Counting down the days until I take off…alone

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Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others’ expectations. ~Suzy Strutner

One of my goals has always been to travel solo abroad, and this June I will be embarking on that adventure! I booked a trip to Amsterdam, purchased a new camera bag, and now I’m counting down the days until I take off…alone.

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have some anxieties bouncing around, but I know the experience is what I need. My oldest daughter has graduated high-school and moved out (I should have received an award for making it through that), my son is 13, and my youngest daughter is 11, and they are able to handle me leaving for a week. They have actually encouraged me to take this trip.  Before anyone frets they will not be home alone while I’m gone. As their only parent I have sacrificed, without complaint to ensure they have all they need, and now this is a journey I must take for a variety of reasons.

My top reasons I want to travel solo:

  1. I’ve never traveled alone
  2. I’ll be pushed outside of my comfort zone, and grow from the experience
  3. to set an example to my children…not only to my daughters, but my son as well
  4. to improve my sense of direction…I become lost driving to the corner store, so this should be an interesting trip (insert a tad bit of sarcasm here)
  5. to learn, learn, learn, and share what I have learned
  6. to do what I want…I won’t have to think about what my children would want for dinner, what types of entertainment they would like…this is a trip all for ME…a little selfish maybe, but I deserve it!

When is the last time you have pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone?  Starting something that made you nervous, enrolling in a course/class/club, joining a team or gym, visiting a new local (or not so local) café, initiating a conversation with a stranger…



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I’m a mother of three beautiful children who have given me the strength in life to be determined in reaching my goals. I am a teacher certified in English and Special Education and truly enjoy going to work every day. I recently completed my requirements to become certified in school district leadership to make an impact on a much larger scale. I have had my fair share of blood, sweat, and tears, but the entire journey has made me grateful and appreciative of all that I have. One strategy I found helpful was to find something every day to be thankful for---focus on the positives in life! My goal with this blog is to do just that---focus on those “little” moments with the hope to inspire others.

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