I just got back from a week at sea… my husband, his whole family & I went on a week long cruise from LA to Mexico and back.  It was both relaxing and chaotic in the way it always is when 8 people, especially relatives, travel together.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I love to cruise.  It is truly the ONLY time I completely shut down for any length of time.  Once we left port the phone went on airplane mode and didn’t go back on for 7 days.  No email.  No social media. No phone calls or texts.  It was pretty amazing and if you haven’t done it for a while (completely unplugged for a few days in a row) – do it!

I came back relaxed, refreshed and ready to hit the last few weeks of SURTEX prep renewed.  Every morning I started my day walking 2 miles around on the promenade deck of the ship.  Got in some exercise while listening to the rush of the ocean and taking in the amazing views.  As I would round the front of the ship – where I took this photo – I got to thinking about how much we (well, at least I) try to plan ahead.  I want to know the next 10 steps (or all the steps) to get from where I am now to where I want to be.  The sea breeze and vastness of the ocean made me realize – my idea of “where I want to go” changes with time so knowing it all now isn’t really as important as I like to think it is.  I need to know what to do to get to the next place, the next bend, and then decide where I want to go from there.

Don’t spend your life trying to plan 10 years out – make and work your plan – and know there will be bends in the road.  Also take comfort knowing that you don’t have to have it all figured out before you start.

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Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed