Monday, June 10, 2013

Our Summer Adventure

     Where are we headed? Probably about as far from home as we can get. My dad is turning 60. His mom only lived to 56, his birth father only lived into his 20s. He wants to celebrate his life, but not in a surprise party kind of way, you know? He's not the type. He loves adventure and I love that about him. He's a big part of why I love it, too. 

    To honor his adventurous spirit, we are flying to the Seychelles and chartering a sailboat as a family for two weeks. We've done this a few times before, but usually to safer destinations in the Caribbean. Where are the Seychelles? 

They're here:
Right next to Somalia. You know, where all the pirates are. 

     I have fears. Some of them are so scary I don't even want to mention them. One of them is the pirates kidnapping our whole family. There, I said it. Crap. I hope that doesn't happen. 

    I think I always have fears when I travel, though. Remember last year when I was freaking out about losing my mind on our road trip? That trip turned out to be one of the best trips we've ever done. I have my routine at home and I find a lot of comfort in it, but that is exactly the reason traveling is so important. I need to get away from comfortable for a while. I need to see new things, different ways and places people live, the ways I will react in new situations and the ways the people I will, too. Hiking a long hike, making dinner as a group, sailing in troubled waters. All of these experiences help you know more about life. There's a lot that goes into shipping yourself off for two weeks, but even if I'm not physically prepared, I think I've been mentally ready for this journey for a while.

I want a lot of things for myself on this vacation:
  • Less need for instant gratification (as it is, I can't even stand around and wait for the Brita to filter a cup of water!). I think being away from blogging and social media will help with this. Thank you all for your input on this topic! It really helped convince me that I should take a true vacation-a vacation from everything, and not feel bad about it.
  • Freedom to just be. I don't want to feel self-inflicted pressure to constantly be working on or achieving something (unless it's just a nice tan!)
  • Real presence in moments where I'm able to focus on one thing at a time. My sister in-law took me meditating once and this was the goal. She told me, "Pick one intention for your day and then think only about that while you meditate for 15 minutes." She picked listening and I copied her because I thought it sounded like a good one for me too. I lasted about three minutes thinking about listening before my mind wandered to how I needed to make a dentist appointment when we got back. 
     I'm sure the trip won't be able to deliver on all of this, but I know some progress is possible. Some progress is always possible. I think that's one of the things I love most about life. No matter what, you always have the ability to make things better. And that is an adventure in itself.


  1. This sounds so exciting! I can't blame you for being a bit worried but I bet it will be a great learning experience and family bonding time for you guys! :)

  2. What an exciting trip! I hope that you are able to relax, work on a nice tan and not let your fears get to you. I can't wait to hear all about it when you're back too! :)

  3. You summed it up perfectly: Life at home may be super comfortable, but that's exactly why people need to travel! Beautiful and wise words! :) I hope you have a good (and safe) trip!

  4. Oh my gosh this sounds so exciting and a bit scary all at the same time!! But those always make for the best kinds of experiences right!? :) Happy Birthday to your dad! I hope you guys have a fantastic adventure! Safe travels!

  5. Oh, wow! This trip sounds amazing!! It's so important to take time away, to recharge, and reset ourselves. I love the little list that you made. Especially because I JUST had that same conversation with myself when I was filling up the Brita filter.

    I can't wait to read all about your exciting trip and all the reflections you had while away!

  6. Have a great (safe) time! I'm a worrier, too, but this will be so fun for you guys to throw caution to the wind. Can't wait to hear about all your adventures when you get back:)

  7. Oh my gosh, incredible!! This trip is going to be AMAZING! It's going to be so good for you all to get away and just enjoy each other and the beauty of this world!

  8. Wow, how exciting. It's Swallows and Amazons only in the Seychelles! I know what you mean about not be able to wait for water to filter; I am the same, I have to be speeding forwards at all times. And it's exhausting! I hope you have a wonderful time - I'm sure you will. And when you come back you will be even more full of energy and enthusiasm for life. Enjoy the adventure Devon!

  9. oh devon that is incredible!!!! it's going to be amazing!!

    but don't worry even as much as i travel i still have huge fears everytime about realistic and unrealistic things that could happen...

    but just do the best you can to think calm.

  10. I'm really excited for you and your family! What an amazing trip and I think that it will be a wonderful time to disconnect and just be. I kind of long for something like that. And I think that it will be good to take a break from blogging and social media. It can all be so overwhelming, you know? I can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back and when you are ready to share it with us.

  11. Have an amazing time, sounds like it will be an awesome trip! Its like Peter Duck (the Swallows and Amazons book where they go to the Carribean - they race pirates).
    That is the best thing about a holiday - break from technology - it makes me feel so much calmer and happier, I just wish it would continue when I return.

  12. Wow! Sounds like a fantastic time, I only wish it was me going! Have a great trip and take the time to relax and enjoy.

  13. sounds like so much fun! i am completely envious of these family trips (:

    also.. i hear seychelles and ALL i think about is that paul mccartney honeymooned there (:

  14. Bon Voyage and safe sailing! We'll be here when you get back :)hoping to see some of the highlights, but mostly just hoping you enjoy yourself! xo

  15. I love that you make intentions before big trips. It just seems like such a great idea to spend some time reflecting on what you hope to take out of a big adventure so that you can increase your chances of success to some degree while in it. May have to steal this amazing habit!


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