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Let the Travels Begin.

You know when you get to that point where you are roaming on Facebook, Pinterest and other people’s blogs wondering, “Why do they get to travel? I want nothing more than to visit XYZ by couch hoping and meeting completely new people every day. Exploring the world that is disposable to me at my very finger tips.” Well, I have decided that I will no longer be on this side of the field watching and waiting for something to happen.

I will do.

India

I am excited to share with you all my adventures that I am going to have in the near future. The planning process has begun! I’m using Bootsnall.com to plan my excursion. The very first peice they provide you once you sign up on the email list is the Master Checklist. I am not one of those people who wants to wait years upon years of planning before heading out. So I’m using this checklist to plan the first part of my journey in 7 months. I’m estimating leaving around November, 2013. For one, it’s too damn cold living in New Hampshire. This winter was brutal and I have no qualms about leaving just in time to surpass the cold.

The first question Bootsnall.com asks you is WHY. Why do you want to take this journey?

My why? Because if I don’t take the jump at this opportunity now, I’ll never be able to take that jump. So here I am, ready to jump. Ready to never regret another moment. Ready to stop being mad at myself. Ready to learn. Ready to soak up the culture. Ready to feel infinite. Ready to see the world through new eyes. Ready to meet beautiful and amazing people. Ready to understand what life is like outside of my tiny box of a world I live in. Ready to take full advantage of this beautiful planet that God has given us the chance to experience.

One of my thoughts in beginning this journey of which I plan to write about was, “Should I start another bog? I could dedicate it strictly to my travels.” But then I thought, why should I do that? This blog has seen some of the most intimate moments of my life, struggling and fighting to figure out what it is that I want and need in my life. Counting days until I felt happy and normal again. So then why, I ask, should I abandon this blog for my journey since this journey is not only physical, but mental and spiritual. This is the place of it being MY TURN. My turn to speak, my turn to share, my turn to love, my turn to explore and adventure, my turn to find myself, my turn to scream, my turn to allow the 30 people that actually follow me to hopefully one day bloom into something bigger. Where hundreds of people can realize that even too you are not alone in all of this big, long arduous road called life. We all get a little crazy sometimes. So to end this tangent, I am saying to you all. NO I don’t really want to start another blog, I will keep this blog here and will continue writing of my travels and planning through this blog. My blog can change it’s mind if it wants to.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning a RTW is planning to do too much.”

I thought at first that I would be able to do a RTW trip all in one years worth, and yes it is possible. But then I realized that I was trying to over plan and became extremely overwhelmed with the entire process. So my wonderful Jesse helped me to realize that we have our whole life. Although nothing is guaranteed, we don’t necessarily have to do an entire trip such as that. So instead, we decided to start “small.”

Where we will visit:

  • India
  • Hong Kong
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Australia

Of course we know there could be potential detours, or maybe a country or two could be missed, but those are the main areas we would like to go to. We decided on Southeast Asia/Pacific region first, although we know the least amount of people in those areas, it would make more sense for us to do so because we know it will be one of the cheaper routes to take for our first endeavor.

India.

bangalore, india

The Golden Palace

Camels in India

Mandir, Jaipur, IndiaCalcutta's Secret Citrus Market

Thailand.

El templo Wat Arun de Bangkok, Thailand

Boat in Thailand

Elephant Conservation Center

Tee-Lor-Su Waterfall in north-western Thailand

Phraya Nakon Cave, Thailand.

Papua New Guinea. 

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New GuineaTolai tribe (female masks)Papua New Guinea

Stay in touch, there will be more to come as the planning progresses.

World, here I come.

Over and out.

A Tub, My Ocean.

Today, is the day. Brother’s and sisters of another love. I won’t cry when it’s time to fall.

For the first time in a long time, longer than I can even remember, I have turned off my brain. Maybe it was the glass or two of wine that I decided to have after work. All I know is that despite all of the things that I had running through my head roughly 3 hours ago, I’m right where I need to be in order to just BE. Man it feels good. I’m not forcing myself to do anything, I’m not over thinking things. I’m just allowing myself to feel relaxed. What I need to do with the rest of my life doesn’t need to be figured out tonight. My endless spiral of a disaster I call my life isn’t going to come to a resolution this instant. So instead, I will pour another glass, turn on my television and sit in a hypothetical bubble bath. One day I will have a tub big enough to fit me….

 

tub

 

 

 

That’s more like it…

Over and out.

Anything Could Happen.

As I sit in bed on a snowy night, watching each flake fall as if covering a the floor to mask the ground that lays beneath it, I think of what it is that I could do with my 100% full day to myself. So I decided to learn a new song. One of my current favorites that motivates and inspires me to keep going.

 

 

 

Because it’s that time in my life, and anything could happen.

 

Over and out.

Priorities.

Day 190: Remember your priorities.

It has been exactly 64 days since I last wrote in here. I suppose you could say that I did the opposite of what I told myself I was going to do. Or maybe I did just that. So where have I been?

Work has definitely taken over a huge part of where I have been. I’m on the path of trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to do with my life. Or where it is I want to be. I keep listening to other people around trying to shove ideas down my throat of where I’m supposed to end up, or how things are supposed to play out. But in reality, it’s no ones decision but myself.

It has been 190 days since I have began the process of healing myself. This blog didn’t start out that way, the blog began as something I thought would be an outlet to force myself outside of my tiny little box and learn something. I could finally say that I was a girl who was well versed in so many aspects. But here I stand, 6 feet small. 

Where do I go from here?

Well, I have a goal in mind actually. But I suppose it’s ok to say this to a group of 30 strangers who follow me and will never actually know me except through my absurd wordpress posts.

But I shall keep it to myself in the mean time. I guess I need a plan. Whatever that plan is.

So priorities? I have my family. I have my friends. I have a roof over my head. I have God. I have dreams. So I think that my priorities are finally ok.

SONY DSCSo Day 190, after 263 days of having this blog around. Impressive. I will no longer be counting my days away. Let’s just see what happens next?

 

Over and out.

My Music.

Day 126: Cut back to quit and be rid of smoking.

Currently the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was quit smoking. I will be the first to admit that I’ve tried everything in the book. Cold Turkey. E-cigarettes. Snaking. Running. Walking up and down stairs. Yelling. Lollipops. Gum. Watching disgusting videos of what it does to my body. Yet somehow, I’m still smoking. Not nearly as much as I was before, but I do the itch from the monster throughout the day. Instead of a pack a day, I’m down to 1 every 3 days. So it’s taking me longer than I anticipated, but I’m not giving up hope yet. I’m currently reading a book that “supposedly” by the end of it I will never feel the urge to smoke again. That has been what has helped me to cut back this much, but I’m not going to quit quitting. I have great support so it’s been helpful.

In order to preoccupy myself, I decided to pick up a few new hobbies:

1. Zumba.

2. Painting/Drawing/Charcoal.

3. Writing more music.

4. Pinterest arts and crafts (you would be surprised how many awesome things are out there).

Number 3 has definitely been a huge part. My friend Alexx inspired me to really get going with it. It’s been a slow start, but I’m trying to pick up the pace with getting my music out there. I’ve shared this once before, but I figured I would try it again. So here it is…

http://www.facebook.com/LaurenMichelleDowMusic?fref=ts

Please go the link above and Like my music Facebook page. I will post new songs and videos as frequently as possible. I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this with your friends. The video in the post below is my latest song Time to Fall. It involves a compilation of videos and memories from the past few months of my life that have been the most life altering I have yet to experience. So please, share the love.

Tomorrow’s Journey: Remember Your Priorities. 

 

Emergerd. Wine.

 

Over and out.