Hello world!

Hello World.

I’m on the brink of something. I’m not sure what this journey will lead to, what it will feel like, or who I will meet. The only thing I’m sure of is this: It will be big. Bigger than anything else I have ever encountered.

Although that realization is mildly debilitating, its so darn exciting, too!!

I will return a changed person, that is for sure. In what ways, no one can know. While change can be disquieting, I take comfort in the fact that this is the path I was meant to follow. This is right.

In 18 hours, I will face a sort of precipice. I have no idea what I will face below, but that is beside the point.

I’m running.

I hope everyone had a great day.

With love,

bailey :)


So soon!

I’m going to Muscat in 6 days!!

I’m really excited.


I’m kinda nervous, too.

Well, we already knew that.

So, it appears I’m an average exchange student. A strange mix of emotions running rampant, wreaking havoc with the nerves.

One would think that strong emotion + strong emotion = 2x stronger emotion (or even  strong emotion^2) Not so (for me, at least)!

I’m stuck in a form of mild limbo. I’m numb, and it doesn’t seem real, yet.

I feel like this is a purely hypothetical trip, and I’m just playing along with the story. Or I’m on What Would You Do? – Exchange Student Edition. 

I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity  handed to me so easily. Perhaps it’s a defense mechanism devised by my subconscious to keep hazardous levels of emotions to a minimum. Whatever the reason, it’s a little disconcerting!

I’m ready for all of this craziness to begin already! But I know that in a blink of an eye I’ll be sitting on the plane. I just hope that time lingers a bit longer when I arrive, so that I can revel in every single detail. But alas, time stops for no one. (except gravity) In the words of Einstein:

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”

(I love physics, and Einstein. I had to include that quote. I don’t care if it’s a stretch.)

Hope everyone had a great, productive, beautiful day.

with love,

bailey :)

Less than a month left!

Hello everyone!

I now have less than 30 days in the country I was born and raised in.

That sounds rather ominous, as if I am being evicted from my home, unwillingly and unhappily. Fortunately for me, that is NOT the case! I am more excited than ever. The initial nervousness is beginning to return in waves, too. Occasionally it will knock me over, and for a short moment I will ask myself how I got here, in the midst of this craziness. But then, I remember it’s a crazy adventure, and wave subsides to a gentle swell. It ends as quickly as it begins.

Besides those momentary clips of fear, I am ridiculously excited.

One of my summer reading books was The Alchemist. Before beginning the novel, I was prepared for a long, tedious haul, similar to all the other summer reading books prescribed to me throughout my education thus far. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was an inspiring story of chasing your dream, or Personal Legend. It spoke to me especially because of the journey I am about to embark upon. The story’s protagonist is a Spaniard shepherd who has a dream one night, foretelling of his treasure at the Pyramids of Egypt. An incognito king spurs him to follow his dream. He meets many people along the way, one of them an alchemist who teaches him the ways of the world.

The book made my upcoming experience feel so right. I was reassured that is year abroad could be the beginning of my Personal Legend (lingo for destiny or dream). I believe I am beginning a journey that will teach me some of life’s lessons, and maybe it too will make for a beautiful story.

With love,

Bailey :)