Dear Readers,

Where do I even begin?

First off, I am a recently graduated small-town suburban girl hoping to make it big in the city one day. My dream in life is one day to host a travel show, which is totally ambitious but a life-long goal that I plan to make come true. My passion and admiration of traveling came at the age of twenty when I looked at myself and realized that I was living confined and restricted to the comfort bubble. I lived a plain life of undergoing a cyclical process of going to school and then coming back home. I was becoming miserable with the lackluster life I have created upon myself. I wanted to become an explorer and adventurer but most of all an independent young woman who did not rely on her parents.

I came across a poster in my school that offered a two-week Creative Writing program in Lewes, UK and decided to apply. During my four years in Rutgers, I am grateful towards the English Department for creating this program because it allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone. This program soon changed me — for the better. I longed for more discovery and wanted to educate myself further on the world outside of my small-town. With this idea in mind, I soon pursued another task by applying for a whole semester abroad, this time in Berlin, Germany. I knew this would be no easy feat because the culture and the language is completely different from America. At least, in the UK I was able to efficiently communicate with locals, due to similarities in the English language; however, I had no absolute knowledge on the German language. To be honest, I did not even know how to say “Hello” or “Thank You.” During my six months away from home I faced many ups and downs. There were days I wanted to come back to America and days when I loved Berlin. Through it all, I am glad I underwent this experience because I was not only able to learn more about a new culture but I discovered that my passion in life was traveling. I learned that I, Sarah Lee, the girl who used to be afraid of everything, was capable of traveling alone and embracing social settings. Immediately, after my semester at Berlin ended I embarked on a solo month-long travel around Europe. I visited different countries, met so many incredible people, invested in so many historical and cultural experiences, and picked up on so many different languages. I can now say “Thank You” in various European languages — “Gracias, Danke, Grazie, Merci”

So where does all this take me in the present-day? Well, now that I have graduated I plan to continuously travel whenever time and opportunity arises. I am starting this blog now because as I recently completed reading the novel, Me Before You, I realized that the character, Louisa, was a reflection of how I and many other twenty-year olds were and are living their lives. There is no need to change your life drastically and hop on the next plane to Paris. I certainly, did not start off too ambitious. We do not need to live exactly like ordinary Louisa or adventurous Will, but we should make our lives impactful and memorable in our unique way by creating a balance between the two. Perhaps, traveling may not be the “change” you need — one may go for adventure sports, new fashion look, or new hobby. Start by asking yourself this question: Who are you living for and are you really happy with your life? Maybe you are happy living comfortably with your current daily routines and that is totally fine but if you are not then do something. Make small changes by visiting a new park nearby or by watching films in a different genre. If you go out looking, there will always be some sort of adventure waiting for you.

On a last note,

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too … I’m not really telling you to jump off tall buildings, or swim with whales or anything, but to live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle … Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury.” Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Hugs and Kisses,

Sarah Lee