Summer 2018 brought me some sweet surprises that only come to the reckless. If you're wondering what on earth I'm referring to, let me pose this question: What's it like to be truly happy? If you've been thinking this repetitively, then the answer is probably that you're not happy at all. This is what led me to quit my job this summer and take three spontaneous trips. Although I spent an ungodly amount of money, I found myself again. Here's where I went:
- I traveled to Tulum, Mexico, (see pics on THIS post) basked under the soul-southing rays, meditated and released the negativity that had been plaguing my life.
- My next trip was to visit my Grammy in Ohio where my Mom met up with me (photos of us below). Reconnecting with the three generations was an experience that I'll hold with me forever. I had forgotten how similar we are, until we sat down together, laughing uncontrollably, bickering like three sisters, and taking in the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra over a glass of sweet, red wine. The rooms we slept in were the very same from my Mom's childhood home.
- My last trip was a quick jaunt over to Europe to experience Spain with my best friends from college. You know you have great travel friends when you can cram five girls in one bed and still barely fight. I learned how to say "vegano" (the very essential word for vegan in Spanish) and forgot how to say yes and no in my own language upon returning to the US.
This summer, I made a big decision for my own sanity to become a freelancer, focus on my business, and more importantly, myself. Although most people thought I had lost my mind; turns out I found myself a mate who also lost his. It doesn't happen often when you meet someone and get that strange feeling that you've met before, someone you can truly be yourself with.
For me, this summer taught me that true happiness is a balance between work and fun, being healthy, progressing in my career, embracing love, and letting go of harbored anxiety.