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As I approach my departure date (tomorrow!!!!), I keep getting asked variations on the following questions:

“Is this a vacation?”  Kinda.
“Are you going on a mission trip?”   Yes, but not that kind of mission.
“Why are you going there?” 
Why not?

Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have opportunities to travel – both domestically & abroad – which has allowed me to see some truly wonderful things, meet a wide variety of different people, push myself beyond my comfort zone and most importantly learn about myself and the world around me.

I am going on this trip for reasons that are both practical (to be covered in part 2 on this topic) and personal.  I’m looking forward to helping make people’s lives better (something that drives my career as well) and seeing a new part of the world.  As I’ve often said, when you look around and truly look at the lives of others – the struggles, triumphs, emotions, and dreams – you begin to realize that we aren’t all that different from each other.

Traveling also makes me thankful for all that I have in my life – the good and the not so good.  I take these opportunities to reflect on things going on in my life; the distance from the noise of everyday life helps provide some clarity and insights I otherwise may have missed.  I can recharge my batteries and gear up for the tasks ahead of me with a renewed energy and (hopefully) passion.

While I sit here freaking out about all I have to do before I embark on my journey to Cambodia, Laos, and Vitenam, I know that at the end, it will be worth it.  I just have to let myself be open to the experiences and take time be in the moment.

More to come on the more practical aspects of why I am going on this trip later. . .

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