It’s over?

Well, in just a couple of hours I start my long journey home. About thirty hours between three planes and three airports will have me collapsing into a bed full of puppies and happiness! I’m tired, I’m proud of myself, I’m inspired, and I’m incredibly thankful for everything the past two weeks has given me.

A huge thanks goes out to all the folks at War Child who helped make this possible and who took a chance by inviting me to play along in their challenge despite not being an obvious choice for a humanitarian campaign. James, Sarah and Danielle helped pull all the planning together, while of course Emma, Linda and Tenagne made sure I had an incredible time without death or injury, and Alyson made sure the message got out there while I was on the road. Laura and Lynn at Hill & Knowlton also deserve a big shout-out for their support during the challenge itself.

Most of all though, the biggest thanks I need to give goes to you for voting, spreading the word, donating, retweeting, commenting, or just reading over the years. Without your support and determination, I never would have ended up having this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I won’t get all shmoopy on you, but you do need to know that you deserve more credit here than I do. Like so many other times over the past four years, you guys have really changed my life yet again.

There may be another Ethiopia post or two in the cards over the next few months as I head out on the road to talk about my experience in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, and there will surely be some more updates to come through the official War Child channels. But even if this is the last one you pay attention to about the Ethiopia adventure, thank you so much for being a part of it. I’m going to take a wee break just to recoup a bit, get myself adjusted to the opposite time zone, hang out with the family, and get caught up on the rest of my life (oh right – I suppose I have a job…) but I promise it won’t be long – just enough to gather my brain cells and process all the incredible things that have happened lately.

In the meantime, I wanted to give some clear links to all the action that has taken place over the past two weeks. It’s been confusing for me so I can only imagine what it would have been like to have been bombarded with so much information on your end. If you have the time or interest or just want to make sure you didn’t miss a moment, you can click any of the three banners below to get caught up.

That’s it for now. Again, thank you so much for everything and I’ll be back in a few days. I just need some serious puppy and newf time. You guys really are the best and I’ll never forget this moment in time right here.