Reflection & Connection – 5 Questions for Mid-Year Word of the Year Review

WOY check in 2015The year is flying by and it is hard to believe we are half-way through 2015! This is a great time to take a pause and check-in with yourself and your Word of the Year. For those that don’t have a Word of the Year or haven’t done much with your Word of the Year – good news . . . you still have 6 months left!

Here are 5 questions to ask your-self for this mid-year reflection:

  1. How has my Word of the Year played a role in my life so far this year?
  2. What has changed?
  3. What have I discovered?
  4. Have I had any aha moments?
  5. How can my word be more present in my life for the last six months of this year?

 

My word for 2015 is Passion and so far I have found it to be really interesting. Here are my answers to my mid-year reflection questions.

How has my Word of the Year played a role in my life so far this year?

Having the word passion as my word of the year has helped me get clarity on how I want to spend my time. I am more intentional with where and how I spend my time . . . from small things like an article I might start reading to plans for the weekend. It is a feeling kind of thing.

What has changed?

I have said no in order to say yes to things that I feel passionate about.  I stop to check in with myself to see how I feel about things that I am doing, projects I am working on and where I am spending my time. If it doesn’t feel good or if I have outgrown it, I am letting it go and by doing this more I have opened up space to explore things that bring that feeling of passion to me.

What have I discovered?

When I am passionate about something others get excited about it too and people smile a lot when they see someone that has passion.  It is a cool exchange of energy. When I see someone full of passion it lights me up too!

Have I had any aha moments?

Being present is important to feel the passion within. If I zone out, my passion zone’s out too. Also, doing things when I feel inspired to do them is way more fun and that includes household chores. Sure, no one loves cleaning, but I have to say cleaning with passion can change the whole dynamic of household chores – it is way more fun and it gets done a lot faster.

How can I add my word to my life a little more over the next six months?

I want to brainstorm things that I feel passionate about and then try to schedule or do some of those things more often. I also want to recognize when I am feeling more passion in my day so that I can create more passion filled days.

 

That’s my mid-year Word of the Year reflection, feel free to share yours in the comments section or simply take a couple of minutes and answer the questions to yourself.

 

 

 

Word of the Year 2015 – Passion

“Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.” – Wayne Dyer

 

WOY passion 2015It took me a little more time than usual to discover my Word of the Year for 2015. Normally, I know by November what my word will be for the coming year. But, this year was a little different. While I had a good sense of what it might be, it wasn’t until I completed some of the exercises in my Word of the Year Workbook did it become clear as to the perfect word to guide me through 2015.

My Word of the Year 2015 is Passion.

Passion for me is about love and feeling alive. It is about getting clarity and taking action on things that feel passionate. It is a feeling word.

Passion for me is a deep rooted feeling. There is enthusiasm, inspiration and excitement. It is an active word – not passive. Passion is contagious. When you talk with someone that is passionate you can’t help but feel it yourself.

I want to bring more passion in everything I do.

I want there to be passion about the things I am cooking, the programs I am offering, the activities I do with family and friends. Passion is about getting curious and feeling connected on a deep soul level.

Love is passion – doing more things with love at the core.

For me, passion is a deep purple color. It is big and bold and stands out. Passion is strong and has a wild and a soft side. It’s strength is part of it’s beauty.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

The Urban Dictionary describes passion this way, “Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.” I like that!

Some inspired actions for my year with passion:

  • Do more with the causes that I feel passionate about.
  • Connect with the passion within more often – how can I express it more?
  • Write when I feel inspired and passionate about a topic.
  • Share offerings that I feel enthusiasm and excitement about and I have a deep feeling of passion and love around the offering.
  • Do more visioning as this always lets my passion shine through.
  • Take action to get clarity on what fuels the passion inside of me.
  • Let myself feel alive and vibrant more often.
  • I am passionate about inspiring, motivating and supporting others and I want to make sure the topics I share are also fueling my passion.
  • Check in with myself and be sure I am doing things and spending my time where I feel passionate.

I can’t wait to see how this coming year evolves with passion as my guiding compass. Bring on the PASSION!

Word of the Year 2014 Reflection – FLOW

flowwoy2014circleAt the end of the year, I like to reflect on how my Word of the Year for that particular year impacted me. Usually, I have a long list of things that I did or ways in which my word influenced my life and it is normally a pretty easy thing for me to share. However, this year, with my word being flow, I found it to be a little more challenging.

