Today is my last full day in Dublin! I head to Scotland tomorrow afternoon after travelling around Europe for six months on my own. So glad this trip is finally over! I’ve learned so much about myself and have a better idea about where I want to go in life, and I’m not just referring to places I want to visit in the future. This trip has helped me refine my personal and professional goals as well.
Once I’m settled in Scotland this week, I’ll do a complete summary of my six-month trip. I need some time to organise my thoughts into a clear, coherent video or two. I have lots of information to share!
This trip and this year abroad has changed me (no surprise!). I feel like I experienced the biggest change here in Dublin. When I first arrived here, I was hell-bent on staying fully raw no matter what, and even though I struggled with it I didn’t want to give up on that goal. But instead of being easy on myself and understanding when I would deviate from this plan, I found myself harshly criticising and punishing myself for simply wanting to eat other foods.
I felt lost and confused mainly because when you travel alone, you don’t have anyone to talk to in person. I couldn’t vent or express my frustrations to anyone, and it’s hard for me to believe others could understand what I’m going through. While speaking to my boyfriend helped me immensely, I don’t think I would be where I am today if I never met my new friend Sheila here (thanks to Instagram).
We hung out several times, chatted so much, and went on a few day trips from Dublin. Befriending someone so genuine and caring helped me understand that we can and should be kind to ourselves. Just breathe and take it one step at a time. Be true to yourself first, and don’t force yourself into a strict regime for no good reason.
I really can’t express how awesome it was to connect with another vegan friend who seemed to completely understand where I was coming from. She really made my time in Dublin worthwhile and I’m so grateful we had the chance to meet! ❤️
I hope you have a great weekend! Catch you on Monday. 🙂