For those of you who have been following along with me for some time now, you know that travel is a huge part of my life. It’s a necessary component to my self-care and well-being. For me, there’s nothing like breaking away from the routine, escaping the demands of every day life, and venturing out into new territory to refresh my soul and renew my perspective. It doesn’t matter if it’s an overnight trip, a long weekend, or a whole week away. I’m a woman who needs the occasional breather and change of scenery to stay grounded and keep my focus on what matters most.
Last weekend marked my annual trip to Colorado. This year, I traveled with my dad and step-mom, in order to spend quality time with my brother and nephew. As much as I wish we lived closer and could see each other more frequently, I appreciate the opportunity to be able to visit them once or twice a year in a state so rich in beauty and things to do! And this year’s trip, for being only three days, was full of fun and activity!
As usual, the weather was absolutely gorgeous – more spring-like already than my beloved state of Michigan is currently – with temps in the high 60’s and 70’s, bright blue skies, and sunshine. Because the weather was so perfect, this gave us the chance to go explore quite a few places, including the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, Rainbow Falls, Manitou Springs, Royal Gorge Bridge, Phantom Canyon, and the panoramic views of Cripple Creek. We also got to eat at one of our most favorite places, Hacienda, the BEST Mexican food you will ever eat. Period.
Getting away last week was just the thing I needed after a very busy and bitter cold month at home. It felt so good to be outside in the sunshine, to take in the amazing view of the hills and mountains, and to snuggle with my nephew, listening to him talk and having him hold my hand as we walked around the various areas we visited. It was also good to see my brother and reconnect with family in general. I cherish these few times a year we can all be together and certainly do my best to make the most of every minute of our time together. And I feel all of us did just that!
While it’s never easy to leave, I’m so thankful for the time each of us had to be together. In coming back home following the short break, I feel lighter and better able to focus on what’s ahead for me in the coming weeks, personally and professionally. As winter turns to spring, I feel the winds of change coming in my own heart and life, and although I don’t know all that the future holds, I feel confident that what is in store will be good and purposeful, and for that I am grateful.
I look forward to more getaways in the coming spring and summer months, but in the meantime, will treasure this past weekend and all of the memories that were made with my family. Thank you, Colorado, for sweeping me off my feet once again! Until next time … <3