I was surprised in the way that flow became a part of my life. I originally felt like it was going to be a state of being . . . going with the flow so to speak. What it did instead was show me where I was not in flow. It was as if there were neon lights flashing when something was not in flow in my life. It became abundantly clear when I was not aligned with what and how I wanted to feel. This brought on tough decisions to let some things go and it was hard at times . . . really hard. I would often go over and over in my mind if moving on or changing things up or letting something go was the right decision. But, inevitably as soon as I would move forward I had this huge sense of relief and that confirmed I was more in flow now.

Over the course of the year, I became more connected to the feeling part of life. What was feeling good and what wasn’t? Where was it time to make a change? Flow helped me realize when I was doing something or making a decision based on what I thought I “should” do instead of what felt good and what I truly wanted for my life. I needed to say no to things I never thought I would say no to and I needed to say yes to some things I never even thought about before.

While having the word flow be a part of my life didn’t go as I planned, it has brought an immense amount of peace as I have let go in order to flow. I have surrendered to flow and I am connecting more and more to living an intentional life based on how I want to feel.

Flow led me to Danielle LaPorte’s book “The Desire Map”. I have been a fan of Danielle’s work for several years and finally took the time to read and complete “The Desire Map” which I highly recommend. The first part of the book gives you the foundation of Desire Mapping and the second part of the book is like a workbook for you to complete your desire map. For me, it deepened my awareness to what my core desired feelings are and how I can flow in life by making decisions and taking action based on how I want to feel and what is important to me. Creating a life that flows has become a priority for me. Just like all my other Words of the Year, flow has become a part of who I am.

The words “going with the flow” sound so laid back to me and while I didn’t feel so “laid back” throughout this past year, I can say as I close out 2014 I do feel more calm and peaceful as I continue to surrender to the flow of my life.

Thank you FLOW for showing me where I was stuck and what was no longer serving my highest good. Thank you for showing me that I can live more intentionally each and every day and take action based on how I want to feel . . . going with the flow and changing directions when things aren’t flowing. :)

Word of the Year 2014 Reflection – FLOW

flowwoy2014circleAt the end of the year, I like to reflect on how my Word of the Year for that particular year impacted me. Usually, I have a long list of things that I did or ways in which my word influenced my life and it is normally a pretty easy thing for me to share. However, this year, with my word being flow, I found it to be a little more challenging.

I was surprised in the way that flow became a part of my life. I originally felt like it was going to be a state of being . . . going with the flow so to speak. What it did instead was show me where I was not in flow. It was as if there were neon lights flashing when something was not in flow in my life. It became abundantly clear when I was not aligned with what and how I wanted to feel. This brought on tough decisions to let some things go and it was hard at times . . . really hard. I would often go over and over in my mind if moving on or changing things up or letting something go was the right decision. But, inevitably as soon as I would move forward I had this huge sense of relief and that confirmed I was more in flow now.

Over the course of the year, I became more connected to the feeling part of life. What was feeling good and what wasn’t? Where was it time to make a change? Flow helped me realize when I was doing something or making a decision based on what I thought I “should” do instead of what felt good and what I truly wanted for my life. I needed to say no to things I never thought I would say no to and I needed to say yes to some things I never even thought about before.

While having the word flow be a part of my life didn’t go as I planned, it has brought an immense amount of peace as I have let go in order to flow. I have surrendered to flow and I am connecting more and more to living an intentional life based on how I want to feel.

Flow led me to Danielle LaPorte’s book “The Desire Map”. I have been a fan of Danielle’s work for several years and finally took the time to read and complete “The Desire Map” which I highly recommend. The first part of the book gives you the foundation of Desire Mapping and the second part of the book is like a workbook for you to complete your desire map. For me, it deepened my awareness to what my core desired feelings are and how I can flow in life by making decisions and taking action based on how I want to feel and what is important to me. Creating a life that flows has become a priority for me. Just like all my other Words of the Year, flow has become a part of who I am.

The words “going with the flow” sound so laid back to me and while I didn’t feel so “laid back” throughout this past year, I can say as I close out 2014 I do feel more calm and peaceful as I continue to surrender to the flow of my life.

