Travel brings power and love back into your life
Roadtrips are sooo good for the soul! The freedom, the spontaneity, the unbelievable views 😍
One of a zillion heart stopping landscapes on the drive from Edmonton Alberta, to Moab Utah in 2015
I'm baaaaack! I was out for the count sick for a couple days, but I'm happy that I'm 85% and headed back to work today.
GRATITUDE Day 5 of 30: "A Family Member". This one is so tough, because I'm truly grateful for my entire family. I love every single one of them and wouldn't trade or change anyone. But the toss up is between my Mom and my grandparents (yes, I'm counting them as one unit because they really are a unified team). Over the years, both have had profound impacts on my life.
Without summers at my grandparents house as a child, my childhood likely wouldn't have been as carefree. In lieu of a babysitter, I stayed in PA, had an acre of land to play on, friends lining the block, a swimming pool, and endless hours of crafts to do on rainy days.
In more recent years, it was important to spend good quality time with my grandparents again, and fortunately last winter I was afforded the opportunity to spend a month and a half with them. I honed my scroll sawing skills in my Pap's woodshop, and participated in their daily and weekly routines. It was a time and place of great peace and rest.
My Mom, well... she's basically one of my best friends. During non-busy season, I chat with her nearly everyday on my way home from work, otherwise I talk to her on weekends. I can't imagine not having her around to call or text - though I know it's the natural cycle of life and this will someday be inevitable. Because of her, I am who I am today, and that's a person I rather enjoy. She raised me with kindness and compassion, to be honest and have integrity, which I believe are traits she received from her parents.
For these things and so much more, am I grateful.
Reindeer were introduced from Norway in the 18th century and the ~3,000 remaining are left to roam wildly in the east and south east of Iceland. We were extremely lucky to find them, especially with a glacier as the backdrop! 🏔