in back home (partially at least, most of my things are still in boxes). The biggest challenge of the summer will be trying to find a place to put all of my belongings. And getting a job. I’m actually quite excited to work this summer (weird, right?) and I’m hoping/praying a door will open soon.
And that, my friends, brings us to my future plans. I know that most people probably don’t know what my plans are. Well, here comes my announcement. Many of you know that I am leaving my school down in Southern California, but only a select few know what happens next. The original plan was to attend an art school in San Francisco starting in the fall. Well, PLANS HAVE CHANGED. And my, are they drastic changes.
I am taking a gap year off of school to work, save my money, and here it goes: TRAVEL. If you know me well enough, you would probably know that wanderlust runs through my veins. After some serious thought, I had a (great) conversation with my (great) mom where I asked her point blank: “Do you think going to another school right now is the right decision for me?”. Now a bit of background: I always knew I wasn’t supposed to stay at my first school for too long and expected to leave after my freshman year. It’s something that is hard to explain, but I am so blessed with my freshman year experience and I know now why the Lord led me to the school that He did (see above). My mom understood this as well, and I knew in my heart that her answer to my question would settle my decision. “You know what, Sarah? I don’t know.” There it was; we both had doubts about continuing my education elsewhere and I told her my idea to stay home for a year to work and help around the house. Fast forward to about a week ago, my entire family is sitting in our living room and I decide to tell my parents (and everyone else) that I want to travel. My mom looked me straight in my eyes and told me “That’s exactly what you need to do.” (Also, shoutout to having the coolest mom ever.)
So, bottom line: I’m planning on traveling somewhere awesome at the end of this year and working/saving to finance my trip. I’m so excited for the future and starting this next chapter of my life. No one tells you in high school that doing all four years of university isn’t for everyone, and I’m sure a lot of people might be concerned about my decision. But I am confident that this is what I need to be doing; I need to pursue something I’m passionate about and work towards my goals. I’m young and free of (some) responsibilities, and I don’t want to wait until I’m older to start living. It’s a pretty unique path I’m taking, but I have never been someone who likes to do what everyone else does. The four-year plan isn’t for everyone, and I don’t think it’s for me, but I do love school and thrive in an academic environment. Going back to school is always going to be an option, but for now I need to pursue what I love to do with the momentum that I have. I need to take this risk, because if I don’t do it now, I may never have the chance to do it again.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey, whether that be in prayer, financially, or simply keeping me in your thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and any other post for that matter, and for showing me love. Right now, I’m in the stages of creating my itinerary for my big trip and planning some new posts for the blog.
Watch this space.
Thank you again, and much love to you. – S