This week's throwback offering?

Before and after photos, EAT PRAY LOVE.

Dear Ones —

Eleven years ago today, I set out on my EAT PRAY LOVE journey, trying to bring a sense of purpose and joy to my life.

I had been sad for a long time. The photo on the left was taken several months before I started traveling — during my darkest days of depression and divorce.

The photo on the right was taken during the last week of my EAT PRAY LOVE journey.

Clearly, things had gotten much, much better.


I've said this before, and I'll say it again: SOMETIMES RUNNING AWAY WORKS.

I am so grateful that I found the courage to embark on my own quest.

Today I send encouragement and prayers to all of you who are on your own journeys, struggling to find your own happiness, struggling to determine the terms of your own life. Be strong. Don't you dare give up on yourself. Fight your way to the light.

All love,

via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall