Wow, what an incredible season! I can't even put into words how grateful and truly blessed I feel to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
This journey was definitely filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns, tears and smiles – but when I look back on this season, I am overwhelmed with pure happiness. I had the pleasure of meeting 25 outstanding men who came from different places and different backgrounds and who have all touched my life. I traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world, met legends and got to dance (if you can call it dancing) to beautiful songs.
Most of all, out of everything, I found something that no destination, no concert, no castle or palace can hold a candle to: love. I came on this journey looking for great love, and I left finding the greatest love of all.
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To my producer Peter, I will never be able to put into words the impact you have had on my life. You were my rock in this journey. I could not have done it without you. You are an amazing producer, but even more, you are an amazing person.
To my family, thank you for your unwavering support, love and encouragement over the past year. To the fans, it is 100 percent because of you that a normal girl from Georgia gets plucked out of everyday life and gets to live a fairy tale. You make this show possible season after season.
And lastly, to my fiancé (wow, I love saying that word), I am so grateful that you came on this show and stuck through it. You are my best friend, the love of my life, my soulmate, and I love you more than I ever thought I could love somebody. I have never felt happier and more complete in my life, and it's just the beginning!
I leave this season with so many life lessons, so many friends and most important, so much love.
Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for tuning in. And thank you for being a part of my love story.