Today I am doing something I never in a million years pictured myself doing. I’m officially launching a blog.
What started as a way to dump my feelings into my keyboard and onto a computer screen ended up being so much more. Writing felt good. It was cathartic. It helped me release all of the bottled up feelings and thoughts that I carry around with me because, frankly, I think my husband is sick of listening to them. It felt so good to get it all out.
I am a stay at home mom. And sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. (I’m sure all the moms out there can relate) Writing has made me feel like a whole person again in a way I wasn’t expecting. More than “just” a mom – like I actually have something to say and ideas to contribute. This is huge. It’s so easy to get lost in the mommy world, and much to my surprise I have discovered it’s a world where I don’t fully belong. I know a lot of moms who just seem like it’s the right fit for them – like they really have this whole “mom” thing down. I am not one of them. On the outside it might seem like I have it altogether, but inside I feel like I am turning to mush from hanging out with a 3 year old all day.
I really have to work to find my zen some days (ok, most days), especially now that my daughter is in the “terrible 3s”. I discovered yoga about 6 years ago and I fall more in love each time I practice. I really didn’t get it at first. I sort of just thought it was a lame, yet relaxing, workout, but I kept it up. Once I started focusing more on my breath and calming and focusing my mind, it clicked. (this took years!) For me, yoga is a moving meditation and is critical to keeping my mind at peace.
Miles and Points Travel
Traveling is my happy place. I have been lucky enough to explore some great locations in my life – France, England, Scotland, Ireland, China, Italy, Mexico, and Bermuda among others…While I have always enjoyed traveling, it really turned into an obsession a little over a year ago when I discovered the miles and points game – “travel hacking” if you will. It satisfied my desire to do a lot of traveling (without paying a lot of money) and my love of a nice Excel spreadsheet (attention to detail is an important component of the hobby).
It has opened up a whole new world for me. As a stay at home mom, it’s a good feeling to be able to provide something with significant financial value to my family. Now I am able to take us on more frequent vacations without breaking the bank, and that’s a big win.
I am 37 years old (yikes!) Too old to be young but too young to be old. It’s a scary age to start something new – I’m supposed to have it all figured out already. But I don’t and I’m starting over. On the internet. And it scares the crap out of me.
I want to share this world of travel with you and your family. What I am doing isn’t too complicated – it just takes a little time, some attention to detail and a desire to travel more and spend less! I’ll provide you with some tips, tricks and strategies I have picked up along the way as well as share my family’s travels with you. I’ll also share some thoughts, ideas and resources for living a more peaceful life so we can all Live Happy and Travel More!
Anyways, thanks for listening and if you want to live a more peaceful, well-traveled life please come back and keep reading, follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or leave a comment. I would love to connect.
Until next time…
Live Happy and Travel More!