The countdown to our two weeks in Italy is officially on–2 days till wheels up! We’ve been planning this trip for months, and honestly, until the last week it seemed so far away and unreal. Traveling has always been a dream of mine, and even though I’ve manifested a lot of it in the last few years, I still geek out over getting to cross another destination off my bucket list (ummm, hello…ITALY!)
Today I’ve been in full on packing mode and trying to get everything ready for our house sitter who will be coming to stay with our puppies…gathering emergency contact info, writing out detailed instructions, cleaning out the fridge, doing laundry. And as I dashed my way from one task to the next, the all-too-familiar feeling of overwhelm started to close in on me.
In recent years, my pre-travel M.O. has been to work right up until the day of vacation to make sure my to-do list is complete before I go (despite the fact that I’d be taking work with me), pull several outfits off the hangers and shove them haphazardly into our suitcases a few hours before our flight was set to depart. The result was that instead of feeling excited for my upcoming trip, I’d be this anxious ball of nervous energy who needed to spend the first day of her vacation sleeping off the stress.
This time, I’m determined not to worry this amazing trip away by stressing out over everything that needs to be done to get ready for it. I’ve been taking my time, doing a little bit each day that moves me in the direction of preparedness. I’ve been trying on different outfits to make sure that every article of clothing I pack is something that’s comfortable and that I feel good in. I’ve been going through all of my accessories and toiletries, being very purposeful with everything I’m bringing with me. I’ve been really present to the experience of organizing my suitcase, deciding where I want to place things and why.
It sounds silly, maybe, but just the simple act of slowing down to pack for this trip has made me feel lighter and truly excited about the adventure of it all. It’s also made me painfully aware of how many other amazing experiences I haven’t fully experienced or outright missed out on because I’ve been so focused on doing what I had to do to ‘get through’ them.
I don’t want a life that I’m just trying to get through. I want a life that’s rich with experiences, full of adventures, and deep with meaning. I think we all do. Sometimes we just need a little reminder to take the scenic route.
Blessings, Love and Light,
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