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The Deadline for My Thailand Retreat Is Approaching...
On the fence? Let's talk about it. Plus, the deadline date to sign up for the trip.
So you’re wondering if going to Thailand is the move…
Listen, I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m even a little nervous for this trip, and not because of the failing economy (which is a valid concern) or the fact that I’ll be so far from home, but that’s a long ass flight, y’all.
Some of you know I’ve been working on healing my travel anxiety, which I realized about a year ago stems from my first (and most penetrating) trauma of escaping Lebanon during the war when I was a baby.
It’s like my body remembers all of the stress and fear from that memory, and even though it wasn’t conscious, it would shoot through my nervous system any time I had to go far away from home, and before I knew it, I’d be having a full-blown panic attack.
The irony is whenever I think about my ideal reality, I’m always traveling to different countries. How am I supposed to manifest that if I’m afraid of doing the thing that would make that happen?
So, I’ve recently been implementing a new mantra in my life to help build my courage, and that mantra is, “Do it for the plot.”
Now, I’m not gonna be out here acting messy and reckless, but you know I love a good story. And the only thing I love more than a good story, is being the one to tell it, so why wouldn’t I make my life one of the greatest stories ever told?
When I think back about some of my most profound experiences and memories, the ones that I can’t wait to tell my grandchildren or honestly whoever will listen to me when I’m old, tatted and high af (because you know how we do)—they’re almost always memories from my travels.
The first time I tried creme brulee was in Paris. The first flamenco show I ever watched (which is also when I fell in love with that dance) was in Spain. The first time I ever felt beautiful wearing red lipstick was in Geneva. The first time I ever jumped off a cliff and swam into caves in the ocean was in Jamaica. The first time I ever ziplined during a tropical downpour was in Costa Rica.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I was always doing it for the plot, whether I realized it or not, and it felt like each time I released the fear of travel, I was given beautiful experiences to fill that space.
Now, I also know that a lot of the barrier to experiencing travel for many of us is finances. Traveling, especially now, is a large investment. Surprisingly, my mother (who was a penny pincher) always instilled in me that if there was ever anything to spend your money on, it’s travel.
So, let’s talk about Thailand. Is it an investment? Yes. Is the flight pricier than other flights you could go on? Yes. Is it an experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life? Also yes.
Part of the reason I chose to partner with TrovaTrip for my retreats instead of doing them solo is the accessibility it gives to my travelers when it came to logistics.
TrovaTrip understands that travel isn’t cheap, which is why they’ve partnered with Affirm to offer payment plans for those who feel called to journey on a retreat, but may be experiencing some financial setbacks.
With Affirm, you’ll never owe more than you agree to upfront. You’ll always get a flexible, transparent and convenient way to pay over time. The trip loan process is easy, and you’ll have the option to pay the trip off over either 6, 12 or 18 months. Of course, the details depend on your situation, but if that’s something that you’d be open to learning more about, then click here to see your options.
My Thailand retreat will be from March 11-17, 2024. You’ll fly in and out of Phuket airport (unless you choose to extend your journey), and airport transfers to the hotel are included, as well as all accommodations, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners and all activities (visiting the ethical elephant sanctuary, taking a Muay Thai Kickboxing class, enjoying a Thai full-body massage, island hopping at the Phi Phi Islands and my workshops).
You can see a breakdown of the itinerary here.
Now, here’s where it gets important! I know a lot of you are thinking, “Oh, I have time, the trip isn’t until March,” but that’s not how this works.
The deadline to join my Thailand retreat is December 12, 2023.
That’s roughly two months away, which means decisions will need to be made sooner rather than later. If this trip isn’t calling to you, then that’s totally OK. Maybe this isn’t the one for you. But if you've been hesitating and feeling the pull, now is the time to make your choice.
If you’ve already signed up for the Thailand retreat, December 12 will also be when your final payments are due, so please keep that in mind as you navigate the holidays. And don’t be shy to ask your friends and family to help you with this trip as their gift to you!
What better present could someone give you than the opportunity to go to a part of the world you’ve never been before with a community of amazing people who all prioritize healing?
Do it for the plot.