Do you have a particular way you pack your suitcase?
Do you pre-plan what you’re going to take weeks in advance or, PW, do you fly by the seat of pants?
Me? I’m a plan-ahead packer. I check the weather for my upcoming destination (usually ten days in advance), gather my 2-oz bottles and mentally begin deciding which outfits I want to take. I’m sure it drives my husband crazy. After all, he does travel on a weekly basis, and half of his stuff is already in a bag.
While it may be easy for our pilots to pick up and leave at a moment’s notice, we PW’s many of us may not be so adventurous. But this year I want to flip the switch. I want to say, “Where are going and what do I need to pack?” when my husband invites me with him on a trip. It won’t be easy to do this, but I think it will grow me and our marriage as well.
My packing list for 2019
For the New Year, my goal is to pack items that will get me out of my comfort zone. When 2019 comes to a close, I hope that I will have grown and matured into an accomplished traveler God intended me to be. And I learned to pack without overthinking my choices.
I’m choosing this new way of traveling because last year was a challenging, yet encouraging year for me. I finally found my writing voice. (I still need that extra voice of from editor, but I’ve found my own to share with others.)
Whether we realize it or not, all of us are approaching a new year with new arrivals in our lives.
That means we might need to pack a little differently going forward. For me, I’m going to make sure I have the following with me whenever I had out on a journey.
1.The idea that I don’t have to conquer “everything” at once. Jeff and I have entered the Empty Nest season of life… Do I have to have it all figure out immediately? No! I had one PW tell me to relish in the spontaneity, have no agenda and think of ourselves as newlyweds. It’s a process, and it takes time to adjust.
2. To not immediately say no to new opportunities just because I don’t know the outcome. I want to be flexible and dare to try something different. When Jeff says we’re going someplace warm, I’m going to have my swimsuit ready, even though I don’t feel pretty enough.
3. To not overthink past failures and regrets. In the past, I often compared myself to other women and believed that I wasn’t a good mom. Many times I wouldn’t speak up as a wife and admit to needing help or wanting my own joy. This year, I’m letting that go and promising myself to be more vocal of my needs rather than stuffing them in a bag.
4. To be true to me. If I had a one-word mantra for the new year, I immediately said, “My voice.” In 2018 I found my voice in so many different ways, and I want to continue strengthening in 2019.
5. To not get so wrapped up in the jacket of discouragement. Instead of wrapping myself in defeat, I want to wear the coat of encouragement that reminds me I’m doing what is best for my child. Yes, my son is at boarding school. Having him attend this school will be awesome for him in so many areas of his teenage life. I want the best for my son. I want him to excel and shine into what God has for him.
6. Find a sense of adventure and be willing to take risks. My girls told me over the holidays that I needed to revisit that girl. They encouraged me to take that trip to Paris, go out on date nights and be bold in voicing what I want. They both unanimously said, “Its time, Mom, its time!”
A new bag for 2019
So my fellow PW’s, when you pull out your suitcase to a new destination, pick out the things that will bring you boldness, the willingness to be flexible and spontaneous and adventurous. More importantly, the one outfit that makes you, you!
How will you pack for 2019? What goals do you hope to accomplish, or what word will guide as your travel through the year? Leave a comment; I’d love to hear what it is!
Happy New Year!
Take-off and Landings Always, Tiffany
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