I only HOPE that we never lose sight of ONE thing...
That it was ALL started with ashes...
When I was a little girl, I didn't dream of castles or corporations, of powerful career paths, or an important reputation. I dreamed of little hands in mine, of toddler hugs and even tantrums, of a family, bonded together by love and time, experiences, and even challenges to knit our hearts closer.
But what I never imagined was the disruption to come to my little family just as it was built. The pain to follow. The never-ending fight to heal from the wounds. The "being alone in it" and wondering even how to find the light to shine our way down the path and out of the battle for laughter, for joy, for peace.
We were a young, happy family of 5. Me and my firefighter husband and our 3 kids, Joshua - age 4, Noah - age 3, Hannah - a newborn, when a monster came and stole Joshua and Noah's innocence, their sense of safety, and in some ways, their very childhood away. A predator came, attacked, and slithered away multiple times before we saw the wounds and knew to intervene.
This is Joshua. He is a husband and a father, and a miracle. He shouldn't be here. He should be in a prison or even be a predator, maybe riddled with the effects of drug addiction or alcoholism, acting out his pain on others or we could have lost him to suicide as he internalized the attacks and his PTSD.
But NO. He is here. Beside me. Why? There's a lot of answers to this question, and today I will tell you one of them. Travel. Trips. Taking the time to BE together as a family away from the journey of pain and loss to healing and wholeness. Take time to LAUGH again. And when we laughed as a family for the first time in nearly two years, the light to shine our way down the path and out of the battle was just a little brighter. And our pain was a little bit lessened.
So I came home, and I was determined to give that tiny piece of healing away. If travel could help our whole family, then it could help others, too. So, in 2005 3D Travel was born.
At first, it was just her. Owner, visionary, Travel Advisor, Payroll, Promotions, all of it. But it met a need in others, this vision of mine, so we grew. And grew. And grew.
Four more advisors, a webmaster, back-office administration - that was the beginning of our expansion. And we continue to grow in advisors and in trips, year after year, thousands of trips, many millions of dollars. Millions? Can you believe it? Me neither. But it's true. And we did it by keeping our primary vision alive - my vision - born out of the deepest pain I'd ever felt and a glimpse of hope that it would get better. That our family would get better. That Joshua would get better.
We make trips happen even when you don’t think it's possible.
AND we make incredible careers happen for people who share our dream.
We are transparent.
We have integrity.
We are advocates for every person we book.
And we are unfailingly kind.
It's a decision we made a long time ago, and we keep making every single day.
It's not all that was needed to bring our family to wholeness again. It's not everything. Not by a long shot. But it was something. A big something. Big enough we’ve spent every day since then getting better at giving it away.
So, whether you are here to book a trip with my incredible team or you want to apply to join my incredible team, I’m glad you're here. To see the miracle that is Joshua. And to feel the heart of who we are - the heart of 3D Travel.