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    Out Of Office

    05.07.2013 / TRAVEL

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    I’ve been doing some heavy duty soul searching lately (that’s pretty obvious, right?), and one of the things I’m realizing about myself is that I love to travel. (I know; I’m a late bloomer here.) It used to be that the crowds and the unknown and the anti-routine of it all just seemed very… non-me. But then I learned what you non-me people have been raving about all of these years. There’s just something so very inspiring about being out of your element and into the world, united with strangers by a shared need to navigate fresh surroundings.

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    And for me, it’s not just about seeing new things or eating different foods. It’s an adventure – a challenge to yourself to embrace surroundings that are beyond your immediate control, under the parasol of familiarity. To trust the story you’re creating. Heck, to write the story you’re creating.

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    Last month, I picked up my pencil and wrote, crafting run-on sentences of warm sand and broiled grapefruit and fresh, lake air at our friends’ cabin in Michigan. And although there were a few rough paragraphs (punctuated mainly by Bee’s hatred for her car seat), the story was unmatched.

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    We lived and lounged and laughed, passing Bee around between guitar riffs (video below) and seaside walks. And it was the perfect page for my story to start, blotted with the ink of new friendship, quiet mornings and a fresh perspective.

    Commence chapter one.

    p.s. Thanks to Ken for the video and Caroline for the photos.

    • Susan

      YES, yes in deed. Live your life, love your family and friends. Enjoy your baby while she is a baby. Travel when the opportunity arises. Write in the quiet moments in between.

    • This makes my day. the reminder, the bravery in the simple.

      and by goodness, here’s to WRITING today’s story. xo. you, girl, get. it.

    • I’m so glad that you’ve discovered a new love for travel. I have lived abroad a few times over the years and one of my favourite things to do is become a regular at the local grocery shops. I know that sounds silly, but there’s this sweet little feeling I always get at the check out line:) That & meeting the locals… I’ve heard some of the most bizarre stories. I believe if you truly want to travel, there’s a way.

      ps: I wish I would have been able to meet you at Alt SLC… I would have loved to just sit down & chat about life with you :) you’re so awesome!

      xxo

      • Oh Angela – you are so kind! Please hunt me down if you’re headed to Alt next year! I’m sure I’ll be there. :) And I don’t think your grocery adventures sound silly at all! I’m fascinated by other town grocers – they’re so different, yet all strangely familiar. :)

    • How wonderful…I also recently discovered the joy of travelling after years of being content to stay at home. Yes, the process of getting there can be long and stressful, but once you’re there all of that fades away and the new place fills you up with wonder and light…hoping you have many inspirational new travels!

    • I too have been experiencing the same quiet answers to life’s struggles as a self employed momma in my new found love for travel. My hubby and I decided to take our kids to some crazy place here in the bay area every other weekend and just go. With no plans, stopping when it feels right, eating yummy foods, collecting earths gifts and just enjoying the simple joy of exploration and togetherness. It is has been this amazing gift, to put down the to-do list for a day and explore.
      Congratulations to you and yours for finding the road to adventure.

      • Ah, that sounds SO BEAUTIFUL, Maria – thank you for sharing!

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