Be free.

It has been quite the week. It started with losing one of my jobs suddenly, to acquiring another job just as quickly, having my computer fail on me unexpectedly (hence, my absence from the blogging world), and finding out it’s going to cost $620 to fix it.

I also moved across town and began exploring my new neighborhood. I even started volunteering at a yoga studio, and I thankfully have been working twice as many hours at my bartending gig in the city.

With all this change and slight chaos in my life in the last week, I felt myself becoming more and more stressed out as things started to unravel, and my life seemed so unpredictable and far away from home.

Needless to say, I stopped myself from this downward spiral of worry, and paused to reflect, I’m living my dream right now.

Moving abroad is something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and I’m actually doing exactly what I want to do with my life right now. This is a feeling I’ve never completely felt before, with all the pressures of adolescence and the “correct” path of going to a 4 year university instilled in my American mindset since I was little.

It’s the first time I’ve broken off the path of what society deems to be the “American Dream”, expanded my perspective of what life could encompass, instead of worrying about hitting all the generic milestones at the appropriate ages.

That in itself is an invigorating realization. And as long as I keep living a balanced life, no matter where I might call home today or tomorrow, I’m going to be just fine.

I’m not saying moving abroad is everyone’s dream. The road can be long and even lonely at times when you’re so far away from your loved ones and the comforts of what you’re used to, but it’s a dream that is 100% my own, and it challenges me in a positive and passionate way every day.

Today, I challenge you to find a dream that is all yours.

And to always remember…

be free.

Mimi McFadden
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