It’s been almost one week since I left on my latest adventure. Traveling around the Western US states in an old 90’s Chevy van. Destination, eventually, Montana for my hunting weekend. But I have six weeks to get there. So I’m meandering my way around, until the end of September. I don’t have a plan really. I just decide in the morning where I will go for the day. I’ve already cried numerous times, pulled over to take a nap in the van, hiked, been two more beaches than I can count, saw some friends, met some new ones, got lost, and found my way. Doing this solo is both exhilarating and scary. But overall, so far, I’m so so glad I’m doing it and so grateful to have the love and support of all you guys. More stories to come on Monday with my regular post, but for today…it’s ALL about GRATITUDE. Cuz you know why?? Gratitude is the bomb. And it’s Friday. TGIF…Try Gratitude, It’s Friday.

I’m grateful for:

My parents. And all their love and support and letting me borrow their van that I just named Miss Betsy Lee. Chris for letting me park in front of his house and for the smoothie. Mr. Blum for the nudges and the pushes out the door and the continuous support and nudges when I get scared. Lily…BFF 4 -eva. Natalie and Kerrie and Shannon and Rachel and Lisa and ALL my girls. Windy roads. Unknown hikes. Pulling over randomly on the side of the road because something looks interesting. Campgrounds that have available spots. Neighborhoods with flat parking. Fresh veggies. The perfect driving song. Not knowing what to do and then figuring it out. Going to bed early and waking up early. Writing. Coach.

Here are some pics of my week so far.

Day One. Driving Out To Jalama Beach Campground.

The Road To Jalama. Camp Spot.

Dinner and Camping At Doran Beach. Bodega Bay.

Finds at The Local Antique Store In Bodega.

Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment below with what you are grateful for today. Life doesn’t always go the way we want, but there IS always something to be grateful for. When nothing else works, when all else fails, try gratitude. (Actually…try it anyway. Even when things are good.)

Love, actually.

P.s. This trip reminds me of another trip I took last year. There’s a video involved. :)