To my friends in New York, I say hello

My friends in L.A. they don’t know

Where I’ve been for the past few years or so

Paris to China to Colorado…

Oh… this has gotta be the good life

This has gotta be the good life

This could really be a good life, good life

This song by One Republic summarizes the last five years of my life. Since entering back into the world as a singleton I’ve lived in New York and L.A., traveled to places like India and Peru, and always coming home with off-the-wall stories.

While I was traveling the globe, most of my friends were firmly planted in their beautiful young families and 9-5’s. They’d often comment in awe at my “exciting” lifestyle. One of them even said, “Ingrid… you should write a book. Your story is so Eat, Pray, Love but like, ten times better. I’d buy it.”

Yet, as much as they may have envied me, I confess I probably envied them more.

Yes, I was blessed to see some amazing things, but that’s not what this story is about. My life may have seemed glamorous from the outside, but it was filled with a lot of grief, fear and disillusionment, which left me threadbare and worn. But isn’t that what all the best stories are made of?

Now that I’m back at home in Texas, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve gained these last few years through this crazy ride. No uber-successful career or family of my own… yet. But, many miles under my belt and a wealth of experience. Lessons in humility, faith, trust, and love, to name a few. While off searching for what I wanted, I actually found what I needed. It hasn’t been easy but it’s certainly been a journey worth taking. And through all my ups and downs I’ve finally come to peace with the fact that no matter what:

It’s gonna be a good life.

Photo by: Jessica Lin, NYC