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Finally back! [Diary Entry]

Wow, it actually feels great to be back and to write on my blog again. I’ve missed clicking on the “write a new post” and “publish” button after not doing it for a long time. It’s been so long that I can’t remember when exactly was the last time I published a post.

Anyhow, I’m happy to announce that I’m back!

Instead of directly publishing a new post about a specific topic, I feel like I owe you, my dear readers, an update on what I have been up to.

The last few months have been quite unreal. Many things happened, especially unexpected things. First, it all started with the moment I finalised the booking for my trip to France.

I don’t know if some of you guys happened to have read one of my old post, where I talked about how I was going through a hard time when I was in Thailand. But if you have, you would understand why this trip to Europe was kind of “my ray of sunshine through the clouds”. It’s what kept me going and hopeful at that time. I felt like I needed a new adventure, that I needed to breath new air. As some of you might know, I’m a sagittarius as well, so I can’t help but to constantly be hungry for something new. Being back in Europe in the summer was probably one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself. It was definitely not easy with all the travel preparations and restrictions but it was necessary.

It’s once I was in the plane that I realised how much I’ve missed travelling and how that’s what kept me inspired throughout the years. Sitting in an airplane again felt like a luxury, especially in Covid times (I know it must sound exaggerated but I promise, it truly felt like that). As the plane was in the air, I felt like a large part of the energy that weighing me down was vanishing, or at least being replaced with good and motivating ones.

Throughout the summer, I did as many activities as I could. I saw friends that I haven’t seen for years, as much as I could. I spent time with my family and I simply enjoyed all the little moments of life. It was the best feeling to be able to reconnect with people who I cherish the most. It’s crazy how by merely changing environnements, your mood can be improved and your life can change in a matter of days.

As summer went on, I had a constant though in my mind saying that I wasn’t ready to go back home yet. I felt too happy here. I felt like my time in Europe was not over yet; I still had a lot to experience and enjoy.

That’s when I decided, with a lot of thought, to take the decision of moving back to Europe. I’m thankful that my dad was very supportive at that time because it meant that I would take a new path and start a whole new life. At the same time, I did have a small thought about how I was going to miss Thailand. Because despite everything, I still made some great memories there. But this time, I felt like I had to listen to my guts and my heart, that were telling me to take on this new journey.

With no time to lose, I did all the necessary steps to begin settling in. I managed to find a new university and a new place that I would call home.

It’s in September that my “new life” truly started. I started to go back to class; this time in-person! I was so happy to be able to live a “normal” life again, where we didn’t need to stay at home and sit behind a computer all-day. As you can probably tell, I truly missed human connection. And I’m sure, most people feel that way still, after experiencing countless lockdowns and restrictions over the past years.

I slowly settled in and readapted myself to the new-normal life.

September was also one of my most unforgettable months because it was the first time, I was able to experience the bustling atmosphere of Paris Fashion Week. I never had the opportunity to be in Paris during Fashion Week before, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to reconnect with one of my passions. Each day after class, I would run to the show venues and enjoy seeing all the beautifully-put-together looks.

In the following months, I continued to do things that made me feel inspired and happy to be alive. On the less glamorous side, I continued learning about adulting. With my family still in Asia, I felt, and still feel, like I have to be dependant on my own self. Although, I don’t have much trouble with it, sometimes it can become difficult for certain things. But I believe that growth never comes from a place of comfort. So accepting that life will not always give you what you want, is a way of growing.

Now that I have been lucky enough to have chosen a new path that led me to be in a better place than ever before, I definitely feel more inspired. Therefore, I hope to continue sharing more of my experiences on my blog. So if there is anything that you want to see or you want me to talk about, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments. I hope that by sharing this post, I will be able to motivate or inspire some of you, in a way or another. 😊

Finally, if there’s two quotes that I would like to leave you with today, it would be these two:

“You are one decision away from a completely different life.” Mel Robbins

“Never believe that you don’t have the power to change your life.” Issariya

Lots of love,

Issa ♡

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