Reflections from the Road: Episode 1
Halfway through our one-year journey! Three months since we’ve posted. To those out there reading this, thank you for sticking around, for reading, for your comments, thoughts, and encouragement.
Over the next several posts, we’ll share a few things we’ve gleaned, as well as goals we still have.
Elizabeth Gilbert calls it “stubborn gladness.” Cary and I speak often of our gratefulness to be alive, to be living this life on the road, and for each other’s contributions. Even in the midst of our most frustrating moments on the road, my heart cannot help but be grateful for this opportunity, our resources, and this man to share these moments with. This path we have chosen is most likely for a season, but the concepts of movement, of creating new experiences, and of living more in the moment are states of mind that we will take with us going forward.
Being on the move invigorates my soul. Travel days are exciting. Preparing our home, packing up loose items, hitching the truck and trailer, hitting the road–each time there is an anticipation of what lies ahead. Moving into the unknown awakens the heart and mind. Kicks the dust off those neural pathways and creates new ones! Movement, change, and variety make us feel alive. Living in the present has been one of the biggest mental paradigm shifts we’ve made.
Having said that, we still haven’t found the balance between movement and rest. Before we left Nashville, and even to this day, Cary has talked about the idea of staying in one location for a minimum of two weeks, preferably a month. Over the past month, we’ve been in 7 different cities. That’s roughly two locations a week! It’s been a blast for sure. We’ve seen friends and family and some beautiful places–coastal Oregon, the Redwoods, San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey, and Yosemite–but we are exhausted. We’ve realized that this pace is not sustainable.
So we have a date on the calendar (July 22), and we have a place (Coos Bay, Oregon). We are parking the RV and staying put for one month. To say that we are looking forward to it is an understatement! We NEED it!
Life on the road is treating us well. We’ve had incredible experiences. We’ve yet to meet all of our goals, but we are out here leaning into a life that is making us feel more alive and more present in the now.