Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Was there ever an Old Zealand?

I turned my iPod on shuffle on my flight from Dallas to LAX and the first song it played was "Falling Down a Mountainside." I hope that isn't some sort of musical foreshadowing! I'm at the Admirals Club at LAX enjoying a free glass of pinot noir and looking over my gigantic plane I'll soon be boarding to Auckland. I'm pretty jazzed that this 13 hour flight will be in first class not business like I booked - so a bed that lays flat awaits me! This I believe, not my music, is a sign of more good fortune to come!

I'm officially unemployed and homeless. I packed up my life and it fit nicely in a 10x15 foot storage unit; I'm off the reservation. It was odd to pack up the 'things' in my life without know where or when or what I'll be doing when I unpack them.

I've been asked if I'm running away from real life. Who says my so-called real life has to always be a steady career and routine in Dallas? I believe seeing the world is every bit as much real living. Of course 2009 was no cakewalk for me, so I see 2010 as a year of healing and enjoyment. In this journey I'm circling the globe - then I will be right back to where I started. Only I hope with renewed purpose, hope, a little more patience and a few new pair of shoes!

Speaking of hope, I sure hope I like myself because I'm going to get a whole lotta me time over the next three months! When I get to Auckland I have a hotel lined up for one night - and no other plan. I'm thinking I may flip a coin to decide if I should start heading north or heading south -and let my adventure begin! (I'm very grateful to the someone who sketched out a NZ plan for me.) When I've traveled alone in the past the travel gods have been so good to me, and I'm so thankful for those fortuitous friendships!

I'm also so very thankful for all my friends and family that have been so supportive of this trip and helpful in getting me ready; I'm thrilled to share this adventure with you!

I'm off in search of Kiwis - people, fruit, animals...I'm not picky as to which kind!

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  1. Aucklands great, you should def. stay there a few days. We also hit Christchurch and Dunedin on the south island. Both beautiful as well! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

  2. Can't remember how to do this. Love U!!

  3. Ok, now I see. T and I celebrated your trip with a sushi dinner. I just know you wanted to be there! This evening I spent several hours with Aunt V. I know you're having a blast, you poor girl! Love U!