In my other blogging life, I (Andrea), would come back from vacation and have always had some profound things to say about my experiences. You can read about Vacation 2012 and Vacation 2013. (For some reason I skipped over 2014 and 2015, but I'm sure we'll talk about them a lot in future blogs!)
It's 2016 and I've just returned from vacation again with a lot on my mind.
Have a Plan and Know Where You're Going
A lot of people don't go on vacations every year. We are very fortunate that we do. Maybe you think we're rolling in piles of money. I could probably share a picture of me rolling pennies and quarters, but that's all the rolling we do. We're able to go on these trips because we plan for it. A lot of planning. By December we have decided what the vacation will be and what we'll do on each stop. Beginning in January we reserve hotel rooms. We pay for them then. One a week. Paid. Cash. Not credit. Because when the actual trip gets here we are all set to go and everything is paid for, little by little over the course of six months.
When you have a plan and know where you're going, the burden of getting there is completely removed because you take the right steps to make it happen easily.
Make it Happen
This picture you see is of the staircase going up to (or down from, if you're feeling pessimistic!) Mt. Baldhead, in Saugatuck, Michigan. I am not a stair climber. Ever. (But for some reason this vacation I must have climbed at least 50,000 stairs!).
I wanted to get up to the top. I wanted to see what was up there. More importantly, I wanted to show that I could do it. That I wasn't too out of shape. That I wasn't a quitter. I wanted this success in my vacation booklet. And so I climbed. And stopped. (They have little landings and benches every couple of flights.) And climbed. And stopped. Some people ran by me. Ran. Little kids were hoofing it faster than their parents. I was passed by many people. But I kept climbing.
Don't stop trying. Don't be intimidated by other people who may be succeeding more quickly than you. You can do this. Keep focused, and keep looking ahead.
I love boats. I love being on the water. On our way across a river I took a picture of this boat. Okay, it's not a boat. It's a yacht. A small cruise liner. LOL. That's what I want. One of those. I want to retire and drive around the Great Lakes, stopping here and there, wherever I feel like being for the day. I want to fish off the bow. I want to nap in the lounge. I want this. Sure, I'm not going down to the boat dealer right now...but someday.
Dream Big. Go for it. You can have what you want if make a plan and keep staying the course. You can make it happen.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.