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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
This is our first Christmas in the RV and the first Christmas without our 20 year old daughter Michelle. It was definitely untraditional, slightly emotional yet completely stress free. I remember the holidays as being jam packed with grocery & Christmas shopping, holiday parties at work and for each kid, presents for teachers. Homemade goodies for work, and usually long drives in the car across the states to visit family. We noticed that nobody would return the favor and visit us, but for the kids sake we wanted to keep the tradition, no matter how far away we were stationed.
By the time the holidays were over, we were so worn out but had to get prepared for work again. There was very little time to decompress and chill before diving back into swing of every day life.
This year is different. We don't have to return to work, Landon is homeschooled and we live in our house on wheels, allowing us to create our schedule as we see fit and changing our backyard along the way. We have less space to live in, but we use all the space wisely and feel comfortable with what we have. Any knick knacks or clutter is definitely a no go. With that easy new stipulation Christmas shopping gets much less complicated. We will scale down to only the items necessary instead of buying several random things just to fill the space. I have been paying more attention to the quality of a product and ask myself if it's really a want or a need item. Once a month I go through my drawers and cabinets just to reevaluate what items have not been used and donate them once a bag fills up. It is not that hard getting rid of things, it honestly feels uplifting knowing that I might help someone else who can make better use of it.
Tony knows that I am always working on my YouTube channel, that I need extra equipment for my GoPro, carrying cases for equipment and hiking gear. That narrows his range of presents for me down and I can improve on my hobbies. This Christmas Tony gave me some microphone buffers because he knew that I was embarrassed about the crackling sound of wind overshadowing some of my audio. Still new at editing, producing and narrating my videos , it can get pretty intimidating when the equipment isn't putting out top quality.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that I need to embrace imperfection in order to learn from it and produce one video better than the last.
One thing I learned is to stay passionate about your work and to continue growing in your field of "happiness ". A hobby does not have to turn into a business, in some cases it can make you seize up, not allowing the creativity to flow. It starts to feel like a chore rather than a hobby. If that happens just take a break and find some inspiration.
Well, traveling has always been a hobby of mine, ever since I was a little girl. Raised in Europe, my parents traveled every summer with me and my sister. One summer, we tent camped along the Adriatic sea in Italy. Some bad weather moved in overnight dumping a tremendous amount of rain. I remember the tent caving in under the pressure and the water rising in the tent. That night we had to run to the car and seek shelter. The next morning a beautiful sunrise woke us and my sister and I wanted to play on the beach. The sand was covered with beached jellyfish and I was in awe with these wobbly creatures, trying to examine them.
One trip over 30 plus years ago created a passion and everlasting memories.
Since then I continued traveling and always get excited to visit a new place. My grandmother used to say that I have the "Wanderlust" wearing my traveling boots with ants in my pants. It's true! I can't seem to stay put in one place for long. The world is too beautiful for me not to explore.
Find your passion and create those memories, it has more value than any material items.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! IMG_20181217_163557_785.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 11:02

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