Adventure Challenge – Day 55, 56, & 57: Finding Perks in the Every Day

I have been traveling so much for work I have missed being home. I’ll be honest, when I get home, I don’t even want to go adventuring. I’m tired and I just want to hang with my kiddo and play catch up with the rest of my life.

I’ve been making a real effort to rekindle friendships that time creates a distance between. I also try to spend as much time as I have available finding joy in the every day things.

Day 55:
When I got to Denver this week, I met a friend I haven’t seen in 10 years. We were such good friends 10 years ago, but like many friendships, years and miles create a divide. We met for dinner and joked like no time had passed at all. We are very much the same people with very different life situations from the old days. I love that this year has brought on so many reunions in my life.

Day 56:
When I get home off the road, I have started becoming a bit of a hermit. I just want to be home. I have to push myself to go see other people and be sociable. A good friend of mine had a baby this week while I was gone. I was so excited for her. We haven’t seen much of each other in the past year, but her friendship means the world to me. I was excited to have the opportunity to visit her and her newest addition, Olivia, in the hospital. There is nothing better than the feeling of a newborn baby sleeping on your chest.

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Day 57:
My kiddo was complaining that his cast is itchy and he’s tired of it. I have never had one, but I can’t even imagine how maddening it would be. Even though his cast is light blue, it is starting to take on a dirty look. He is after all, a boy. He loves everything super hero, so I asked him if he would like me to draw on it for him. He got so excited. He chose Spiderman. I have never tried to draw on a cast before, and I most certainly am not use to doing art with Sharpie markers. I told him I would do the best I could. When it was all done, he seemed pretty happy with the result. That smile is all that I need.

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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