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Monday, December 26, 2016

WHERE I'VE BEEN + WHERE I'M ABOUT TO GO

Oh my stars. It has been ages since I've posted anything remotely blog related.


Memphis Made wasn't just on the back burner this semester - I took it off the stove completely. And while that was definitely a good thing, I'm excited to bring it back just in time for a period in my life that I know I will want to document.




WHERE'D YOU GO?
As I'm sure you've noticed, I did not blog once this semester. Not a single time. It was actually pretty nice. I had become very frustrated with blogging in general and realized that I was not blogging because I liked to, but because I felt obligated to. I don't really know how to explain it, but I felt like every blogger I follow was on this regimented schedule and they were all leaving the hobby part of blogging behind and turning them into businesses. While I have the utmost respect for those ladies for turning their dreams into reality, I kept comparing myself to them and ended up blogging about things because I was trying to be like them. And that's not why MM exists.

So, I took a break. I was swamped between my schoolwork, my duties as VP-PR for Kappa Delta, and for a new venture, a daily e-newsletter for Rhodes students. And it was wonderful. I needed it. I was so burnt out from everything, and this semester was a period focused on my academics (shoutout to those 3 semester-long group projects that always kept life interesting) and gearing up for something very exciting, which leads me to...

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
Glad you asked. I am leaving on January 19th for a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland!

It was a bit of a process making this happen, as I did not decide with certainty I wanted to go abroad until about the middle of October, which is pretty much past or right on the cusp of all application deadlines. It was a bit of a scramble to make it happen (special thanks to the Rhodes study abroad office and my friend Kennedy for helping me find my program!), but I am absolutely ecstatic about this opportunity. I know that I will never again be able to spend four months exploring the world, and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way so far, especially my parents.

So, that's why MM is back. The 5 posts a week breakdown is gone, and the focus is coming back to what I created Memphis Made for in the first place - a documentation of anything and everything without the confines of social media platforms. I've spent the majority of Christmas break so far researching the hell out of all things Ireland, and to my surprise, I've had a tough time finding a blog by an American student who has studied abroad in Ireland before. Of course every study abroad program provider has a blog, but I've been looking for something that is owned by a student themselves. Although I've had a tough time finding quite what I'm looking for, I am excited to start blogging again to document my experience abroad and my travels to Europe.

I've never been to Europe before, so naturally I'm going for four months. It will certainly be an adventure.

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