The last two weeks have been full of goodbyes, and though goodbyes are never easy, I have been so touched by the kind and encouraging words I have been given. Everyone has been so positive and I just can't tell you how good it feels to know so many people support and believe in me. I really feel like I can accomplish anything!
So, after a brief stop in Winston-Salem to visit Emily and my cat Leo (she will be taking care of him while I'm in Brazil) now I'm back in Hermitage (the town I grew up in) and visiting with friends and family while running lots of errands and getting packed! I have spent a lot of time with one of my best friends from High School, Kyleigh, and her adorable baby daughter, Pearl. Tonight I'm awaiting the arrival of my boyfriend, Christopher, who is driving all the way from Chapel Hill to spend my last few days in town with me as well as take me to the airport on Friday. Even though we've both been trying to prepare ourselves for this goodbye for some time, it's not going to be an easy one. Chris and I have grown very close over the past few months especially, and he's been a huge support system for me getting ready for this adventure. Needless to say, I will miss him a whole lot.
That's all for today, will try to write again before I take off!