Giving thanks at the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal - Agra, Uttar Pradesh - India

The Taj Mahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh – India

I was able to fund my plane ticket to India by building a crowdfunding website that would allow people to contribute towards my goal.  While I didn’t reach my goal, the funds I raised allowed the initial push to get me on this path.  The goal wasn’t so much raising the money as it was raising accountability.  I was afraid to go to India and I needed a push to overcome the challenges in front of me.  Thank you to everyone who helped give me that push by following along and demanding action.

I didn’t want people to just feel like they were giving me money to go on vacation though.  I wanted them to feel like they are a part of this trip in someway.  Because I know I couldn’t do it without the support of so many wonderful people in my life, I think about everyone often and give thanks whenever I can.

I spent a few days in Agra so I could visit the Taj Mahal and deliver on one of the perks that I promised some of my backers.  I promised to take a photo of me holding up a sign with their name on it (or a message of their choice) somewhere beautiful in India.  The Taj Mahal is probably the most recognizable buildings in the world and a symbol for the beautiful architectural masterpiece that India is.

I spent several days in Bundi taking my time drawing the signs I used to show my appreciation for my friends.  It was a slow and methodical time thinking about each one of them, who they are, and how they have effected my life.  It created a nice space of time where I could reflect and give thanks to the wonderful people in my life.  It was an added bonus.

Getting the signs there to the Taj Mahal for the photos was much harder.  I found out from a friend that she tried to take a photo of a sign for her boyfriend and the sign was confiscated.  I spent a lot of time working on those signs and I didn’t want to lose them before getting the photos I promised.  I also learned that tripods and sketchbooks weren’t allowed inside either which would make things a bit more difficult.

I was with a friend and her help was invaluable for getting this project finished.  Without my tripod, she would hold the camera.  She is also quite adept at operating a camera and with a background in painting she understands artistic composition.  So to her, thank you as well!

Thank you from the Taj Mahal!

And if you contributed to the crowdfunding website but didn’t get a sign, you’re not left out. I still want to thank you!