Thailand 2018: What pushed me to go?

For my first international trip ever, I went to Thailand on June 2018. I traveled to Thailand and witnessed many beautiful Buddhist Temples, cities, natural sanctuaries, yummy food, and met amazing people along my journey.

The journey of life might not be PERFECT, but where you end up at times IS.

I learned that the hard way. I didn’t necessarily have things in life the way I always envisioned. However, I am now grateful for the way things have happened in my life because it has shaped the person I am and the opportunities that keep coming my way.

Thailand was an adventure meant to be at this exact moment in my life. The whole year I just had a strong calling in my heart I knew I had to follow. I remember one day early this year, I was in the hospital feeling a little blue. When I walked through a hallway, I saw images hung in display. They were colorful drawings made by orphan children from Thailand. I stopped walking and just stared in awe. Suddenly, I felt this joy through the colorful drawings from these lively children. Red vibrant buildings with thick lines, yellow lights, happy faces, and sun-rays! I couldn’t stop smiling. Whatever these kids are going through, their world is still perfect and beautiful in their eyes. I then remembered my inner child, my inner soul, and my lifelong dreams. Life is too short to focus on it’s shortcomings. You are still in control of experiencing so much. No matter what happens, the only possessions you get to keep with you forever is just that—the life experiences you have and create for yourself.

Before seeing this painting in the hospital, I had visited the thought of traveling to Thailand for a while. I always envisioned visiting Buddhist temples and connecting with people from there. I even had a desire to one day teach my future children about worldwide culture and people. So what did I do? I started planning this trip. With or without anyone’s support—I knew it HAD TO HAPPEN. 

I felt sick to my stomach planning this trip. I orignally planned to go alone. I had never travelled internationally. On top of that, I felt nervous at leaving my son for a couple of weeks. In addition, my marriage was pretty much over for me, and my husband at the time was unsupportive of this “crazy idea”. I’ve always played it safe. Work…go to school…come home. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that. I’ve always been grateful for my blessings and achievements. However, all my life, I always FELT THAT I WAS DESTINED TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE MORE (Read this blog post). Although I received criticism from family, I still planned it. I chatted about my trip with a friend who’s been to Thailand before. I knew it was a good way to hold myself accountable. I felt excited yet I wanted to throw up. To me, that was an indication that it HAD to happen.

This was me on my first day in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the most defining moments in my life. A couple of weeks before, I was working my last days at my office job of ten-plus years. I resigned even though I was comfortable there. I knew in my heart it was time to move on to something I am more passionate about—it was time to take a RISK. It was time to jump for it and LIVE MY DREAMS. In my eyes now, the world can still be perfect, just like those children depicted in their drawings!

I am now dedicated to explore more. I currently attend graduate school and am studying a field I am highly passionate about. This career path will even allow me to travel more and connect with people from all over the world (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages- TESOL). I also work online in things I am greatly passionate about: health, fitness, exploring the world, video, photography, and editing. Besides running this website, I run my facebook pages including my FB VIDEO SHOW From One Woman to Another.  That is where I make facebook videos to support, motivate, and inspire women from all around the world. I’ve developed amazing friendships I wouldn’t trade anything for. More than that, it’s a community of women. It’s ultimately inspired me to continue on my own path to self-fullfillment.


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