Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

It’s been three weeks since I last posted. But what a great three weeks it’s been. I spent that time stepping outside of my normal comfort zone, and my life is richer and happier because of that.

During this time I visited three countries in which I had never been before (Italy, France and Spain). Doing this was at the top of my bucket list, and I am grateful for the opportunity to actually check this off.

This week alone, I was on a jet ski for the first time in my life; and today, tried Bikram Yoga for the first time (and I sweat more than I thought was possible).

The best part of all of these adventures was spending time with the people I love.

Traveling with my husband, Stephen, was an awesome reconnection in our relationship as we explored other parts of the world. He’s my favorite traveling companion. He loves food and simple adventures while traveling, like wandering streets, sampling food, and meeting other people and having intelligent conversations. We did all of that in Rome, Paris and Barcelona. Another treasure was connecting with our niece Jennifer in Barcelona. She made that part of our trip extra special.

Jet skiing was fun, but spending time with the McCleary family was the best. As my family keeps dwindling down, I treasure those I do have more than ever. Tuesday was a great, fun day. In spite of the fact that I got my first sunburn of 2013.

Today was fun with Lisa, sweating like never before in that heated yoga class. I didn’t know I couldn’t balance on one leg. I must practice that.  I think we’ll both sleep well tonight. Then we had lunch with Roger and that topped off the day. Roger has his moods of engagement, and today he was not “right there” but he enjoyed his lunch and being with his two remaining sisters. I miss the younger Roger who used to be right in our faces all the time, but I think he is happy where he is right now.

What I have learned is that life is one day at a time and being in the moment. These last three weeks were rich with moments that I savored. I am blessed and thankful for all that I have.

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Steve and I in a Paris bistro.
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Steve and I at the Coliseum, Rome, Italy.
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Jennifer and I in Barcelona
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Lisa and I on a jet ski, for the first time ever. Great Tuesday.

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