Celebrating 10 Years of Green Global Travel (& 12 Years of Love)

This weekend marked the 12th anniversary of the primary date Mary and I ever went on. And November 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the day we launched Inexperienced International Journey.

To commemorate each events, I shocked her with a collection of 12 customized greeting playing cards from Tellinga.

Just lately named our choose for Greatest Vacation Present of 2020, Tellinga permits you to inform your personal private story in a significant method through artfully designed postcards.

All it’s important to do is select the variety of playing cards you need, add images of the individuals/locations you need depicted in them, and supply an outline of the story you wish to inform in as a lot element as you need.

Tellinga then assigns your story to one in all their gifted artists, who create a customized collection of 1 to 12 hand-drawn, greeting card-sized postcards. Measuring 5.5″ x 8.5″, these custom-made playing cards arrive in digital type through e-mail and snail mail each Three to Four days.

What follows are the highlights of our final 12 years of journey and journey, together with the storybook-style playing cards Houston-based artist Paul Gruber created for us.

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Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2008

2008- Christmas in Love

Mary and I met for the primary time throughout the first week of December in 2008.

I used to be going by way of a very powerful time as a divorced dad, with a collection of courting disasters that left me fed up with in search of love. Mary was simply re-entering the courting world after Three months of separation and an impending divorce.

My pal Stefanie, who attended the identical church Mary did, knew I used to be depressed and urged me to go to a Christmas get together their 20s/30s social group was having at Mary’s home.

Little did we all know once we met at Mary’s get together that we might quickly fall in love, journey the world collectively, construct a number of profitable companies, and reside/work side-by-side, 24/7/365, for the subsequent 12 years!

I actually had no concept that Mary was enthusiastic about me in any respect till a mutual pal of ours made her personal curiosity in me all too apparent.

When she took me by the hand and launched me to everybody as “my Fb boyfriend,” Mary seemed damage as she replied, “However I assumed you had been MY Fb boyfriend!”

I requested Mary out the subsequent day, and some weeks later we went on our first date. We had been imagined to have dinner and see my favourite Christmas mild show in Georgia. However we talked a lot at dinner (3+ hours), we missed our window. So we rescheduled a number of nights later.

That is the primary Tellinga card within the collection of 12 I shocked Mary with. It depicts our second date, when she kissed me for the very first time in entrance of the Reside Nativity attraction at Lake Lanier Islands’ Magical Nights of Lights.

It was a memorable second, as each of us shortly realized this relationship was very totally different from something we’d ever skilled. Visiting Magical Nights of Lights has since develop into one in all our favourite annual Christmas traditions.

READ MORE: Bret & Mary, a Love Story (How Inexperienced International Journey Was Born)

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2009

2009- Hawaii’s Huge Island

Card #2 depicts a magical reminiscence from the primary large journey we ever took collectively– a 4-star all-expense-paid press journey to Hawaii’s Huge Island in 2009.

We’d solely been collectively Three months, my beloved Granny had simply handed away, and it was our first time being collectively as a pair 24/7.

We explored your entire island, from a espresso farm in Kona and the Hilo market to Hawai’i Volcanoes Nationwide Park and a home with an AMAZING non-public lagoon on the Pahoa coast.

The journey’s spotlight was like a tragi-comedy romance. Mary, who was afraid of placing her face within the water again then, had a panic assault whereas snorkeling Kealakekua Bay.

However once we received to our resort, I took her by the hand and led her out to a coral reef close to a protected seaside, the place we discovered ourselves surrounded by HUGE Sea Turtles!

They swam throughout us as they fed, and one curious turtle got here so shut we might’ve touched it if we’d needed.

Mary was hooked on snorkeling from that second on, and only a few years later she conquered her worry of water and have become an authorized Scuba diver.

Perjaps much more importantly, that journey satisfied us that we might reside, work and journey collectively as excellent companions. And we’ve been doing it ever since!

READ MORE: The 20 Greatest Issues to Do in Kauai, Hawaii For Nature Lovers

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2010
2010- Costa Rica & the Delivery of GGT

Card #Three is one in all my private favorites, because it completely captures a pivotal second in each our private & skilled lives.

2010 was the 12 months Mary moved in with my daughter and I, after getting laid off from an organization she’d managed for 10 years and having a tree fall on her home.

