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The Adventure Begins

This week I move to Germany. A country I've never stepped foot in. I don't speak the language (although, I am learning). I don't know where we're going to live. Heck, I don't even know where to find wifi. But I do know it's going to be an adventure.

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Shirt here.

Today I am finally packing my suitcases and getting rid of extra items, since my bags were over the limit last time I weighed them. Also, I need to get real. I'll be tugging two suitcases and a dog. As will Michael. Please wait for pictures of this. And cross your fingers that we can manage.

I don't leave until Thursday, but I can already feel butterflies in my stomach. I have such mixed emotions.

For a person who doesn't like change, I am about to shake up my whole life. Growing up, I dreaded getting older. I didn't like the new school year. I hated the idea of moving. And I just wanted to keep things the way they were. To me, I believe (d) that if you keep it the same, you can't really get hurt. I know now that isn't true. But I can't help wanting to savor moments in time, relish the now, and think about the beauty of the past.

When Michael and I got married we immediately started planning our future in a major way. We diligently saved for a house, we (Michael) researched where to find a doberman, and we started contributing to our retirement accounts. At age 24.

Six months later we realized saving money was not as hard as it seemed. It was doable, and maybe even a little fun. We bought a house, another dog, and made more plans. All the while, I rarely decorated the house (that's why you've never seen a home tour on this blog).

Then, we took an epic trip abroad. It was 10 days of pure awesomeness in Belgium, Amsterdam, and Paris. I had been abroad before, but this time it was on my own, without my parents. We knew we needed to keep this going.

The other night, after a very American dinner of steak and potatoes (although I hate steak, just don't like it, so I had chicken) my Mom told a story. Growing up I had the huge privilege of traveling to London every year for about six weeks when my parents taught a study abroad program. We took a side trip to Scotland: Mom, Dad, and my twin sisters.

One Sunday we were heading back on the train when my Mom peered out the window. Below she saw beautiful cliffs, serene seas, and something else really caught her eye. She saw swans swimming in the ocean.

The train pulled into the station and my mom looked at us and said, “We're getting off here.” My Dad thought we were crazy. He wasn't going to come, and just continued grading papers. He probably didn't think we'd go. But we did. We left him in charge of taking all the luggage and us four girls were off. We ran down the cobblestone streets following Mom like ducks toward the bright green lawns, pristine blue sea, dappled with white swans.

This small English town near the Scottish border, called Berwick-upon-Tweed, was magical. The photos we took barefoot in the cold surf became our Christmas card that year.

After telling that story my Mom said, “To me, that is your adventure abroad. You'll get off at train stations. You'll be able to explore without any deadlines. You're going to create your own Berwick-upon-Tweed.”

I sat there listening, fighting back tears. I will miss my family and friends a lot. If you can't tell, I'm very close with my family. My mom is my best friend and it will be hard to not be in the same time zone or even, continent. But I think this is something I was meant to do.

I know that at times it will be hard. But it will be totally worth it.

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Floating World Ring” is from Arlo Jewellery. I literally have the world wrapped around my finger. I have yet to take this ring off since I received it. I can't wait to take it with me on my adventure! All the jewelry from Arlo Jewellery is stunning. See more here.

 

I'm not really sure what to expect. I'm not even really sure how to feel. All I know is that I've planned, and now, it's time to take the leap. I'm scared as hell, but I think it would be weird if I wasn't.

 

I'd love for you to follow along with me on this insane journey. I'll be posting (a lot) on instagram @heleneinbetween and Snapchat @helenesula.

 

Comments

It definitely sounds like a scary next step with so many unknowns, but I do know that it’ll be fabulous! You’re so lucky to be able to pick up and live in a new place and explore more of the world!

Aww the story about the spontaneous stop with the swans on the beach is really sweet! What a wonderful example your mom set for you that day.

It is going to be the most magical adventure!

You’re living my dream…

let’s hope it’s not too scary!! i am excited though!!

this is awesome. also I really want to see that christmas card! Two more days….

i should actually send one this year. good idea.

Best of luck with the move Helene! you’re going to have the time of your life! 🙂

Fingers crossed!! thanks Carrie!

