Land of smiles

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Thailand is a country close to my heart. I had my first nine years in the slum in Bangkok with my beloved grandmother. My father died when I was six. It was extra special to go back this time because I brought my fiancé to meet my family. Everyone was so excited to see us, and I could hardly keep my tears back. While we were there, I got so many flashbacks to the time we all lived together. All the children played and argued as siblings, and the grown up naboers shared meals like they where all a port of a big family. 

As a child, I remember lying on the ground and looking up on the clouds. I lived in the present, but I dreamed a lot. And one of the dreams I had was to support my grandmother, who gave me a home when I needed it the most. I vas visualising for myself the day we could all live together without worrying about tomorrow. As long as we were together.

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In 2004 my mother brought me to Norway and I got the opportunity of a lifetime. Everything was possible in Norway! When I was 15 I convinced my crazy but fantastic step-father (who has adopted me) to start an online pet-store with me, which turned out to be a good idea. At age 17 I started @interior123 , which also turned out to be a good idea. When I was 20 I meet my husband to be. I have had the opportunity to see both sides of life and I have learned a lot from it.

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2017 was a really tough year for me, but I would never been without it. It thought me more than any other year I have lived. It was also very good to leave that year behind me. I learned how to achieve “things” in Norway, and I am forever grateful for that knowledge. Even more importantly, I learned how to be truly grateful and not compare myself too much with others from my thai relatives.

I believe in unity, mutual respect and most importantly; to be grateful! I believe that the key to a happy life is to appreciate what you already have, instead of always focusing on what you do not have yet. I have also experienced first hand that it's easier said than done, but being aware helps a lot. My grandma and my cousins often remind me of how lucky I am and how far I have come. That gives me motivation to work harder. So I one day can fully support them and give them the opportunities I once received.

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Thank you for reading my story, and remember to set of time and be emotionally present with those who really matters! It really doesn't matter if you end up in a huge house, have nice cars and a lot of expensive things, if you have nobody to share it with. Always take care of those who really matters to you!

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