One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
On Monday, my boyfriend and I took an impromptu trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is about a five to six hour drive from Denver. I didn’t realize until I got there how much I needed a change in scenery. Even though Santa Fe and Denver have somewhat similar climates, Santa Fe feels like a whole different planet. The majority of houses are built in an adobe style so they blend in with the landscape. The central plaza is surrounded by adobe buildings – there are no big city skyscrapers here. It was really refreshing.
We rented a room on Airbnb (our first time). The house we stayed in was beautiful. My favorite part was the huge deck overlooking the high desert landscape with mountains far in the distance. There were several hummingbird feeders attached to the roof of the deck. I sat on the deck, fascinated by all the spiraling hummingbirds. They are such amazing birds – so very tiny yet so very powerful.
This getaway helped me reconnect with myself and what fuels me – visiting new places, spending time outdoors, experiencing new things, and having different conversations.
If you are feeling stuck in some area of your life or your life is starting to feel a bit dull, switch things up. This doesn’t mean you have to take a trip (though you can). You can check out a new restaurant, visit a new park in your town, take a different route to work, eat dessert first, try a new fitness class, or wake up ten minutes earlier and go for a morning walk. Choose one thing, anything, to do differently today.
Our life is our adventure. Sometimes it’s one heck of a ride and we are ready for some smooth sailing. When your smooth sailing is starting to put you to sleep, hoist up the sails, head your ship into the wind, and set your sights on a new horizon. You never know what you’ll find when you choose to veer off course.
Sending you wind in your sails, sun on your face, and lots of mini-adventures,
(I used to be in the U.S. Coast Guard, hence the sailing references, but that’s a story for another day!)