I just got back from vacation and am still trying to get back into the swing of things! Even though it was only a week, it always feels like I've been away forever when I return from a trip. But I'm still happily refreshed and rejuvenated. It's good for the soul to get away every once and awhile. I speak to that a lot in my yoga classes- the idea of spending time on yourself in order to replenish. It's so easy to give and give until we get depleted.
The trip we took was a very special one because it's where we spent our honeymoon 7 years ago. This was our third time back. We're kind of addicted to this place! But there's also another really important reason why I love this place. Back when we first went was at the height of my anxiety. Traveling, as I'm sure you can imagine, was a nightmare experience for me. To get to this hotel is easily a couple of flights and then a 90+ minute cab ride. When we first went I made myself so sick over this travel day that by the time we reached our hotel I was barely able to stand up straight without feeling incredibly ill. That car ride was the scariest and most stressful part for me and I spent a good part of the trip dreading the ride back to the airport.
I was also too anxious to try a lot of the activities that the resort had to offer... which left a lot of time where we just sat around the room or hung out by the beach. I wasn't in the mind frame to take advantage of everything and it was a bummer.
The amazing part is that I always remember those initial days each time we go back on this trip. The flights and car ride don't seem scary anymore. I am excited to try new things and explore different experiences. I have so much more fun now. I really appreciate the fact that I have these moments when I can remember how far I've actually come on my journey through anxiety.
The path is one of the most important parts of the journey because there will be leaps of faiths and times where you step backwards. There will be challenges and triumphs. You'll face hurdles of all kinds and experience freedom. Most importantly, you'll realize how truly strong you are.
Think back about your journey thus far. It doesn't matter if you're just taking the first steps or have been going through this for years. Celebrate your victories and acknowledge them! That cab ride is one of mine :) I have a lot of them and I bet if you think about it, you have quite a few too!
My refreshed soul is going to teach some yoga tonight and then go for a run. My first official training run for my Disney Half Marathon in January. <-- another milestone I plan on celebrating!