In 2002, 16 years ago, I ran along the river road and got a runner's high and thought to myself, this is my happy place.
In 2003, 15 years ago, I sat on a porch overlooking the lush woods atop Pine Mountain in an old forestry camp in the Appalachain mountains of Kentucky and I thought to myself, this is my happy place.
In 2004, 14 years ago, I sat on a beach gazing out into the ocean every day of an entire summer. For the first time I had a car of my own to drive wherever I wanted and I thought to myself, this is my happy place.
In 2006, 12 years ago, I boarded a plane and got my first passport stamp, my understanding of poverty has never been the same. I traveled to broaden the horizons of my mind to better understand the differences and nuances of cultures around the world. Every time I board a plane, this is my happy place.
In 2008, 10 years ago, I wielded a hammer for Habitat and learned how to build a house and I thought to myself, this is my happy place.
I spent the past 10 years of my life really learning, experimenting, taking chances, figuring out who I am and what I want to do with my life. When I am doing the things that make me happy, that's when I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Today I live on Kauai, where all of those happy places are all rolled up into one perfect island.