Getting off the planes, you see many happy, smiling families arriving in Orlando to embark on their dream vacation. They've just arrived at the "happiest place on earth." They're wearing matching t-shirts; they have Disney suitcases in stow; and they have their Disney character books out and ready for Mickey Mouse to sign (although he isn't at the airport, they have them out and ready for when that magical meeting takes place). The mom is all smiles and is so excited for this family dream finally coming to fruition.
Any of this resonate with you? Maybe you've been one of these families. You take a vaca and plan just a little too much, ok let's not lie. You plan way too much. You try and fit more in than you should and you end up feeling run ragged when it's all said and done. You try and "fit it all in" because this is a "once in a lifetime" experience.
Last week I went to Philadelphia and Lancaster County for the first time and did a lot! The main reason for the trip was for a girlfriend's wedding, but I also wanted to make the most of my time there and see the countryside and city too. Between a 25 mile bike ride, dinner with the bride's family, catching up with college girlfriends, touring a historic chocolate and pretzel factories, learning about the Amish way of life, attending the wedding, reception, post-wedding brunch, visiting a family friend in the suburbs of Philly, riding a horse (haven't done that in years!!!) and galavanting around the city of Philadelphia for 6 hrs seeing all I could see before flying out, I'm plain tuckered out. Not to mention I carried my backpack around Philly. No, I didn't look like a tourist at all. ;)
I have many photos and observations to share, but realized I can't just now. I'm too tired. I need some time and space to process and find my bearings once again. Plus I'm moving this week and as we all know, work keeps on going like it or not. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a game of hide 'n' seek and work says: ready or not, I'm coming to get ya!
So my biggest advice to myself and to you if you're feeling a bit frazzled is this:
The art of living an abundant life is learning to find JOY in the moment wherever you are, whatever your schedule looks like.
So join me in this--just breathe and look for the JOY in the moment. It's there. The question is do you see it?