day 10 was a day of travel.
a LONG day of travel.
sitting by the window on the plane watching the stars out the window is one of my favorite things.
just watching the world pass by beneath me while I fly is a favorite pastime.
almost as good as people watching.
being able to watch the stars right outside my window and feel like I can reach out and touch them is magical.
what is even better is chasing the sunrise and pulling the blanket of stars over the earth behind us.
gazing out the window to see the reflection of the sun rising against the tops of the clouds…THAT is pretty amazing.
throughout this whole trip I have been able to watch the sunrise and set everyday.
the travel home was certainly not quite as smooth as the way to Bali.
the plane was late leaving Bali.
we landed in Shanghai and had to switch terminals.
and then had to wait until boarding time.
the flight started out delayed leaving Shanghai.
we got on the plane and there were issues.
so we waited.
over 2 hours of waiting.
ON THE PLANE.
we deboarded the plane because the issues weren’t being resolved.
and they told us to prepare to more than likely stay the night in Shanghai.
and then, after getting off of the plane, we pretty much got right back on.
and just like that…we were backing out and heading out to the runway.
we left Shanghai late.
to be honest….I really didn’t think I would be leaving Shanghai at all on Sunday.
but, that is neither here nor there, because the stars aligned and everything worked out and up and away we went.
even though we were late, on both flights, everything worked out for the best.
coming home from a great trip is always bittersweet.
as much as I didn’t want the trip to be over, in a way I was ready to go home.
ready to go home, reflect and take on the world.
I have so many ideas and plans.
I absolutely love that.
and I feel like I am ready and I know that I will be able to get done what I need to in order to accomplish these goals.
in more ways than one, this trip was a breath of fresh air for me.
both literally and metaphorically.
I was given a chance to step out of my little world and comfort zone at home and re-evaluate not only myself but where I want my life to go.
I also want to say thank you to all of the ladies that were on this retreat.
I love the bond that we developed. each one of you brought something fantastic to the group. it was awesome to be able to establish a bond like that in the course of just a few days. I really feel like I have known you all for a long time. and I am SO, SO excited to see where all of our adventures lead us. the things that we all have planned for the future will no doubt be amazing. and I am so thankful for the things you taught me about myself. things that I knew were there, but just needed that little bit of a push to reinforce the meaning. I hope you had some of the same things happen.
and to Debbie and Kellie, thank you, thank you, thank you for being our fearless leaders,
for bringing me on as the staff photographer,
for showing me another slice of heaven on this earth,
and for giving me that extra little push to be great.
you two are amazing, in more ways than I can even begin to explain.