In December 2009, I had a strong urge to solo travel somewhere “off the beaten path.” I researched for days on end — trying to find the place that would settle my wanderlust. I wanted to visit a country that was new to me, that was full of culture, and that had reefs I could dive in. One day it finally hit me: Haiti. I spent hours designing my dream itinerary and just as I was about to purchase the ticket, I had another strong urge not to do it. If there is one thing that travel has taught me, it is to listen to my intuition. I ended up choosing to travel to Brasil instead and the day that I flew back to the United States, was the day that Haiti was struck by a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake. It is estimated that over 300,000 people were killed, over 300,000 people were injured, and over 1,000,000 were left homeless. I am incredibly grateful that I listened to my intuition, however years later I still cannot get Haiti out of my mind and heart. That is why I was overjoyed to participate in Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign.
I was asked to write about “a star” in my life. I am blessed to have many people that surround me with constant love, support, and guidance. It is impossible to choose just one, but one of the most shining star’s is my husband, Lucas. We are getting ready to celebrate our 2nd Christmas together as husband and wife and each day I wake up with my heart filled with gratitude that he is there holding my hand every step of the way as we navigate our new life together. He definitely makes my world seem brighter.
I received exclusive product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line that inspired this post. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti