“It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible.” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Chapter 22
I really don’t even know how to begin this post; it’s hard to find the precise words to capture my thoughts and feelings. So I guess I’ll start at the beginning…
In January I wrote a post about wanting to remember Jane Austen this year in some truly meaningful ways and when I referenced my initial list, I loved seeing the various ways I have already remembered her this year, and this week I am about to remember Jane in ways I never imagined possible this year as I embark on my greatest journey ever; an Austen-inspired getaway as the guest of the BBC. I hope you’ll follow me along the way!
Tomorrow evening I am getting on a plane from NYC with my awesome JAFF friend, Dung Vu, and we are flying to England to be part of a documentary that the BBC is creating based on Jane Austen. We have five fabulous Austen-filled days planned as we travel through Southern England to some of the very same places that Jane lived in and/or visited so very long ago.
Through a wonderful chain of events, that for me were set into motion by the ultimate JAFF friend, Joana Starnes, I will be able to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death by creating a whole new set of memories that I can take with me for the rest of my life. I never imagined my first trip overseas would be to see the places Jane loved so much or that I’d get to meet some of the kindest and most generous people I’ve had the good fortune to call my friends, which includes my very dear friend, Joana Starnes.
As I have said before, I started this blogging journey in my life, inspired by the unforgettable Jane Austen, yet never expecting that the power of stories could literally change my life. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember, but being a part of the JAFF community has brought an entirely new meaning to the word for me. When I see my JAFF friends names on a social media page, or on an email, or on a piece of mail I have received, I feel connected to the most generous, passionate, and wittiest people I know and without their friendship and encouragement, this blog would not be such a great source of happiness in my life. My hope is that I’ve been able to bring that happiness right back to each and every one of my readers!
When I get on the plane this Friday, I can’t wait to share our journey with each of you. Please follow along on my Facebook page, my Twitter account, or at the bottom of this blog where my Instagram feed will I hope to keep updated throughout our trip. I hope you’ll check out my posts, as we should have plenty of great pictures to share along the way, while my goal is not to resemble Joey from friends, no matter how excited I am to be going to London, Baby!
I can’t wait to share this journey with each of you because I hope to bring as many parts of this adventure back to the very same people who made this adventure possible for us; the amazing JAFF community that I am so glad to be a part of each and every single day.
I hope we all remember Jane Austen in whatever ways that we find meaningful for us this year. I’d love to hear how you’re remembering Jane this year, so please share your feedback on this post, as I’d love to hear from all of you. I also can’t wait to bring back some goodies from my trip for my readers so I can share some fun giveaways right here on Just Jane 1813!
Thank you, to my readers, for your support, your friendship, and your readership and thank you to the BBC for making this dream come true!