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Monday, June 24, 2019

What Taking a Travel Break Has Taught Me

What a journey life has taken me since I've last posted on here!

Life, as it always does, dealt me with some of the highest and lowest of times, in the span of a few months, but one thing I always am is grateful. Grateful for everything I go through, because I know for a fact, it is for a reason.

As many of you have asked about, and seen, I've taken a substantial break from hitting the friendly skies. For me, a break is anything longer than two months (how blessed I am to be able to say that). Even though it's been a while, being still and not exploring the world has taught me a ton about myself.

1.) Local Journeys Count
During my time not being airborne, I was able to take a few trips, not too far from NYC. Prior this, I was always in the frame of mind that I had to get the passport stamped to feel like it was a true trip, but not anymore! 


Hitting the streets of Philly (a 90 min. drive from NYC)


Hiking the trails of Breakneck Ridge, in upstate NY
Not only is it better on my pockets to travel local, but I'm still able to immerse myself in what that city has to offer.

2.) The Real "Followers" Remain
There was a point and time that I was not posting any photos to my feed, let alone stories. I was living my life and Instagram, was honestly the furthest thing from my mind.

I think it's a good practice to step back and take social media detoxes, as you deem fit, because sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming and/or time consuming.

But the thing I noticed while I was gone, is that so many of y'all showed so much love. I had a crazy amount of DMs of people simply checking in. Simply to see how I was doing, asking if everything was OK, or inquiring about the next trip/blog post. You all had no idea how comforting it was to have that type of outreach. 


Such a nice message to wakeup to, in the midst of my hiatus
It's one thing to have people hit you up and show love everytime you post something or upload to your stories, but it's a whole nutha thang for you to get hit up when you're not posting a damn thang! Let that marinate...

3.) I Love Traveling
Now this one could quite possibly go without saying. You may be thinking, "Duh Jo, we know you love traveling, it's obvious." Yeah, that might be obvious, but as with most things that you love, you recognize its importance in your life when it's not there.

These past 9 months of not taking an epic journey has really solidified the presence that travel has in my life. If I don't know anything else, what I know for sure is that a definite void has been placed within me from not being abroad. 

This is a void, I now realize I absolutely cannot go without for a long period.

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During this time I went the G-R-I-N-D. 

I became a whole professor and got a major upgrade in my status as a teacher to a K-5 math coach for my school. Professional growth is just as important to me as my personal one. Those goals couldn't be accomplished without me dedicating myself to my craft and spending time to hone my skills.

Again, know that the universe put me in this season for a reason, but what I also know is that with every season, lessons are taught and growth happens.


So with that being said, the journey shall be continuing and solo travel is back on the horizon in T-MINUS 5 DAYS :)


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