Expect the unexpected!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2010

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Friday, August 1, 2008

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Hello everyone!!  Expect the unexpected!
Everything is going forward with our NEW plans.Here's the jist. We are doing fantastic. We love each other more than ever!  We are not having problems, Ingrid is not pregnant, or any other reason that one would tend to think of when people change up their plans. We'll both be coming back to the states sooner than planned, maybe at the same time, maybe not, depending on the following.    In a nutshell, we both have new, very exciting plans for our futures, biz wise. We've known & talked about them for a while, but because we couldn't really pursue them travelling together, it's been difficult to face that we need to be in different places at different times. Heath will have to retrace our tracks of Bangkok, Bali, Australia and New Zealand, while Ingrid will need to do a course in China or Thailand and maybe commit to a 4 months teaching program after that. Heath is going to vend at music festivals starting next summer, and Ingrid will be working them with him which will be sweet! In the meantime, Ingrid is going to be an English teacher at home or abroad, and Heath will be a Permaculture Designer, nutrition & healthy lifestyle guide, &  we eventually plan to start an eco community, probably in CO & maybe abroad somewhere.   What it boils down to, is that we didn't want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity of studying abroad, so to speak. We've realized that traveling with total freedom creates a trememdous opportunity for growth. Over the last 7 months we've spent a lot of our time having a blast, experiencing some amazing new cultures and growing like mad. When you have the freedom to grow and you don't inhibit it, you gain more and more clarity, about yourself, your relationship, friends, life...everything. Back home, everything is so scheduled, that it's really hard to look at all the things holding you back, affecting you in a negative way, etc. We've been able to look at what we've done in life, the triumphs, mistakes, what we're doing now, what we want for our future. This is really what we had the clarity to see, what we want for our future. We could spend the rest of our time traveling, as planned. Spend all our money, go back to a troubled economy with no financial resources, and try to either step right back in where we left off, or try to start something new, with no real resources to start.it, money, education, etc.   Neither of us want to go back to what we were doing before. It was awesome, especially "the meeting you all!":) part, but we have much bigger plans for ourselves. We want to keep that freedom ability, while we work on our "dream jobs" so to speak. We've met some amazing people, doing some amazing things. We're inspired. And we know that we will be traveling abroad every year, from now on. But the chance to build your dream lifestyle and "career" as everyone likes to call it, only comes around a few times in your life where it feels really doable. We're not letting our fears about being apart stop us. It will be very hard, but we know in the end, it will be worth it.  
We'll be laying out our itineraries as they unfold. We'll be in china until the end of August.  
We miss you all very much and look forward to seeing you sooner, than later!  
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tbotzler on

So Good To hear From you!!!
I was starting to wonder if you two will still living and breathing!! I can't wait to hear about your trip in person. About the Eco community. Before you settle on Co. I urge you to check out Humboldt County California, right in the middle of the Redwood forest next to the Pacific ocean. The people there are amazing and really into living an ECO life. I would love to be your personal guide when you visit. IF you get a chance google Arcata, California and Humboldt County. Take care, and be well. -Thomas

tbotzler on

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if you can shoot me an email at thomasbotzler@yahoo.com...I'm curious are you going to see any of the olympics?

dcolson on

Go get em!
Wow! I am excited for you two. I think, if you are living life and fulfilling your desires there is always a new chapter to start in it, and you guys are great about jumping into those chapters full force. This one sounds like it is going to be as great or greater than your last few. I think it is awesome that you have found a very strong direction for your desires. I am sure you both will be successful beyond even your bountiful imaginations! (Success being measure of course in fullfillment, wink)

Just make sure you keep us up to date as to what's up and where you are so we can continue to share in those chapters! Chris and I are looking forward to seeing you in Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Africa, Romania or wherever this crazy life life with our crazy little ideas take us. Love you two and good luck.

Hope to see you sooner than later.

xoxo dc

christinezier on

Woo hoo!! I'm grinning ear to ear here and wish you were in front of me so I could give you great big hugs! You're both talented, resourceful, kind, amazing people, and these plans are so kick-ass! It'll be great to see you sooner, and to continue to be amazed by your fabulous selves while these goals come to fruition!

Keep up the amazing energy! We love you guys, and know your lives will continue to be spectacular!


amykturner on

Sounds like you guys have everything all figured out. Both 'career' choices sound truly amazing and perfectly tailored to your own selves. I wish you lots of luck and love. And, selfishly, can't wait to see you sooner ranther than later. !!! Have fun in Beijing!

prish on

O yeah!
I feel it man! Your talking my kind of language. Rock it out till the end. I also agree with Sinjin. It will be nice to see you sooner than later.

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