for Unconventional Women
for Unconventional Women
A new year a new…nah, no resolutions
When Hummingbird Charm kicked off, I was so excited to take on the Travel Blog because I adore traveling and am lucky enough to get to do it fairly regularly. I wrote my kick-off blog and then…nothing. Yep, nothing since. I have a ton of excuses: work, (ironically) travel, finishing two books, family, etc., but they are just excuses. And over time, I admit, I was feeling crummier and crummier about my lack of participation which is not only lame (because it’s something I can easily change), but also self-defeating. But here’s the thing about life, we can change it. Sometimes in big ways and sometimes in small ways and sometimes in just how we chose to look (or not look) at things.
I was recently talking with a friend who had traveled to be with me and my family for New Years. She’s the kind of friend who’s more like a sister than just a friend and we got to talking about New Year’s resolutions and intentions. I made one resolution this year and posted it on Hummingbird Charm Readers Haven (join us over there on the FB page if you want to check it out), but I hadn’t really thought about anchoring on intentions. In general, I dislike resolutions, but the idea of intentions really appeals to me. They are less hard and fast than resolutions and more about seeking and finding and exploring—as a travel lover, it’s not a surprise why this concept resonates so strongly.
So I started thinking about what my intentions might be this year and though I haven’t absolutely settled on any one or two things (don’t want to overdo it), I do know that what I don’t want to do is wallow in things that make me feel bad—like not contributing to the Hummingbird Collective in the way that I both committed to and on a topic that I truly love. To be blunt, it just doesn’t make sense that I don’t do this and while there will always be weeks or months when it’s harder, it is precisely in those times that I should be reaching out and engaging with a community I hold close and writing about a topic that brings me great joy.
So there is one vague intention for 2018—to leave space for, and seek, joy.
See, I didn’t even have to travel for this first travel blog of 2018. But I did have a friend travel to me. It just reminds me that when family and friends come to visit (from across the street or across the world), it can be just as much a gift (sometimes more so) than traveling myself.
Happy New Year and may 2018 bring you many adventures.
About the Author: Tamsen Schultz is an avid traveler and prefers to seek out the different or unusual even when visiting some of the more tourist-heavy spots (Capuchin Monastery in Rome, anyone?). Her contemporary novels are set on the other side of the country from where she lives (which may or may not be an excuse to travel) and she’s currently writing an historical mystery set in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, which adds a new dimension to her obsession by giving her a reason to travel in both space and time.
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