Posts tagged ‘Travel’

Spring Has Sprung

By CreativeWings, 21 March, 2011, No Comment

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.- Doug Larson

Spring is here!
It’s official.
We’re a quarter of the way into this year’s journey.

How are you doing?

A few months ago you may have set out some goals for where you’d like go and where you’d like this year’s journey to take you.
Are you still on course, or are have there been some detours?

This is a great time to get out your map and make adjustments where necessary. The days are longer, the weather is (getting) warmer, and you may find that you have more energy now than you did in the dark cold days of winter.

How can you use this time to propel yourself forward before the summer arrives?

What new, or revised goals would you like to set for yourself?

If you are still feeling stuck in the “rest stop” of your journey, what incentives can you give yourself to get back on the road?
Have you tried enlisting the help of friends to keep you company on your “trip”? If not, try it. Sharing your goals with friends, family or the person at the coffee shop can work wonders in keeping you on track.

Remember, this is your journey, you control where you’re going, what’s playing on the radio AND who goes with you.
Have a great trip.

Mile Marker Approaching

By CreativeWings, 19 December, 2010, No Comment

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

So many expectations and pressures surround the change of a calendar.

What if instead of January 1st being the start of a whole new journey, it is instead, a mile marker on the trip you are already on?

How would that idea change the way you approach it?

What if like any trip you were to take, you began making plans for where you want to go, where you will stop along the way, what you want to see, and what you need to pack before you hit the next mile marker on December 31st?

For me, this analogy holds more freedom for changes of direction and unexpected turns in the road than the idea of a set of goals for myself that I must achieve before the next years end.
This way of thinking still challenges me to choose where I would like to be at this time next year, and knowing that, set a course for myself.
Some questions I find helpful to ask myself are:

• Where do I want to go? (Really the toughest question of the bunch because there are so many choices)
• Who is going with me? (Sometimes road trips are taken alone, but often they are so much better when you have someone to share the journey with)
• What do I need to do now in preparation for my trip? (Is there something you have been putting off that needs to be complete before you can “leave”?)
• Where will I stop along the way to check my progress? (Rest stops are a great opportunity to see where you are and decide if you need to make any adjustments to your route.)
• What will I do once I get there? (Ok, this might actually be the toughest question. It certainly is the one that we forget to ask ourselves the most often. Once you have arrived at your destination, will you celebrate? Settle down where you are? Plan the next leg of your journey?)

You certainly don’t need to have an answer for that last question before you begin, but if you have time to consider it during your trip, it will make the next leg much easier to plan.

So, for me, there is another mile marker approaching, and I am planning to pull off at the next rest stop to take a look at the map and see where I’d like to go next.

Happy New Year, here’s to a wonderful journey.