Since people have inquired about my tattoo and what exactly means, I thought I’d share my story. Here goes:
When I was 25 I experienced a quarter-life crisis. I think it’s pretty common for this to happen when you’ve been in the workplace for a few years and reality hits that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I’m quite certain most of you have experienced this feeling.
I wasn’t happy or fulfilled working 80-hour work weeks at an agency doing something that I had no passion for, for a company that offered to give me more money to stay (which I vowed, early on, wouldn’t keep me somewhere), but couldn’t give me the one thing I had asked for: a global experience. After three global opportunities fell through, I decided it was time to do something for me. I’d leave the agency and move overseas. Then I met a guy. Best part is, he supported my dream. And then an opportunity in the Czech Republic happened upon me. It was very purposeful that this happened. It really was all very purposeful.
This tattoo is my story; a story about embracing change and ignoring the people in my life who doubted me…an unconventional story about patience and love and doing something for both me and for us.
What each component signifies:
Globe with heart on the States, and plane flying up into the exact copy (blown up) of my Prague passport entry stamp when I moved there: I left to pursue my dream. We stayed together.
Český Krumlov map coordinates: He proposed to me in my second home to Prague, Český Krumlov.
My favorite Czech word and the name of my travel blog: změna, meaning ‘change’
Rooftop over ‘změna’: signifies that ‘home’ is a relative term and not a stationary place
Prague changed me. The place is special and the people are what made it special. I’ll never forget it…especially now.
Thank you to the lovely Ashley Barlow for working with me to tell my story through her talented design skills.
If you’d like to see my tattoo in person or here my story, just ask. I’m more than happy to share. And I love me some coffee talk. Sharing is caring!
When Tom and I first met, we exchanged many love notes. The love note topics ranged from our favorite words to our favorite color of socks. But my personal favorite, naturally, was the topic of our individual Travel TO-DOs, which essentially were our mutual Travel TO-DOs because our minds were just that connected, even early on in our relationship. I look back at these messages, and they elicit a smile. A big one. I also think, ‘this man can write!’ So creative. So funny. So special. And, he’s mine!
Here goes, on the topic of our top 5 travel destinations:
Finally, to the matter at hand. The top 5:
1. Mt. Everest; I have this vision of traveling to Nepal and climbing to base camp 10-15k up. But, before I am embark, I want to distribute snickers bars and bottles of coca-cola (classic) to the native pre-adolescents. I have to say, this was not completely my idea. My cousin Beata did this and also bought out a local store of $3-apiece snickers bars only to witness an unforgettable glee seen only in their eyes. These kids have never ever dreamed of having a snickers.
2. Machu Picchu; No worries, I really do have my own dream destinations, but I have never been here and it looks beautiful. I guess there are two ways to get there, by bus and by hike. One is a day-trip and the other takes a week. I say, let’s sneak up on it, who’s in a rush?
3. Safari in Tanzania/Kenya; I have always wanted to hang off the side of a rusty land-rover with a huge camera. I also always have wanted to take out one of those vintage canteens, un-cork and tip ‘em back, only to find out that the only bit of water I have left is dried out in sand and that an elephant is charging us because we got too close to its calf.
4. Fjords of Norway; I have to take that Scandinavian cruise someday. If not, I will buy a dog and name it Fjord.
5. Oktoberfest in Munchen; I have friends in ol’ Deutschland and open invites to join them for beer-drinking and brats that start at 7AM, daily. Oktoberfest, what a great idea. Let’s shut down the entire country for a week of getting hammered and increasing our risk of heart disease.
Other notables; GREECE, Japan, New Zealand, Rio de Janiero
Love your top 5 destinations -
1) I too want to climb Everest! The notion of giving the children snickers and coca-cola classic (has to be classic, full of sugary goodness) is great - such an American treat, I bet they loved it.
2) I would rather hike Machu Picchu than bus it as well. This approach offers endless possibility…which leads to lots of good stories for my novel someday. I bet I’d meet lots of friends on the way. I am not a shy individual, in case you couldn’t tell.
3) Elephants are big and menacing. I’d like to ride one someday, though, so I have ambitions to travel to Africa as well. My madre went there this summer for a medical mission trip…not quite safari-style, more ‘giving people malaria shots and kneeling in feces-style’. I’d be elated to join her in the coming year. It has to be sustainable care though. Mucho importante.
4) Fjord would be a great name for a dog. My mom and dad hit up Norge on a cruise a couple of years ago and loved it. I hit up the bars in Norge and marched with the soldiers during the 100 years celebration. They didn’t appreciate that too much.
5) I am in love with Germany.
Too many places I’d like to go - how about surf and ski in NZ?! Love that notion.