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!