OG Selfie Status: Unlocked! Sharing this vintage photo from my summer studying abroad in Paris. I had every reason NOT to go... had a boyfriend back home, fearful family members who thought it was unsafe and the biggest obstacle of all - no money! I tearfully left the boyfriend behind, promised my parents I'd be careful, took out a loan and went anyway! I studied French and photography and gained the confidence that lead me to a career as a blogger / publicist / journalist / photographer / TV host / yada yada. I can promise you this: that photography class has been far more beneficial than the silly boy I was so afraid to leave behind. And yeah, I'm STILL paying on that student loan, but I've traveled around the world and back since then, and it all started with a summer abroad. #STUDYABROADBECAUSE it's the first step on an epic journey. You don't know until you go!