We had been making an attempt to determine our subsequent steps once we went on our first large household press journey, spending 10 days exploring Costa Rica.

After 15 years as knowledgeable author/editor, I’d been dabbling in running a blog on MySpace and Fb. I’d additionally had this concept of doing an ecotourism-focused ebook or journal ever since my press journeys to Costa Rica, Alaska & South Africa in 1998-2000.

It was there, throughout a tropical storm in the midst of the rainforest of Tortuguero Nationwide Park, that we determined to check out this new factor referred to as journey running a blog.

We needed to share our ardour for journey, for nature and wildlife, for exploring the wilderness, and realized we had the complementary ability units that would make it profitable.

So the concept for Inexperienced International Journey was born at a pool bar surrounded by Costa Rican animals akin to birds, butterflies, and tree frogs in June 2010. And November 1, 2020 marked GGT’s 10th anniversary!

READ MORE: The Prime 20 Issues to Do in Costa Rica For Nature Lovers

Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2011
2011- Galapagos Islands

Card #Four captures an unimaginable second from our very first Inexperienced International Journey press journey, to the Galapagos Islands in October 2011. However that journey virtually didn’t occur.

After we launched the location in Nov 2010, “skilled journey running a blog” wasn’t a factor but. We had no monetization technique for our little ardour challenge (I’m unsure we believed it will ever flip a revenue) and paid for all the pieces through my freelance writing revenue and Mary’s financial savings.

So when Ecoventura (a neighborhood eco-tour operator in Ecuador who supplied small ship cruises to the Galapagos) invited us on a gaggle press journey, we initially needed to flip it down as a result of we merely couldn’t afford the airfare!

Unbeknownst to me, my Uncle Steve (who handed away earlier that 12 months) left me a small inheritance. When my Aunt Terrie instructed me about it, we reached out to see if there have been slots accessible. Fortunately one other couple had dropped out, and we booked our flights the subsequent day.

It was a tremendous journey, seeing tons of Galapagos animals and exploring the distant islands on a small eco-friendly yacht with lower than 20 passengers.

One of many highlights was the primary time we snorkeled with Galapagos Sea Lions off the coast of Santiago Island. There was one particularly who took an curiosity in me as I swam alongside beside him. As I twisted and turned to movie him, he took it as an invite to play.

He began swimming quicker and quicker, zooming throughout me like a torpedo, blowing bubbles, and flipping out of the water in his pleasure. As Mary watched and laughed, I caught the entire sequence on video.

That video was named one of many Prime 11 Journey Movies of 2011 by Matador Community, and our collection of “Wildlife of the Galapagos” movies was promoted by World Wildlife Fund.

Inside 6 months our weblog grew from 7,000 to 40,000+ web page views a month, and we had been getting calls from all types of ecotourism operators wanting us to journey with them in 2012!

READ MORE: 7 Necessary Life Classes I Discovered within the Galapagos Islands

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2012
2012-  Cruising Antarctica

Card #5 captures the head of 2012, our craziest whirlwind of a 12 months. After WWF promoted our movies, we had been inundated with gives from the world’s most acclaimed ecotourism firms.

We traveled 95+ days that 12 months whereas juggling the weblog, my freelance profession, Mary’s part-time job, and 50/50 custody of my 11-year-old daughter.

It was an insane 12 months. It began in February with journeys to the Peruvian Amazon and Yellowstone Nationwide Park, adopted by Bermuda, Panama, Dominica, NYC, Jordan, and hanging with Polar Bears on the Arctic tundra in Churchill, Manitoba.

However the cherry on prime of the icing on prime of the cake of our shock success was a last-minute invite from Journey Life to spend per week exploring Chilean Patagonia, adopted by 5 unimaginable days on a small ship cruise in Antarctica.

It was a dream journey I actually by no means thought I’d get an opportunity to expertise. Although I like the ocean, I get terribly seasick, so crossing the dreaded Drake Passage was NOT within the playing cards.

However Journey Life had a visit the place you could possibly fly to Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile, so we leapt at their supply. Sadly it was nonetheless early within the season, and snow/ice on the Antarctic runway prevented us from departing on the meant day.

