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So, I've been thinking a lot lately about the what makes for a happy life. Often on here, I talk about how traveling feeds that, it invigorates your life, opens you up to new experiences and enriches you. All of this is true.
"Well, that's great, but what about the rest of us who can't take a trip right now you jerk?!"
I was thinking about that. Maybe you can't take that dream trip right now, or this year, or maybe the next couple years. Maybe you're caring for an ailing friend, have kids in school, or you are digging yourself out of these difficult financial times. There may be a lot weighing on you and the last thing that you need to do is add the stress of planning a trip... you may rarely have time to go grocery shopping.
Pat and I are trying to find a house to buy. Right now we are in a small apartment, our dogs are in Utah being lovingly cared for by family, and our stuff is in 3 different states. It's a bit of crazy time. We were reminiscing about some of the places we've lived, and Pat said, "You know, we have a lot of fun no matter where we are."
And that got me thinking about how lucky we are, but also that it doesn't just happen, happiness that is. It takes a bit of work. Not the kind of work that you loath and hate, but the kind of work that makes you feel really accomplished at the end of the day.
We once lived in West Yellowstone, Montana. I was a little worried about moving there at first. There's only 500 year round residents, and the closest large store for shopping (ie Wal-Mart or Target) is 90 miles away. The weather there can also be really harsh. That winter we got 300 inches of snow and it was often -20 or colder outside. That has all the ingredients for our cute cabin turning into a scene out of The Shining.
They key though is to always find the silver lining, and there is always one. I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun we managed to have in the dead of winter. I was surprised how happy we were living in a van even though there were days on end when we only got out of the van to cook or use the bathroom because it was raining buckets and the van was shaking from all the wind.
Whenever you can, focus on the good. We may have been stuck in a van for 3 days, but we got to laze around and read books all day without any responsibilities and see the sun rise and set everyday. You may not be able to afford your dream trip right now, but I'm sure you are surrounded by blessings in disguise.
The key is to get up and make the happiness happen. It won't just come to you, and you'll find yourself miserable while you wait for it. Set goals, and then make a list of what you need to do to make those goals a reality.
In addition, it's also important to reflect on what you have already. While setting goals and moving forward is ESSENTIAL. It's also important to be thankful for where you are in life now. So many people achieve great things, but are still incredibly unsatisfied and find themselves so unhappy.
It might sound cheesy, but count your blessings. You'll be amazed at what they add up to!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz