Thoughts from a Traveler on Thanksgiving

footprints in the sandI’ve been thinking about this post for a long time, trying to come up with something witty and creative for the American Thanksgiving holiday. A couple years ago I wrote about why travel makes me thankful (it still does!) and last year I shared the story about spending Thanksgiving in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer (which will probably always be my most memorable Thanksgiving).

This year I’ve decided to do something very simple on Kaleidoscopic Wandering for the holiday: Publicly share my gratitude to those who have made this blog and my lifestyle possible. Without further ado …

Thank you:

To my dad for sharing the gift of travel with me at a young age. You’re still one of my favorite travel buddies.

To my mom for encouraging me to write and publishing my first book for me before the age of 10. I’ll never forget that gift.

To my husband who puts up with my erratic travel schedule and has always pushed me to follow my dreams. Also, thanks for the health insurance. Think we could celebrate life with a little trip to Mexico? I say let’s do it!

To my sister for unplugging every year so we can take our annual sister vacation. I know we don’t always agree on everything, but I treasure the times when we laugh, chat and enjoy each other’s company far from anyone else.

To my travel writing mentors, Julie and Lola, for your guidance, advice and encouragement throughout my career as a travel writer and blogger. I appreciate you putting up with my random emails.

To editors who have taken a chance on me and who have continued to ask for my work.

To representatives at tourism bureaus who have become friends as well as colleagues.

To the Peace Corps for giving me the opportunity to see the world from a perspective that has changed the way I live my life, and to the team at the National Peace Corps Association, for which I work, allowing me to stay involved with what’s going on in the Peace Corps world.

To the ladies I met at The Mighty Summit this year, who confirmed that my decision to seek an unconventional path in life is the right choice.

To the members of my writers group. Because of you, I am forced to step away from my “work” and write things I love but often forget about.

To Shelley, one of my closest friends from high school who I can still chat with for hours on end.

To Amy, Erika, Abby, Diana and Emily, my favorite support group, who I can always count on for breakfast, lunch, coffee or wine. And to Spencer, my accountability buddy, personal cheerleader and occasional therapist.

To my web consultant. I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I’m an anti-tech person. You read this site because Jesse is working the kinks out in the backend.

To the libary. Without the stacks of books and hours of idle wandering through the stacks, I might never have discovered the true power of the written word. I’ve always liked to read, but even now there’s nothing quite as awesome as spending a whole afternoon at the library.

To YOU. Thank you for supporting Kaleidoscopic Wandering, my travels and my writing. I wouldn’t write if you weren’t reading.

9 Responses to “Thoughts from a Traveler on Thanksgiving”

  1. Spencer Spellman

    True story, I was a therapist assistant in another life. Happy Thanksgiving friend! Can’t wait to see what the coming months hold for you!

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    • JoAnna

      Isn’t it funny what we all did in our former lives. Would you ever believe I was once Scooby Doo for Warner Brothers?

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  2. Shelley

    This was fun to read…thanks for the friend shout out. =) I’m also very thankful for our lasting friendship and long chats. And I’m grateful for the mentoring you’ve given me as I’ve dipped my toe into the freelance writing pool. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Jill

    I always knew you were destined to be a writer! You’re lucky to have found your true calling at a young age.

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    • JoAnna

      Very, very lucky I discovered it at a young age. I’d hate to be floundering around 30 years from now.

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  4. Abby

    Thank YOU, JoAnna!! I don’t know how you put up with me sometimes, but I do know I might not be surviving Vegas without you. And we have so many bigger things to come!

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    • JoAnna

      I’ll always “put up” with you Abby. Best of luck with everything on the horizon!

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  5. Lola

    I’m so grateful for you as well JoAnna! And super stoked for you. Here’s to a bigger and even better 2012.

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    • JoAnna

      Same to you, Lola.

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