Mid-term Revelations

And now I want to talk about Edinburgh at present.  (This is the super fun part of waiting forever to blog… you all get to see my split personalities! Teeehee) Let’s be real, if you know me, this is as organized as my ADD lets me get 🙂

Room Evolve Sem 2

My room has evolved… Again 🙂

I’ve been having a moment or two.  You know, one of those “sit back and look at life” moments.  I am the kind of person who has been looking forward to her life, her whole life, if you follow.  I am always looking forward to the next step, waiting for the perfect.  Subconsciously putting my life on hold because I am holding out for what the future holds.

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It still takes my breath away.

For the first time in a VERY long time, my now and my future have collided.  I am happy here not just because I am living out a personal dream and goal, but because I truly feel like God has me right where I need to be.  I am happy because I feel like I belong.  I have spent many years being the odd one out and feeling just ok with it, because I knew who I was and I knew I just needed to find where I fit.  While this might not be where I stay, this is right where I belong, right now.

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My flat mates spoiled me for my birthday!

I have great flat mates who are fast becoming my family.  I feel like their mama bear and feed them my culinary creations… No one seems to complain haha.  They take care of me when I’m to stubborn to take care of myself, and we work through our struggles together that come with living in a foreign country.  I love them, and I will be truly heartbroken when I have to say goodbye in six months.

Valentine Cookies

Valentine’s Day treats 🙂

I have amazing classmates who remind me to LIVE in this awesome place we have all moved to!  They remind me to laugh no matter how rough the classwork is, and to take time to enjoy life instead of holing up in our dungeon *cough cough* er, studio.  We are all here to learn and grow as students, but I am learning so much more from these guys, my favorite goofballs 🙂

Goofy Classmates

I love them all 😀 Nehaa and Cristina | Cecilia | Chu and Christina extricating a bowtie off Kawin 🙂

I am blessed to have found a great church community.  The college-ish folk have accepted me and care for me like I have been there for years!  My dear friend Moira has firmly lodged herself in my heart from day one, and for reasons I still haven’t figured out, spoils me ROTTEN.  She has become my Scottish Grandma, this feisty 75 year old with more spunk than anyone I know.  She offered her HOUSE to my parents and I over Hogmanay, and slept at her neighbor’s house so the three of us could stay together!!! If that ain’t generosity, I don’t know what is.

Cheerleaders

By biggest cheerleaders. The hardest two to be away from…

And always always always, I have the love of my family and friends cheer-leading from 4112 miles away.  My heart aches from missing you, but the encouragement you send keeps me going when I feel like breaking down. You are all the reasons I had the courage to go on my big adventure.

Love from Home

Love from home 🙂

I am still learning, still loving, still laughing, still making mistakes.  I look a little less like a doe-eyed tourist and still explore the crevices of this old city.  It’s weird to think back to where I was last year and to imagine what I would be doing if I hadn’t said yes to this crazy adventure.  It makes me even more thankful to the people who kicked me out the door and told me not to be afraid, to live this adventure with my coattails blazing!  Even though I don’t know where I’m headed, I just keep walking where God tells me and find joy in knowing I am where he wants me to be 🙂

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Haggis, Neeps and Tatties for Burn’s Night! That’s about as Scottish as it gets 🙂

Love and Laughs,

-Taylor

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A Trip in a Time Machine

Hello there!  Life is good across the pond 🙂

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This is where my classes will be. Dude- seriously.

I’ve been here for just over a week, and I’m already in love with this city.  It truly feels like I’ve stepped back in time, like I’ve been sucked into a time warp and I’m living in the Renaissance.  Except I don’t think everyone wore stilettos, maxi skirts or had green hair back then… We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!!!

Room Evolve

Yay flats!  No not the shoes- apartments!  Despite being tiny my room is really cozy, and I’ve finally gotten things where I want them.  Campus poster sale, IKEA, and a borrowed airline blanket make for a not-so-dorm-like living space 🙂 My seven flat mates are all fantastic as well, hopefully you’ll get to see them in later posts!

There is a HUGE lovely kitchen, with lots of cabinet space, two ovens, and three refrigerators.  Even though we live in university accommodation, we have to provide most of our kitchen tools, any room enhancements, and toilet paper.  TOILET PAPER.  Seriously?!?  Of all the things to include you people give us electric kettles, but NOT TOILET PAPER?!? Apparently the UK has weird priorities…

Arthurs Seat

This being Fresher’s Week, there have been tons of events put on by the university to welcome new students to Edinburgh.  I attended a few new student seminars (Meh) Met with my program coordinator (AWESOME!!) Got a ton of great free stuff at a student free shop, joined nine student organizations, went on a coffee crawl to learn the cool local haunts, climbed Arthur’s Seat (the adjacent mountain) and went out to a pub with my flat mates.  It has been a crazy roller coaster ride of getting used to a new city/new school/foreign country, but I’m truly loving it so far.  I miss my mountains and trees though.  Daily family Skypes have made my homesickness MUCH lower than was expected 🙂

Tomorrow, Sunday, I have a job interview for a nanny position that would REALLY help me with finances.  Prayers and happy vibes would be much appreciated!  Tomorrow’s agenda also includes researching churches, finalizing my classes, and getting notebooks.

Haggis isn't as scary as it sounds!!!

Haggis isn’t as scary as it sounds!!!

I’m living each day as it comes and finding new blessings wrapped up in each one.  If the start is any indicator for the rest of the year, I’m going to have a hard time leaving this place 🙂

Love and Laughs,

-Taylor