To celebrate the New Year and my hubby’s birthday (January 2nd) last year (2022), we rented a houseboat.
That experience was SO FUN and got us talking about living in a boat in a BIG way. We were dreaming in many directions – back in an RV someday? What about motorcycles (hard to do with a dog and two cats, though)? What about a boat? Cruising the Intercoastal…maybe doing The Great Loop? We even talked about riding mules across America. Because…well…just because.
Then life continued to happen, as it seems to be doing a whole extra lot this year.
So a few weeks ago, still dreaming, we started thinking about how to celebrate the 2023 New Year and his birthday again.
And our thoughts turned again to boats…
He said, “Well, during our The Great Florida Traverse, we didn’t actually finish the St. Mary’s River. What if we did that? It’s around 73 miles.”
A quick text to our kayaking expedition buddies Action and Adventure and a trip started forming for real. We haven’t set dates in stone, but will leave the end of December 2022 and finish mid-week January 2023.
Life is always going to happen. Curve balls galore, some years.
And, we know what makes us happy: water, boats, the outdoors.
Sometimes you make a new soup, pulling bits from old adventures. All the ingredients are there. The soup may not last as long as you hope. Or the soup turns out looking differently than you wanted.
But, water, boating, the outdoors. Right ingredients.
It all works for inner restoration. For building resilience against the curve balls. And for stepping out of the pressure cooker that is life sometimes.
Do you know what your ingredients are?
What soup are you planning?
How soon will it be done and ready to go?
Trust me – this practice is crucial for avoiding burnout, exhaustion, and apathy.