Shortly into this year a coworker told me about a journal she had gotten for Christmas. It was the Dragontree Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner. I’ve been someone who kept a journal at various times of my life. I found doing so helpful and enjoyable. So I purchased one of these and started filling it out. This journal is unique. It begins by guiding you to answer questions about your core values, gifts and life purpose. It also guides you to identify your vision for the future. It has you look at different aspects of your life. It helps you look at ways to plan and achieve the goals that will enable you to achieve your vision. The rest of the book is a planner that brings you back to your vision as you move forward through the year. This is easily the best journal I’ve ever kept! Finding it was perfect timing for me. The theme I was able to identify for this year was, “the year I learned how to travel.” And as we all know, lessons are part of learning…..
I expect that I will have many lessons throughout this year. Some of those lessons will be easier than others. Some will be fun, and some will be not so fun. I’ve just returned from my second trip in the Casita. And for some reason, the theme of learning lessons kept popping into my mind on this trip. So, I thought I would make a list of some of the things I learned over the past four days.
- Don’t forget to bring a jacket! It was pretty chilly the first day of the trip and I wasn’t able to spend as much time outside as I wanted because I forgot to bring warmer clothes.
- Along the same line as number 1 – it’s harder to try to identify birds if you leave your bird book on the kitchen table. I realized this within an hour of getting to our campsite.
- I prefer to camp in places with less people. BUT, I can still have a very enjoyable time even though others are close by. This is something I should remember.
- If you look hard enough you might find a path through the woods! Okay…… it wasn’t really that hard, but it was off the beaten path.
- There is something magical about being in a wooded area.
6. Turkey vultures are kind of ugly up close, but they’re beautiful when they glide through the sky.
7. Whenever we are taking our walks, Buddy is always in front of me on the trail and Ginger is following behind – it’s harder for me to get pictures of Ginger.
8. Sometimes life brings you unexpected surprises!
9. Smaller birds flit around so fast that they are hard to identify and even harder to photograph!
10. Watching Buddy play in the water is one of many of the enjoyable parts of camping.
11. It’s nice to have my troop travel with me.
12. And last but not least, there is nothing quite like a beautiful sunset.