going to thailand!

Three weeks from today, I'll be in Tuscany! I've dreamed of visiting Tuscany ever since I saw Stealing Beauty back in college. I don't remember much of the movie anymore, I can barely even tell you the plot, but I remember the beauty and magic of the scenery and since then, Tuscany has been on my life's wish list (not a fan of the term "Bucket List"). Rome is just a bonus, but Italy is sort of old news for now.

It's a crazy life when something comes along and upstages a trip to Italy! But it's happening... I'm taking a trip I've often imagined, but never thought I'd take. I'm going to Thailand!!!

In February, eight of us will spend a few days in Bangkok, then move to a luxury villa in Phuket! It's even got an infinity pool :)

Here are some photos of where we'll be staying in Phuket:

Home theatre opens to the pool deck!

It comes a private chef for breakfast and lunch!

Dining table seats 10!

One of 5 bedrooms, I hope I get this one :)

One of 4 bathrooms, I cannot wait for a bubble bath!

We're a mix of couples and singles. We girls are planning to shop, take cooking classes and spa treatments, and have dresses made.

Custom dresses! How much fun is that? OK, maybe not as much fun as say finding a vintage black dress with leopard print collar and cuffs at Goodwill for $7.99. But how many times am I going to have something completely custom made? Someday, I'd like to have a bra custom made in Paris.

Still, there's a little pang of pain and loss in my heart and in the pit of my stomach for what I gave up to have this. However, it's also the life I dreamed for myself, but always thought was for other people. It's quite bittersweet.

In all of this, I've learned that the things you want in life are only for other people if you don't have the courage to go after them for yourself. If you're willing to dream, sacrifice, close your eyes, take a chance, and leap, you can often get exactly what you wanted (give or take, of course).

I was restless, but I never imagined that I'd throw out my safe, stable life plan for something extraordinary.

Here it comes...

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