Monday Mood: I feel... sentimental.

Today I'm leaving for India-
which marks the beginning of a big adventure,
but also closes a significant chapter in our book.

Our Oxford flat is now bare bones.

Our closets are mostly empty,
our fridge only has the a few, neglected abandoned condiments.

The rest  is just sitting for movers to take
and move into London when we return.

While it's terribly exciting to think
about all the things we will see over the next month
as we explore India & Tuscany,
it's really sad to think of what we won't be seeing again
after that point.

We will return knowing that "home" just won't be the same.

I've been spending moments with friends,
looking up at the architecture as I walk to town,
and honestly, feeling really sad.

It's hard to move on 
when you are in a place that is just so good.

How do you give up what you know to be good
and take that risk into what might turn out to be any less?

It's hard, it's scary, it's exciting...
but either way,
it's been worth it.

This year in Oxford has been life changing for us.

I can't believe we got to be a part of something so wonderful,
and I know in later years,
I'll really miss this special time in our lives.

But excuse me for being a sap,
but these are few things 
that I'm not ready to leave.

the formal college dinners

hilariously epic nights with the MBA programme

a home that oozes with culture.
 shakespeare in the quod of the bodelian library?  just everyday life here in oxford!

i'll really miss this: hanging out and enjoying time with our friends.  we love you all!

getting to use amazing facilities for everyday events...
 this oxford building might look familiar... its the infirmary on harry potter!

having a schedule that has allowed to us to travel our faces off... and fall more in love!

But what will break my heart whenever I see pictures of it?
This place. The Radcliffe Camera...
 it's my favorite. 

On the bright side...
I think London is going to look really good
on this Aspiring Kennedy.

*all images are original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Oh my goodness, you are at such a protean stage of your life, as an old l married lady I am so envious, have a wonderful time in India and Tuscany.
    You'll soon be bouncing babies on your knee and dreaming of all these past travels and adventures.

  2. But of course you should feel sentimental, just think of all the places you'll go! Happy travels.
    Yes,in no time, you'll soon be bouncing babies....and fond memories of your foot loose and fancy free life! (I agree with Bourbon&Pearls)

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in england... but lady ENJOY your upcoming trips!! INDIA and TUSCANY?!!? sounds like a dream :) love every minute of it :) and take tons of photos! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  4. Lauren! You will fall in love with the next city you and Tyler are in. You both have a passion for adventure and exploring. I bet wherever you go God will bless you both tremendously! Be safe and have fun in India for me! So jealous!!!

  5. Your plans sound wonderful and so incredibly exciting! I wish you an amazing time in India & Tuscany. I havent been to India (its on my list) but I can assure you will fall in love with Tuscany, it is incredible. xx

  6. What a beautiful experience you and yours have been able to have. It makes my heart sigh for you both! It's right to cherish these moments, and thank you for sharing a few of them with us. Good luck with your travels, and continue to love life like you do!

  7. It's only natural that you should feel somewhat sad...and who ever said a little bit of sap was bad?? Thanks so much for sharing your England treasures with me, I have loved following your discoveries and adventures and this will definitely be an experience you'll always remember. Have an absolutely wonderful time on your journeys next month!!! xoxo Clare

  8. Just think of all the new adventures and experiences your life will take you to! You will have these memories forever. Have a great time in India and Tuscany! Sounds like a dream to me!

  9. aww. i wish you a most wonderful trip to India & Italy (Tuscany?! Really?! so jealous.) you have many exciting things in store, but being sentimental is understandable. best of luck with everything Lauren! can't wait to read about your travels.

  10. What a magical year you've had! Though a month in India and Tuscany doesn't make me feel too bad you're leaving..... :) I'm terrible at goodbyes and change, so I understand, but I'm sure London will be just as wonderful.

  11. safe travels...thinking of you in India...have a wonderful time. This year has certainly been one of the highlights of a lifetime(and yes the Bod is probably the most iconic of the sights around this beautiful town)...going to miss you too...but YAY for London...x

  12. I am sooo excited for you! I cannot believe what an epic adventure you are living. Okay, will I see you when you get back? I'll have to email you for sure.

  13. Have a safe trip! I'm sure it will be very sad not returning to Oxford, but at least you had the opportunity to live there for a year. :) London should be very exciting when you return!

  14. Treasured times...and just remember, Oxford will always be there, to visit and enjoy...and maybe, if life one day live in never know, it's not going anywhere soon!
    Have a fabulous time in India, what an adventure that will be!
    xo J~

    (loved seeng the 'infirmary'!)

  15. Such an amazing opportunity and wonderful memories that were made. I am sure you will back more than once to visit!! xo

  16. Hi, I love reading about your adventure in Oxford. My husband and I are about to move to Durham, England where he will be pursuing a PhD. Do you have any tips as we move? Also where are you from? Your job while in Oxford sounds amazing, where you working for the University? I am attempting to find a job right now. Thanks!


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