Issues weren’t wanting a lot better the subsequent day, so all of us piled right into a bus and made the 7-hour drive to Argentina. There we boarded an Argentinian Air Drive aircraft, strapped ourselves into leap seats, and handed round 2-liter sodas and cookies the navy guys handed us.

As soon as we lastly received to Antarctica, it was all the pieces you’d think about it will be. All over the place we seemed we noticed jaw-dropping landscapes, icebergs, Whales, and HUGE colonies of Penguins.

This card completely captures the joy we felt going ashore for the primary time, sitting on rocks as Penguins walked throughout us inside arm’s attain. It was an unimaginable technique to finish a rare 12 months!

READ MORE: 30 Antarctic Animals You Can See on an Antarctic Cruise

Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel in 2013

2013- Bora Bora, Tahiti

Our 2013 spotlight really began throughout our insane 2012, when a PR rep for the 4 Seasons Bora Bora reached out to us through e-mail, mentioned he was coming to Atlanta, and requested if we’d be accessible to satisfy.

I’ve been a HUGE 4 Seasons fan for the reason that mid-1990s, after I’d steadily keep at their Beverly Hills location whereas interviewing celebrities for the leisure journal I ran. And Bora Bora had been on the prime of Mary’s world journey bucket listing for 20+ years.

So, in fact, we mentioned sure!

Because it turned out, the resort was enthusiastic about selling the brand new Rauhatu Marine Sanctuary they’d not too long ago created on their property. They needed us to go to, interview their lead marine biologist, and discover the unique islands in partnership with Tahiti Tourism.

The one drawback? By that time our journey schedule was COMPLETELY booked for 2012 (since our web site made no revenue then, we wanted time between journeys to make sufficient $$$ to pay the payments).

Fortuitously they had been nice with suspending the journey till late February/early March 2013, which simply so occurred to coincide with Mary’s birthday!

We spent 10 beautiful days in Tahiti, swimming with sharks, Scuba diving, exploring the mountains and jungles of the inside, and going to luaus.

However the time we spent hanging out collectively in our huge over-water bungalow on the 4 Seasons was a serious spotlight (particularly our torch-lit romantic feast on the seaside at sundown).

This card completely captures the sheer pleasure and amazement I keep in mind Mary having for almost all of our 10-day go to, which was the proper technique to wind down the insane 18-month interval that actually put Inexperienced International Journey on the map.

READ MORE: 21 Tahiti Images to Gas Your Unique Island Fantasies

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2014

2014- Athens & The Greek Islands

Card #7 was the primary to cut back me to tears, as a result of it took me proper again to the emotional second when the picture on which it was primarily based was taken.

2013-2014 had been actually tough years for us– the one time we’ve ever questioned whether or not running a blog was a sustainable path, career-wise.

Our in depth travels from Oct 2011 to March 2013 had left us in troubling monetary form. Most of our journey bills had been normally lined by our hosts. However there have been at all times further prices for pet sitters, parking, transportation, meals, and many others.

With the weblog not making any cash, print media dying, my freelance work slowing drying up, and Mary’s tenants flaking on paying hire, issues had been wanting dire.

However by Sept 2014 all the pieces circled. Worldwide Expeditions (with whom we traveled to the Amazon in 2012) employed us to take over their content material advertising. We put collectively an company, artistic staff, web site, and proposal in Three weeks, and that contract ensured we might pay the payments.

Then we received embroiled in an enormous controversy (dubbed “Dolphingate”) whereby the world’s prime journey blogger publicly referred to as us out for not boycotting TBEX for providing dolphin excursions at their convention in Cancun (which we knew nothing about).

Lengthy story brief, we managed to get these excursions cancelled AND had been invited to host a TBEX Keynote dialogue on accountable journey.

However card #7 captures an extremely private second that occurred proper earlier than the TBEX Athens convention that October (the place we gave a standing-room-only speak on How one can Construct a Higher Running a blog Model that some attendees described as “life-changing”).

Rising up in a decrease center class neighborhood, I didn’t know anybody who traveled internationally besides my grandparents.

They’re those who received me into NatGeo, taught me to understand nature, and instilled in me a “work arduous, waste nothing” mindset. Their photos from Mexico, Egypt, Greece, and Hawaii had been HUGE inspirations for my journey goals.

