Hello from beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand! So far I am loving my new (temporary) home. I arrived a week ago and it's hard to believe how fast time is going already. With so many new things to do and see each day, I know this month is going to fly by. I'm trying my best to be present and fully here to experience all this place has to offer. Taking time to document the experiences has been a challenge as a result but I'm hoping to strike a balance. I have so much to share already and it's only been a week! I'm trying to figure out the best way to document and share what's happening, but you can stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, let's recap what went down in October:
Another year, another season of bridal market events. I took on much less this year than in the past and I was thankful for the slower pace and easier schedule. I got to leisurely stroll between fashion shows rather than run frantically, which was nice for a change. I also got the chance to connect with some of my fellow Aisle Society sisters. We enjoyed a pretty swanky dinner cruise on the Bateaux New York that gave us an incredible view of the city at night. It was one of those New York moments that made my heart swell… a sweet reminder of how amazing the city is and how much I love that I've had the opportunity to live there.
After Bridal Market, I was off on a quick trip out to the west coast to visit my sister, Kim in LA. I always enjoy my trips to Los Angeles, but this one was more low key than usual. Since her boyfriend, Jay, was out of the country for work for the month, we had time for plenty of QT. We hung out, ate good food, walked around the beach… and really just enjoyed spending some uninterrupted time together since we won't get that opportunity over the holidays this year.
One of my other favorite things about heading to the West Coast is getting time to see my blogger bestie, Jen of Something Turquoise! Since I was visiting in October, Jen suggested that we go to Disneyland for their special Halloween events. We had the best time dressing up as Disney princesses and visiting the park. It was decorated really whimsically which only made the Disney magic even more magical. And yes, I am 33 years old… 😂 #youngatheart
Took off on my WeRoam Trip
I hopped on a plane at JFK on the 26th to begin a 24-hour travel day. I managed to stay up the entire trip so I could pass out in my Bangkok hotel when I arrived the next evening. I spent two nights in Bangkok, with one full day to explore as much as possible. I taxied over to the downtown area and spent much of the day wandering the streets just taking it all in. I plan to write more about what I did, saw, ate, and experienced in each city as I go in their own dedicated posts, so stay tuned.
Became a Remote Worker
I arrived in Chiang Mai on Sunday night and on Monday we got to check out our new office space. We've got spots reserved at Punspace here in the city for the month, and it's a great little coworking space. Chiang Mai has a large digital nomad / expat community and it's been pretty cool meeting some of the people who are living this wandering lifestyle. It's only been a few days but I'm already loving the experience… although it definitely has its own set of challenges. I'm looking forward to processing and sharing more about what I'm feeling about everything as I go!
Halloween in Chiang Mai
Halloween was a fun way to kick off our first week in Chiang Mai. Several members of our group got dressed up and headed down to the buzzing nightlife district of the city. There was a massive crowd out for the holiday and while it's not typically my scene, I managed to have some fun. Thankfully I had the foresight to toss my Jasmine costume in my suitcase to wear for the occasion… definitely came in handy! 😉
So that was my October. As I mentioned, I am working on sharing some travel / WeRoam specific posts so keep an eye out for those coming very soon. Until then, you can follow along on Instagram and Insta stories. Till next time…