Thank you FLOW for showing me where I was stuck and what was no longer serving my highest good. Thank you for showing me that I can live more intentionally each and every day and take action based on how I want to feel . . . going with the flow and changing directions when things aren’t flowing. :)

Going with the FLOW

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free.” — Chuang-Tzu

flowwoy2014We are more than half way through the year and I wanted to take a minute to reflect on my “Word of the Year” and encourage those of you that also created a word of the year to check in with yourself with regards to your word.

This year for me has been about the feeling of “flow” and how to be in the flow whereas, year’s past was more about doing. I had expectations of what this word was going to mean in my life and I am finding that it has had some surprises for me and many lessons learned.

IMG_6651It turns out there is scientific research about FLOW. I came across a pretty informative article, “Going with the Flow” written by Megan Michelson, that shared some great insights about flow. The founding father of flow research, Mihaly “Mike” Csikszentmihalyi, described flow as a mental state where you become so intensely involved in a specific activity that nothing appears to matter. He found that flow is a critical step in living a happy life. Daniel Tomasulo, professor of applied positive psychology, says that “In flow, the activity feels effortless. You’re totally engaged from the inside out.” I was actually pretty amazed after reading the article that there has been research on flow in one’s life. Flow is about things feeling effortless and that can in turn bring about great joy and happiness. Who knew?

Sometimes we get stuck and have to evaluate what is not working in our life so that we can flow more easily. I thought I would be happily flowing along this year and didn’t think about in order to do that, some things may need to shift or change so I can feel aligned and flowing. One thing I have started doing more frequently is pausing and checking in with how I am feeling and taking a moment to acknowledge when something isn’t really working for me which means I may not be “in flow”.

Letting go of what is keeping me from flowing. Once I realized something wasn’t working for me, I have tried to do my best to let it go. Letting go is not always easy. In fact, it can be very difficult, especially if you are letting go of something you thought was so important at one point. However, once I accepted that there are going to be things I need to “let go” of in order to align and flow with more ease, then the “letting go” became a huge relief.

More space for flowing. After letting go of different things in my life, it opened space for other things to come into my life . . . people, events, activities, etc. . . . I am now being even more intentional to do things that make me feel happy and more in my flow.

photo (52)Trying a new sport that keeps me flowing as in flowing on the water . . . Stand up Paddle Boarding? This has become my new summer sport. I love it and so does my family. We have done it many times this summer and I have found it to be relaxing and fun and it literally has me flowing in water.

When things get challenging it doesn’t always mean it isn’t flowing. Sometimes you just need to slightly adjust the way you are looking at it or going about it. I found that when I do that, it can flow a little easier and I feel better.

Pay attention to the signs. I have been reminded of my word of the year, flow, so many times throughout my days. I have seen it on cars, titles of magazine articles and events, or on a sign on the side of the street; I hear it on the radio or the television. Every time I hear or see the word flow, I am reminded that it is my guiding compass this year. photo (46)

Sometimes focusing on my breathing allows me to flow . Taking a deep breath in and out and focusing on my breath gives me that feeling of calm to help me be or stay in flow.

flowaterBeing in flow for me includes nature. Interesting since nature was my word of the year for 2013. I can focus on the present moment the easiest when I am nature. I could be sitting outside, hiking, taking a walk, working in the yard or standing under a waterfall and I feel totally in flow.

Those are my thoughts on my Word of the Year so far . . . I look forward to the insights I have with the last several months of 2014 coming upon us and how FLOW plays a role in my life. Please consider sharing your insights and lessons learned with your Word of the Year. You can post it the comments or send me an e-mail at carrie.saba@yahoo.com. I always enjoy hearing how your Word of the Year affects your life.

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Change Up New Year’s Resolutions with a Word

Happy New Year!!

champagne-chin-chin-8120542-mBegin a new story you love in 2014! Find deliciousness in your days. Be open to inspired moments. Say yes to you! Say yes to being gentler to yourself this year. Say yes to loving you! Let yourself savor the moments that make you smile and feel good all over.That is my wish to you as we begin this new year!

Typically, a new year begins by thinking about what we want in the coming year. What goals do we want to accomplish and what resolutions are we going to make to ourselves. They often come along with questions to ourselves like, “Will they stick this year? Will I accomplish what I want to accomplish?”