There’s a photograph I’ve had for many years of my Granddad descending the steps of the Acropolis of Athens when he was my age. After we went to Greece, we took the picture with us, did our greatest to recreate it, then took a photograph of us holding his picture as I gamely tried to cease sobbing.

The Tellinga artist’s depiction of that teary-eyed second took my breath away, and introduced all these vivid reminiscences speeding again to me. I can’t even describe the feelings I really feel even now, telling you the story.

READ MORE: The Greatest Locations to Go to in Greece in 40 Implausible Images

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2014

2015- Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

After 5 years of struggling financially, 2015 was the 12 months issues FINALLY began coming collectively for us by way of the enterprise. We began the 12 months with one main tour operator consumer for our content material advertising company, Inexperienced Journey Media, and by midsummer we had two.

Within the Spring we delivered one other standing-room-only session (this one on Accountable Journalism for Bloggers) at TBEX in Costa Brava, Spain, and led our first “Construct a Higher Running a blog Model” workshop, which almost offered out.

However card #Eight highlights the inarguable crescendo of that blissfully promising 12 months– a 3-week safari in Tanzania and Rwanda that included mountain climbing to see Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

A short backstory: A variety of who I’m and the work we do at this time was influenced by my paternal grandparents, with whom I used to be extraordinarily shut. They travelled the world, and at all times had Nationwide Geographics on the espresso desk and PBS’ Nature on TV.

Granddad grew up in New Mexico, and so they had been very into Native American tradition. They went out west steadily, visiting an orphanage they supported financially, and at all times got here again with turquoise jewellery, sandstone artwork, and different Native crafts.

I turned very enthusiastic about Native American historical past, and began attending native pow-wows commonly. My first tattoo was taken from a NatGeo cowl story on Native American tradition and shamanism, and I wrote analysis papers in faculty on Native American music and historical past.

This led to my ardour for indigenous tribal cultures world wide, world music and dance, international delicacies… you get the image.

20+ years later, my grandparents had each handed on, and I’d devoted my life to writing about these subjects (which most of my freelance editors had no real interest in). However I did it as a result of I beloved it, even thought there was ZERO cash in it.

However in 2015 my pal Robert Reid– NatGeo’s Digital Nomad– linked me with their Clever Journey editor. We bonded over our ardour for wildlife conservation and the truth that we’d each misplaced our fathers, and identical to that I turned a Nationwide Geographic contributor!

Round that point, we reached out to our buddies at Journey Life. I’d been dying to get again to Africa for 15 years, so we partnered with them and a neighborhood tour operator, Tanzania Journeys, to rearrange an distinctive safari.

However in fact East Africa is VERY costly to fly to, and we needed to benefit from our journey, so we reached out to the Rwanda tourism board, actually anticipating an outright rejection.

Then I had an thought: The anniversary of the loss of life of primatologist Dian Fossey was developing, her analysis had been funded by NatGeo, and he or she’s credited with habituating Rwanda’s Gorillas to human presence.

My editor agreed that there was a fantastic story there, and so it was that we discovered ourselves trekking by way of the forest of Volcanoes Nationwide Park.

We’d heard by way of one other couple at our lodge that one of many rangers on the park, Francois Bigirimana, had labored as Dian Fossey’s porter again within the ’80s. So our information, Arthur, managed to get us in Francois’ group of Eight hikers, which made the expertise all of the extra entertaining.

Evidently, the Silverback Gorilla encounter depicted on this Tellinga card was one we are going to by no means, ever overlook. I solely want my grandparents might have lived lengthy sufficient to see it…

READ MORE: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda (w/Dian Fossey’s Porter)

Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel in 2016

2016- Palawan, Philippines

Card #9 comes from 2016, the primary 12 months the place it felt like we didn’t need to wrestle by way of constructing our enterprise.

Our company began the 12 months with two main shoppers, and had Three by the top of the 12 months. We had been making sufficient cash that I used to be in a position to cease freelancing completely, and even stepped down from my part-time place as Managing Editor of INsite Journal (a place I’d held since 1996).

GGT nonetheless wasn’t turning a revenue, however we had been commonly being featured in NatGeo and different main information shops. We’d earned the respect of Megan Epler Wooden and different ecotourism icons, and had been broadly thought of among the many world’s prime journey running a blog {couples}.

