step. step. step.

so thesoso the boyfriend is leaving for thailand tomorrow. while i'm going to miss him terribly, this is obviously going to be an amazing adventure! there's really nothing quite like traveling - refreshes + energizes, gives you new perspective, broadens your horizons, challenges you, pushes you, and is a crazy amount of fun as an added bonus! i think it's so important to experience what it's like to be in a completely strange city all by yourself...you're forced to learn heaps about yourself - tough but amazing.

my friend kd & i are hoping to have our own crazy traveling adventure this summer. we're applying to work at a summer camp in istanbul! I KNOW - crazy! so fingers crossed!

came across this quote last night as i was thinking about mike leaving....

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


bon voyage michael!!

*photo compliments of the always lovely dani kreeft


  1. Oh, Janis, it must be so hard to say goodbye to such a great guy, but you are SPOT on about traveling and going outside your comfort zone. I need to do more of that myself. A summer camp in Istanbul - how exciting!! I'm sure you'll be accepted! xo

  2. that is one of my favorite quotes. it gives me chills and i feel so empowered by it. oh i hope you get to go to istanbul! the rest of the world is so amazing and there are so many different things to experience :)

  3. awww... Tyler went to Thailand by himself only a few months after I met him. It was really hard but AMAZING for him and it brought us closer in a way. I'm so excited for your boyfriend and I'll be thinking of you! xo

  4. Istanbul? How exciting! And little Turkish kids? Even more fun.

    Happy travels to Michael! (And to you, he'll be home before you know it.)

  5. Oh I love that quote by Mark Twain!
    And I love this blog and your sense of sweet adventure!
    Nothing builds character like adventures!!!
    Have fun having ME time while he is away!

  6. very nice send off! you're spectacular, dear.


  7. COUGH COUGH and see meeeeeeeeeee xxx

  8. thailand is awesome. hope Michael will have as much fun as I did the last time I was there.

    all the best on your application to work at the summer camp in istanbul! so exciting. i've always wanted to do some charity work at peru but never got around to doing it. maybe next year.. :(

  9. Love you, Janis...been thinking of you lots lately :) Thanks for the birthday wishes! Keep us posted about Istanbul....that sounds exciting! xxoo

  10. aw bon voyage to your bf. but like olivia said, sometimes these things bring you closer together! it did with my bf and I :)

    good luck with teaching in Istanbul! i'll cross my fingers for you. what an amazing experience it would be... turkey is high on my list of places to visit!

  11. That would be downright amazing if you got to work at that summer camp! And I really love that Mark Twain quote! xo

  12. you are so lovable 24 hours later and across the world!

  13. as hard as it is to be apart, adventures are so priceless. thailand would be incredible, but a summer in istanbul! wow, what an awesome experience!

    love your blog, by the way!

  14. in response to your comment:

    voyeurism is more colloquially a term used especially in today's society that describes the obsession with documenting and observing the lives of others, especially from an outsiders perspective, or with a kind of "candid" quality.

    also, yes - you may use it!
    (mais, peut-etre ajouter mon nom a titre de credit? ...excuser mon mauvais fran├žais.)

  15. umm, so glad i found your blog! don't know how i managed to get here. your pics are fantastic. you are adorable. can't wait to read more! oh, and i love your header - sorry, i'm obsessed with blog design.

  16. thank you for sharing that quote! i love it!

  17. I just got back from Thailand this morning, and let me tell you, its far to beautiful to be there alone (or at least without the favorite other).

    still working on getting to that postcard...


  18. Great blog! I really like your photos. I hope you post some of your boy friends photos from his trip


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