“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops — at all….”
~Emily Dickinson

After a year of heartbreak, loss, grief, anxiety, and what seemed like never-ending stress, I decided that I needed an outlet. Not to vent my frustrations, but an outlet that may one day help someone who was where I had been. I had fallen into the deepest depths of darkness and I didn’t know how to get out. Then one day it hit me. Why was I unhappy? Why was I wasting away my youth? I had let myself forget who I was and what I wanted out of life. So I made a list. Everything I wanted to achieve in life, every place I wanted to go, everything I wanted to learn. I wrote it all down and slowly the darkness began to fade.But still, I needed something to push me just a little further. I needed an excuse to live my life to its fullest potential. There were to be no more nights spent wishing and hoping that I could be happier, that I could be better. I would go out there and build my own happiness. I would be one of those girls who never stops smiling because she knows that life is wonderful.

But who am I, anyway? Well, on the surface I’m a 24 year old girl from Sydney. A law graduate wishing to one day become a sports lawyer. Which, I suppose leads me to the next thing about me – I love football (the soccer kind), tennis and f1. So much so that I want a career in it. What else…? Cat lady. Yup, I’m a lover of cats. I’m happiest when I’m watching live music and I truly believe that travel is the best medicine. I think that the sunshine is the cure to any bad day or week. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always Nutella and tea!

Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that, above all else, I am passionate. I suppose that’s why my career of choice is law. I fight for what I believe in and when I love, I love with all of my being. Be it another human being, a sports team, a character in a book (I’m looking at you, Mr Darcy!), or a random new hobby. It won’t be long before you realise it! I wear my heart on my sleeve, which means I’m a terrible liar. And, despite what I say, I will never stop believing in true love.

I guess that makes me a dreamer, but I wouldn’t live life any other way. What is the point of living if you have nothing to strive for? Personally, I strive to one day live abroad (Munich? Amsterdam? Zurich?), learn a third language, continue my travel adventures, see the Northern Lights, have a job that I love (it’s possible), and perfect some insanely bendy yoga moves, just to name a few.

I cannot wait to start this journey with Sedef and anyone out there kind enough to read our words. Together the darkness will fade and we will shine the brightest hues our souls can possibly shine.

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