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On the last day of my trip, there is always a little bit of excitement. I’m excited to sleep in my own bed again, have access to all of my things, see my friends and family. But as I sit in traffic on the last leg of the trip home, I overwhelmingly feel dread.
Traveling is such an amazing experience. To me, it is all about experiencing new cultures and places. To me, it’s about finding new places that I could potentially call home one day. Some trips leave me with less dread than others, some locations could just simply never be home. But the ones I get emotionally attached to are so hard to leave.
Because I’m leaving them to come home to a place I’m not exactly thrilled about. And I’m immediately thrown back into the real world of bills, work, and mediocrity. Traveling doesn’t always feel like a vacation where I can put my butt in the sand and not move for 5 days and come home feeling relaxed. But it is always a vacation from real life.
The post travel blues hit me hard for a couple of days, it’s like jet lag, and then eventually I adjust. Then I begin counting down the days until I can put that out of office up again and feel free for a while. That’s what paid time off is for, right?
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I am traveling this week and unable to post a lot, so I thought I’d link back to some old posts I still love for you to check out while I’m gone! 🙂 If you have a post you want to share, feel free to drop it in the comments!
- 5 Little Reasons To Be Thankful
- 5 Ways To Help Others This Season
- The Importance Of Self Care
- Travel Realistically In Your 20’s
- I Want To Be Alone But I Don’t Want To Be Alone
- Getting Hurt Vs. Hurting Someone
Fall is hereeeee, especially now because the weather isn’t 80 degrees anymore. I love Tim Burton movies and Halloween and flannels and beanies and concert season so I’m pretty excited about this. Here is what I’m planning to get done and what I’ve done so far, I made a few changes because some of the goals I set ended up being wayyyyyyyy out of reach so here’s a new, improved, and updated fall bucket list! Did you know winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st? That seems so weird to me. What’s one thing you want to do this fall?
Go apple picking Make apple sauce Go pumpkin picking
- Visit 3 out of state locations
- Go hiking in 2 places
- Make plans with my friends!
- 6,200 Instagram followers
2,000 WordPress followers Go to 2 concerts
- Downsize the amount of stuff I have
Go to Storm King
- Read half of the Vampire Academy series
- Finish a knitting project
- Get back into shape
Sometimes making the most out of your weekends means driving 4 hours on a rainy day.
Last weekend I went to Storm King Art Center which is located in New Windsor, NY. It’s a sculpture garden that features different installations over 500 acres. It was an absolutely stunning and vast place. The sculptures and installations felt larger than life and you kind of just felt like you were in the little piece of the world not many people know about.
It has been more than fifty years after its founding and Storm King continues to grow and evolve. It is among the world’s leading sculpture parks.
We managed to walk through most of the land, but a rainy day held us back and we ended up giving up and heading to a yummy Mexican place less than 10 minutes from the center (it was called Avocado and I highly recommend).
While Storm King closes in just a few short weeks, it’s something I definitely recommend putting on your to-do list if you live on the East Coast – or if you plan on visiting soon! I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in spring and summer!
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Sometimes I feel like I’m going nowhere. I feel stuck in the same place and the constant need to do more, be more, see more. And I know a lot of people can relate. It sucks to feel like you’re not progressing.
But you are.
Last year, I made a 2016 fall bucket list and checked off many of the items happily. This year, I did the same and kind of feel underwhelmed by my activities and my goals. I feel like I can’t reach them and I feel like it’s just a repeat of last year.
But it’s not.
Every year, every day, no matter who you are, we are growing and learning and improving upon ourselves. Last year I had a goal to reach 2,200 Instagram followers. This year the goal is 6,500 Instagram followers. I’ve grown 4,000 followers in the past year and I worked really hard and felt really great when I was hitting those small strides. I forgot to stop and congratulate myself.
I just keep chugging along without stopping to look back and see my improvements and how much I’ve grown. And that kind of becomes a depressing way of life. Even though I’m setting these goals, nothing is driving me to finish them anymore.
I don’t want to finish them anymore because I never stop to reward myself for the things I’ve done. I check it off the list then create another goal. But why did I go through all that work? Why wouldn’t I want to celebrate? Because when you don’t stop to recognize your achievements, you think you’re not improving. But you are, we all are. We just need to take a moment and pat ourselves on the back.