- Year 5. Happy place. Just as breathtaking every time... 🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂"You’ve been a part of me for so long. There’s no way to know who I’d be without you in my life for these past 15 years. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to follow many paths, and for trusting me. Your trust has helped me learn to trust myself. Thank you for having faith in me, and for giving me something to have faith in, in return. Thank you for challenging me. Thank you for encouraging my wild imagination. Thank you for accepting and trying to understand me and for helping me learn about who I am. Thank you for teaching me about confidence. And the importance of sleep. And the splendor of food. And about loving unconditionally, without insecurity. I love you because I can be whatever self I feel like being with you. I love you because you laugh at my jokes, even when I don’t. I love you because, though we both tend to judge others, you tend not to judge me. I love you for your dedication and your courage. I love you because you’re strong. Many years ago I called you a strength factory. Your strength has kept us together, and will hold us up for a lifetime. I promise to be strong for you, too, when you need it, and to be gentle when you need that, instead. I promise to let you take the wheel sometimes. I promise to always give you unsolicited foot and back rubs. I promise, here and now – before our family and friends and all of creation – not to throw my dirty laundry on the floor, and to carry cash once in a while. I promise to nurture your passions and dreams, as you’ve nourished mine. I promise to go on adventures together. To have a family together. To grow old and content together. Most importantly, I promise to change, and to give you the freedom to change, and to accept and adapt to all of our changes. I love you in this and all realms." -9/21/2013 #jakedithHappy birthday to my captain, my best friend, and the mother of my child, @themerslater . The last year was a perfectly curated adventure, and the next will be the exact opposite. And I wouldn't have it any other way. #jakedithI wrote this 3 years ago, but it's particularly relevant today... "...It’s because of Katie’s wise heart that I am able to even attempt to make meaning out of the surreal, nonsensical, and undeniable fact that she is gone. I’ll never see Katie again. I’ll never get to tell her what I wish I had the day before she died…which is that I’ll miss her so terribly, every day. And the empty space in my life that has been growing for three years will never be filled, and I don’t want it to be. If that emptiness means she’s still with me, then so be it. I welcome it, and any other pain that reminds me of our short and spectacular time together. Because, as Katie once wrote to me…”Yes, the world is full of pain, uncertainty, and injustice. But in this vulnerable human life, every loss is an opportunity to either shut out the world or to stand up with dignity and let the heart respond. Here’s to letting our hearts respond.”Looking ahead, all I can see is the shadow of the mountain behind me. I must face the mountain in order to see it clearly. Another solo weekend in the books. Feeling recharged and ready.#jakedithfarm is finally in full bloom! 🌽🐝Been a long time since I had so much sand in my butt crack..."The sky overhead, the earth below, the mountains around. I stand in the middle place -- at home." - Dr. Rina Swentzell, Santa Clara PuebloThere's no one with whom I'd rather spend 10 weeks, years, Valentine's Days, decades. Well, technically this is our 11th or 12th Valentine's Day I think. Either way... here's to the beautiful, generous, thoughtful, loving, ever-hungry, ever-sleepy, ever-goofy @themerslater! . . . . #nofilter #shewokeuplikethat #jasiadith #japan #thailand #laos #vietnam #cambodia #angkorwat #tokyo #chiangmai #maehongson #luangprabang #hanoi #siemreap #railayAs 10 weeks of #jasiadith come to a close, it's hard to believe all we've done in just 2 short months. Robot theater, a private onsen, winter, summer, hundreds of meals, some incredible and also questionable street food, dozens of tuk-tuk rides, and one repugnant piece of durian. What a wild ride! Sad that it's coming to an end, but excited to get back to Denver and see what happens next. Let's do it again sometime, @themerslater ! . . . . . #jakedith #durian #japan #thailand #laos #vietnam #cambodia #donteatthestreetfoodincambodia #homewardboundFirst day out of the hotel room in 3 days...at 5am no less...and HACHI MACHI was it worth the push! #punintended #diarrhea #💩 #cambodia #streetfoodproblems #angkorwat #siemreap #jasiadith2009: "How much joy can I squeeze out of life?" . 2019: "How much joy can I squeeze out of life?" . #jasiadith #hoian #rothbury2009 #10yearchallenge #hochiminhcity #thatsamarijuanacigarette #andimonecstasy #bahnmideepthroatHội An, you've immediately stolen my heart. Custom suits and shoes, spicy báhn mỳ, lanterns everywhere. Rice paddies and beaches and beer that costs $0.20. And we've only been here for 4 hours If anyone is reading this, come to Hội An a soon as you possibly can. #jasiadithSweet egg coffee, motorbikes, and eating at tiny streetside tables. What more could one want out of life? It's been swell, Hanoi! #jasiadithOur resolution for 2019 has been more Fun-time and less Fone-time, so I haven't posted in a few days. But had to share this Luang Prabang sunset from the other day (🍺 not pictured). Lao PDR has absolutely blown us away 🇱🇦 On to Vietnam tomorrow! #jasiadithLooks like I spent a lot of time in 2018 in nature and with the people (and animals) that I love. Here's to more of that in 2019. #2018bestnineIs this real life??? 📷 credit: 🐘 #jasiadith #elephantselfieThe beauty in Chiang Mai knows no limits... #jasiadith #takemywife #goldenhourThe sun isn't setting in this picture...it's orange from a thick haze of smog. Bangkok, you crazy, but you sure are purdy. #jasiadithI try not to attach too many expectations to things and experiences. Sometimes I even succeed. Today was one of those times I was unable to help myself. The floating Torii at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island has held a mystique for me ever since we started planning #jasiadith...a sort of spiritual draw that I don't often experience. In person, it exceeded my expectations. It feels like the end of the Earth here. Like the gateway into and out of existence. From a Buddhist perspective, this torii symbolizes everything I have tried to become through years of meditation: welcoming, warm, grounded, peaceful. A rock...reliable and in harmony with natural surroundings. Undisturbed by the ebbs and flows of tide and time. But always changing subtly, fading, and ultimately impermanent.⛩️🌊
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