i’ve always been a worrier. my personality is definitely type A. a splash of anxiety, a few drops of paranoia, and a heavy dose of worry. the remedy? TAKE A CHILL PILL, BRI.
there are definitely times when my worry becomes heightened. i noticed on our trip to thailand recently how many times my mind was spinning with worry. here, check out just SOME of my inner dialogue…and realize that my worry is real. this may sound crazy if you are a type B person…but type A’s, you can relate i think. right?!
snorkeling instructor: “ok, so just jump off the boat. the water is beautiful! if you see a jellyfish, swim the other way. the coral is sharp, so be careful in this direction. and there are sea snakes sometimes, but don’t worry at all, they are harmless. have fun!”
bri’s dialogue with her own mind: “oh HEEEEEELLLLLL no. did that dude just say sea snakes? not harmful? HA! it’s harmful to my emotional state if i see one of those stupid things slithering by me. (pictures herself cutting her leg on coral, bleeding and attracting snakes, sharks and everything else terrible in the ocean who want to feed on her fresh blood.) bri, when else are you going to be able to snorkel in water like this! jump in, everyone else is doing it. ummm, did you hear he said there are SEA SNAKES IN THERE?! i need a drink.”
we get in a cab at the airport, and ask the guy to take us to our hotel…10 minutes go by. i sit back and start taking in the fact that we just got to THAILAND. this is awesome. cue the inner dialogue…
bri’s dialogue with her own mind: hmmmm. are you sure he is taking you to your hotel? i mean, he didn’t really seem confident when you showed him the address and i don’t see any signs on the road. do you think this guy has a machete? bri, he is a cab driver who is going to a hotel. don’t do this. (checks locks on the door to see if he was possibly inspired by the “bone collector” movie) ok, locks haven’t been removed. cool. let’s just enjoy this drive, we will be there soon. ok, but this road does kinda look like a back road. (looks over at arian with “do you think he’s taking us on a back road?” eyes) he’s not even worried. why are you? chill. ok, but if this guy has a machete i’m just gonna jump out of the car. but i should probably jump with my passport so i can get out of the country. right?!” (puts crossbody purse on in preparation for fast exit.)
on a small boat that looks like a canoe, with our luggage…
bri’s dialogue with her own mind: ”sinking would seriously suck right now. i wonder if luggage floats? probably not. do you think they accept water damaged passports at the airport. i really don’t want to lose my photos from the trip, my phone is going to get ruined. you should have backed those up on dropbox. ugh, stupid. this is fun, adventurous. smile!”
on plane during turbulence. my favorite.
bri’s dialogue with her own mind: ”this is it. we’re goin down. that flight attendant TOLD you that accidents don’t really happen during turbulence. it’s fine. but remember that scene in LOST when the whole back of the plane flew off?! you better say your prayers, sister.”
so it seems funny to me, looking back…but worrying is awful! my imagination builds up these insane movie-like scenarios and it can be really stressful. are you the worrying type? does it get better with age? (i feel like mine got worse!) how do you deal with it? be honest…is it xanax?
(spooning spoons gif by randi brookman harris)
i can’t believe the trip is almost over. it’s definitely been nice to escape for a little while. we got to railay beach a few days ago, which isn’t an island but you have to take a small boat to get to it because of the massive rocks surrounding it. it’s much different than where we were previously, koh lanta, but it has a lot of cool things about it. i plan on working on a post with a bunch of thailand photos, hotel info, and travel tips when i get back to the states this weekend. so get ready!
as you may know about me, i’m pretty scared of the ocean. after this crocodile incident in costa rica, i just haven’t felt completely comfortable hanging out in the water past my knees. yesterday at phra nang beach i decided to just say what the hell and get in. we had a lot of fun taking underwater pictures and just relaxing next to this awesome cave. (did you see this?!) it was liberating. tonight is our last night and we booked a sunset cruise with snorkeling and then dinner. it’s a lot further from where i can just run out onto the beach, so let’s see how that goes. there’s actually been a lot of times i’ve had to face my fears on this trip, i think i might write a post about it soon. but for now, this worry wart has gotta go enjoy her last day. have a good one! - bri
hello, hello. somehow we have wifi at all of our hotels! we’ve been here two days and we are starting to feel more settled. after that looooong flight (which wasn’t so bad because i got addicted to that cheesy show Nashville) and a bunch of cabs and boats, we are in koh lanta for 4 days. about 2 minutes ago i saw a ginormous lizard in my room and was screaming and laughing all at once. i guess i better get used to it.
a couple photos from our ferry ride yesterday… (and more here)
our bungalow has a hammock that overlooks the ocean, so there’s really NO complaining. we arrived just as the sun set over the water. it was pretty magical.
the beach bar here has really great thai food and the ambiance is spot on. everything feels really authentic. even the lizards. today i think we are going to rent scooters and go explore the island. i still can’t get over how affordable everything is here!
anyways, more on thailand soon. have the best weekend! -bri
(photos by arian soheili and designlovefest)
we definitely won’t be wearing winter coats, but there will most definitely be a lot of beach time. we leave for thailand on the red eye this evening! it’s our first alone vacation to the beach since our costa rica trip 4 years ago. i’m racing around trying to pack and prepare everything at home for while we are gone. (ps thanks for your thailand tips here. you can see our itinerary there too.) i’m mostly trying to prepare my mind for the EIGHTEEN HOURS of travel we have ahead of us! yowza.
i’ve spent the last week planning lots of fun posts that will be going up while i’m away. so programming as usual, folks. and fingers crossed there will be wifi occasionally and i can check in here and there! i have to admit, i’ll miss the normal blogging routine…but i’m also really excited to get away for a little while with my guy. i’ll check in soon! and you can bet i’ll be gramming our adventures. thailand, here we come. -bri
photos by jesse chamberlin, outtakes from this shoot!
ok, honest moment. after 5 years of dating…dating becomes watching the walking dead on the couch with unshaved legs and pajamas. because we are both freelancers now, a lot of the time we end up too tired to go out. but we must keep the spark ALIVE, know what i’m sayin?
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