My Wan*der*lust

Hello Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog and I must say, I’ve missed you. But I have a very good reason for being gone.

I’ve Been On A Road Trip

My husband and I packed our bags with no plans other than traveling west on the Historic Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Road, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road.  The only things we took were our clothes and our eight maps which led us through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. We flew into Los Angeles, California… rented a car and drove the route backwards into Illinois. 

Adventure.Redefined.

As a child, I grew up in a small town with limited traveling with my family. We took our yearly vacations to visit grandparents and would enjoy a day at Sea World, with which I still look back on with fond memories. Now that I am older, I want to do more. I want to see more. And so, I am.  A.K.A.- my Bucket List.

In search of all the #route66 road signs, we gassed up the car and drove. We had no idea where we would stay each night because we had no idea where we would actually be come nightfall. This was all part of the adventure and because of that… I was able to capture a few amazing sunsets along the way.

This beauty was captured along a route66 road in Arcadia, Oklahoma. We could see the sun setting behind us through our rearview mirror, so we pulled over along the isolated road. A farm-house was just across the road so I pulled out my Canon and walked over to wait for the sun to set. The driveway reminded me of when I was a child. The path of rocks had been beaten down to just dirt with a line of grass growing in the middle of the path. Some memories will never grow old. 🙂

Beautifully shaped trees lined the driveway up to the house. I stood from afar taking shots of the sunset as it lowered behind the trees. But then, I looked over and saw a field aligned with a fence of barbed wire. As I knelt down, the sun was setting perfectly creating a beautiful silhouette. The barbed wire fence served its purpose without obstructing my amazing view.

Liberating To The Heart

There’s something very liberating about doing the unexpected. We had become very fascinated with the Mother Road, but there were times we veered off to another destination, and it was well worth it. One of the stops not on the route was the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This is the only one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World located in Northern America and I was blessed to stand in awe of it all. It was breathtaking with all its layers of red rock stretched out all of 277 miles and 2,600 feet deep. 

Life Is An Adventure

I have come to believe that life is meant to be enjoyed and not just lived. We must go on adventures to truly find where we belong. And my adventures can be anywhere from my own living room with my grandchildren to God’s beautiful creation in the great outdoors. 

My Bucket List

The older I get the more curious my heart and soul becomes which is what sparked my thoughts of a bucket list. And that’s when I realized adventures are the best way to learn.

As I  have said…I lived a small life, in a small town and raised my children in that very same small town. As they reached adulthood, they began to experience new adventures as they traveled the world in various countries. I was excited for them. It wasn’t until May of 2013 when my son plunged from an airplane in a tandem skydive, that I was inspired to explore my own adventures.

My wanderlust for new experiences kicked in the year 2014 when I got my very first tattoo. Every June 1st, I smile when I look at my small -Faith- tattoo with the infinity symbol encircling it. My faith in God is what always gets me through life’s struggles each and every day, so what better way to openly express it for all to see.  

March of 2015, I flew for the very first time EVER! I was 52 years old before I had ever flown. Some of you may be thinking…Wow! Really? Well, that’s okay because as you read further, one of the things I checked off the following year makes up for all those flights I had missed.

My love for music charts the top of the list along with my passions for photography and writing. I’ve been to many concerts of various genres over the past 35 years.  My top two artists to see are Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. I checked Sir Paul McCartney off my list in June of 2015. Watch my video here. I’m still in search of those Clapton tickets.

April 24, 2016 was the year I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane of 10,000 feet. I do believe this makes up for all those times I didn’t fly. LOL! I will never forget the experience of free-falling for the first thirty seconds before the parachute opened landing me onto an open field of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Which leads me into this year, June 2018, of my adventure of an open road of the historical road of route 66. What a journey it was of meeting so many friendly people along the way.

We traveled through ten states in nine days with a total of 3,484 miles. Spontaneously finding lodging for each night, we stayed in three hotels and five Airbnb’s and enjoyed food from various amazing restaurants along the way. One of which, was featured on the show Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. Dressel’s Restaurant of St. Louis featured the Porchetta “Louie” on the show and I had to try it. It was delicious. Check out the video here.

This brings me to the end of this post but definitely not the end of my journey. I will be posting many more photos of my incredible journey in the future.

My Insights

Until then, I want to share a few thoughts of what I’ve learned from these amazing opportunities I’ve been able to experience.

