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February 12, 2012 by Leanne Vogel June 29, 2015Thank you for your amazing support earlier this week when I shared the anxiety I was having over my pending trip. Each and every one of your stories, experiences and words of encouragement gave me the power I needed to kick my anxiety to the curb and begin getting excited for this adventure. Ongoing panic and anxiety have been replaced with small bursts of nervousness followed by uncontrollable excitement. A huge improvement from a knotted stomach and a racing mind consumed with fear. I managed to squeeze in one last spin class yesterday morning, followed by a nice trip to the mountains with Kevin in the afternoon, then began the tedious task of packing! Thankfully I had almost everything I needed laid out on the coffee table, so it made sorting through stuff and going through my checklist so much easier. My Grandma called just as I was beginning to place all of my food in their respective ziploc bags (ya, I’m a very peculiar packer) which couldn’t have come at a better time. She sensed that I was slightly nervous and; as all Grandmas do, knew just what to say to me to help me see that this trip is about trusting my heart and accepting that; at the time I’d booked the trip, I 100% believed that it was the right thing to do. Grandma’s are so awesome. And, so are dogs. Lexy and Pebbles stayed really close to me yesterday, and today. It’s as if they know I’m leaving! After I was all packed, Kevin and I hung out in my office so we could go through all of the things he’ll be managing while I’m gone. He’ll be accepting all of your comments, sharing my updates on Facebook, and posting all the pictures that come his way. He’s such a sweetheart! Okay, so my itinerary! I’m taking a 9 hour flight from Calgary to Frankfurt tonight, followed by a 2 hour layover, then on to another 8 hour flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai. I should get into Mumbai around 2am local time on Tuesday February 14th. From there, I decided to hang out in Mumbai for a day to acclimatize, sleep my face off, have as many hot showers as possible, order room service and watch TV before I’m thrusted into a life of… well, not that. In the morning of Wednesday February 15th, I’ll take one last 2 hour flight from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram. Ya, try saying that 3 times. Heck, try saying it once. When people ask where I’m going I say trivalupagogo. That’s pretty close, right? After I land in Thiruvananthapuram, I’ll grab a cab and head to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, where I’ll be staying for 2.5 weeks. Wow, when I type it all out like that it doesn’t sound so scary. I can’t wait to get home to share what is sure to be the most epic adventure I’ve ever been on. Until then, take care, eat well, and smile wide!
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.