I always knew I wanted to travel the world. But I didn’t always have the courage to.

When I was in college, I wanted to be a cultural anthropologist, like an Asian Margaret Mead.
Ironically, I ended up working in her old office as an archaeology intern at the Museum of Natural History in New York City after college.
But while it was exciting and I learned a lot, I couldn’t see myself talking about soil striations for the rest of my life.
So, I left
“What do I do now then?” said every college graduate ever.
I didn’t know.
So I took a bunch of random jobs.
I figured if I tried enough things, I would eventually find “the one.”
Except, there was one tiny problem.
I couldn’t stop thinking about traveling no matter what I did.
So, after many sleepless nights, I quit my job, bought a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to Asia.
In those two months, I let go of all of my expectations and fears and just let life guide me.
It was one of the best experiences of my life.

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When I came home, I was a different person.
I realized all of my previous fears about dreams were made up by me.
And from that point on, I decided to let go of all of them.
I stopped caring about finding the best job and wondering if it all “made sense” on my resume.
I felt life was too short to be dictated by a piece of paper and followed my heart to California.

It ended up being one of the best decisions of my life because there I was able to focus solely on the things that mattered to me.
And it led me here: writing.
But it wasn’t a welcomed change to everyone.
My parents thought I was throwing away my college degree.
My connections with friends suffered because I was so focused on my goals.
And most devastatingly of all, I lost a very important relationship.

But don’t worry, this isn’t a sad story.
Because if all of those things didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.
Someone who isn’t afraid to go after their dreams.
Someone who isn’t afraid of the unknown,
Someone living in Spain pursuing her dream of traveling and writing.

So if you’re on the edge of a dream, don’t give up!
I know what it’s like to want to jump SO badly but you can’t because you’re afraid.
But let me tell you this:
we are all afraid until we jump.
Because courage doesn’t happen on the sidelines.
It happens mid-air as you’re falling and you’re wondering, “Who is going to catch me?”
Well, I found out.
It’s you.
So let go of your fears and take the leap.
It’ll be worth it, I promise.