"You don't choose a life, you live one."
Leanne and Josh-Miss you already. Hope all is well. Keep me posted as to what you are doing and where you are at. Be safe!
I've read your entire blog from end to beginning... Still praying for Leanne's safe return..
I too have perused your amazing blogs...and send out thoughts for Leanne's safe return.
Found this after I read about her on CNN. So sad. Such a nice girl.This blog and her story has inspired me to slow down and enjoy your loved ones and the little things around you.
I am so sorry to hear about Leanne's death. I have posted a link in Leanne's honor on my blog: lifetimeliteracy.blogspot.com. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.Sincerely,Catherine
I loved your blog. My heart is sad. I was so hoping you just needed a moment to clear your head. RIP Leanne. Josh, take time to let your heart heal.
I found this blog after watching CNN about Leanne's story. I'm saddened to hear that she has passed on. Although I never met her, I feel that she had a beautiful spirit. This site and Leanne's life are inspiring. I'm praying that her family and her spirit can find comfort in knowing that she has touched strangers around the world. Blessings.
sorry, horrible to hear. be strong and be happy.
I cried after reading of what happened to Leanne.I was so hoping to open the computer and find wonderful news.Hard to believe that journeycaused tremendous agony upon returning.I read it again ,and I weepas one can see great love in every picture.
Ella simplemente ha continuado con el viaje. Lo importante no es como se fue, sino lo que hizo antes de irse.Thanks for inspiring so many fellow travelers.
I feel like I can relate to Leanne, although I wouldn't claim to know exactly how she was feeling or going through. I have traveled all over the world since I was very young and I never saw myself having a "normal, average" life when I was younger. I always thought I would be living in India or some foreign country. I'm now 30, and guess what? My life is pretty normal... 8-5 job, mortgage, bills, husband, two dogs... most of the time I get along just fine, but other times I feel like I can't do it anymore. When you really know everything that is out there, everything the world has to offer... the excitement, adventure, cultures, people... and you have experienced it for yourself and you love it more than anything, the idea of "normalcy," having to settle down, be a slave to bills and the like, you feel trapped and it's a really horrible and confusing place to be. Being able to travel, to go anywhere, and do whatever you want... it's freedom, and I can understand how maybe she felt like she was trapped and was losing that freedom. After traveling the world for two years? That's not going to be easy to come back from. When you're in a dark place and thoughts of suicide start filling your mind, it is very overwhelming and difficult to think rationally. Yes, it is selfish - that's because depression and other mental illnesses are very self-centered, people that are dealing with these things are focusing inward on themselves. I wish she could have pulled through for the sake of her husband and family. I think things would have gotten better for her. I am glad that she made this blog though so at the very least, her family and friends have this to come back to and remember her by.
Your remarks about mental illnesses being selfish and self centered is one of the reasons that so many suffer with these conditions. Maybe people like you kept her from looking for help when she needed it.
What this person said here was not meant as a slander to depression or other mental illnesses. It is a the 'drawing inward' that prevents one from realizing how much people may care and be affected, and distances one from hope and help.
write a book why don't you.
I loved this blog! Definitely write a book! I would buy it. Enjoyed the examples of videos of all the different areas and cultures. Thanks for doing this.
Josh may your heart heal and I pray that you keep your faith. Please take the time to yourself but always remember to keep your heart open to find happiness again. The sorrow you are going through will not last long. Keep love and hope alive!
What an absolutely amazing experience! Peace and love to Josh and all of Leanne's family and friends... Treasure the memories forever. Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful pictures and videos.
CNN brought me here. so sorry to hear the news. your travels were amazing and it inspires me to take one travel at a time. it can get really overwhelming.
Rest in peace Leanne! Prayers for the family. I feel like I got to know her through this blog. It was simply amazing! It's heartbreaking that she is no longer with us.
I love that they left everything in CO and took this beautiful journey. It was inspiring to me. They visited a lot of places that I would be afraid to. Very courageous.
My heart is breaking for Leanne and her family. I too returned recently from a lengthy trip through central & south America and have found it excruciatingly painful to try to re-adjust. I also tried to take my own life as a result. I survived, I am getting help, but it will never be easy. Leanne's family: I am deeply sorry for your pain. Leanne, I'm sorry for yours too. I live in the Denver area and will come to pray at your memorial service.
Please do. March 9th at 9:00 at Wash Park.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm praying for strength, comfort, and peace to settle in your hearts and your minds in time, but please know I am lifting you up in my morning devotional daily and asking God to watch over you during this path of uncertainty. You are not alone. We are all here for you.
I loved your blog. I felt like I traveled to these place with your words. I can see what an incredible experience it must have been for both of you. I am so sorry for Leanne's passing and I pray for your family every day.
I hope you can become an advocate for mental illness. She is the prime example of what hiding behind a smile is. She had so much life but was hiding so much pain.
Hi Josh, I have followed your and Leanne's bog from beginnning to end and enjoyed so much. I feel so sad for Leanne's passing away and your sorrow.Hope you are pulling through life bravely... the buring question I have is why such a vivacious and smiling person took her lfe? Was she under any kind of medication for mental illness/depression. I ask this because both my kids are on depression medication and they are 11 and 8 only. I am so devasteted by that. Thanks.
Just wanted to stop by and say that I hope you are doing ok.Thinking of you.