A new adventure awaits!

It’s one minute to midnight, and I am still not quite done with all the things that I said I would finish before May 19. But I’m powering through…

There is a box that I could definitely check off though; more like a collection of boxes, really, from this list that I’ve been keeping for about a month:

I can truthfully say that I’m packed and ready to go – although I have to admit that I have lost track of how many times I took stuff out of my suitcase (only to put other stuff in). At any rate, there will be no more changes to this version.

It has been a rather eventful week, and truly bittersweet. As I look forward to this new adventure, there were things that needed to be done that my daughter and I wish we didn’t have to do. She left for home the other day, and once again, we are separated by the Pacific Ocean and the states from the West Coast to the Mid-West of the United States. But life happens, and I have always believed that whatever happens, happens for a reason – and we must push forward and make the most of what we have.

In the meantime, I am truly grateful for this opportunity to learn, explore, and build relationships with people who I truly believe are as passionate as I am about preparing tomorrow’s leaders and prime movers for the roles that they are meant to fill in society. While I am no stranger to long-haul travel – it does take almost 24 hours of plane time and about 15 hours of layovers & driving time to get to my hometown of Davao City, Philippines to Blacksburg, VA – I have not traveled extensively; Europe is certainly one of the places on my bucket list. I cannot wait for what lies ahead… Zurich, here I come!


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