Wheels Up to Happiness

Is it weird that sometimes being as far from earth as you possibly can be, helps you get grounded?

Is it weird that sometimes being as far from earth as you possibly can be, helps you get grounded?

Any of you who follow me on Instagram know that we recently had a little getaway to my favorite place on earth, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This little island holds a special place in my heart. It's where John and I were married and it's been our yearly get away for the last 6 or so years now. It's where we go to leave it all behind and clear our heads. This year, as always, it was much needed. 

It is easy to get caught up in the world around you. Lost in the "what you should and shouldn't be doings". You begin to wander in this place of uncertainty, forgetting all the goals and plans you made, and second guessing the path your on. The mundane everyday happenings (work, gym, cook, clean, sleep, repeat) can act like quicksand for your dreams, pulling them farther and farther away from you. And for me, that quicksand was pulling hard. 

I tried to hold on, but the harder I tried, the more lost I felt. I started getting caught up in material things, clothes, shoes, etc. I started wanting at houses that would blow out our budget because they looked great. I was stressed, and overthinking everything. But the moment I stepped off that plane into the world where my cell phone was off and I had no schedule, it went away.

We lost hours under the shade of these trees, talking, laughing, dreaming, and most importantly just being.   Lameshure Bay

We lost hours under the shade of these trees, talking, laughing, dreaming, and most importantly just being. 

Lameshure Bay

When no one was pulling at me, I remembered who I was. When no one was interrupting John and me, we remembered how to just be. We were able to talk, I was able to just sit in peace. I truly believe that place has magic in the air. And when we came home I felt grounded again. Sure of myself and our plan for life. My priorities were straightened out and I found some much needed head space. 

PC: My hubby  Our last day on island, I always find it so hard to leave. Yes the sun tan and lazy days are great, but what I really don't want to let go of is the empowerment I find.

PC: My hubby

Our last day on island, I always find it so hard to leave. Yes the sun tan and lazy days are great, but what I really don't want to let go of is the empowerment I find.

But the point I am trying to make, other than how awesome St. John is, is that sometimes you just need to get away. And if you can't hop a plane to a magical island, maybe just a quiet weekend getaway with no phones and no plans will do the trick. We are constantly bombarded with information, and you would have to be Jesus himself to not be affected by it. Yes, meditation or yoga can help, but there is nothing that heals the soul like just old fashioned unscheduled time.

The best way to remember who you are is to just be with yourself. The best way to remember what your true dreams are is to let your mind wander.  For me, that's hard to do around here. So I go wheels up, so I can touch down on true happiness. 

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