Well, I did it! I finished my first semester here at Schechter last Tuesday and have since been catching up on my sleep, reading and enjoying life. It is amazing how revived I feel after a week without constant learning, grades, Hebrew, sickness, etc. I guess part of it also probably has to do with the beautiful day outside. I think they are all interconnected. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed. After pushing myself physically and mentally to the max this semester, my body clearly needed a bit of time to rest up. And now that the rain has passed, the sun is shinning brightly, the air is warm and relaxing. I feel alive. I am grateful for the sun, the warmth, the beauty of the world around me.

I learned a great deal this semester, about myself, my learning habits, what i value, and where I want to go. But I also learned that sometimes I push myself too hard, and don’t stop to take time and enjoy the beauty of life. I don’t take time to make myself smile, to remember the good that is very much there. So often this past semester, I focused on the bad because that is what was most prominent in my days, because that was just easier. Now that I have taken a step back, have seen the refreshed me, I can see where I went wrong. Here’s hoping this next semester that begins in 2 weeks will be better.

In the meantime, I am enjoying living in Israel again, like I enjoyed my time here before I began classes. I have many trips planned over the next 2 weeks including a weekend in Eilat, a day trip to Petra, and one to Cesaria perhaps. Here I am, exploring my world, finding myself, growing, learning and loving!!


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