I *only* moved across the entire US and that has been quite the adventure so far. Exciting, scary, overwhelming, all the feels. Wishing you two the best of luck!

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Yes! moving really brings it out of you!!! thanks so much!

I’m so thrilled for you and Michael! Can’t wait to read all about it.

Thanks so much Emily!! that means a lot!

I just moved to London on Sunday! I actually was the opposite growing up – loved change and planning for it! But this last move was super hectic and last minute, with not a lot of planning. And I’ve been living and working in Africa for the past 6 years… moving here has been such a culture shock (ironic, I know)! Figuring out how to do things…. where to live….. I’m overwhelmed but invigorated. You guys will love this experience – the highs and the lows! Good luck to both of us 🙂

Oh man! Yeah moving is hard in general. Moving abroad is a different story! and I can imagine a lot of culture shock but so cool!

I love the Berwick-upon-Tweed story! That’s what traveling is all about! 🙂

I didn’t remember it and was so happy when she told me!

I’m moving to Germany too next week!! I’m so scared but I’m also so excited! Let’s be brave!! haha kisses:D

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No way!! where in Germany?

Berlin! I’m going to study there for one year:D

Moving abroad IS a little scary but I can’t imagine it won’t be one of the best decisions of your life. You are going to learn and grow and experience SO much! I am so excited for you girl <3

Thank you so so much Jordyn- I think you’re right 🙂

You’re gonna have an amazing journey! You were meant for this journey and now it’s happening. Enjoy every second of it!

Thank you so much Trish! I am nervous but it will be so fun!

I am just so excited for your upcoming adventures and can’t wait to hear how it all goes! Godspeed!

I lived in Austria when I was a kid and I’ve traveled extensively in Europe. You’re going to LOVE Germany. And you and Michael are my heros. I wish I had the courage to do what you’re doing. Maybe I’ll see you your experience goes and decide to take the leap myself. Have a wonderful time and I’ll be following you and cheering you on.

That is so cool! and thank you 🙂 i think we all have to just take what path we think is best 🙂

I am so excited for y’all! I really wish that I was able to attend your send off/blogger dinner tonight. #WorkProblems I can’t wait to follow along with this next chapter. I don’t ever really wear jewelry, but I LOVE that ring.

oh shoot! well thank you! I can’t wait to post more!! isn’t that ring awesome?!

This is so exciting! I can’t wait to read all about your adventures over there. And I just might come and visit you one of these days (we really want to come to Germany and research Jeremy’s lineage).

Oh I remember that feeling! Good luck with everything this week. If you’re anything like me, you’re about to jump on a giant rollercoaster of emotion. But it’s so worth it. So excited for you!

the emotional roller coaster is REAL! gah.

I’m sure there will be many challenges, but you will love it over there! Best of luck to you and Michael! I can’t wait to hear all about it and see lots of familiar places.

yes, hoping the challenges are nothing we can’t overcome!!

Good luck on your move this week. Hopefully it goes smoothly without any issues. I can’t wait to follow along!

YES! Fingers crossed on that- thanks!!

I love that story! So sweet of your mom to share it this week. I’m so excited for you, friend! It’s going to be the adventure of a lifetime!

Isn’t that the best!? And thank you, i am feeling all the feels!

Oh how I so know the feeling, those days leading up to leaving are full of soo many emotions! I love the story your mom shared, that really is the best way to describe it, just getting off on trains and exploring. Best of luck, I can’t wait to follow along with these new adventure!

Thanks friend, i am so lucky to know you! maybe one of these days we can meet up!!

I can’t wait to follow along on this new and very exciting adventure! When I moved to HAwaii I was like uhhh…wait a second, what am I doing? turns out, it’s the best thing I ever did 🙂

That is just so freaking awesome to hear. You’re an inspiration!!

I’m so excited for you and Michael! Can’t wait to follow along on your adventures.

I so appreciate that Kaite, eek!!

Safe travels Helene and have a blast!!!

Germany is wonderful. Most people speak at least some English and are quite polite. I love curry ketchup there. Also the exit signs are amazing.

Oh I’ll have to try that!! thanks for the heads up! 🙂

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