Pretty much every single day I look around and think to myself
You have an amazing life. Look at all that you have accomplished! You achieved one of your biggest goals by moving to Europe. This is so freaking cool!
Literally that has gone through my head at some point every single day for the past year. And it usually happens during something completely mundane and normal – like going to the grocery store or on a run, for example. Those small, unimportant moments remind me that I am doing those small, unimportant moments where people can only dream of living! It is a humbling moment that reminds me how cool my life is.
But I would be lying if I told you I was able to move to Spain on my own hard work and dedication. Yeah, there was hard work and dedication involved, but that alone would have never found itself in Spain. It might have made it as far as the Spanish Consulate. What really pushed me and helped me to achieve this goal were my friends and family back home. And trust me, there is no fun in achieving your goals when you don’t have people to share it with!
As amazing as my friends back in Atlanta were to me, and despite how cool my life is, I also often catch myself feeling really guilty and selfish for taking on this challenge. In the year that I have lived abroad, I have missed some really important moments in the lives of my friends – weddings, babies, promotions, …. more weddings (I’m almost 25 and from the South, don’t forget!).
Every time another major event takes place in the lives of those that helped me to get where I am today, I feel so bad for not being a part of their experience like they were for mine. Granted, I might have the best excuse in the book, it doesn’t make it any less crappy.
Let’s be honest, I’m just mad I missed out on some killer cakes…
So I wanted to make a special thank you and apology to all of those that supported me in my journey. Your friendship and motivation allowed me to achieve a goal I never would have been able to do on my own. Furthermore, I want to sincerely apologize for missing your special day…or days, if that’s the case! I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you and be the support you were for me. While I can’t change this as it is now in the past, I want you to know that I solemnly promise to be a part of all of the big moments of your future.
‘How can you do that from Spain?’ you might be asking yourself. Well I can’t.
But I promise to be a part of all your special days in the future because I won’t be living in Spain anymore.
That’s right friends, Life With a Fork, or Sarah as most of you know me, will be moving back to the good ol’ U S of A at the end of July and I couldn’t be more excited! I love Spain and it will always have a special place in my heart, but it is time to come back to the people who allowed me to achieve my dream. It’s my turn to help them achieve theirs!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all my friends and family for all of your help, encouragement, well wishes, love, and support. I would have never been able to achieve this without you!
– This is just a small glimpse of the things I’ve missed while I have been away. –