Do you remember a time when you felt so full of inspiration and passion that the ideas seemed to flow like a waterfall? When possibilities seemed endless and there weren't any rules - self-imposed or expected by others - for you to follow? When you did something because you loved it and because you wanted to create something for you?

I remember feeling like that before high school, before important classes, GPAs, and jobs. When all I really had to worry about was figuring how to stay up at night without my parents finding out so I could be my night-owl, creative self.

I don't feel like that anymore, and I want to. Desperately.

I know I need a break from all of these commitments to slow down and get inspired again. That's why I'm taking the Fall semester off (essentially, not actually) from demanding classes and jobs and normalcy. I'll be in Vienna, studying abroad for four glorious months.

This will be my time to explore:

to explore new places: the city, the country, and Europe both alone and with new and old friends.

to explore my passions: reading, writing, drawing, painting, expressing, and creating.

to explore myself: my values, my skills, to test myself in new situations.

to explore my mind: to learn more, develop more, get to know how I work and play best.

I'm so grateful that I've been able to take this time to explore the world and myself, to relax, learn new things, see new places, and meet new people. I want to take advantage of this opportunity to help shape my future to my dreams. There's a lot of slack that I need to pick up, and I'm determined to do it.

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