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The Importance of Stopping

Thanksgiving always puts me in a reflective mood, and we have so much to be thankful for this year!


Here are a few of the highlights:

  • We traveled with our dogs for six months.
  • We’ve had a blast writing this blog, and through it have met people we now count as cherished friends.
  • We spent more time with our families this year than in the past 3 combined.
  • We are selling our home and anxiously anticipating traveling full-time in 2011!
  • We’ve changed – learned and grown as individuals – and our marriage and relationships with Buster and Ty have benefited.

So much of our joy revolves around traveling that it might surprise you to find out that what I’m most thankful for this year: Stopping.

Being on the road is exciting – you have the constant stimulation of new places, new people, and new experiences. The fact is, those things are so alluring that it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind.

Stopping gives you time to:

Reflect on where you’ve been – The old adage, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” really applies here. Looking at the pictures of our road trip is enjoyable, but appreciating how far we’ve come this year is the real gem. Life is very different from last year at this time, and I’m thankful for the experiences we’ve collected.

Decide where you want to go next – When you look at where you’ve come from, you can project where your current path will take you – and you can get off that bus if you choose! Coming home from our road trip was really hard – hard enough for us to find a way to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.

So, our Thanksgiving wish for you is to STOP, celebrate where you’ve been this year, and decide where life will take you next year. Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you next week.

If the holiday means you’ll be driving to visit relatives, keep our tips for Happy Holiday Pet Travel in mind.

And remember – tomorrow is the last day to enter our Holiday Blog Hop for Pet giveaway!

  • Melspetpals says:

    I wish I had seen this post sooner. What great advice. When I consider where I was a year ago I am amazed. Thanks for reminding me to acknowledge all I have done.

  • What an exciting year! We are also selling our house and will be traveling with our dog in 2011. Can't wait to follow your travels!

  • K9 Coach says:

    Awesome post! Thanks sooo much for the many posts and sharing your travels through this last year.

    I'm looking forward to writing more on my quest to get rid of the “stuff” and have more of the fun and wags that are available to us all if we can see all the media/must have hype.

    You've both been a great inspiration.

  • Kim Clune says:

    Stopping IS when all that great stuff happens. I'm so glad we were able to stop together for a bit in Saratoga. Look at all the amazing stuff that's stemmed from that! Many cheers and much thankfulness for having you guys enter my world. It's been a terrific “ride” so far.

    • Yes, Kim, what a very fortuitous stop Saratoga Springs was! Thank you – we wish you, Tim and the furry and feathered members of your family a super-fantastic holiday as well. It has been a great ride – and I'm looking forward to seeing where we end up! :-D

  • Michele says:

    I've spent a lot of time on the road too–as a travel writer. I also enjoy slowing down, unplugging, and stopping. Being home is a joy too. Have a happy and healthy holiday.

  • EdieJ says:

    What a lovely — and important — message! It's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that it's difficult to remember we have choices, which include taking time to reflect on where we've been, metaphorically as well as literally.

    I've watched as this blog and your business have blossomed and am proud to include myself among the friends that you two have made.

    • Thank you so much, Edie. These past 18 months have been pretty incredible. The biggest surprise to me has been the relationships we've made. Some friends we've met in person (like yourself), others we've only connected with electronically, but the bonds are just as strong as people I've known for years! It's one of the best things that has come from starting GoPetFriendly.

  • Sarah says:

    You guys have had quite an exciting year! I hope you and the crew have a great Thanksgiving.

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