Someday, someone will hug you so tight, all your broken pieces will stick back together.

The countdown begins

Can’t believe we only have 22 days left here together😭.. It really went by too fast. I can’t believe God has taken me so far and has opened so many doors- from having Shanghai as one of my last choices to only staying semester to extending to one year to then getting an internship and hopefully staying for summer too.. Making it a full year in China. I had no idea I’d love it so much here, it’s incredible how one place and people can impact someone in such ways. I thank God for all the amazing lifelong friendships I’ve made here and I know these are some I will cherish forever. Our connection and our experiences here daily make us so close and I love that we will have gone through so much crazy fun junk together. These people are family- each 49 of them - and our jia is my home for life. I will miss everyone dearly when they leave but I just hope my visa stuff works out and I won’t be too lonely by myself here in the summer):
Gotta make the most of the next three weeks! The last of an incomparable year

Forgive. Forget. Fake it. Chin up. Wear lipstick, make lists, make sure your voicemail isn’t full. Mix protein shakes, send timely thank you notes, sip drinks more slowly, stare at adults’ eyebrows, smile without dimples, develop perfect posture. Be gracious, be kind, eliminate self-pity. Look in the mirror and shift your internal monologue from ‘How do I look?’ to ‘This is my face,’ from ‘What the hell am I doing?’ to ‘This is my life.’ Capitalize your emails, read the news, walk briskly, stay focused, and never, ever let on that you are somewhat lost and sometimes lonely and so completely confused (and would someone please just let me know what it is I’m supposed to do next, where exactly I’m supposed to go–). Just keep going. Go, and do not stop.

Mt. Sopris