The last several weeks have been busy – the good kind of busy. I finally took the time to run away and take some time for myself. There is nothing like escaping the everyday to rejuvenate the body and invigorate the soul. I always return with fresh ideas and renewed determination.
My first adventure landed me in Bryson City, NC. A couple of months ago I stumbled across The Great Smoky Mountain Express website. GSME is a scenic railway that departs from Bryson City and provides scenic rail tours of the area. But when I arrived, it was the mountains that stole my heart away. As my little Ford Escape wound around the mountain roads, I lost my breath with every turn.
I was surrounded by hiking and biking trails and raging rivers as well as like-minded individuals. Every other vehicle I passed had a kayak strapped to the roof or was loaded down with mountain bikes. These were my kind of people and this was my kind of place. I filled my lungs with mountain air, stretching them to full capacity, as I raced down the single track on my mountain bike. I could hike, bike, and ride a train all in a single day.
I returned home a new person, brimming with ideas for my business and my blog.
Once home, I had just enough time to gather my thoughts and implement some of my ideas before hitting the road for Georgia. Some friends of mine were hosting an event called The Fly In. People fly and drive in from all over the area. Everyone sets up camp and starts making friends. Planes are taking off and landing all weekend and you never know when you will be surprised by a flyby.
I found myself surrounded by the most unique, free-spirited, creative people, people that are not afraid to take chances in life. I loved the engaging conversations and feelings of camaraderie with people that I only just met. I could not help but be giddy with inspiration to go and live and do.
I returned home even more ready to channel all of this inspiration. The weekend reminded me of how fortunate I am to be associated with such an amazing community of people.
A Story For Tomorrow...
I watched this video again the other day. It is another source of profound inspiration for me. It reminds me that there are other people out there throwing away the excuses and planning an adventure and that I can be one of those people.
Here’s to living a story worth reading.