Ireland is one of my favorite places in the entire world - & if I had to live anywhere else besides the States, it would definitely be here. The food, the Irish countryside, the farm animals, the old buildings, and the enchanted places and spaces have taken hold of my heart. It feels like home here - a home mixed with magical adventures and fairy tale stories.
It's amazing how much can change in 3 years.
[Almost Exactly] 3 Years ago I was at this same spot in the picture above. Only then I was a girl living a completely different life. The only exception was that there was a fire burning inside of me waiting to escape my life of normalcy and doing what I was expected to do for the life I'm living now.
I still have a long ways to go in this journey of reaching my full potential and the best person I can be. Sometimes I can be a huge B*tch. Sometimes I still get depressed and think of myself as the way I used to be- a shy girl from the suburbs of Houston, Texas raised by religious right-wing conservatives and surrounded by those who believe a girl should go to college, get married, & supply her husband with a submissive personality and children. Sometimes I worry that I've strayed too far from the "right" path and at some point it will be too late to return to it. Sometimes I think of the things I've done in the past and am overcome by regret and my stupidity.
However, more times than not I'm excited for the future and proud of the progress I've made. I'm finally starting to build a life that I want for myself. A life filled with travel, love, good friends, good wine, pretty things, lots of art, and most of all - everything I've ever dreamed of.
In some ways, Ireland represents the life I want and the struggles I must overcome in order to reach it. The slow, curvy [dangerous] windy roads one must take in order to reach something spectacular - such as the Cliffs of Moher. The trust one must have when leaving the safety of a large, street lit road for one filled with darkness and fog. That getting there is just as exciting as the destination itself. That sometimes it's the most broken down, deteriorated castles and buildings that provide the most breathtaking photos and enchanting auras.
I don't always know where I'm going - or if it's even the right way. What I do know is that I want to give 100% to all my endeavours and to see the path to the end. I hope all of us can find the road worth traveling on and that when we reach our end destination it's a 5 star resort complete with unlimited cocktails & desserts.