Ladies in Red: A Malaysian Travel Diary

If you follow me on social media, you might remember that my girlfriends and I took a trip to Kuala Lumpur last Spring.

This travel diary is shamefully late, but better late than never… right?!

I dedicate this post to Friendship, Risk Taking, and Growth.


On Friendship.

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As a friend, daughter, and girlfriend, my love can be heavy-handed and not very refined.

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I’ve never been shy to tell the people I love exactly what’s on my mind.

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It took me years to learn that this type of friendship is not always appropriate.

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Over the years, I’ve learned to sweeten my tongue with consideration, tact, and subtlety.

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I don’t always succeed. In fact, I fail on a regular basis. But I try.

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Kuala Lumpur gave me several opportunities to practice these virtues.

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Thank you, Suzette and Anecia for sticking with me despite my countless imperfections and for teaching me that friendships, like any other relationship, require sacrifice, compromise, subtlety, and mutual respect between partners.

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Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

– Ann Landers

On Risk Taking.

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Who would have believed that a small-town Arizona girl would travel the world as I do?

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I wasn’t born with money in my bank account and a passport in my pocket.

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I worked tirelessly, as did many other individuals on my behalf, to propel me to the place that I am today.

Now that I’m here, I won’t squander my privilege by living in fear.

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I will be bold and take all of the risks that I can.

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Why? Because the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B is by trusting God’s plan and running as fast as you can.

On Growth.

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It’s easy to get comfortable in the here and now.

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While it is vitally important to live in the present and remain ever grateful, it is also important to never stop pushing towards a better tomorrow.

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One can choose to go back toward safety or forward towards growth.

Growth must be chosen again and again;

Fear must be overcome again and again”

– Abraham Maslow

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Malaysia forced me to move beyond my comfort zone.

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Whether it was climbing up the 1000 Stairs of Bantu Caves, eating freshly grilled meat from a Chinatown street cart, or letting loose in the Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia, I allowed myself to shed my fears, insecurities, and biases and truly experienced the city in its glory.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

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Traveling creates the space for one to grow and develop– at least that has been my own experience.

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When you go abroad, you have a unique opportunity to be the best or worst version of yourself. I make a point to choose the former.

 

 

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