I have a few natural, strengths that I’m pretty proud of (mostly my perfection of the margarita, but we’ll share on that later). But you know what ISN’T one of them?
Taking time off and planning a vacation. Or travel. Or really anything outside of the day to day work routine. BLAH.
Actually lifting my eyes to take a look around me, rather than focusing on the miniscule details, is something I have to continually remind myself is IMPORTANT. You know the saying…missing the forest for the trees type of situation.
Well, a last minute trip was presented me to this month and you know what – I jumped at the opportunity.
One of my main girls here in Nashville, Tara – a friendship we’ve both been investing into for the last yearish – asked if I wanted to join her for a trip to Austin, TX.
Ironically, the thought of visiting Texas had been making my heart flutter for awhile (as in, for over 2 years), so I decided this was the final nudge I needed to shake things up for just a couple of days, not overthink, and just go for it.
But here’s the thing: Tara already had plans for the 2 of the 4 days we were there – so I had two days to myself. In a city I didn’t know anything about, that I didn’t really know anyone in, and no car for those days.
Crazy? Maybe. Adventurous? Absolutely.
>> As I type this scenario out, I’m curious to know if that sounds like a DREAM or SCARY SITUATION for you? I’ve had mixed responses so far on that.
Back on track here: There were a few things I learned about myself and life (yes, that sounds lofty, but it’s true) in these short, four days in Austin.
Let me tell you why this trip felt last minute, but I realized it was moreso a result of consistent life decisions:.
It’s so fun to share these types of experiences on social media. And I think we all know by now social is a highlight reel. But sometimes – maybe that’s not a bad thing? I love to highlight this trip because it showed me how much I had grown and how the things I had been investing into created a new opportunity for me.
And maybe this just might remind you to do the same? Which leads me to the next thought…
Sometimes we are so consistently working on ourselves, it’s hard to look up and actually see the growth we’ve achieved. The new ‘state’ of being you grow into will at some point become your default, and less of a mindset you are ‘trying’ to get to. And THIS is a good thing. But can also be hard to identify. And sometimes it takes a new experience to provide us the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come.
Because, when we miss the forest for the trees, it can be hard to celebrate our growth.
So while this trip may have been ‘last minute’ it could only be that way because it was a result of intentional investments I had been making for a long time.
More trees. More forests. More awareness. You got this.
ps- Tara is a late to arriver at the airport and I’m more of a ‘let’s get there early and have a glass of wine’ type of gal. ha! And still, there is no one else on the planet I would have rather taken this trip with. Which category do you fall into!
SOME THINGS FOR YOU TO PONDER ON:
AUSTIN, TX RUN DOWN.
Planning your own Austin adventure? Here are all the deets of what we did:
Lunch: Guerro’s (careful with the margs there! They are *strong*!)
Shopping + Pics: South Congress
Two Stepping: White Horse
Coffee: Swedish Hill
Dinner: Clark’s Oyster Bar
Sunday Funday: Rainey St : Bangers Beer Garden
Back to the airport!
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