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seize the day

5 Nov

Carpe diem.  Seize the day.  Make the most of today.  Everyday.  Of life.


I keep thinking about how important it is to be true to yourself and to satisfy yourself- your spirit, your soul, your aspirations and goals- on a broader scale rather than on day to day, quotidian terms.  I don’t want to take for granted my time here… I want to take advantage of it.  I want to go out and explore.  Take pictures. Feel free.  Connect.  Be happy.


The song “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” from the musical Avenue Q keeps coming back to me… it goes “I wish I could go back to college/ …I wish I had taken more pictures”.  I know my time here, both in France and in college, is short.  The song kind of reminds me of that and how I don’t want to look back with regrets.

I already posted a “Words to Live By” quote by Mark Twain here, but I think it captures this feeling perfectly, so I’ll share it again.  It goes:


In 20 years, you will be more disappointed by what you didn’t do than by what you did.

I think it’s something we all need to be reminded of once in awhile :)

Make the most of your day life.


Bienvenue à Rennes II

2 Sep


I know its been a long time.  Again.  But I have a really good excuse.  lol.  I really do.

Ok, so Monday morning Francois picked me up at the hostel, and brought me to the dorm.  Then he gave me a tour around the campus.  Apparently, I didn’t get the memo that the official arrival date changed (still confused about that one) and so I arrived several days, basically a week, early.  I’m still not sure when I was supposed to arrive, but oh well, I’m here.

Anyways, the past few days- really Monday & Tuesday- were hard, not going to lie.  Its really difficult to be in a foreign country, not know a soul (almost no one is in the dorms because I moved in early), and have no internet or phone.  I’m unpacked now and I found a nearby supermarket that I can buy necessities at (NOTE: Do not buy things like deodorant at one of the many pharmacies, it will cost €10 and make you smell like a man, I already made that mistake).

Today was a lot better because I got a phone card and called home.  I also took the metro downtown to explore and bought a French cell phone.  That was exciting :D  And the man who helped me buy it was really nice & helpful too.  Now when I meet people I will be able to contact them in the future! haha

I also found the most adorable stationary shop during my exploration today.  I can’t believe I did it, but as I was paying I put my bag from l’Orange (the cell phone store) down and left without it!!  I was soo lucky because I came back five minutes later and he had it behind the counter.  Lucky me!

Anyway, all is well over here, even if it was a little bumpy in the beginning.


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