change, please?

In the last five months I've done quite a bit of traveling. Maybe it wouldn't be considered a lot for those who travel a lot for business or speaking engagements or other fancy things, but for this stay-at-home mom, it's a lot. In December I flew to Atlanta, GA to visit my new friend Miriam. In March I went back down to Atlanta (but I drove this time) to visit Miriam again. I really like Miriam:) In April I got to spend a week at the beach in Top Sail, North Carolina with 21 other women, which was incredible and relaxing and encouraging and all other life-giving words you can think of. For real. Then just this past weekend my family and I drove to Iowa for a surprise anniversary party my brother threw for his wife of 10 years.

Whew, I'm tired just thinking about all of those miles traveled. But the thing is, I love it. I love to travel. I love to see new things, meet new people, and spend time with old friends. I really like change. But the irony is, my job as a stay-at-home mom can at times be very monotonous. Even though I am watching a cute little boy 'change' in front of my eyes every day, it doesn't always feel that exciting. I know I am not the only mom that feels this way even though sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

I've been so spoiled in the last few months with so many get-aways and I am finding myself starting to get  antsy again. Antsy for some adventure. I know it is not realistic to think that my life will always be adventurous, especially while I'm raising children, but I suppose that depends on what you definition of 'adventure' is. 

Here's what says:

  • an exciting or very unusual experience.
  • participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises.
  • a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome. 

Doesn't that sound exciting?! Ok, well to some of you it probably doesn't sound exciting at all and that's ok. Not everyone is wired with a need for adventure. I'm certainly not saying that my recent travels have been all that adventurous because I certainly wasn't doing any skydiving or hang gliding, nor do I care to. I guess the adventure I desire is the adventure of change. A change in scenery, a change in location, a change in my daily routine.

This is my friend Caroline's very adventurous Jeep, 'Joon'. Riding in it makes you feel VERY adventurous. 

I hope this doesn't sound like I am complaining because I'm not. I know that the only person in charge of my life (besides Jesus) is me. I am in charge of my own adventure and no one is going to take risks for me. If I want something to change then it's my job to make it happen. If I want more out of life then it's on me. 

I want to find the balance between embracing the season of life I am in (motherhood) and living an adventurous life. I am starting to be convinced that it all starts with the way you think. 

Adventurous people think adventurous thoughts. I'm sure of it. 

1 comment:

  1. :) I'm so good with sitting in the day to day but I do love when Jeremy drags me into an adventure kicking and screaming- then after I realize it was incredible! :) Glad you have that same desire. Poor Justin.