Look what happened now...
How goes it? October is almost over (insert scream here!) And while it almost feels sacrilegious to even think about Christmas, I am planning out my seasonal shopping and travel this week. I’ve already begun a gift list, started shopping & now its time to decide if we head to the snow or the tropics for the break.
In my defense, because I know you’re all reading this post in absolute horror right now, it all started with trying to plan a holiday get away. I know, I should already have the shit locked down. To make it even worse, I have friends planning their 2020 holidays, asking me to rsvp to galas and crap, (damn overachievers!)
Meanwhile I'm having trouble planning/committing to dinner tonight. Work has been good lately, but its left me too busy to even leaf through the many vacation advertisements I receive. So lets get planning now, because better late than never.
According to CNN (As of last November) the 15 the best places to have a Christmas break are:
11. Salzburg, Austria - Love Austria and never get to spend enough time there.
12. Santa Claus, Indiana - How is it I've never been?
13. Strasbourg, France - Okay, we all know I will pick France.
14. Queenstown, New Zealand - On my list to visit soon.
15. Valkenburg, The Netherlands - Love the Netherlands, so a holiday visit would be cool.
What do you think? What is your favorite holiday destination? Are you escaping the cold for a tropical vacation? I enjoy that myself - some years we have gone sailing to the tropics and others we have searched out the Christmas markets in Europe. Still not sure what direction we will go. I'd love to hear your suggestions
Then a again, we may stay closer to home this year...
One of the greatest challenges for a global wanders is finding community. There are times when I personally crave being alone and everything solitude offers and other times when I want a connection. I find connecting with other people can be difficult because not everyone understands my life.
Finding kindred spirits takes more effort and usually isn’t the person living next door.
The more I travel, the more I learn, the more I find my personal culture changes. Which is great, because part of the reason I wander is to keep growing and learning, but it also makes it difficult to relate to other people.
Do you find this to be true as well? All I can say is thank goodness for the large, online community of other wanders! Now you can find your tribe and stay connected even as you wander further a field.
Last week I missed a memorial service for a good friend. I was across the country and probably could have made a better plan to attend, but I didn’t. I so dislike these services. To me they are not a celebration of persons life, but a heart wrenching reminder of all that was left unsaid and undone. While I understand this is a type of closure some people need, my mourning is a private affair.
I will be attending a personal service with her other friends next year. (We are scattered all over the globe and need time to organize everyones schedule.) No matter how long it has been since we have come together, we will be united by her memory.
Just the act of sharing a meal with former colleagues and co-workers from our mutual past reinforces our personal connection. Stories will be told, memories shared. Hopefully there will be more laughter than tears, but I know both are therapeutic.
But I dislike the fact it takes a funeral to bring us together. How do you build a community while you wander? Do you have these same issues or is it just me? Leave me a comment and let’s discuss it further.
See you at the airport~
and so TRUE.
If traveling is important to you, then stop buying goofy shit you really don't need and start saving money.
Believe it or not, if you get serious about a goal and start a budget you can save enough to travel. It may take awhile, but so what? The results will be so worth it!
See you at the airport~
Kayak has just released their top trending ski destinations for 2018. You better get booking if you want a spot for the holiday season.
Top Trending Ski Destinations
Banff, Canada (29% increase in searches)
Quebec City, Canada (28%)
Taos, New Mexico (27%)
Big Sky, Montana (26%)
Stowe, Vermont (21%)
Jay, Vermont (17%)
Mont-Tremblant, Canada (11%)
Mammoth Lakes, California (4%)
North Conway, New Hampshire (3%)
Breckenridge, Colorado (3%)
See you on the slopes!
This has been a interesting Challenge. I've tried to stay on top of it and also be more open about my life. I'm traveling today - so lets do a catch up -
If you missed any posts you can find them here:
Day 1 September Goals
Day 2 Day 2 Blog Challenge
Day 3 Favorite Fashion Trend - Bold Jewelry
Day 4 Thankful Thoughts
Day 5 Blogging Challenge Update
Day 6 6 Things I’m Looking Forward To In Fall
Day 7 7 Things I Need to Improve
Day 8 8 Things I Am Currently Loving
Day 9 Todays Outfit
Day 10 Make a Wish
Day 11 Day In The Life of Ms One World
Day 12 Fav Travel Quotes
Day 13 Top Guilty Pleasures
Day 14 Ideas?
