Well Asia... you've been the sweetest slice of heaven.
I come from a place where I find myself constantly seeking new adventures, a place where change excites and inspires me while urging me to grow as a person. A place where loved ones are a quick phone call or visit away, a hug is easily accessible and a doctor is just a walk down the street. I've always appreciated the simple luxuries in life like toilet paper, a seated toilet, drinkable tap water, a hot shower, clean sheets and a simple opportunity... but now more so than ever.
If you follow me on social media, my 'highlight reel' has portrayed how glamorous and wonderful my life has been for the past 8 months. Depending on your definition of the two, at most times it certainly has been. The reality is, no matter what the circumstances are, we all have our amazing days and we all have tough days. I think a large percentage of it is controlled by our mind set and the rest are inevitable circumstances we’re forced to deal with on a daily basis. As much as it sometimes may seem like it, no one's life is perfect. I can graciously say that I'm a pretty freaking lucky girl. Although the journey is not always as easy as it may look, it's definitely worth it. I, like everyone else have my fair share of what seem like shitty days but I do wake up each morning with a smile on my face, knowing how fortunate I am.
I have embarked on a crazy adventure, made new life long friends, met all types of inspiring people, and have a huge gallery of unforgettable memories to look back on (most of which are nudes of Alex) when I'm 90 years old while I reminisce with the boys.
It's been 223 days since my initial Vancouver departure to Taiwan, 23 new countries visited and in my hand is a passport crammed full of beautiful stamps that have now restricted me to continue on to the rest of the trip. I’m 3 countries shy because I made an ultimate rookie mistake and didn’t realize my passport was almost out of pages. Although, spending time in Bali hasn't been so horrible... It's been the perfect place to finish off a big trip. Surfing, Yoga and complaining don't belong in the same sentence. Bali has been nothing but a dream.
I'm sitting at an airport alone, legs crossed, foot shaking a mile a minute waiting very anxiously for my flight to board where I will have a 24 hour travel day and continue on to the next chapter of my life. I'd like to think I will sleep on my flights but I know excitement will get the best of me.... so 10 romantic comedies it is. I can't wait to walk out of the airport gate and give my dad the biggest hug in the world and then have to wait to hug and kiss my mom because she's at school (I'm so proud of her and her eagerness to always want to learn more). Then I will thank my amazing boyfriend another million times for having the patience to put up with me... I don't know how anyone does it. Someone must be paying him. Then I will step right back into driving my wonderful sister crazy haha.
To summarize the last 8 months of my life in 10 words - A very epic, glorious, life changing, whirlwind of an adventure.
I will miss Asia and cherish all of my unforgetable experiences. I love my life back in Vancouver and am so excited to get back to shooting, exploring the mountains and getting ready for our next trip to visit 50 countries to Europe in April. To anyone in Vancouver that's looking to have photo's taken, I will be taking bookings as of Nov 20th until April.
I couldn’t be more grateful for this incredibly opportunity of traveling with Global Degree. We have the most ammmmazing sponsors - Flight Centre, Hostelworld, Monstercat, World Nomads insurance, and of course the Discovery Digital's Seeker Network, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for the best year of my life. Michael and Alex I love you boys. I’m so excited to share our experiences with you all.
See ya 70 lbs of extra weight, you are one thing that will not be missed. Hello high heels!
"Home is where the heart is."