What I learned from planning honeymoons in 2018

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Hey, hey, 2019!

You feel like the prettiest sunrise, most striking sunset and a cold mist of sea breeze on the hottest day all rolled into one.

As I sit here on a day filled with endings, beginnings and a healthy dose of refreshing opportunity, I can’t help but think about the goodness that filled my life last year.

I was invited to speak on a panel at a conference in North Carolina for travel pros, learned how to luau on stage in Hawaii, dined in the second story of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, explored Amsterdam’s maze of canals, cruised the Rhine River through Germany and The Netherlands, and splashed in powerful waves in the Sea of Cortez.

Even more, I designed some of my clients’ most beloved itineraries yet, many to exotic honeymoon destinations like Bora Bora, Moorea, Bali, Dubai, Maldives and Croatia, to name a few—little slices of paradise that just a few years ago I only dreamed about knowing, much less helping others visit to celebrate the start of their happily-ever-after.

All the above makes my heart feel like it’s glowing, but, truly, it’s the people I experienced these destinations alongside or worked with to craft the perfect honeymoon itinerary that make my soul sparkle.

In other words, I’ll forever be grateful to the last 365 days for reminding me that no matter what dreams I make come true, it’s who I get to share them with that really makes the adventure—with all its peaks and valleys—so satisfying.

In 2018, I met some of the most uplifting colleagues. Gained the happiest nephew and sweetest niece. Collaborated with the most gracious clients. Laughed and cried and loved and grieved among a community of family and friends that I’m fortunate to be surrounded by every single day.

Thank you for the abundance of joy. Thank you for the oodles of support. Thank you for the extraordinary love.

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