I grew up part of a large family… Nine kids to be exact. So needless to say traveling wasn’t a high priority for my parents. We would occasionally take staycations maybe a couple hours away, but even that was pricey. Not to mention the stress of lugging around so many kids. Traveling for me wasn’t anything I knew I needed in my life until I was able to do it. I honestly never knew the beauty this world had to offer until I saw it with my own eyes.
As I got a little older I would start to take little trips with friends and family. I went to Vegas a couple times. And, man, at that time I thought it was the most incredible place on earth. I went to Miami for a bachelorette party and a birthday party. I went to New Orleans, Savannah and I had family that lived up by Flagstaff so I spent a lot of time there. I just always felt like there was more. So, I made a bucket list of all of the places that I wanted to see. The thing about a bucket list though is that it’s a list a places and things you’ve heard of, but there’s so much in this world that you just don’t even know exists.
I’ve always thought of myself as a beach person. The water is relaxing and the sunlight makes my soul happy. My bucket list was full of warm destinations around the world and I was pretty set on that. So, when my boyfriend received free hotel stay at the Fairmont in Banff Springs ( let me go ahead and rate this hotel… 7!!! It was the most perfect stay at a hotel I could’ve asked for) I wasn’t initially too interested, but my ears naturally gravitated towards the words “travel” and “free hotel” so I was in. Honestly, let me remind you I haven’t traveled too much, but I had never even heard of Banff. I had to look it up to find out where it was. I quickly found out it was in Canada. I had always wanted to visit Canada, but I wasn’t really sure where exactly. I was excited to travel but a little nervous to go to the mountains, in the cold, at the end of October.
Let me tell you…. Banff is the most beautiful real life place I have ever seen. Maybe it’s because it’s all that I know, but my eyes had never seen such beauty. We went up to Lake Louise and I literally cried. The water and the mountains were stunning. Below are a couple of pictures from our trip. Neither one of these have a filter on them… In that moment, my heart felt full, my soul felt ignited and right then I knew this was the reason I was put on earth… to see these things. To have my soul lit on fire with the worlds beauty and grace. I did not know that I needed this so badly in my life until I experienced it. Right then I decided, I want to raise my daughter experiencing these things. I want her to know that there is so much more in this world than what we see every day. There are cultures and religions that we need to understand and see with our eyes and touch with our hands. I want her to experience that feeling of my being full, not by people or material things, but by the things on this earth that are of God in it’s purest form.
I have made a vow to myself to travel to a new place at least once a year. It’s not always an easy thing to do with life getting in the way, but I will make it happen. Life is too short to only be wishful and never take action. I have found that traveling is my happy place.