2016 was a rollercoaster of a year, a year that luckily for me ended on a high. I spent December living in Bali with a group of 26 other interns working for a publication called Global Hobo and it was honestly the best month of my entire life. Not only did I learn invaluable things, have once in a life time experiences and get to travel around Bali, but I also made life long friends and felt like I was truly at home.

The few weeks before I left anxious dreams ran around my head and a lot of my conversations about the internship revolved around sentences such as:

“What if I have a shit time?”

“What if I make no friends?”

“What if I want to come home?”

Although I wanted to seem cool calm and collected and knew that this was an amazing opportunity, these small anxieties couldn’t help but niggle away at me. I love writing, travelling and meeting new people and this internship ticked all of those boxes… I knew how stupid I was being but I still couldn’t help myself.

I sit here now after two weeks of being home and I want to be back in Bali, soaking up the rays, laughing over cheap cocktails and absorbing the most encouraging environment I’ve ever been in. My writing was the best it has ever been when I was surrounded by like minded people who were willing to give me amazing advice and read whatever drafts I threw at them.

2016 for me was a culmination of experiences that made me nervous but I pulled through each and every one of them stronger and more resilient. Although the year was made up of super high highs and really low lows, it taught me that I am stronger than I think I am and I that there are amazing opportunities just waiting to be grabbed. The experiences we have shape us into who we are; we all have a path and no matter which way you go,
you will be right where you’re supposed to be. If I had backed out of this opportunity of a life time my life would not be as rich as it is now, with lessons that were more impactful than my uni degree and friends that made my heart swell.

So continue to climb those mountains, say yes to opportunities that excite you and make your heart race and spread those wings. 2017 is going to be the year of kicking butt!


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