As of July 20th, Tea N’ Sea is TWO years old!!! I still can’t believe that I decided to embark on this journey 2 whole years ago! With that being said, I have a lot of news to share, both about my life and about the blog!
First off, for those of you that don’t know, I am about to move out of the country! I cannot believe that I get this incredible opportunity to pursue my dreams in another corner of the world, but it is quickly becoming my reality! I will be moving to the little island of Grenada, and can’t wait to see everything that it has to offer. I know it is going to be a tough year, balancing school and island life, but I can’t wait to see how it will help me to grow as a person.
This past year has been a huge turning point in my life, for so many reasons. I have learned a lot about myself, and what I want in the future. I have spent the past year and a half single [the longest time since I was 16], and have not only grown SO much closer to my friends, but have had windows of opportunity that would not have presented itself had I been investing my time into someone else. I have realized that the life I previously thought I wanted would have made me feel stagnant too early. Freshman and sophomore year, I had the idea in my head that I wanted to be engaged at the end of senior year, ready to “start my life.” Although I would have been happy with that life track, I am so grateful that it is not the case right now. I have always wanted to travel and see the world, and after taking my first international solo trip, I can only say that the desire is immensely intensified.
I have so much time to devote to myself, and making new friends all over the world, and will be jump-starting this adventure with what will arguably be the most difficult four years of my life. Moving internationally while studying to get my DVM is going to be a huge feat in itself, but is something that I cannot wait for. I am excited to throw myself into this life head-on, and see all the world has to offer. I hope to continue writing more and more, all while sharing my adventures with you.
I’ve learned to love myself and to make myself happy. I don’t feel satiated by sitting in one place for very long. I have spent the entire summer moving about, with only a few weeks in one place at one time, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, even if I have spent far more time exhausted than ever before. Even in these short weeks of summer, I have started to really love who I am, inside and out, and am starting to realize that I have more potential than I ever gave myself credit for. I have been striving to take care of myself better, both mind and body. I have been learning languages on my own time – because I want to, not because someone at school is telling me to. I can’t wait to put them to the test, even if it won’t be tomorrow or even in a few months.
I might sound a little like a broken record, but I am so thrilled with how my life is right now. The good, the bad, the lonely, the exciting, and everything in between. There are days that I wish I had someone by my side all the time, and other days that I am grateful for the freedom I have, without feeling tied down or obligated to “check in” with someone. There are days that I sit at home and do absolutely nothing but snuggle with Lilly [my kitty, for those of you that don’t know], and other days that I adventure from 6 AM until after midnight. I have had new and mended friendships, have met people on flights yet never catch their name. All of these people have greatly impacted my life, more than I could have imagined. I realize that I am about to be impounded with huge amounts of student loan debt after all of this [in total] 8 year journey of undergrad and veterinary school, but I feel that everything is falling into place, and everything just feels right.
With arguably the biggest adventure that I will ever take on coming up in less than three weeks, my move to Grenada, I couldn’t be more excited. I have been trying to minimize my life into two suitcases, along with the most restless summer of my life, I haven’t written nearly as much as I wish I had been! I have realized though, that writing about travel is a passion of mine, more-so than writing “lifestyle” content. More of my future posts will be travel-related, simply due to the fact that it is becoming a very prominent figure in my life with this big move, and the crazy summer that I have had! [My post on Tampa, FL is a good idea of what kind of writing I enjoy, go check it out!] I can’t wait to share my adventures with you, and already have a lot of exciting content planned out! After graduation, I made an investment in a GoPro camera. Since the camera is super small, and essentially life-proof, I plan on starting to create more vlog style videos as well, so you can see my experiences in more than just pictures and writing!
These next three weeks are going to fly by before my big move to Grenada, but I can’t wait for every second of them! I know this is different than usual, but I am actually writing this as I sit on a plane, and I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for all your support, and I can’t wait for another exciting year for all of us!
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