When I take the time to legitimately think of the things I want my life to be filled with, adventure is one thing that never fails to make the list.
I have technically lived in five states. I was born in Texas, lived in New Jersey for a few years of my childhood, went back to Texas for 3rd grade through high school graduation, lived in Missouri for four years of college, spent summers in Florida (where my family moved right after my high school graduation) and then landed my first job in Alabama. I was also blessed with a mother who made it a priority to take me and my brother on a slew of trips when we were growing up. From the snow-capped mountains of Colorado to the overwhelming aroma of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square and the warm, but humidity-less, summers of Western Michigan, I was blessed to see a number of sites and states growing up.
While there are a ton of things I don't know, I have figured out that this world is so much bigger, more beautiful and more important than me and the context in which I live my life. In fact, I have figured out how much fuller life can be when you actively choose to exist with constant awareness that there are so many places, ways of doing things, thought processes, seasons, styles and “bests”.
I say all of this to say that, no matter where my life takes me, I know I want to see the world…or as much of it as my time, health and wallet (haha) will allow.
So far in 2017, I have visited the historic plantations and exquisite eateries of Charleston, South Carolina with my momma. I've also hit the beach and a random boat party with my girlfriends in Miami. Most recently, I drove the two hours east for a get away to Atlanta with my best friend for a weekend of shopping at Lenox Mall and rooftop bars in Edgewood. There have also been a sprinkle of local farmers markets, downtown ice cream shops and new restaurants in between. All adventures.
I don’t think an adventure has to be a multi-thousand dollar, 17-hour flight, international expedition (though I must admit, I would like to take a few of those). Every time I take the hour and a half drive up to Birmingham, Alabama or even the 15-minute drive to Downtown Montgomery (which is RICH with Civil Rights Movement history, y'all), it’s an adventure. The first time I drove across the Edmund Pettus Bridge into Selma for work, my heart stopped for a minute.
I'll tell you this, that weekend trip to Atlanta in June did more for my heart than I can even explain. In this particular season of life, I have a hunger for inspiration. From great style to well-plated food and people who will dance in the rain to trap music on a rooftop...I want to see it and soak it in. It was only four days, but it was the perfect handful of days of wearing my "weekend" clothes, big hoop earrings and a relaxed smile.
A full tank of gas and some snacks may not be able to take you to Cuba, Taiwan or the Bahamas, but that combo can take you to the next town over, where there are people who have grown up there and live their lives with every bit of fullness, spunk and faith there ever was. Essentially, a full tank of gas and some snacks can get you to your next life-changing experience.
It was really important to me to add this “Adventures” tab to “Life in Glitter” as I work on building, becoming more consistent and growing this Internet space of mine. Adjusting to adult life/big girl job-ing has thrown my time management for a loop, but talks with a faithful God and my downright love for meeting you guys here is starting to clear it up for me. So, here it is- as I live my adult life, turning my vacation days and long weekends into opportunities to explore sites, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, etc. has become a priority.
We each get one life, and it's valuable...no matter what we choose to do with it. So, I guess I just want to see a lot, do a lot, eat a lot, shop a lot...live. Yah, I want to live a whole lot during my one life.
2017 has already has some pretty awesome locations lined up, and I am excited to book more flights and snap more food pics. As always, thank you for your love and support for this chunk of my heart. You’ve got no idea how much it means.
With Love and Glitter,
PS- Next stop = New Orleans in August!