Gotta get outta the house

Time to get outta the house — a hello from L.A.

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 4 Comments

Somehow, my daughter and I pulled together a last-minute cross-country road trip, from New York to Los Angeles. Coast-to-coast. It was time to get outta the house!

Time to get outta the house

I’m grateful that the drive went well — it’s just one of many gratitudes on my list right now.

As you know, I’m big on being thankful. In fact, I find that daily gratitude makes every day worth living.

It’s not about saying “thank you” because I was raised to be a nice girl. Forget about that! More and more, it’s about feeling grateful for things that matter to me deeply  — even the small things.

Because in the end, there’s no such thing as a small thing.

For starters, I’m so thankful for the purpose behind this mother-daughter road trip. Baby Girl landed a summer job in Los Angeles — and, I’m grateful she has work.

The specifics were pinned down very last minute. In the space of two days, we decided to drive to L.A. so that she could have our old car for getting around. (I’m flying back home.)

We got here safely. She found a place to live. I’m renting a room in an adorable Airbnb. We’re catching up with old friends and making new ones.

I’m finding quiet time to look around and be curious, breathe easy, eat, laugh and write. Wow, it really was time to get outta the house!

And, I’m grateful. Getting outside of my comfort zone always energizes me. In this case, letting go of the need to control allowed the trip to evolve at its own crazy, interesting pace.

So…what to-do list can you let go of today? In what ways can you embrace the moment? Would it be fun to break free of your routine — and see yourself with fresh eyes? Maybe it’s time to get outta the house. :)

Feel free to use the comments section as a space to think out loud and clear your head. And have a lovely day! xo

Comments 4

  1. Aside from the power of getting away from the daily grind (which used to be much more potent before the advent of the internet and smartphones, which keep us on such a short leash), there is a lot to be said for the boost that gratitude gives to one’s own mood as well as one’s interactions with people around us. While Deborah Norville is not generally on my radar, I got this book at a press party back in ’08 and found quite a bit of value in it: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/thank-you-power-deborah-norville/1100330982/2691072604159?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+greatbookprices_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP24104

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      Karen, thanks for sharing the link. Didn’t know Norville wrote a book on the topic. And if you say it’s good, I’m sure it’s a worthwhile read. It’s great to see all the material out there about gratitude. The more we talk about it, the better for all of us.

  2. Uh oh, here I go asking about whatever places you visited on your drive to L.A. Off-topic, I know, but I’d be “grateful” to live vicariously through your road trip adventures! Enjoy L.A.!

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      Barb, I’m thinking of mapping out the whole trip in my next blog post. It was such an education for both of us. Ignorance is bliss, right? We went into this knowing nothing about driving cross-country, esp in an old car! Thanks for reading and commenting — I’m grateful for the support. :)

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