Once upon a time, one year ago today, I boarded a plane and flew to Costa Rica listening to this song by Amanda Cook on repeat:

Speak, even if your voice is trembling

Please, you've been quiet for so long

Believe, it'll be worth the risk you're taking

You're afraid, but you can hear adventure calling

There's a rush of adrenaline to your bones

What you make of this moment changes everything

What if the path you choose becomes a road

The ground you take becomes a home

The wind is high, but the pressure's off

I'll send the rain wherever we end up

Wherever we end up

Set your sights, sailing far beyond familiar

In the rising tide, you'll find the rhythm of your heart

And lift your head, now the wind and waves don't matter

 I am the wind in your sails

I am the wind in your sails

I am the wind in your sails

This year has been a fulfillment of life long dreams. Two things I have always, since I was 14 years old, dreamed of doing were to live in Costa Rica for at least one year, and teach internationally.  

Though it seemed at times, I was running away from some difficult circumstances, I felt like making this move truly was a call in my life I needed to fulfill. This journey was a voyage God was asking me to take, and the timing was perfect. 

I arrived to this land of Pura Vida August 20, 2016. I was greeted  by lush green landscape, blue waters, and beautiful people.  With a joyful heart and high hopes I began down a new path toward a horizon of healing, new life, and adventures.  

Fast forward 365 days and here I am, more alive than ever. My life has been changed by this experience. I have made a dozen new friends, I am  finishing second trimestor grades for students I love, and this once foreign country feels like home. 

God in his grace, is so kind. He is so faithful to bring me out of what was a really dark place in my life and lead me so beautifully through this major transition. 

In one year, I have experienced so many wonderful places, sights, sounds, people, and moments. I have seen so much of Costa Rica, traveled to Panama, Nicaragua, and back to the US three times. I feel I am on vacation most days, yet I am working harder than ever in my life. I am even so thankful for every challenging opportunity for growth and development. I am amazed everyday as I look out my window to the sunrise over the mountains, trek through the jungle to school, or out at the painted sky stretched over the ocean. 

I don't know exactly what's next, but I will trust the wind in my sails to guide me.  








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