Friday, November 24th, 2017

Yesterday was technically Thanksgiving, but it feels more like it now because I know all my friends and family are gathered together celebrating back in the States. I had a very happy day with my friends here in Bali, celebrating one of my favorite holidays – complete with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, veggies…and chicken! There are literally zero turkeys in Bali, so chicken it is! It was a wonderful day, but it feels even warmer now, the day after Thanksgiving. Knowing everyone in the States is thinking of what they’re Thankful for, and likely dozing off because of the tryptophan in the turkey, makes me so happy. There’s a collective, grateful energy swirling around and I can feel it!

During this time of the year, I love reflecting on my past year and realizing how fortunate I am. So many things to be thankful for. I could make a very, very, very long list of what I’m thankful for…but there’s one thing that jumps out of my mind when I’m asked, “What are you thankful for?”

Several months ago, the idea of heading to Bali started brewing in my mind. It quickly became a reality after taking the actions to leave my apartment, my job, and my city. I had so many people asking me the same sorts of questions. “What are you going to do?” “Are you independently wealthy?” “How long are you going to be there?”

A question I was asked several times was, “What does your family think?” That question was usually followed by, “My parents would flip if I wanted to do something like that!”

I loved answering that question. The truth is, my family has supported me 100% the entire way. There was never doubt; not a single person said, “Are you sure about this?!” I was all in for this crazy leap, and they were right behind me, encouraging me every step of the way.

Because of my family’s love and support, I’ve been able to appreciate and embrace my experiences in this magical world without any guilt or stress. But more importantly, if I didn’t have full support, I wouldn’t even be here in the first place. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I’m so very thankful for each and every one of you. 

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