The one drama that 12 months really got here from our private life: Whereas serving as a line decide for my daughter’s volleyball sport, I all of the sudden pulled up brief whereas shagging a ball and felt a snap in my achilles tendon. I instantly knew one thing was incorrect, however was in a position to stroll on it.

The subsequent day I went to the physician, and my foot and ankle had been extraordinarily swollen and bruised.

As a result of we had been leaving for a running a blog convention within the Philippines a number of days later, my physician insisted I am going to the ER instantly and have it checked for blood clots earlier than I too the 18+ hour flight to Manila. If I had a clot, we’d need to cancel the journey on the final minute.

Fortuitously there was no main harm and we had been cleared to fly, however I needed to get escorted by way of airports in a wheelchair. It was a fairly hilarious sight, my hulking 250-pound physique being pushed round by tiny Asian ladies, however we loved our early boarding privileges.

Mary and I’ve a factor the place we wish to commerce off on select “dream journeys,” and the Philippines had been one other of her bucket listing locations. And so it was that we discovered ourselves exploring the islands of Palawan each earlier than and after the TBEX convention.

My injured foot made mountain climbing pretty tough, so our itinerary was MUCH much less hectic than common.

We spent numerous time snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and simply hanging out on the seaside at our resort, Membership Paradise. We additionally received {couples} massages 4-5 instances in Eight days: Should you ever get an opportunity to attempt a conventional Hilot therapeutic massage within the Philippines, I extremely advocate it!

Card #9 completely captures Mary’s temper throughout what felt like a very laid-back, luxurious tropical trip– our first since Tahiti in 2013. The picture on which it was primarily based was taken on the resort’s hidden seaside, the place we noticed extra Monitor Lizards than individuals.

As a lot as we miss our loopy wilderness adventures, that is the type of stress-free journey we crave greater than something proper now. Hopefully we’ll all be capable to to return to paradise in 2021!

READ MORE: The Prime 15 Issues to Do in Coron, Palawan

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2017

2017- The Scottish Highlands

The second of Paul Gruber’s Tellinga playing cards that decreased me to tears, this ethereal second was the spotlight of our 2017 journey to the Scottish Islands & Highlands to hint my paternal household’s ancestral roots.

My curiosity in Scotland started again in 1993, after I interviewed my grandfather about our household historical past. It was then I discovered that the Loves had been a sept of Clan MacKinnon and originated in western Scotland, in Oban and the islands of the Interior Hebrides.

I received a quick style of Scotland after I spent 48 hours in Edinburgh to interview Sean Connery for his 1999 movie, Entrapment. I used to be gobsmacked at Edinburgh Fort, the place I met a tour information who was the spitting picture of my late grandfather.

In recent times I actually needed to study extra about my Scottish ancestry. So I purchased books on Clan MacKinnon historical past, signed up for Ancestry.com, and researched my ancestors’ journey from Scotland to Ulster, Eire, and eventually to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

After we had been invited to guide a workshop at TBEX Eire in 2017, I merely needed to make my dream of exploring the land of my forefathers come true.

We spent Eight unimaginable days exploring Scotland, with numerous stops vital to Love/ MacKinnon historical past alongside the way in which.

We stayed in Oban, the place my Love ancestors lived. We explored Iona Abbey, the place MacKinnons served as Abbotts and we noticed Love and MacKinnon graves facet by facet. We visited Clad Donald’s Armadale Fort, whose family tree library had masses on data on their MacKinnon brethren.

Card #10 depicts probably the most emotional second of the journey, after I climbed the ruins of Dunakin (a.ok.a. Fort Maol), the traditional MacKinnon seat on the Isle of Skye.

It was there that I launched my grandparents’ ashes because the winds whipped round me, tears streaming down my face as I sang “Wonderful Grace” of their cherished reminiscence.

READ MORE: The Prime 10 Issues to Do on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2018

2018- Turning 50 in Kenya

Earlier than I met Mary, the 12 months I turned 40 (2008) was one of many worst. However the 12 months I turned 50 was arguably the most effective 12 months of my life.

The weblog was lastly making good cash, as was our Inexperienced Journey Media company. By the top of the 12 months, we reached a milestone of getting 600,000 web page views in a single month!

Mary and I had discovered a fantastic work/life stability, and my daughter was a rising Senior who would final graduate with Honors. We lastly had cash within the financial institution, and comparatively few worries.

