Appreciate the Journey

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been so distant from my blog lately…. Although I feel hesitant to apologize because 1. I’m enjoying life and 2. I want to write quality, meaningful material and haven’t had the time to put much effort into it. I can’t wait to share all my adventures and reflections with you all soon! I’ve been road tripping back to Florida and made it all the way down to the Keys, which is where I am currently. It’s raining, so I’m spending some much needed time giving my poor neglected blog some lovin’.

If you know me, you’ve probably heard me say once or twice how much I hate Florida. “I can’t wait to get out of here after graduation,” or “I’m definitely not raising my family in Florida,” have been topics of conversation with anyone who asks what I plan to do in December when I graduate. How closed minded is that?! Also, if I end up getting the job of a lifetime in Florida, would I really pass it up simply because it’s in Florida?

Simply put, no. Never. I’ll go wherever my best opportunity lies. While I would love to move out of Orlando, I shouldn’t discriminate against all of Florida. After all, check out our view from dinner last night.


Also, has anyone ever frowned on the back of a jet ski? I think not.


Florida, I love you. I’m sorry I was ever so mean to you 🙂

Moral of the story: Appreciate the journey, not just the destination.

In my case, I’ve been so concerned about “leaving Florida” after I graduate instead of appreciating the beauty that surrounds me. Sure, Orlando isn’t the most glamorous place in the world… to me. But that’s because I probably take it for granted. Many people think that people who live in Orlando go to Disney every day and wake up with Minnie Mouse coffee mugs and Donald Duck slippers… No. Most of us never go to Disney. We would be broke if we did. However, I want to cherish the time I have left here and all that Florida has to offer, positive and negative: the beautiful sunsets, the heat and humidity, the annoying tourists, sunshine, tan skin, the beach. I plan to make the most of my time here in case I do move out of Florida. Have you ever seen the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carey? That will be me. You all will hold me accountable, right? 😉

In health and fitness, we’re often so focused on the end goal that we lose sight of our smaller accomplishments. Do your pants fit a little better than they did last week? Celebrate! Did you resist eating that cheesecake because you knew it would bring you closer your goals? Celebrate! Did you lose 1 lb. out of the 30 you want to lose? Celebrate! No accomplishment is too small. I’ve gotten discouraged because I’m so focused on the bigger picture. Where does it all end? When is enough, enough? When will I be satisfied? It can be RIGHT NOW, but only if you let it. Strive for your goals, but don’t forget to celebrate the journey and all the accomplishments that come along with it!

See you again soon with some great travel recaps and a huuuuge summer reflection post!


7 thoughts on “Appreciate the Journey

  1. HAHA ok. “Has anyone ever frowned on the back of a jet ski?” My husband and I joke about this ALL THE TIME. Literally everytime we see someone on one we say “I bet they’re smiling right now!” It’s really impossible to not smile whilst frolicking across the water on the back of a seado!

  2. I lived in Tallahassee for one year before transferring from FSU to Virginia Tech. I have never experienced humidity like that!! OMG!! But the Keys are a whole other story. Gorgeous!! Key West is on my travel list. Glad you’re having a great time on your trip and enjoying the journey!

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