Day 8 – January 8th, 2018

ONE WEEK INTO THIS YEAR AND IT’S ALREADY SHAPING UP TO BE ONE OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE!

I HAVE AMAZING NEWS.

Okay so, for the past week or so I’ve been looking intently for hotels in New Orleans for Adrian and I to stay at. I tried checking my moms discount and even then, it was way too pricey for a four-night stay. And the less expensive places didn’t seem as nice as they could be, or close enough to the city center to be worth the quality of hotel. It was tricky, and after all of my incredible and cost-efficient travels, I’ve gotten rather picky (in a way that I won’t spend more than I should but won’t settle for less than I want).

In all honesty, I was a little worried. I wanted so bad for this trip to happen – not just for Adrian and I but because New Orleans has been a dream of mine for some time. And in all my other past travel plans, everything has come to me so easily, like magic – it was worrying to me that it felt like I was struggling with this. I’ve never been one to force my travels. I’ve never had to fight for them, they found me. And the flight ticket was already a bit more than I’d wanted, so finding a cost-efficient yet decent hotel was my main priority in having this fall into place.

Well.

After my last search attempt (I spent the better part of Sunday searching for a hotel), I decided to set it aside and have faith. Today, I resumed the search during my work shift because I did my sales target and it was quiet as hell. But once again, I seemed to be hitting a wall. In fact, I was starting to fret that we’d be going above the budget I’d imagined. Not to mention, hours are low this month because we had to split them fairly between the 5 of us.

While I was searching, Daniella (the girl who lives and works with me) happened to wander over to my counter and caught my look of exasperation and asked me what I was doing. I suddenly remembered that before she’d moved to Canada, she’d lived in New Orleans!!! So I told her about my dilemma – how I’d been searching and searching for a good and relatively cheap hotel and that I was having no luck. I asked her if she could recommend anything to me, having lived there.

Coincidentally, Daniella’s sister happened to work at the hotel that she herself used to work at (in a location that was accessible to all of the best of New Orleans) so she decided to message her sister on my behalf to see if she could get me a discounted price for the four nights. So I waited with bated breath – honestly I would have been happy with any kind of discount, or even the rate than I had been finding, as long as the hotel was nice with a decent location.

A couple minutes later, Daniella came back with some news – she actually still had contact with the manager of that hotel, who was apparently a really nice man and practically family. So she had decided to message him, and…

He went a step up and above just giving Adrian and I a discounted price – HE’S GIVING US THE GODDAMN KING SUITE ROOM FOR THE FOUR NIGHTS FOR FREEEEEEEEEEE AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

ADRIAN AND I ARE ONLY GOING TO BE PAYING FOR OUR FLIGHT!!!

AND THERE’S FREE BREAKFAST TOO SO THATS ONE LESS MEAL WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT!!!!

I HAVE LOST ALL MY CHILL LMFAO I JUST CANT BELIEVE I WENT FROM WORRYING ABOUT FINDING A DECENTLY PRICED HOTEL IN AN OKAY AREA WITH A GOODISH RATING TO LITERALLY GETTING FOUR FREE NIGHTS IN A PRIME LOCATION AT A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HOTEL.

I just… how?!? How?!? I know I manifested this but I can’t believe I manifested THIS WELL YOU KNOW?!?!?

How is it that I’ve already got 2/4 of my country goals down … FOR UNDER $1000?!? TWO COUNTRIES, FLIGHT AND ACCOMODATION, FOR LESS THAN A THOUSAND?????

I can’t even begin to express how blessed and happy I feel. I have had blind faith before and assured myself that everything would fall into place, but never before has it fallen into place in such a way that went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined (minus Adrian, of course).

Oh my heart. Thank you thank you thank you universe for hearing and acknowledging the depth of my love for travelling and working with me to fulfill my dreams.

I called Adrian right away and told him the news and he was so shook himself LMAO. He couldn’t believe it but he was all for it. What can I say, that’s what you get with me – whirlwind adventure at the drop of a hat, so you got to be able to go with the flow!

He’s mentioning it to his boss on Friday and we’re giving ourselves a week to book the ticket. Come next Tuesday, regardless of price, we’re gonna book! We’re giving it a week though to see if it’ll drop down at all or not. If it drops, we book before then. Either way, if we’re only paying for the ticket, regardless of the price the fact that we’re not paying for our stay means we have all the means to really and truly enjoy ourselves on this trip.

I’m just so in awe. You really do have to have faith and truth the process sometimes. I made a conscious decision not to force things, not to stress unnecessarily because I knew deep down that if it was meant to be, it would be. And clearly, it’s meant to be.

I’m so grateful. I’m going to make sure to get Daniella something really nice, and also bring something to give to that manager of the hotel for his extreme kindness and generosity. There’s such amazing people in the world, there truly are. And nothing networks you or brings you closer to the rest of this world than travelling.

Okay, that’s all for today!!! One week of 2019, one week was all it took to bring on the word of this year. I can’t wait to experience everything else it holds!

Love always and in every way,

Me.

 

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