Hello, world! みなさん、こんにちは!

The title of this introductory post may seem strange to most of you, but it has a very particular meaning to me. Today — January 11th — the 8th album of my favorite band hit shelves in Japan. The title of the album is “Ambitions,” and I felt that this truly resonated with me and what I want out of 2017 and the rest of my life. It seemed fitting to title the first post on this “rebranded” blog with something that resonates with my feelings about the future. 💪🏻

A Daring Adventure has gone through many phases since it was born in 2015, but two years later it has finally reached a point that feels right. When I initially decided on the name for this blog, I did it with a life well-lived in mind. I wanted this blog to grow with me as I went on adventures both big and small. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t have the slightest idea what sort of adventures I wanted to take. I was sorely lacking in direction.

So I’m packing up my things in 7 months and heading to Japan!

On September 6, 2017, I’ll leave America behind until August 2018 and trade it for Japan. I’m entering a study abroad program for intensive language study in Osaka, a city roughly four hours southwest of Tokyo and just an hour from Kyoto. I decided on this in July 2016, and I haven’t looked back since. I’m unbelievably excited for this adventure, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. 😚 No decision has ever felt as right as this decision to go to Japan.

What does that mean for this blog?

I don’t want a “niche” blog.

This blog will be 100% me — my stories, thoughts & opinions, photography, and language journey. It’ll be a place to share my adventures big and small that happen in and outside of Japan, and within that frame I want to share my favorite places and travel tips. I especially want to chat about food, health, and beauty products (I jumped on the Korean skincare regime last October and haven’t looked back!).

Essentially, I want an online space that reflects me as a person.

I hope you will all stick around in the months — and maybe even years — to come. I can’t wait to get this blog running and truly see where it goes along with me and my adventures in the future!

In the mean time, here’s a song from Ambitions that I love to pieces. Take care. 💕

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