Rolling hills, Coastlines and everything in between…

img_0443.jpgHello friends, HAPPY SPRING/almost summer! Only in the colder states do you get the opportunity to truly realize the blossomed beauty of the first day of 50-degree weather. Last week, I jumped at the chance (like most of you) to dig deep into the bottom of my closet to uncover my summer clothing. However, just as soon as I pulled up my shorts, grabbed my bike and raced outside it was snowing again. Of course…wouldn’t expect anything less from Minnesota.

The past couple days of warmth has awoken me from my winter slumber in a different way this year. Last year, as you followed me on my journey through National Parks, coastline visits, desert excursions and hill hikes there were literally many ups an downs. Some days my ears wouldn’t even get a chance to pop before we leveled out again. I guess you could say that we were on a figurative rollercoaster for eight months. I can’t express how grateful I am for all of the support both Nick and I received during and post-travels. Although, I learned pretty quickly after we “settled” again, that the support post-travel was more important in some ways. Yes, we were again back into a rhythm of what our American society believes is the norm for two twenty-something-year-olds. BUT something still felt off, even though now I could form my weekly activities into words when a family member or friends would ask “What have you been up to?”

I’ve come to realize that this reintegration back into ‘normal life’ wasn’t so easy. A job, an apartment, and a routine was not going to make things go back to how they used to be. I felt, thought, and saw the world differently. But did the world actually change? Let me ask you this instead- when you look back 5 years, has the world changed since then? Of course it has. So, as these experiences changed me, the world changed with me. Traveling around the U.S. was a one in a million growth experience, so it would only make sense that coming back would be another difficult transition.

Every time a person has another life changing experience it can be challenging to force the once familiar and daily tasks back upon them. Embrace the change, grow from the change and support the change. Try to Be There and Be Open- for those struggling in the lows and reach a hand out to pull them up high. We all take turns on the rollercoaster, so strap in and seize the time that we have.