It is not uncommon for most people to make New Year’s Resolutions and then forget about them mid-year. There have been studies done on the success rate of accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions and most that I have read aren’t promising. I used to love making New Year’s Resolutions. They felt special. They were personal and always felt really close to my heart. But, to no avail I would forget them by June if I was lucky, most of the time it was in March. I always felt disappointed in myself when it was that time of year again to create New Year’s Resolutions knowing that the past year’s I couldn’t even remember . . . meaning I failed myself in some small way. With failure we learn though. We learn what works and what doesn’t work and I finally realized that creating a list of New Year’s Resolutions didn’t work for me.

Several years ago, I decided to change things up and I created New Year’s affirmations or quotes. Those worked better than the list of resolutions, but I needed something more. I then moved to creating a word, just one word to guide me through the year. This is when my New Year’s Resolutions shifted in a big way and became my “Word of the Year”. I started choosing a one word focus at the start of the new year and decided to let it weave into my life and guide me throughout the year.

Creating a Word of the Year has been life-changing for me. I let a word discover me and I use that word as my guiding compass throughout the year. You can read about some of my past Word of the Year experiences over on my blog. Not only has this practice been life-changing for me, it has had the same effect for many others that have joined me over the years with their own Word of the Year experience. Each year when I choose a new word, I know that my previous Words of the Year are still with me. They become part of who I am. Would I have had some of the experiences I have had over the last few years had I not had my Word of the Year guiding me? Maybe . . . but, part of me deep down knows that there are some things that happened simply because I chose a one word guide as my compass and it influenced and inspired me in ways that I can’t even put into words. It’s personal. It’s fun. It’s easy to do and it can be life-changing for you.

For 2014, my Word of the Year is FLOW. As in ease. Let it flow. Let life flow. Go with the flow. Like a river. This year’s word, I have no doubt, was influenced by my rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, which was a part of 2013’s word nature. Flow is more of a state of being. A feeling I want to feel in life. Flow is soft and strong. Flow is feeling relaxed and letting things align. It feels natural. This is how I would define flow for me in this coming year. Yes, I know you may define it differently, as my family did when we shared with each other our words. Their definition of flow was very different than my definition and their description was quite funny. A few of their ideas of what flow meant was from when guys grow their hair out they call it flow, to “that time of month” for girls. I laughed when they shared that with me, but the good news is. . . it is my Word of the Year, so I can define it the way I want to define it.

I encourage you to try having one word be your guide throughout the year. Let yourself be open to a word that is making you pause. Let yourself choose a word and let it be your guiding compass. If you need help discovering your word, I have a Word of the Year Companion Guide that includes a guided visualization video to help you discover the word your heart desires. If you already have your word, the companion guide has several exercises and prompts to help you get clarity on what your word means to you and how you can weave it into your life.

Let this year be a year with lots of deliciousness in your days, savoring moments of joy and keeping your one word guiding compass close to your heart.

Happy New Year!!

2013 Word of the Year reflection – Nature

nature Collage_cleanedAs I begin to think about my word for 2014 and get clarity on what my upcoming Word of the Year will be, I have been reflecting on my word for this year . . . for 2013. My word was nature and I wanted to take some time to acknowledge all that the word nature brought to my life.

While this is my third year having a one word focus for the year, each time it brings with it it’s own uniqueness. As I think about this past year and how nature has been a part of it, I am truly amazed!

  • I am amazed at how I have changed and evolved to who I am today, in this moment.
  • I am amazed at how I feel more aligned on how I want to spend my free time with nature being a big part of it.
  • I am amazed that I neglected this part of me and I am amazed at how much nature is a part of me.
  • I am amazed that I went camping and enjoyed it.
  • I am amazed I went rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, which was by far one of my top, top vacations ever.
  • I am amazed I slept outside under the stars.
  • I am amazed I spent a lot more time outside overall – a lot more.
  • I am amazed that I have brought nature into our home and I am decorating my home with things from nature. I am using tree stumps, plants, twigs, feathers, wood from an old barn, rocks (I have always had rocks inside), sand in jars with candles, tiny rocks in jars with candles, twine, burlap . . .things that remind me of nature. I am transforming the feel and look of our house one room at a time and it feels so good! I am bringing some of nature inside in a more intentional way.
  • I am amazed at all the Instagram photos out there of nature . . . they are so beautiful. I get a daily dose of nature pictures from around the world from the people I am following on Instagram. I am also posting on Instagram – a lot of nature pictures, but not all nature pictures. You can follow me @CarrieSaba.
  • I am amazed at how many more hikes I was able to get in this year in winter, summer, spring and fall.
  • I am amazed at how the word nature has helped me connect to my natural style with regards to clothes I want to wear and jewelry I want to adorn myself with.
  • I am amazed at how much my soul craved being outside.
  • I am amazed at the urgency I had to move my desk so I could see the trees and the outdoors better and it feels so good.
  • I am amazed at just how much the word nature has impacted me.

