Mhmm…croissants! The buttery, flaky goodness that is lite and airy in your mouth, yet sweet and filling at the same time. The perfectly golden brown color that is just the right amount of a small crunch on the outside followed by a soft doughy inside. I think I could go on and on about details of this savory French pastry that will make your mouth water. I bet you could now take a guess that I am a big fan of croissants, well to be honest I just love all food in general, but in particular croissants! During the first few years of my undergrad experience another fellow croissant lover and I would always have a contest to see how many we could eat during brunch in the dining hall. I believe we got up to 6 a piece just as a warm up!
While you might be thinking this is a lot of mumbo jumbo it does serve a purpose, just follow along.
Since I really like croissants and croissants are from France then naturally, I too like France. Therefore, another thing you should know about me is that I really really want to go to Paris, France at some point in my life. This dream first started in middle school when I made a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of Popsicle sticks for a class project (talk about tough) and has been on the bucket list since.
It used to just be a dream to tell people, but I never knew if it would be something I could attain. Up until a few years ago I had never been on a plane. I used to look at taking a friend to the airport as a fun field trip because even the airport was something I had never experienced before! Finally, after nineteen years of being “ground bound” per say I got on my first flight on an amazing trip to California!
I was a nervous wreck on the flight, don’t worry we documented the whole thing, but it was like nothing I had ever experience before. There was a whole new perspective of beautiful views and sights I never knew existed. My favorite is looking down at a lit up city at night. It is incredibly breathtaking, and it reminds me just how small I am compared to this massive world! This trip is when I knew the dream of traveling to Paris will become a reality at some point in my life. I had now been bitten by the “travel bug” and would never be the same! It is so invigorating to explore a new city, taking in new sights, encountering different people and just living in a world full of limitless adventures for a while.
Since my first trip I have been lucky enough to travel to San Francisco, Charleston, NYC and Nashville all in just two years. I have found that not only is there excitement in traveling, but there is also freedom. Reflecting back I noticed that I have experienced lots of personal growth and maturing during these trips, because I began to find myself and find what in life makes me overwhelmingly happy! Traveling falls underneath that category. I have now started adding to the list that only contained one city for over half a decade, which is so exciting! I am literally able to see a personal passion grow. You might think it is strange, but when I see a croissant I do not just see a favorite food anymore, instead I see inspiration, different cultures and an aspiration. What will be the spark that ignites the specific passion for you?
If the dream is stirred in you and opportunities arise conquer your nerves and choose to explore the world to find what makes you insanely joyful!
Oh and don’t worry, I handle flights much better now!
Spread contagious Joy & Laughter.