Tuesday, June 22, 2021

After the Adventure

My advanture is complete! In case you don’t follow me on Facebook, let me explain. Between April 8 and May 24 (when I returned home from the third and final leg of travel), I traveled throughout all but 4 of the U.S. states east of the N-S line from North Dakota down to Texas. 



Over the course of 6 1/2 weeks, I . . . 


traveled 7,655 miles

visited 27 states, 11 of which I had never before visited

visited well over 35 individual towns and 1 large city

spent 27 days and 25 nights on the road

camped 16 of those nights in my mini-van (with seats removed and a temporary 

             Murphy bed installed)

drove and ventured out in rain (at least 6 days of nonstop rain), snow and sleet (2 full

             driving days), and occasional sunshine 

stayed put for 5 wonderful days in Florida with both of my adult children/spouses and

             my 3 absolutely awesome grandchildren


I met lots of wonderful people; revisited some favorite places and discovered many new-to-me wonderful ones; had countless hours in which to simply relax and enjoy myself; and had more than enough time to ponder some issues that had been floating around my brain for awhile.


One key takeaway from all that praying and pondering is the fact I I’ve been circling around the topic of my future for far too long. 


You see, for the past 13 years I’ve weathered significant losses and major changes by adjusting and reacting to each one the best I could at the given time. That strategy (or lack thereof) brought me, a year or so ago, to the realization that my life was in need of major change. 


As a result, for nearly a year, I’ve been preoccupied with where I am and how to get to where I want to be in the future. 


I’ve already begun making changes, but I decided  while traveling that it was time to stop dilly-dallying around and make what major changes I can and lay the groundwork for those changes I can’t yet make. 


I plan to share some of those changes, as well as updates on my writing, with you in future posts.


I hope you’ll join me, not just be reading these posts but sharing via a comment your own experiences and reactions to mine. 


Until next Tuesday . . . 





5 comments:

  1. Can't wait to start reading next Tuesday ma'am. Welcome home!

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  2. So glad to hear that your trip was the thinking time that you needed. I'm no longer on FB, but I'll enjoy checking in on your blog. Very best to you!

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    1. From time to time I consider leaving FB, but for a couple of reasons I stay on. I'd love to hear how your life is different (if at all) post-fb. And I'm glad you're here, of course! :)

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  3. I've had major changes in the past six years which, like you, I've weathered the best I could. Looking forward to hearing the next steps on your journey,

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