Change is a scary prospect.

During my teen years, as well as far into my twenty-something’s, I’ve been terrified to experience change of any caliber. I spent most of my time working at my family’s catering business, reading books, writing stories and generally staying inside during my free time, while the rest of the world was out. I was jealous of people who could go out into the world and do what they wanted, whether it was going to college, changing their career or even just taking a simple exercise class.

When I turned 20, I decided that things needed to change. While staying inside my shell was safe, it wasn’t something that made me happy. Life was made for living, I decided one cold December day. I called Milwaukee Area Technical College the following day, and made arrangements to enroll. Since then, I’ve been growing.

I’ve done so much in my life so far. I attended a private Catholic university when nearly everyone I knew told me I would fail, I lived in South Africa for half a year to put my time and talent to good use, found a great job that actually put my degree to work, stumbled over and eventually married my soul-mate, and most importantly, grew in my Catholic faith.

Does this mean, however, that my search for change and experience has come to an end? Have I finally done all that I’ve wanted to? Far from it, actually. While I’ve come much farther in my life than I would have ever dreamed possible as a young person, there is still so much more to discover.

Welcome to my new blog, “Away She Goes.” Each week or month (depending on how I’m feeling and how much time I have), I will choose an item off my bucket list to complete. While I know this is not going to be an easy feat, I do know that I can expect a whole lot of change and a whole lot of growth to accompany.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!


Music playing while writing this: “Boys Don’t Cry” by The Cure