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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!

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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!

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