Happy New Year!!!

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A little over a week into the new year and I’m still relatively excited about everything that’s going to happen…excited and a bit overwhelmed. There will be a lot going on this year: tests to be given, conferences to attend, as well as the the arrival of the Kosovo 2 cohort. I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions for myself, and if I had I would have broken every last one already, seeming as I haven’t done anything in a constant fashion since the year started. Instead, I decided to be more mindful of things, things that I need, things that I have to accomplish, and also the needs of others around me, which is a really big one to consider as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

I don’t know what this blog’s purpose will be in 2015, if it’s to give advice, tell a story, or allow me to stream of consciously narrate anything and everything that’s happening to me (it’s probably not that one), but I know this to be true: six months, three seasons, and one new year later, joining Peace Corps and coming here to serve in Kosovo is still one of the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. It’s not easy. Life here is not easy, being a PCV is not easy, and I’d be lying through my teeth if I said it was. It’s worth it though. I hope I still feel that way come August 2016, but for now it’s true. Here look:

Have you ever seen a pretty sunrise?

Have you ever seen a prettier sunrise?

The experiences that I’ve been given here, the friends that I’ve made, even the trials that I face, all make serving here worth it.┬áSo in 2015, whether it’s finally deciding to apply for Peace Corps, doing that study abroad you’ve been dreaming about, asking that person out, or going on an adventure of a lifetime, whatever it is just try it. 2015 will be the best year of your life, not just because you believe it, but because it’s the one you’re living now. Go do something you think is worth it.