Big Adventure

Wow, where does the time go?

One moment we get a new puppy, I reflect on the wildness of getting of said new puppy, and now it’s weeks later and time for my trip to Thailand.

THAILAND!

It feels so surreal to be going on this trip at all, much less to be leaving tomorrow. I’m packing lighter than I’ve ever packed in my life (given my many misadventures with TOO MUCH STUFF)…

IMG_0534…and am frankly thrilled to discover what’s come over me in my audaciousness.

You’re doing what??!?

I’m going for 10-days, half-way around the world, with nothing but the remarkably light pack on my back.

This is so incredibly different than anything I’ve ever done and I’m…I’m…there are scarcely words to describe how over-the-top this all feels.

And at the same time, it feels absolutely grounded and sure and comfortable and right. As if I’m opening a door that’s been closed for some time, allowing me to access some aspect of myself that took a backseat almost 20 years ago.

It’s been that long since I’ve traveled overseas. And this is my first ever adventure traveling with a girlfriend as a co-pilot.

I’ve grown quite accustomed to adventuring solo.

Which, when I think about it, is pretty telling. But I’m so ready to branch out and let go and trust that I don’t have to do it (whatever “it” happens to be at the time) all on my own.

Great things will come of reacquainting myself with my wanderlust and openness to the unknown. Of creating space for the new, the different, and the wonder of it all.

And of joining forces with a partner-in-crime, building friendship and sisterhood and connection in the process.

Meanwhile, T will be holding down the fort working on this project…

IMG_0532(the deck we’ve been dreaming of since we bought the house 5 years ago)

while the little one works on his project…

IMG_0527(letting his razor-sharp puppy teeth dig into something other than human flesh, something I’ve been dreaming of since he came home 7 weeks ago ;) ).

WILD!

The electric anticipation of getting on that flight tomorrow is a bit subdued by the melancholy of missing. Such a strange blend of emotion as I leave home — the center of such grounding domestic activity — and set out on this journey that promises big, beautiful adventure in the wild unknown.

One enormous step outside my comfort zone to invite in what is being offered me.

I have a feeling it has much to do with this…

IMG_8289…and how they have been guiding me steadily these past two years.

They have been showing up everywhere lately, ever since we booked our trip in February…

IMG_0265…here are two of my favorites!

As part of our cross-Thailand itinerary, we will be spending two days at an elephant preserve, tending to the lovable pachyderms, spending the night in a bungalow on-site in the jungle, and spending every possible moment in their presence.

To see what they have to teach.

What a gift.

I am truly humbled and grateful and over-the-moon at this life and the opportunities that await us at every turn, when we are ready and willing and able to say YES!

Where would you travel right now if you could? Let yourself DREAM BIG!

As always, I’d love to hear…

So, I humbly ask for your wishes of peace for us on the journey. And here’s to the next couple of weeks full of love and light and nourishing elephant ease…

Big adventure, indeed. <3 //