Travelogue: Staycation 2017

Sometimes good things happen at just the right time.

We decided to take a gentle, restful step into 2017. We have lots of hope for a bright future, even with all that happened globally in 2016. We both grew and grew last year, so we chose, for the first time ever, to use Justin's days off to not go galavanting about on a mountain (though we will do that later), but rather to just spend a week at home. Together.

We took walks together almost every day, usually at the Stones River Battlefield, a system of historical woodland trails less than a mile from home. We watched movies, ate Christmas candy, and used every restaurant gift card we'd gotten from our friends and family over the holidays. We permitted ourselves to be useless.

And it was glorious.

This kind of reset is so important in my opinion. Burnout is real. So what better time to realign ourselves, rest up, and get ready for change and growth than at the new year? 

So here we are, at the start of this new season. The snow greeted us, blessing our rest and covering us in a blanket like a mother tucking in her child at bedtime. We took it as reassurance for our choice to rest up, take our time, and look around us. 

In one day Justin returns to work refreshed. In one week I'll return to school for another semester of learning stuff I had no clue existed. We've got plans to travel this year, plans to try new things, plans to grow. See you on the other side.

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