It is a slightly surreal day for me, because on this day last year, I was just arriving in England. It was the first time I had ever left the US, and I was ready for an exciting year full of new experiences. As I look back at this past year, I am so satisfied with all that has taken place. Sure, there were so many things that I’d wanted to do and never got around to, but there were so many other things that I did accomplish, and I really can’t complain about that.

I made new friends, tried new foods, saw new cities, and fell in love with new countries. I spent time in churches, castles, museums, mosques, pubs, cafes, and markets, on planes, trains, and buses. For a year, that was my life, and I never stopped marveling at the fact that such extraordinary things had become part of my ordinary, everyday life.

After making a home in England, it was so difficult to return to the US, but it was easier knowing that my family–and more adventures–waited for me on the other side of the Atlantic.

My current adventure is unfolding in Cincinnati. Originally, I thought it would take me a year to finish my degree at the University of Cincinnati, but I’ve just discovered that I’ll be graduating in December. After that, who knows what’s next?!

I certainly have some big decisions to make within the coming months, but I’m not in a huge hurry to decide anything at the moment. I have a job that pays for rent and food, and once I finish with school, I can look into getting another job on top of that or put my degree to use and get a new job entirely.

Ultimately, my goal is to travel even more than I ever have. And I know that I’ll achieve that within a few years. But for now, I’m happy. I’m exactly where I want to be, and things can only get better from here.

Love, Elizabeth

Tune in this weekend for a post about the best moments from my year abroad!