The Need to Wander
We are often so destination driven that we forget to enjoy the journey. I spent years driving to Mankato, Minnesota when my girls were in college. Each time I made the picturesque drive, I wanted to stop and check out an antique store or historic site. I never did! I was too focused on getting to my destination.
I've been undergoing treatment for Lyme disease since the fall of 2018. I've gone from not being able to walk to living a fairly normal life. My current symptoms make physical activity difficult, but otherwise you would never know I was battling a chronic illness. That is, until you ask me something on a day when the swelling in my brain is causing my brain and nervous system to fight like a divorced couple. I might just look at you and smile, as I struggle for the words I've used a million times.
What I've learned throughout my dance with Lyme disease is that focusing on what I can't do makes me miserable. Focusing on my destination of a full recovery can be daunting. Especially since I don't yet know how much permanent damage I have. Reluctantly I've begun to accept that my dream of pairing up with Peter Dinklage (The brilliant actor and little person on Game of Thrones, for those of you living under a rock) on the Amazing Race, probably will not happen, given the state of my knees.
What has helped me greatly is finding the joy in the journey. Finding what I'm grateful for each day, no matter what challenge I'm facing.
Growing up in Hawaii I was raised to Live Aloha. For me that means; Be present, grateful and share joy and kindness.
This doesn't always come naturally to me. I had Live Aloha tattooed on forearm as a reminder of what I need to strive for each day.
No matter what someone does in traffic. I've never thought of myself as a "nice" person. Somehow after 25 years of living in Minnesota, that "Minnesota nice" people refer to, has not rubbed off on me. I'm blunt and a chronic over-sharer. One who is fascinated with what makes people tick.
I love getting to know people, where they have been, what they are passionate about.
Through mutual friends I was able to meet Jason Sprayberry and his beautiful girlfriend Becky Ankeny. Jason owns RVThereYet.com RV Rental. Jason and I share similar views when it comes to life and livingness. We both recognize the need to wander, to explore, to be in nature. Becky is a talented freelance graphic artist. I knew I loved her when I saw a video of her fishing in a dress.
Jason and Becky have been having a ton of RV adventures. I love how Jason describes what the RV life is about. He says, “RV travel is not so much an escape from life - but rather an opportunity to escape what life has become; to reconnect with our original self by tapping into our revitalizing sense of freedom and adventure.”
So I thought heck, that sounds right up my alley. I ran the idea of a one week RV road trip by my partner in life, laughter and love, Tony. He was all for it! We decided to make it even more interesting by using our trip as a way to raise support for the Twin Cities Lyme Foundation. They are a local organization that aids people in getting an accurate Lyme diagnoses as well as needed treatment. Most effective Lyme treatment is not covered by insurance.
Partners in Fundraising
Nani Nalu Swimwear located at 50th & France is donating a percentage of their proceeds during the weekend of our road trip July 14th and 15th. That would be a wonderful weekend to treat yourself to fabulous swimwear. I recommend using their complimentary fit service, where they pull suits for you ahead of time and work with you one on one to find the suit best suited to you. You can schedule it through their website www.Naninaluswim.com
Follow Along With Us!
I'll be sharing all about our RV Adventure in real time across social media. I'd love to hear your tips for a successful road trip. What one item can you not do without? I can't obsess about the destination, so I'm going obsess about the packing. Here is where you should follow on social media, so you don't miss anything:
Tony and I are looking forward to sharing this adventure with you and getting back in touch with the wonder of wandering. He is a decent outdoorsman, whereas he jokingly calls me a "delicate tropical flower." Not completely inaccurate. I'm just thrilled the RV has a flushing toilet and a shower!
Donate Directly to the Twin Cities Lyme Foundation
Help Minnesotans get the needed diagnosis and treatment they need. Most effective Lyme treatment is not covered by insurance. The TC Lyme Fnd helps people in our community turn their lives around with proper treatment.