As I was sitting on a plane, on my way to Kauai a month ago, I wrote a post about being a lucky girl. I chose that as the theme, recognizing how truly lucky I have been, to be traveling a lot over the past five or so years. Friends and family continue to comment about all the places I seem to find myself. It is not that I never traveled, I have, but I believe my perspective began to change as my boys moved to various states, and recently has expanded beyond that.
There are a few things in play. One is how much I miss going out east to visit Sean. The monthly trips gave me a distraction from “real life” stuff and afforded me the opportunity to watch hockey, discover new parts of the country, and meet some really cool people. This is also true for visiting Alex in Texas, minus the hockey! Unfortunately, because it is much more difficult to fly to Lubbock, these trips do not happen as frequently. Visiting Scott in Lansing has always been fun, but will soon end. He is moving to Long Island, NY in August. New place to travel!
In the past year or so, another thing happened. I began to recognize the importance of spending time doing what I love, and seeing people (and dogs) who are important in my life. I also decided, with a tremendous amount of support from Bob, that I would use some of my resources to go beyond my yearly trip to Jacksonville and Spring Break vacations. Those two trips are a given and things I treasure, but I have the bug to do more.
Besides, it really is true that, “You Can’t Take it With You.” And yes Bob, I will save some for retirement.
This new travel mind set started last summer with an amazing trip, with my long time friend Lisa, to San Diego to spend time with the Rutz family. I had not seen them in seven years. To say they top the important to me list, is an understatement. Let’s just say it will not be seven years again.
Believe it or not, I find myself sitting on a plane again. This time I am heading to Arizona for a Peaker gathering of sorts. I am calling it a mental health retreat in the desert! Next month it is Lubbock with Scott. June will find me in North Carolina for a hiking trip with an MPC friend, and later in the month a family+ trip to Pictured Rocks. Oh, there are two weddings Up North in September, but you will find me at 11651 Brandywine in July and August in my flower gardens and around my pool!
I just gave my MSU Social Work interns signs that say DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOUR SOUL HAPPY. So as I travel the USA, collecting stickers, postcards, photos, and memories, my soul will definitely be smiling!
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