I’ve worked non-stop for the past 22 years. Not your typical 9-5 jobs either. TV, retail hours. Late nights, all nights, weekends, holidays you name it! I’ve missed out on a lot socially. Luckily I married a guy who is a workaholic too and we’ve found a way to still have fun and travel despite the crazy schedules.
However, this October I decided to do something scary. Quit the grind for 3 months and enjoy the holidays. Take time for myself, reconnect with friends and family. Do some things I’ve always wanted to do but never had time for in the past.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to travel to Italy twice, Greece, California, Pennsylvania and Nevada. I got bit hard by the travel bug and found myself changing because of it. The joy I felt researching, planning and executing these trips fed my soul in a way that nothing else has in the past. So once I found myself with the free time I’ve been craving, of course I knew I wouldn’t be sitting still for long. Since I’ve dragged my said workaholic husband around on these trips I knew I’d really be pushing my luck getting him to go on another one. And pretty much everybody else is working.
So began the idea for a solo road trip. Yes, I said SOLO. A happily married woman in her 30’s hitting the road….alone. I knew I would be judged, or people would worry about my safety, so I only told a few about my plans. What started as a short trip to Marfa, TX morphed into an 8 day, 2300 mile excursion with 9 stops. Thanks to Instagram hashtags I clicked my way to an itinerary and a plan. A solo road trip, under $1,000, with scenic views for beautiful pictures.
Although I took the road trip alone, a couple could easily do this itinerary at the same price point. I’ve spent way more on trips that did not fill my soul the way this one did. Thank goodness for Siri, and my love for details, I only encountered one problem the entire time. What I gained though was immeasurable. I had time to reflect, think about my past and future. Ponder where I went wrong, what I’ve done right and where I want to go. I didn’t come home with all the answers in the world, but I did feel refreshed and renewed for my new life, one that even I don’t know where is going to lead me exactly.
I’m not suggesting that you run out and quit your job to “discover” yourself. This was a very thought out decision for me, and also one that I know is temporary. In 2016 I will be working for my husband’s company. But I do challenge you to try something different. Don’t be afraid to be alone. Life is short. Don’t let it pass you by.
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Even though New Mexico is Texas’ neighbor, I never really thought to visit there. Surprisingly, I hadn’t seen or heard much about it. In a way I’m glad I didn’t because each and every stop was such a wonderful surprise.
Living with soul,