I’m sure this will come as a surprise to no one, but I have to officially say that this last year has been the wildest, weirdest, and most life-changing one of my life thus far. There were so many things that happened, so many new places that were visited, and so many ways in which I grew, and in that I declare that 2018 was a game changer. I solo-traveled for the first time in March, followed closely by my big solo-trip around Europe; I learned more about who I am and the way I’ve been made (thanks for the assist, enneagram — a 4w3 right here); I learned how to identify my feelings and work through them in a healthy way; my confidence and belief in myself skyrocketed; I embraced my single status and am (finally) thriving in it; and — most importantly — I stepped into more freedom and abundance as I’ve continued to follow Jesus. It hasn’t been an easy year — not in the slightest. But it has undoubtedly been the best one yet.
So here it is: a quick recap of this last year . . . Read More
It has been just over six weeks since returning from my Europe trip, six months since I left the states to start that adventure, and about one year since sharing the news that I was leaving Nashville to move back to California to prepare for the trip. It’s an understatement to be sure, but the last year has been a complete whirlwind of emotions and growth that included countless bouts of loneliness, excitement, frustration, and everything in between. After living in that beautiful city for four years, leaving who and what I knew and loved in Nashville proved to be one of the hardest decisions I’ve made thus far, only being slightly surpassed by choosing to solo-travel around Europe for almost five months. Both were difficult choices to make, and yet both were worth it in almost every way.
Speaking of, I realize that I haven’t properly shared an update on how the second half of the trip went (first half is recapped here), and the easiest way to do so is to say that it was even more eye-opening and life-changing than the first. Read More
Dubrovnik, Croatia was easily one of my favorite cities that I got to spend time in during the first half of my Europe trip. It was also the hardest city to get to (cough *27 hour travel day*), but was totally worth the travel headache because the city itself was stunning, the people were so kind, and I left with countless incredible memories. If you don't know much about Dubrovnik, it is one of the largest cities in Croatia, it borders the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, and it's a massive filming location for the likes of Game of Thrones and more recent Star Wars movies, which has become a big tourism draw in the last few years. Whether or not that matters to you, I can't fangirl enough and say that everyone should make it a priority to visit and experience all that Dubrovnik has to offer. Here is a short list of things to do when you find yourself in Dubrovnik, Croatia! Read More
It's hard to believe, but I have officially reached the halfway point of my massive trip through Europe! I have been traveling for eleven weeks so far and still have another eight to go, and I’ve already learned and grown so much. Solo-traveling through countless beautiful cities, exploring different cultures, and eating so much good food along the way has been so good for my soul, and instead of writing out some of those details, I've decided to do something totally new and different! Here is the first "Real Talk with Gennean" video! Warning: get ready for all the quirkiness. Read More