Found it.

I call this one!

I call this one!

Today was a good day.  I went to my niece and nephew’s “Grandparents’ Day” at school with my awesome sister-in-law and baby nephew and learned what the older two have been up to. Afterwards, we went back to their house and goofed around for a while.  As I was hanging on the couch with the older kiddos (the baby and my sis-in-law were taking a much needed nap), I had an epiphany.  This is why I have to travel long term.

You might be saying, hold on a second…why did hanging out with some of your fav people on the planet make you realize you have to travel more, thus leaving them??? Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but just hear me out.  I realized that coming back to them after being gone just makes those normal moments even sweeter.

Also, I want to be the best me I can possibly be for my niece and nephews…traveling makes me the best version of myself.  It makes me more compassionate, more patient, more spontaneous, less stressed, more self-confident, and more stable (which sounds crazy, i know, being more stable by pursuing a lifestyle that is anything but).  I want to be someone that my wonderful niece and 3 lovely nephews can always look up to and count on.  They are the most important people in my life and even if I didn’t think I owed it to myself to follow my dreams, I owe it to them to show by example that they can follow their dreams.

So, to wrap this up, I found it.  I found my inspiration for why I should take this trip even though sometimes I second-guess myself and think this whole idea of mine is bat-shit crazy.

🙂 I feel very calm and content for the first time in days.

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