How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard? -Winnie the Pooh

This is will be my last blog post from the United States for a while. My first flight to Japan takes off in less than 12 hours. All of the stress and preparation has been worth it. I am so excited about this new journey that I am about to embark on. As excited as I am, I feel like it’s only proper to reflect on the time I have spent here for the past two months.


Currituck, and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia has always been my home. I have lived here all my life. I still have friends that I first met when I was like four years old. This place will always be home to me.

It was amazing that I was able to have this time to spend with everyone. For those of you who took time out of your own busy lives to spend some time with me; y’all seriously have no idea how much that meant. That goes for family and friends. We have all had some good times within the past couple months. When you are about to basically start a whole new life, it really makes you appreciate those who are there for you and willing to donate their time to make you happy. I’m usually the kind of person who is always focused on others and making sure they are happy, and comfortable. It was odd at first having people wanting to do things for me in order to make sure I am having a good time. And y’all know who you are!

I’ve found that when you leave home, sometimes you can lose touch with even some of your best friends. I am so lucky that I had this time to reconnect with those I’ve lost touch with. You know they’re a true friend because you pick right back up where you left off as if nothing changed. I really don’t have tons of friends. The ones I do have, I am so grateful for. I can’t thank you guys enough for the happiness you have given me. I will miss you all so very much. 

A big thank you also to my family who has spent this time with me. Some people aren’t so lucky to have a lot of their family closet by. I feel like I am very lucky that I have most of my immediate family all within a driving distance to my home town. The fishing was fun, the lunches, dinners, and just regular old talking time was the best. I wouldn’t replace any of this time spent for anything. 

I honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing about how I spent my time at home. I did everything I wanted to do, I went everywhere I wanted to. I know it’s sounding repetitive, but I am so thankful for all of you for all that you do. I consider myself very lucky to have all of you in my life. I’m happy that we live in this day and age that we can continue to share our life experiences, even if we are 7,000 miles away. 

Now this is checked off my list, I can finally get some rest before the big day tomorrow. Wish me luck! The next time you hear from me on here, I will be in THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN. 

Sayonara, America! It’s been real! See you in 3-5.

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