We have reached Utah on our family road trip! It has been such an amazing bonding experience for all of us over the last week and a half! Today, we hiked along the Virgin River leading to the Narrows at Zion National Park! My daughter had her little feet in the river and was able to slash around! It was adorable to watch her enjoy the beauty of nature around her! My husband and I are hoping to encourage her to continue her love of nature as she grows up!
This trip has been incredible! I started out with a mild amount of anxiety, and today, I have none! Being out in the woods and surrounded by nature, makes me feel at peace. I feel surrounded by God and his marvelous creation, and that makes me feel in awe. It feels wonderful to be anxiety free!
Today, the family and I are heading to Utah! We will be spending 4 days in Zion National Park, which we have never been too, before we head back home. I am looking forward to having more time experiencing nature and finding my peaceful balance.
Today we are setting off on a two week road trip, and we couldn’t be more excited! We are taking two days to drive to Colorado, spending a week there, and then heading over to Utah (A state we have never been to!)
Sometimes the stress of everyday life builds up and you HAVE to get away- that is where we are at as a family. We need a break. A vacation!
This will be my daughter’s first road trip, and I did loads of research on how to entertain a one year old so we are “prepared”. Well, as prepared as you can be with a one year old. I will keep you updated along the way. 😉
My prayer request is that neither my husband or I struggle with anxiety during our time away. I have a little this morning, a 3 out of 10, but I have been spending time in prayer and it is slowing going down. I don’t want anxiety to steal any of our joy while we are bonding together as a family unit.
Everyday I find myself experiencing more and more personal victories that I never thought I would be able to reach. One of my most difficult anxiety triggers is traffic jams, and today I was stuck in a HUGE one. It took us 2 hours to go 14 miles! We had just driven onto the highway when we realized that traffic was stopped. Literally, we had to put our work van (since we were heading out on a business trip) in park for 10 or minutes at a time! People around us were going crazy, jumping out of their cars, driving on the median, cutting people off and driving across to the other side of the highway to get out of the traffic. Being a mature and law abiding citizen, I did none of these things, well I should say my husband did none of these things. He was lucky enough to be chosen to go on this training with me. I feel very blessed that he was able to go on this trip with me this time because being around him helps me feel calm and peaceful.
When I first saw the endless line of shining vehicals, as far as my eyes could see, anxiety immediatly clawed at my chest. I felt the rising panic threatened to send me into hysterics, but I was on a work outing and I couldn’t let anyone see the terror in my eyes. I keep practicing my self talk and told myself over and over that I would be ok and that I would not be stuck in the traffic forever. It will pass. Slowly the itching panic began to subside and was replaced with calm. Even though we were stuck in the car for two hours, only going 10 miles on hour, I never complained. I whinned a little, but only about how frustrating it was. I remember times in the past where I had full on fits or panic attacks when I was stuck in traffic. BUT! God has brought me so far along in my healing and I am so thankful! It was a huge test to be able to pass and I am exstatic!