For a change of scene, I spent the first half of 2015 studying in Southeast Asia. Living in northern Thailand, the smallest experiences in my everyday routine brought out the best parts of me I didn't know existed. Feeling small became comfortable, and my faith in the goodness of people was revived. Aside from the places visited and the history absorbed, the people I met from around the world have each had a lasting impact on my awareness of other cultures, and my curiosity to learn more.
This year, that lasting impact turned into action. My backpack and I are back in Southeast Asia, where the impermanence of my experiences keeps me on my toes and the smallest inklings of beauty in my day keep me inspired. Working first with a local organization in Ubud, Bali, I began to pivot skills from previous experiences and broaden my professional development. There, I rediscovered my love for language and writing, and zeroed in on my passion to help other young people take the leap and travel with purpose.