Day 15 Current Fav Television Shows
When I tell people I'm about to go on another adventure, they always seem shocked and then wistful...So I ask them what's the one thing that holds them back from traveling? They always say the same thing....Money.
And the thing is they have no idea how much a trip actually costs. They just believe that can't afford it so don't go any further. It becomes an unattainable dream. Something to imagine when they are caught in rush hour traffic or working a double shift. Some impossible fantasy that only happens to a select few. ~Sigh~
But you know what? It's not really about Money -- It's about CHOICES. What do you choose to spend your money on? Travel or a new, over priced car? A new luxury purse or a cruise? Sticking to a budget and watching your spending can allow almost anyone to save enough for a trip.
For me, hands down I would rather have the experience of travel than a new, shiny "thing". But that's what I choose. Which would you pick?
See you at the airport~
We all do love travel quotes, don't we? They get inspired and motivated. I have collected a few here if you want to read more quotes on traveling and here for Rumi quotes.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
"The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson
"All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
"I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
"The best education I have ever received was through travel." Lisa Ling
"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot
Who else is ready to hit the road? Let's go!
OMG Where do I start? My Goals for September are pretty ambitions. Because of course, I have my business goals, (for my day job), my blog goals and my travel goals. My travel goals are ALWAYS ambitions, lol.
Plus my normal monthly goals:
Walk 10,000+ steps a day, eat better, make art, spend more time with my son, world peace, etc.
When people start to understand how much I have going on, they seem amazed. I’m often ask how I get as much done as I do? My short answer is I stay organized and set goals. Without clear monthly goals I personally, wouldn’t get anything done. Are you a goal setter too?
BIG SEPTEMBER GOALS
February I sucked it up and hired more help. Since then I have hired two more people and things are really shifting now. Honestly, I should have done this last year, but somehow I convinced myself I didn’t have time to train them.
Both of these new lifesavers are ambitious and productive. They are assets to my business and are helping me remember why I do what I do again. These angels are also allowing me time to step away from the office and breathe. This is making work enjoyable once more and not the life sucking, black hole of deadlines and never-ending paperwork it had recently turned into. #AnotherTrueStory
So with this new found time on my hands I committed to going to bed, (most nights) at a reasonable hour. I usually always woke up early, but now I don’t feel like I was hit by bus! I started a practical morning routine to help me stay motivated and plan out my day. I now have time for yoga, plus a morning walk and time to make a leisurely breakfast and visit with my son. Plus with the extra sleep I feel so much better. Now when I’m at work it’s pleasant and even enjoyable again.
This also helped me get to the bottom of what and why I procrastinate on some projects and not on others. I farmed out the tasks that make me crazy and got those stuck projects moving again! #Win
Another big change in my professional life was I stopped taking on ‘all things’ offered to me. I also got picky with my clients. I don’t except everyone who contacts me. If I know we aren’t a good fit I refer them to someone else.
With these simple changes I only commit to new, worthwhile projects that lead towards my goals. I stopped overthinking and listened to my gut/heart on this and freed up so much energy! Then a total miracle happened… I actually have time to travel again! #WTF?!
Which leads me to the another BIG Goals for the rest of 2018 -
2. Plan More Trips!
I want to plan at least one trip every other month and one or two small, weekend get aways on the months I’m not leaving the state. This gives me something to look forward to and feeds my wanderlust in a productive way. If I don’t plan out days off, they just won’t happen and I need up burned out from over working.
3. Blog Everyday
Another goal for September is to blog everyday. Some posts are gonna be short and sweet and some are mini novels, lol. I actually have over ten finished and queued up waiting to post. So do come back visit this silly little blog again soon.
(Who knows, there might even be a new post up?)
Do you set goals? How do you stay motivated and on track? I’d love to hear. Working for yourself and being a parent is taxing. Honestly keeping lists and setting goals are the only way I can survive.
See you at the airport~
Super short video from todays trip to the Casino.
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