I read a quote once which said…”A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” I truly believe this. 

There is nothing like getting out of your comfort zone while traveling, to make you realize you are a ‘newbie’ in so many of life’s experiences…no matter what age you are.

God has given me something that I will forever be thankful for and always appreciate. All of us have experiences that become memories, but more often than not, while living the experience…we don’t realize what a great, and possible bittersweet memory it could become.

I have grown fond of this thing called –wanderlust. Just when I think my life couldn’t get any better, God gives me one more thing to be thankful for and I give Him all the glory of all my many blessings.


Even when I’m not posting, I am always writing a story in my heart. 

 

What are some of your adventures? Do you have a bucket list? What are your future dreams/goals? Please inspire me and share your thoughts and stories.

 

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PhotosByLaura

 

 

 

 

 

A Rain Has Come and Gone…

Daylight arrives. A rain has come and gone with a vague feeling seemingly without cause. And I find myself over thinking, once again… leaving a fuzzy disconnect.

As I looked through the pane of glass, my eyes were drawn to the lines in my parents old red swing. Retracing the lines of time, I was instantly drawn to the voice of my mother as she would sing church hymns. Or the sound of my father’s snore after a hard day’s work. Reading between the lines, the slats of that old swing tells a story like no other.

Amazing how the universe is always speaking to us, causing those serendipity moments and lapse in time.

As real as the red in the wood, so are the days of my youth. The best truths are rare when read between the lines and finding my purpose within the prolific lines of life is a rare and beautiful thing.

I once read a quote that said…”Rare is a union of beauty and purity.”

And so it is with my life.

A rare treasure I hold. Nothing elaborate. Just a line of generations to pass on the greatest wisdom of simplicity. Along the red swing slats are life learned lessons of love, respect, tolerance, sharing, honesty, and a family bond framed within hearts and souls to reach our greatest potential.

 

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PhotosByLaura

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Twilight Afterglow

~There is no compromise in the twilight afterglow.

The sunset is my constant reminder and proof

that change and transformation can be beautiful.~

 

Copyright 2018~The View From My Window

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PhotosByLaura

The Flip Side of Valentine’s

Today is Valentine’s Day. Yes, the time of year when it is said to be the most romantic day of the year. That theory, I’m not sold on just yet. There other days throughout the year where I have experienced romance, and oddly enough…it usually is not on Valentine’s Day. 

Here are some fun facts you may or may not know. 

  • The first commercially printed Valentine’s Day card was produced in 1913 by Hallmark. Today, more than a billion Valentine’s cards are sold each year. 
  • February 14th is also Single Awareness Day.
  • According to Hallmark, more than 50 percent of this holiday card is purchased within six days before the 14th.
  • There will be more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate sold for Valentine’s Day. 
  • Among those buying gifts, 3 percent are those who buy for their pets. 
  • On this day, in the U.S., 189 million stems of roses are sold. 

That’s a lot of cards. A lot of chocolate…and a lot of roses. 

I think it’s awesome that there is a day set aside each year to show love and affection for others. The world we live in could sure use many more days like this, if only it didn’t cost a fortune. 🙂

But, I want to focus on those out there who are facing this day of love without the one they love. This is one of those holidays that can make a person realize who they may be missing and just how much. Then again, for others…it may not matter at all. But if you find yourself feeling a little low on this day of each year, let me say…You are loved and maybe you can lift yourself up by sharing that love with others.

5 Things to Consider:

  1. Pay-It-Forward/ Do a good deed for someone. It will make them smile as well as yourself.
  2. Find the positive in the day. Look for things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. Make an effort to look for the good in others.
  3. Love Yourself. Do something for yourself that brings joy to your heart. Laugh Out Loud! 
  4. Change Your Focus. Don’t concentrate so much on who you don’t have but rather on who you do have. Appreciate those friends and family that are near and dear. Let them know they are loved.
  5. Realize the value in each day. Valentine’s Day is only one day a year. Realize your worth and the value of each day given. Be humbled and thankful for each breath taken.

I also want to take this time to offer my heartfelt love to those who are in anguish over the most recent shooting today with at least 17 killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. I can’t even imagine the grief they may be going through. May God be with the them and comfort them as they go through this horrific loss. ~ Laura

 

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PhotosByLaura