Monday, November 7, 2016

30 Days of Thankful: Chloe Bortmas

One of my fondest memories while studying abroad was meeting sweet Chloe, who is sharing a personal narrative today as part of our hey sister campaign. We spent so many days walking the streets of Pau, France, indulging in patisseries and having long life talks. Grateful for your kind heart and goodness, Chloe. Thanks for being a part of our project! xo

Hi all, my name is Chloe Bortmas. I am a 21 aged student at the University of Mount Union in Ohio, where I study French. This time last year I was studying abroad in France. It sounds like a dream, and in ways it was, but it also tested me to my limits. I went through a period in my life where I was completely out of my comfort zone, away from the people I loved, and all while trying to learn a different language. All of these things combined turned into many anxious nights. While I was going through these changes, I realized I had a lot of people on my side who would not let me quit. There were days I wanted to buy a plane ticket and fly back to the states, but I knew I had people who were fighting for me and believed that I would come home so much stronger. I think that is one of the amazing things about being a woman. If you really look for it, you have women all around you who want you to succeed. Without some of the women I met in France, I honestly do not know what I would had done without the nights of laughing and talking about life. Or the women back home in the states, who would stay up late just to talk and pray with me. The five months that I was abroad changed me. And I am eternally thankful for that. I learned that going out of my comfort zone is what life is intended for. And life is certainly not intended for you to go it alone. This month, and every day I am beyond thankful for the women in my life who are always by my side and never let me give up, even when things get hard. I’m also so very thankful to be home this holiday season in the states. So here’s a huge thank you and hug to all the beautiful women out there who never let me quit and all around the world who encourage other women to go out and explore this beautiful world.

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