While each word I have chosen over the last three years has helped me become who I am today . . . this word, nature, has gone a little deeper in my heart. There is a true soul connection to nature that I can not deny. I must continue to allow myself to be in nature, to connect with the trees, rocks, seashells, mountains and oceans more. When I do, it brings a sense of peace and calm to my overall being and I am happy all the way to my toes.

I am grateful for my Word of the Year nature. It has taught me a lot about myself and I am looking forward to continuing to honor that part of myself that needs a dose of the outdoors. I am looking forward to my 2014 word of the year and sharing that with you soon.

Please feel free to share your reflections of your Word of the Year 2013 in the comments section below or take a few minutes to reflect on it privately. It is a powerful exercise to do for yourself and feels like a gift you give yourself.

Capture the Beauty this Fall.

 

happy fall collage_cleanedFor some reason this year the colors of fall are making me pause more than usual.

Is it that the colors are brighter this year or is it that I am taking in the moment and appreciating the beauty of the fall trees?

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I think it’s that I am taking time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. It feels different this year. I can’t get enough of the yellow, oranges, reds and browns all around me. Funny thing, they have always been there, but this year I am seeing them differently and appreciating them.

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My Word of the Year 2013 is Nature and having this word be a guiding compass this year has helped me take that pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me outside.

Pause and soak up the beauty of fall and take some pictures of the beauty that surrounds you this time of year.

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Capture the beauty this fall.

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Your Word of the Year Check-In

woy nature 2We are fast approaching the last quarter of 2013 and I want to share how things are going with my Word of the Year and encourage you to check in with yourself on your Word of the Year. If you haven’t picked a word to be your guiding compass this year, you still have 4 months left and believe me your word can impact you in a very positive way in 4 months.

This year I chose the word nature. While I wasn’t really sure how that would impact my life when I chose it, I can tell you now that it has been a blessing in every way possible.

Over the last eight months my guiding word, nature, has shown up in both expected and unexpected ways. Today, I felt the urge to look up nature in the dictionary and read the traditional meaning again. When I did, I recognized how nature has been playing a unique role in my life that I had not realized until reading the definition again.

The parts of the traditional definition that stood out to me were, “nature — a world of living things and the outdoors; fundamental characteristics of a person; natural or real aspects of a person, place or thing.” They stood out to me because I could really sense how deep this word has affected my life and who I am today.

Here are a few expected and unexpected ways my guiding word, nature, has shown up in my life thus far this year:

  • My soul craves the outdoors now.
  • I have sat outside at night with twinkling lights and soaked up the joy they bring me.
  • I have sat on my front porch more this year and even lit candles while I was sitting there.
  • I have enjoyed gardening and taking care of our plants and trees and it didn’t feel like something I had to do to check off my list. It actually felt good to my soul.
  • I have taken more walks outside than I have in a very long time and often with friends. It has been a great way to catch up, be outdoors and get some exercise.
  • I took a rafting trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and it has changed my life. The river and the canyon will forever be a part of me. It was a magical trip.
  • I went 4-wheeling which I have not done in years.
  • I went horseback riding at a dude ranch and loved it.
  • I slept outside under the stars and saw The Milky Way.
  • I have done a little mountain biking which is something I have not done in about 14 years. It was a blast.
  • I joined a Magical Mastermind with the wonderful Hannah Marcotti as our guide and have been peeling more layers of myself, learning more about me, and being more vulnerable and it feels amazing.
  • I have explored on a high ropes course and did many of the activities that from the bottom don’t look like such a big deal but when you are up high and looking at the tops of trees you suddenly realize it is a big deal . . . challenging and fun.
  • I am connecting with my soul style in a fashion sense and wearing clothes that feel more natural on me. I have struggled with what my style is for so long as fashion is not my area of expertise but I am getting clearer on it. There is a distinct difference in how I feel when I wear something my spirit loves — that is when I know I am wearing my soul style.
  • I have hiked in parks close by home as it is an easy and quick way to connect with nature.
  • I am being gentler with myself and it is giving me the space to just be when I need that.
  • I feel like I know myself even more this year than any other year in my life. It feels good.
  • My Instagram (@CarrieSaba) is filled with people I am following that take pictures of nature and the pictures are beautiful — I just smile as I look at the beauty in the pictures.
  • I am owning the fact that I am more an outdoor person than an indoor person and I am really adding more of that to my life this year.

