Some of you know that I also have a blog called No More Hamster Wheel. I originally started sharing some travel posts in there but after listening to my readers I decided to start a separate blog for just the travel part and The Traveling Swede became my way of documenting some of my travel and adventures.
At times I wish I had everything on one blog, especially when I write a post that I want to share with all my readers and supporters, not just the ones over at No More Hamster Wheel. Today I posted a post “over there” that I wrote with both blogs in mind. I don’t know of a way to write one post that automatically posts to two blogs so I’m copying and pasting that post into this post.
I’m so incredibly blessed and grateful for you staying with me here despite my random postings. 2014 has been a year of less travel than originally planned due to a crazy but fun year pursuing some non-travel related dreams of mine. I’m looking forward to 2015 being more of a balanced year of travel and work. Luckily some of you have travel blogs yourself and I’ve been vicariously traveling with you on your journey throughout the world.
As I’m sitting here reflecting on where I was last Thanksgiving week I’m in awe of what has happened in a year. My blogs have grown and taken shape, I published a book, I started sharing my photography, I started coaching and I’ve made incredible friendships among a long list of other things.
But first and foremost – none of this would be possible without you! I am so incredibly thankful and blessed for the amazing support and encouragement you show me by reading, commenting and sharing my words. Anyone that has ever started a blog knows the time and effort that goes into it. My goal every time I hit that publish button is that my words help someone, encourage someone, inspire someone.
A year ago, as I was out on a road trip to Death Valley National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park I had the chance to reflect on life as a good friend of mine had her life changed by losing her husband to the evil thing called cancer.
I always try to remember that life can be short and that we should live now instead of waiting for ‘some day.’ It’s not always easy. Life gets busy, we forget to seize the day, we worry about things, things that if we were to be given a certain amount of days to live we wouldn’t worry about.
It’s a balancing act for sure. One that I know you struggle with too. Live as if you were to die tomorrow but plan as if you were to live until you’re 99.
Coming back from my trip I wrote a post “Live your life with a sense of urgency.” (I had to resist the urge to go in and edit the chunks of text…but if we keep trying to edit our past then how are we going to reflect back to see how far we’ve come?)
The post is a good reminder to not let life slip through your fingers too fast. Today, no matter where you are, reach out to one person and tell them how much you appreciate her or him. It can be a family member, it can be the cashier at the grocery store. You never know how much the words Thank You can mean to that person.
Thank You for reading my blog, supporting my dream and being a part of my life. I’m truly blessed.