My Elephant Tribe

Day 87:  Thailand  

For lunch today I tried green curry fried rice.  It was so good, one of the best things I’ve eaten so far.  After lunch we went over to the mall to check out a store called Elephant Parade.  Everything in the store is an elephant.  They all have different images painted on them that have different meanings.  It was while searching for the perfect elephant that the idea for my Elephant Tribe was born.  I am a huge believer in the fact that the people you choose to surround yourself with are your tribe.  So, it only felt natural that my supporters would be my Elephant Tribe.   

I feel like its only natural to recognize my original Elephant Tribe right now:

My mom:  She has supported me through everything and believed in me when no one else did.  I strive to be great not only for myself, but for her. To show her that all the sacrifices she has made for me were worth it.  

My brother: Despite not always being close, I know that he has always had my back no matter what.

My family:  Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.  Their love, support and guidance has truly led me to where I am and the person I have become.

Mary:  My biggest confidant.  She is always there when I need to talk to someone.  She is there when I need a shoulder to cry on.  She supports me no matter how crazy my choices are and she is willing to look like a fool with me.

Sara:  What do you say to the person that knows you better than you know yourself.  This girl knew I was unhappy before I knew myself.  Her support and guidance is done in the most loving way possible.  I am so blessed to call her my best friend.

Tal:  He saw something in me that I couldn’t see in myself.  He knew I could do great things before I did.  I needed to stop stalling on the runway and take off. 

My Pandas (Justin, Steph, London and Iryna):  They are where it all started.  They were there when this transformation began.  Without their support, I wouldn’t be here.  They helped create the foundation and refused to let me ever give up when it got really tough.

The Griesses (Gabe, Kristie, Preston, Mickie Love and Harrison):  Over the last year and a half they have become family.  I love them beyond measure.  It wasn’t always easy, but moving across country to live and work with them was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life.  I love those little ones like they were my own.  Preston is my best buddy, Mickie Love is one of my greatest inspiration and Harrison lights up the world with his smile and laughter.  

My Visionaries (Kira, Kristie, Laurel, Jake, Chelsea, Eric, Art, Maria, Robbie and Monet):  Their support and guidance were the shove I needed to start following my heart and finally give up my fear.  I will forever be grateful to them.

Jenn:  This girl!  She is there no matter what.  I can tell her anything and she can help me work through a problem like no one else.  She has no problem telling me when I'm being an idiot or creating stories.  She call me out on my shit and always holds me high.  She is one of my best friends and I am so blessed to have her in my life!

JD:  He has made my vision a reality.  Without him I wouldn’t be able to create my vision quite as well.  He understands me like no one else does.  This site is a labor of love and he is responsible for a huge part of that.  After only a few conversations, he was able to create this masterpiece for me.  I am forever grateful.  Purple Hearts and elephants forever and always.

I cannot wait to continue to add to my elephant tribe.  If you are reading this you belong here.  If you have ever felt like you don't fit, you fit here.  My elephant tribe is your elephant tribe. 

I think that on the day my elephant tribe was born it was only fitting that I found an infographic about the emotions that logo colors evoke.  Each color has a certain emotion it brings out in people.  When you see a blue logo you tend to trust, grey gives you a sense of balance, orange brings optimism and red, excitement.  So what about logos like mine and Google and Microsoft and NBC?  Ones that use all the colors of the rainbow.  Well, they represent diversity.  That is exactly what my brand represents.  No matter who you are, where you come from, where you’ve been, you belong here.  I welcome you into my elephant tribe.


After our trip to Elephant Parade, we headed to the highest point in Chiang Mai.  I abstained from climbing the steps to the top of the temple, but I did walk 2km to the top of the hill to see the view.  However, when we made it to the top the sky got dark and the thunder and lightning began.  We quickly turned around in hopes of avoiding the rain.   

No such luck!  About 5 steps into our descent the rain started.  However, calling it rain is an understatement.  It was more like a monsoon.  By the time we reached our taxi at the bottom we were wet, muddy messes.  It looked as if we have jumped into a lake with all of our clothes on.  Our taxi took us halfway down the mountain to catch the taxi that would take us back to town.

I remember my first time in Haiti, seeing Tap Taps and wondering what it would be like to ride in one, but not knowing where to get off, so being too scared to even try.  Well, the taxi that took us to town was just like a Tap Tap and it wasn't scary at all.  So next time I am in Haiti, I am going to try a Tap Tap.

The first order of business when we got back to our house was showers. We needed to wash away the dirt and sweat from our time in the monsoon.  To finish off the day we did some laundry.

Today was an amazing day.  I am so appreciative of the people who help me get here and the people that will come into my life because of this journey.

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