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26 May 2013

The Next Chapter



I am sitting under a blue, cloudless sky, serenaded by cheerful birds, one of whom has built a nest in the eaves of the house behind me. May is the most beautiful month, I'm sure of it!

On Friday, I graduated from Goucher College with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a German minor. I didn't receive any official honors, but I know that I have earned some serious life badges in courage, persistence, and confidence. I have grown tremendously during my time at Uni: faced with some of the most difficult moments of my life thus far, I have emerged on the other side of darkness into clarity, empowerment, and resilience. That, I think, is perhaps even larger an accomplishment than completing a Bachelor's degree.

I stand on the brink of Newness: a whole world of possibility lies ahead. This summer I will be house sitting and taking care of a sweet dog and five roaming cats. In the fall of this year I hope (pending approved visas and finding a job, neither of which are easy feats) to move to Germany to be with my love and, if luck is on our side, we will live in the same home – on the same continent! – for the first time since we met nearly six years ago.


Additionally, this summer and beyond I want to turn a new page and fully commit to this space and to you, my dear and faithful readers. I want to create and to share my art and delve into the human condition and explore the struggles and joys and mysteries we live every day. I want to be engaged and present, and I want to ride my wild donkey into the sunset. Let's toast to that, shall we?

All my love!

6 comments:

Christa Irell said...

Congratulations on your graduation and your all of your wonderful milestones. The personal growth you have attained is brag-worthy and valuable beyond the piece of paper for sure- but the piece of paper is certainly something you should be proud of!

You look so lovely in your photo and I can see the peace in your eyes :)
I will keep all of my fingers and toes crossed that everything turns out the way you are hoping and that you are able to move this fall.

Until then, I hope you embrace this summer with your newfound joy and some freedom from school and deadlines, and I will enjoy it alongside of you! xo

nacherluver said...

Woo Hoo! Big achievement!!!! Congrats to you. What a wonderful day!

zoe858 said...

Congrats on your degree and move to Germany. Wishing you all the best!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are so gorgeous :) Good luck on your move to Germany. 6 years is such a long time!

My Shortlist said...

You are such a gorgeous person. Wish you all the best on your way to Germany.

Naomi Hattaway said...

Cheers!!! (and huge congrats and even bigger, tight squeezes and hugs!)

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