When it comes to journey, there was an excellent mixture of US and worldwide journeys, together with Mary’s birthday journey to Isla Holbox, Mexico, a daddy/daughter journey to go whitewater rafting in West Virginia, and 10 wonderful days exploring Guatemala.

However card #11 depicts the spotlight of the best journey of my life– a 3-week household safari in Kenya to have fun my 50th birthday!

Touring with Gamewatchers Safaris and the Elewana Assortment, we explored Nairobi Nationwide Park, Lewa Conservancy, Meru Nationwide Park, and a number of other Maasai Mara Conservancies (that are owned and managed by the Maasai individuals).

I might write a complete ebook about all of the unimaginable experiences we had in Kenya. There have been close-up encounters with endangered African animals akin to Hyenas, Lions, Hippos, Elephants, Leopards, and extra.

We received a behind-the-scenes tour at Jane Goodall‘s Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary, watched a household of Rock Hyrax wrestling by our non-public pool at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru, and noticed a mom and two younger Cheetahs monitor and kill a Gazelle.

However the spotlight of our once-in-a-lifetime safari was a non-public tour of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It included going contained in the protected space the place the final two Northern White Rhinos on the planet reside, and interviewing the rangers sworn to guard them.

After we began this journey a decade in the past, I by no means imagined hanging out with (and being nudged by) hungry, critically endangered Rhinos.

However after 10 lengthy, usually tough years of struggling to get to a spot the place we weren’t at all times fearful about cash, it felt like we’d lastly “made it.” I couldn’t think about any higher place, or any higher method, to have fun 50 years on this wonderful planet.

READ MORE: Animals in Kenya (Information to 40 Species of Kenyan Wildlife)

Mary Gabbett & Bret Love of Green Global Travel in 2020

2019-2020 (& Past)

Although 2020 has inarguably been a complete shitshow for just about everybody, for us personally 2019 was arguably even worse.

It began off as one other 12 months of astounding progress: We averaged 250,000 web page views a month, had two nice tour operator shoppers, and took memorable journeys to Kauai (for Mary’s birthday) and an Alaska Inside Passage cruise (for my daughter’s highschool commencement).

However by September the underside began to fall out of our enterprise.

First there was a company buyout and consolidation that left employees and budgets for our two shoppers slashed. All of our contacts on the firm both give up or received laid off, and after 6 years our Inexperienced Journey Media contract was not renewed.

Then in November and December Google made main algorithm modifications that clearly favored large enterprise (particularly its personal) over bloggers. Nearly each main journey blogger we all know misplaced 50 to 80% of their natural journey in a single day, and advert income went in the bathroom together with it.

By the point the COVID-19 epidemic devastated the journey business in March 2020, our revenue  had dropped by greater than 80%. The truth that we additionally couldn’t journey in any respect solely left us extra despondent over your entire flip of occasions.

However there was a silver lining. We’d been aggressive in placing cash apart in 2018-2019, so we did have some financial savings to depend on. We additionally offered my outdated music and film collectibles on eBay, which introduced in an honest facet revenue.

We’d already arrange a brand new regional journey web site, Blue Ridge Mountains Journey Information,  as a result of we hoped to purchase a house within the mountains of North Georgia or North Carolina. So we launched it in January, and explored the wilderness nearer to residence whereas social distancing.

By October 2020, we had lastly grown that web site’s visitors sufficient that it might begin bringing in advert income. It was sufficient to cowl our bills, and switch a small revenue as properly.

And now, as we glance again on the final 12 years of affection and distinctive journey adventures, we additionally stay up for higher days to come back. To reconnecting with outdated buddies, exploring new cultures, and hopefully discovering a house the place we will be a lot nearer to Mom Nature.

Card #12 depicts one in all my favourite locations we’ve visited in Georgia, Lake Burton, which is surrounded by the Chattahoochee-Oconee Nationwide Forest. It completely captures the place we at the moment are, wanting again on the place we’ve been, however staying centered on the place we hope to go.

It’s the subsequent step on this otherworldly dream that’s our life, our love, our partnership. And I merely can not wait to see the place the subsequent 10 years will take us. Right here’s to a greater, brighter future for us all…  –by Bret Love; Tellinga paintings by Paul Gruber

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