So, I guess I should start off with “Happy New Year” since this is my first post of 2017. I’ll tell you what, 2016 was something else. It wasn’t too bad to me thankfully though!
I was able to start a new journey, a goal that has been heavy on my heart AND mind for quite some time – travel therapy. I really do love working in the therapy field and if you can’t tell, traveling is definitely a passion and very close to me.
I was able to mark quite a few things off my “bucket list” this year. Just to name a few – Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Yosemite National Park, drive across country (although the trip was MUCH, MUCH quicker than I wanted due to time constraints – I’ll definitely have to do it again and preferably with someone else in the car with me this time!!), visit new states (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada – slowly marking them off😊👍) and with this most recent trip, I marked off even more things…I’ll get into that a little later though.
Of course, with a new year usually comes new goals/resolutions/aspirations. I do have some goals that I’ve written down and will keep close to my heart this year but I also have a few that I’m willing to share right now.😉😊
One of the biggest things I want to work on this year is letting go of worry and anxiety. These two emotions have overrun my life at certain points and I’m hoping to change that or at least improve upon it this year.
Anxiety can be crippling and can cause so much undue stress and ultimately, in the long run, it makes things so much worse. Unfortunately, it is something I’ve dealt with for a very long time. I specifically remember an incident in 3rd grade that ended up sending me to the ER – 3RD GRADE! That’s crazy to think about now. I even had several full blown panic attacks where I couldn’t breath, had chest pain, etc – I’m talking brown paper bags panic attacks! Ultimately, everything was ok but to this day, I fully believe anxiety was the main issue with every panic attack I’ve ever had. So, that is one of the main things I hope to work on this year.
This scripture – which we discussed in church this past week – is a perfect reminder for letting go of stress, anxiety and worry.
Another goal I have for this year is MORE TRAVEL! This one shouldn’t be too hard, especially if I continue with travel therapy. I finish my first assignment at the end of the week and will hopefully begin my next assignment close to the end of the month – we’re still searching for the right opportunity. (I’m taking a week off and heading back to the south to see my family!! I haven’t seen them since October and I’m ready to see my babies and the rest of my family/friends).
I don’t want to focus on just traveling itself but also the full experience of it. I want it to be more than just “marking things off my bucket list”. Certain places help you realize certain things and certain experiences can potentially change you for forever! I want to be able to see and understand whatever each place has to specifically offer me at that time.
I also want to do a better job at keeping this blog up to date. I don’t know if anyone I know reads it or if strangers read it or if it’s just something for me to do for myself – either way, writing has always played a big part in my life and what better way to remember experiences, new travel destinations and memories than having it written down for years to come! (If you do read it, I hope you like it and thank you!)
My other goals and resolutions are a little more private and I’m holding them close to my heart this year. Maybe at the start of 2018, I’ll fill you in but until then…we’ll just focus on the traveling and worrying less during the everyday!
When I get a little more time, a post will be coming filling you in about my “recent” trip to LA and Southern California. Until then, I hope everyone is doing well and having a good start to 2017!