On Solo Travel

In July I had the opportunity to travel solo to the beautiful Iceland to get a new visa before starting a new job at Spotify. I’m not usually once to enjoy time alone, but I wanted to share two of the reflections I encountered while venturing on my own.

This isn’t a typical type of photo I’d post on Instagram but seeing it just makes me so happy. There’s water in the lens, my hair is a mess and it would’ve been far better had someone else taken it but that’s exactly why I love it – it represents that I’m still sticking to my pact for 2019 of doing the things I love, even when I don’t have company.
I’ve gone to musicals and concerts alone this year, sat solo in restaurants, laid out in the park for hours on end, traveled to new places and moved to one of the world’s biggest cities, by my freaking self!!! It may sound small, but this has been one of my biggest and hardest lessons to learn: I am truly my own best company and I’m getting more and more comfortable with that each day. 💁🏻‍♀️ If you’d asked me a decade ago what I expected to be doing at 28, driving solo around Iceland for 6 hours in a day would have been far from the life I’d imagined for myself but I am learning to love and embrace every second of it 😊 Life is truly unexpected in the best possible ways ✨


 

Of all the places I’ve traveled, Iceland is by far the most tranquil and magical. 18 months ago when I visited the Blue Lagoon, I was in a strange place in life – I was broken after my relationship ended and felt lost in a city I was desperate to get out of. This beautiful place gave me a place to heal, breathe and just stand in awe at the wonder of nature as I prepared to face my next chapter. But if I’m honest, I never thought I’d have the chance to return.
Yet here I am, 557 days later, on the brink of yet another chapter and with my heart in a totally renewed place. I’m truly the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, and I’m so grateful for another chance to come to this quiet, magical country and reflect on what came before and what lies ahead of me. I’ve found a home and family in New York City, and on Monday I embark on my next dream job at Spotify. I’m nervous, anxious, curious and excited all in one, but most of all, just so damn thankful that life brought me here again to prepare me for this next adventure. Let’s do this! ✨💕

 

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