Six Months..

November 28, 2013

Today marks 6 months I packed up and left the hustle and bustle world known as America and set out to travel the world.. by myself. I have leaned so much these past six months that’s its impossible to put into words. Some people probably think I am crazy for leaving my “good job” and sacrificing everything to take this trip. Well I know this, it’s the best damn decision I have ever made. I have learned so much about myself and others that it is a priceless value I will forever hold. I am not going to lie, there have been a handful of times of loneliness and frustration where I just wanted to pack up and go home to everything safe and familiar but without these challenges my trip would not be what it is today. However, in these hard times I just center myself whether through meditation or alcohol (or both) and I look at the sky and realize exactly where I am and how grateful I am to be standing right here at this moment. It doesn’t always work right away, as I am only human, but in time it puts me back into place. The hardest part about traveling is leaving the people you meet. There are a handful of people that I can’t imagine not seeing again in my life. When I think of them I miss them so much my stomach aches and I want to scream. The individuals, both locals and backpackers, I have encountered on this trip have changed me in ways indescribable. The list goes on and on and one can only hope that one day we shall meet again. If not, I will always have the memories close to my heart as I am forever grateful to everyone I have met along the way and the experiences we have shared. They all have a particular role in my journey and I am forever indebted for their impact on me. // There is a book (and a horrible movie) that all backpackers find themselves getting compared to at one point in their trip which simply isn’t true. The general consensus is that no one likes being compared to this movie however there is one quote that always rings true… I can’t believe I am resorting to it however it is applicable so here we go.. “If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I miss you dearly but the show much go on.

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Family (Face)Time

November 27, 2013

Had a GREAT Morning!! I got to FaceTime with my Grandma and Grandpa. They’re quite up to date with the technology I might say… From Facebook to FaceTime. Mima is still crazy as ever, making me laugh uncontrollably and Papa is always there for some good reason… AND they understood where I am coming from when I mentioned moving to Australia. Ah how I miss you guys, but technology brings me right back home. I just wish I could hug you. I have the best family ever.. Love them to pieces.

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Nusa Lembongan

November 26, 2013

I misunderstood my friend Bouch and booked a boat to an island thinking it was someplace else. I couldn’t be happier with my “mistake”. So much quieter than Bali. This is the view from my hostel.. Very colorful. I can’t wait to photograph the pristine beaches later on today.. And we are on the sunset side! Tomorrow morning there is a local “ceremony” of sorts and we were already invited to join. I met these two wonderful individuals from Canada on the boat and we have linked up and are staying at the same hostel. Now it’s time to hit these beaches!

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Friendsgiving

November 24, 2013

This is my face when I think about my family and friends back at home. I really miss you guys and I’m so thankful for each of you. Time for beers on the beach. “It’s like that”. Happy Friendsgiving everybody. Gotta love the Sunday before Thanksgiving!

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Ubud, Bali

November 20, 2013

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Beautiful place. But I didn’t see Julia… WHERE’S JULIA?!? In all seriousness, it’s quite a spiritual place. Incense burning in front of each doorstep, colorful prayer flags everywhere, ancient statues throughout, pagodas towering ahead, monkeys running amok and some straight up amazing new friends. However, onward to the chaotic Kuta. Since in some months time I’ll be moving to Australia, I may as well get used to the Aussie madness now. Let’s hope this rain clears up. It’s the rainy season Indonesia but that isn’t stopping us.

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Malang Instameet

November 17, 2013

Leavin Malang, Indonesia heading to Bali. I left a day late because I missed my bus but couldn’t be happier that I missed the bus because today my @Instagram friends had a “InstaMeet” with the community with challenges and guest models. Everyone gathered in the name of photography taking photos and just sharing constant laughs. We had a sponsor, a telephone company, who provided water and gave me a T-Shirt. They called me their guest of honor, the random American in the group. It was a humbling experience. Everyone took turns taking a personal photo with me, it was quite awesome! Almost everything I did was followed by a laugh or a smile. One of the best things about language barriers is that words are exchanged with body language, motions and laughter. They all were SO kind and nice to me, it felt like I was at home. Unfortunately, my time in Malang has come to an end. It is filled with great memories and new found friends. Indonesia is turning out to be such a great place. Now we will continue to stay in touch through Instagram. This is the turn out for the event below. They all insisted I stand in the middle, just another sign of their kind heartedness. I also had my first Portrait Photography shoot and posted a photo a little earlier. There are so many to choose from it was difficult. Anyways, I’m Bali Bound! I am on a bus and only 11 more hours to go! My friends got me the local price too, only $8.00 for quite a long distance (Ferry Included!). Adios Amigos.

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