Tomorrow marks the end of the Summer for me. It is time for me to jump back into full time work and school, but I am so thankful for the summer that I had. I have spent most of the last four months on the road. As I have said before, travel is a form of self care for me. And it was so important to break out of the monotony of my normal scheduled life, and throw some adventure into the mix. I love the life I have created for myself, and I am so blessed that I am able to live a life of travel. I do not take the opportunities afforded to me for granted. But I also work extremely hard to have this life.
I began my summer by jet setting across the country to San Francisco with a friend. The ultimate goal of our trip was to participate in the west coast portion of the Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention. My friend walked her 9th Overnight and I volunteered on the Crew. The walk itself was as always a very moving experience. I met so many amazing people, and was even adopted into a family for a night as they kept me fed and warm as we cheered on the walkers on a extremely chilly night. I really enjoyed experiencing a new city with a new friend and really enjoyed all the amazing treats we ate as well. From renting bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking up Twin Peaks to witness a sunset, visiting iconic places such as Lombard Street, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli square..all in all it was a fantastic trip.
A week later I found myself back in my home state, welcoming friends from Texas for a week of New York sightseeing. It always amazes me how I continually fall in love with this city. Again the purpose of the trip would culminate in the Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention. It was my turn to join my friends and journey through the night to raise awareness, tackle my demons, and celebrate my victories. The week that we spent in New York together was truly an unforgettable experience. I look back on the pictures and I can just see happiness. It takes surrounding yourself with people who don’t expect you to be anything other than who you truly are. After 7 days, and hundreds of pictures I was left with so many great memories and an overall feeling that my life is finally taking a turn for the better.
This was the summer of road trips. I packed my bags and each weekend I set off on a different adventure. From New York to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Montreal. Each trip entirely different than the last and each time I gained new experiences and insight into myself and my life. Travel for me is as much about taking in the sights as it is about quiet introspection. To get away from the things that distract me, and really focus on what it is I am working towards in this life. It is about finding peace in nature and allowing myself to reconnect with my purpose on this Earth.
This was a summer that allowed me to refuel and recharge. To make the changes I needed to make in order to continue on the path that my feet have been set upon. And for that I am thankful.
So as the sun sets on this season for me, I am ready willing and able to tackle everything that comes with the Autumn.