When we connect with a word as our guiding compass, life can really be impacted in a positive and beautiful way. How is your word of the year going for you and if you haven’t chosen one, you still have 4 months left this year so why not give it a try?

Share below any how your word, your guiding compass has impacted you so far this year?

Going Off the Beaten Path Brings Unexpected Joy

grand canyon 2 077Have you ever had a vacation that changed you from the inside in a way that is almost indescribable? In July, I went on a 4 day/3 nights rafting trip in the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River and it has shifted something within me on a very deep level.

First, let me share with you that I am not one to go camping. While I love being outdoors, and nature is my Word of the Year for 2013, I usually opt for a cozy bed at the end of the day. Since there are no hotels at the bottom of the canyon, you camp. Not only did I not have any camping experience, I had only been white rafting once in my life and that was when I was 17! With all that said this adventure . . . this trip, totally out of my comfort zone, has changed my life and will forever be in my heart.

Going off the beaten path on a trip of a lifetime has stretched me and impacted me in ways that I truly treasure. It has been challenging for me to figure out how I wanted to share this experience because I literally get choked up when I sit and think about how amazing it was. For an experience to bring forth such emotion where tears of joy could roll down my cheeks at any moment, I know it has touched me on a soul level. So . . . while I am still not sure I have the words to express it fully, I thought I would give it a try and include pictures (Part 2), because pictures are worth a thousand words right? And it might inspire you to do something out of your comfort zone that just might bring you an unexpected joy to your life.

A few things I learned and discovered while on this adventure of a trip:

  • Simple things bring a lot of joy. We really don’t need a lot to be happy.
  • The vastness of the canyon walls and the many colors are breathtaking.
  • Pictures do not do it justice.
  • Sleeping outside under the stars on a cot (not in a tent) is a must at least once in your life and if you are lucky, you just might see the Milky Way and a shooting star like I did and it was oh-so-awesome!
  • The thrill of being in a raft in a rapid is so fun, with experienced guides of course.
  • Seeing rock formations that are 1.6 — 2.2 BILLION years old blows my mind.
  • Jumping off a cliff that is about 25 feet high into the cold Colorado water is exhilarating and can bring forth the deepest scream I have ever had.
  • Discovering a stream where someone has built a dam and created an instant hot tub with water at least 10 degrees warmer than the river water is like winning the lottery in the wilderness.
  • Learning the ways of the river when it comes to going to the bathroom and bathing is weird at first and then becomes a “what the heck and who care’s” feeling . . . it’s just the way it is done on the river.
  • Camping cots are the way to go . . . at least for me.
  • Exploring and climbing rocks up into a cave to discover a beautiful waterfall is refreshing on so many levels.
  • Riding in a helicopter over and through the Grand Canyon down to the water looks like fake scenery — the wow factor is way up there on this one.
  • The canyon’s unique and wondrous sites bring forth a quietness that is so peaceful you can’t help but smile from the inside out.
  • Experiencing the Grand Canyon from the water is so different from seeing it from above. It is like getting to know the canyon on a more personal level and then it is with you forever.
  • Western River Expeditions is a top notch, A++ company with guides that feel like friends and can cook gourmet style along the river while keeping everyone safe. Highly recommend!!
  • I have an immense amount of gratitude for my friend, Jamie Eslinger, who blogged about her Grand Canyon rafting trip because that is how this all started for me. Hearing about her trip, sharing it with my dad and then booking our trip that included my husband, my dad, my uncle and my sister and brother. Thank you Jamie!

When we do something different, when we step out of the box, when we go off the beaten path we can stretch our mind, body and soul in ways we never knew possible. Audrey Hepburn once said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible.” Let possibility be a part of your life. Just because you never have, doesn’t mean you couldn’t try.

Trying something new can bring forth an immense about of joy, peace and relaxation. I encourage you to let yourself dream, vision and try something different because it just might change your life and bring you some unexpected joy!

Check out Part 2 of Going off the Beaten Path – Photos worth a thousand words.