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Thirty-seven-year-old Kristin says she used to struggle with pride before reading Liz's book. "I don't say the things that are bothering me or the things that I want because it can be embarrassing sometimes when you've got everything, but what you really want, you don't have," she says.

Liz's story inspired her to journey to Bali to find Ketut. After 32 hours of traveling, it took Kristin only seven minutes to find someone who knew where he lived, and another 15 minutes to actually meet him! Kristin says she doesn't usually like to travel alone. "But I did it and I loved it. It was pretty great because I was on a mission. I wanted to be there and I wanted to meet him," she says.

Kristin also got to meet another one of Liz's friends—Wayan, the holistic healer Liz helped buy a home. "It was just incredible, but really the best part was coming home and telling people I did it. They were so blown away that these people actually exist," she says.

The journey was eye-opening, Kristin says. "It just made me feel like you can do anything. Then when I got home, I realized I didn't need to go there. The work I need to do has to be done here. I need to say out loud what my problems are and what I want, because I don't do that."
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Published on January 01, 2006

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