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Tears of Gratitude in New Hampshire

Today was emotional. Not because of any particular event, but because I was overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings around how my life has changed in the past decade and how thankful I am to be in the place I am today and on this beautiful vacation with my husband.

Queen Bianca

Before leaving Maine, we spent the afternoon with my longtime friend Queen Bianca. We have been through a lot together including my wedding, the birth of her daughter, and overall just many moments of love and friendship. Spending some time with her and her fiance was a great way to wrap up our time in Maine. I’m thankful to have her my life after all of these years. Her friendship is one that I always feel when talking to her, even if we are across the country from each other.

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Views That Look Like Greenscreens

When we entered New Hampshire, I was so overwhelmed by the natural beauty around me that I cried. Don’t get me wrong, growing up in Southern California I know that I am blessed with beautiful scenery, but I had never seen anything like this. The colors of the foliage and the pristine landscapes were breathtaking. I really could not believe that I was standing in front of all of this beauty.

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Work Hard, Play Hard, Appreciate Hard

This is the first vacation in my adult life that I’m not entirely focused on the finances. I’m not worried about if I can order an appetizer at dinner and some wine, or if I will have enough money to buy souvenirs for my loved ones. I am able to just enjoy every single moment of each day that I am having on this vacation.

This was not solely my doing. I have an amazing husband that put together a phenomenal saving plan the minute we decided to go on this trip. My husband has been there for me through so much, and having him as a motivating force in my life to do better, be better, and enjoy everything around me is a blessing I am thankful for every single day. To say that I appreciate him and all that he is would be an understatement.

He has been there by my side when the thought of saving a dollar seemed impossible. Through college assured me that as long as we stayed focused and worked hard we would be able to go on these vacations that we only ever dreamed about. While it seemed like something that would never happen, here I am today with the love of my life, exploring these fantastic places and not worrying about every single dollar spent.

I have said this over and over again since this trip started, but my heart is so full. Today was beautiful, and I am looking forward to 7 more days here in New England.

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