The day that changed everything

One year ago today I boarded a plane with a one way ticket to Bangkok, and as many of you long time readers know, my life was never the same. I still remember exactly how I felt that day. No hesitation, no fear, just ready to begin. I knew it would be a crazy adventure, but I had no idea just how monumental those next few months would be. I have to fight the tears from welling up every time I think back to those first days. Today is more than an anniversary, though. It’s the celebration of one of the most important days of my life—a second birthday, if you will. Sorting through the photos is still bittersweet and I’ve yet to go back and read any of my blog posts during that time. But the gut feeling that told me I had to leave last year is the same gut feeling that stopped me from going back once I had a reason to stay. I trust that feeling now, but I’ll never forget how I felt in Asia. Now that I’m finally able to revisit some of those memories, I felt it was time to acknowledge them by uncovering the photos and videos buried in the archives. Sometimes images and sound can tell a more powerful story than words alone…


I can’t believe a year has passed. Everything has changed in what feels like the blink of an eye. I’ve never been happier or more fulfilled, and I owe it all to this trip—I am where I’m at today because of the experiences gained, lessons learned and people I met. Life is a wonderful adventure when you follow your heart….


24 thoughts on “The day that changed everything

  1. WOW!!!!……..amazing. A beautiful compilation of your fantastic journey.
    Nice, very nice Jenna. xoxo

  2. Beautiful! So many places in such a short time. Would you do anything different on your itinerary? Spend more? Less? Just curious if you would go the same methods of travel if you did it again. Thank you for sharing, you’re my favorite blogger because of your openness!

    1. Thank you Sharon! Honestly, I wouldn’t do anything different. I’ll visit different places next time I go back just to see new sights, but I think everything happened exactly the way it was supposed to 🙂

  3. Thank you for your great video! Knowing the Thai, Vietnamese and some of the Lao languages but never being to any of those places…it’s nice to experience them through your eyes!

  4. Oh happy day! I finally got your blog in my email again. It’s been a long time and I’ve had to remember to go to your blog through Google. And not just one post but 10 posts in the email. I’ve read them all but still, it’s exciting. The next problem is that when I try to watch your Vlog, it just seems to keep loading. Usually I have to wait a day or two for it to work correctly. It’s happening with this Vlog as I type.
    What a year this has been for you. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and all the insights gained. I’ve enjoyed following your trip and your journey after you returned home.

    1. Happy day for me, too!!!!. I haven’t received any blog updates in my inbox for ages and only because i follow Jenna on Instagram was I able to keep up with all the exciting changes. Not sure what got fixed, but I’m glad 🙂

    2. Yes, finally right?! I’ve been working on fixing all of the bugs and functionality issues over the past week. Not sure what’s going on with the vlog, that must be a YouTube thing?

  5. That was beautiful, Jenna, in so many ways! I, too, love your openness. I love your intent to live through your heart. I love your photography. And more. :))

  6. Finally got to watch the video – what an amazing place on so many levels. I followed along as you were on your journey but it still struck me in a different way watching the compilation. I imagine you might process parts of the trip all over again perhaps in different ways every time you look at the pictures or read your journal. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  7. Such a beautiful montage in both the physical and emotional/spiritual sense. You can see your personal growth as the trip progresses, just in your countenance. So glad these were days of blessings for you.

  8. That was lovely and moving, Jenna, a wonderful tribute to the highlights and most serene moments of your trip. Cheers, Ardith

  9. Just beautiful! I’m glad your posts are coming into my email again 🙂 At some point if you don’t mind sharing I would love to hear where it was in your journey that you met your sweet Lucas and how long y’all were able to be together before you parted ways. The details girl; we all want a sweet romantic story 🙂 Again, whatever you’re willing to share.

  10. What a magical journey you went on (and are continuing!) The pictures are breathtaking and I’m envious of the adventures you must have experienced. 🙂

    Mind sharing the song from the video? It was beautiful!


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