"Picture 1979, high gloss lips, dolphin shorts, Izod Lacoste, rockin' a teddy bear charm necklace age 12 riding a skateboard with two tone Vans."​

A few friends asked me months ago if they could give me something to bring on my trip. And, I thought about it and was concerned about dragging things that took up weight and space with me across the country. So, I envisioned this idea of a charm bracelet. And, waalaa! Look what I have now?

Bracelet made from charms and beads from 21 close friends and family members! Including 2 I purchased for myself.

Bracelet made from charms and beads from 21 close friends and family members! Including 2 I purchased for myself.

Amanda made her charm, from a piece of vintage clock, stamped "TRUE" on it and added smokey quartz for protection. Steph purchased her orange glass bead in Nairobi recently, Oliver's dog tag is on there, Bonny gave me the ship's wheel to remind me I'm steering my own ship. Many others that have significant stories or meaning to those that gave them to me. It's a bit bulky and I won't see wildlife if I wear it (it's a bit loud), but, all these people are with me. Especially during the times I'm ready to, well, I'm not even going to say the word!

Some things people said to me or wrote when they sent their bead/charms include...

"Here are 3 beads. All imperfect, which reminds us that the world is an imperfect place, but YOU are making a difference."

"As you begin your journey, keep in mind you are loved & supported. I am here for you anytime you need encouragement to keep going."

"Picture 1979, high gloss lips, dolphin shorts, Izod Lacoste, rockin' a teddy bear charm necklace age 12 riding a skateboard with two tone Vans."

"Lotus Flower Charm represents: You are always the same age inside. Self-trust is the first secret of success. Perhaps I am stronger than I think."

"I know how hard you have been training and planning for this day so remember that the adventure is "in the journey and not the destination".