So here I sit in bed, too nervous to sleep. Tomorrow I board a plane to London. I've never been to England before, but I've never even left the country before either. That's not to say that I don't travel; I've seen most of the States, more than most I'd guess. California and Hawaii were definitely my favorites, probably because the weather rarely drops below 60 degrees. Which makes England sort of an odd first overseas experience. To be honest, it wasn't my first choice, or even my second. Just a few months ago I was dreaming of bungee jumping in New Zealand. But life has a funny tendency to never work out the way I planned.
Okay, so that sounded a little like disappointment. It isn't though. You see, I met someone in a hostel in Asheville, NC this past September. This someone is from England, and I'm sure you'll be hearing more about him later. But, yeah, it seemed like a good excuse to visit somewhere I've never been before. I'll still jump off things in New Zealand someday. For now, this is where my life is taking me, and I couldn't be more excited.
I didn't want this first post to be so much of an obligatory introduction, but I suppose I should say a little about myself. I'm Shannon. I'm an illustrator, and a working one, too. Post college, I found my life had slowly become stagnant. It was a pleasant life, that's for sure. I mean, I was living in Savannah, GA, and there's definitely a reason they call it the Hostess City. It's the type of city that sucks you in and keeps you there. Although, deep down inside me, there was this growing feeling of unrest. I've never liked routine (probably why I chose to become a freelancer), and every part of me was saying Go! Get out! And that's what I did.
Now we're back to me sitting here in bed. I get goosebumps when I think that in a little over 24 hours, I'll be stepping onto foreign soil for the first time. This trip is going to have a lot of firsts. These thoughts are the things that reassure me.
See you tomorrow, England!