So while I waited for the ball to drop on December 31, my honey did an incredible job of reminding me how GOOD 2015 was.
You see, I had been wallowing in this cesspool of shitty feelings about 2015 because, in my writing business, I had clients who didn’t pay that lead to money issues that lead to a tremendous amount of stress for me.
But through that all, so many great things happened in 2015 — I got to travel a lot , thanks to some careful planning earlier in the year. I saw the Grand Canyon, the Phoenix Zoo (and my baby orangutan) and Las Vegas and so many other great things on my trip out west. I went to my first screenwriting expo ever. I saw my first NY Yankees game ever. Saw Niagara Falls. Went to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Saw multiple historic landmarks where I got my National Parks passport stamped.
On a personal note, all of my kids got their driver’s licenses and my daughter got her car. My youngest graduated and went off to college. Ej saw his favorite team — the NY Cosmos — become champs AND he became the voice of the Cosmos podcast. Ej and I had the opportunity to interview a ridiculous amount of professional athletes on our shows and we had a former NFL player join one of our shows! I honestly could go on, but I won’t. My honey did a great job of reminding me of the good.
He also wanted me to feel excited about 2016. So after all of that, he presented me with tickets to see Garth Brooks!!!! Not only was travel on my bucket list, but seeing a Garth Brooks concert has been on my bucket list since I was introduced to his music years ago. But, in true Virgin Traveler fashion, I not only am excited about the trip, but we decided to stay the night in the area and explore. We found The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that we wanted to visit and some other things we want to check out. It’s an exciting way to start the New Year.
It’s all about perception. I had to have my eyes opened and I’m so glad about that. This year, I’ve already had some great clients come around, I am a meet-the-expert at The New York Times Travel Show and am already planning several tips, including to FINALLY see Lambeau Field and hopefully head to Italy at some point. I also have daydreams of being on the road again in September like I was last year.
What are you planning?
Oh and a few more notes:
1. My good friend, Melanie, started a great new blog — Trip Out on Travel and you need to check it out. She’s a fantastic writer and I love her blog!
2. Save the date: The National Park Service has announced their free park days. PLEASE take advantage of these dates!
Well, I’m off to the Travel Show and will report back on what I find. Happy New Year!