Misc. Musings vol: 1

After a lot of thought, chatting with mentors and friends, I’ve decided that a semi-regular “Miscellaneous Musings” is a great way to share things that are on my mind. Because, believe it or not, my life is not ALL about travel. More like 92.5%

What follows is what I hope will be the beginning of a regular feature.

Right now I’m musing over… 

It’s been over a month since I returned from Tanzania. The trip was absolutely fantastic and (not surprisingly) I have really been struggling with “re-entry.” Getting back in the swing of work and other commitments has been tough. I am totally unmotivated.

I’m also really wrestling with a strong sense of failure. I had a specific vision in my head about what it would be like to reach the Summit of Kilimanjaro. Sure, I made it. But when you are grappling with altitude sickness, dreams and reality clash. Talking through it with friends in the social world is helping. But this overwhelming feeling is certainly why I’ve been slow to write. (That and I made arrangements for some guest writing that fell through).

I have finished writing about my pre-climb time in Moshi, Tanzania. If you’d like to see more photos, you can “friend” me on Facebook. I just published an album of images that haven’t been published here or on Instagram.

Just one of the breathtaking views surrounding Kilimanjaro
Just one of the breathtaking views surrounding Kilimanjaro

Travel. After such a big trip, I don’t have any immediate ex-US plans. I am working on my summer bucket list and look forward to sharing that.

Summer is a great time to travel and explore. It’s also a perfect time to do one of those things you always talk about but have yet to actually make happen. Last year, we visited the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA last summer. Nothing crazy but something we had literally talked about doing for 3+ years.

Auntie Adventures.  I consider myself a “Professional Aunt” to five nieces and one nephew. Recently, I spent a lot of time with my two youngest nieces. (Referred to as five and six so they have some form of anonymity later in life). I took Five, who is four, to the beach one afternoon. It’s always fun to see how excited kids are. Seemingly inconsequential things, like finding a pretty rock, bring them such joy. It really is true, kids just care who shows up. Not what they brought.

Here's Five totally enthralled with collecting fragments of shells.
Here’s Five totally enthralled with collecting fragments of shells.

Fitness & Lifestyle. I injured my knee last summer and getting back to cycling has been a slow process. But I’m finally up riding and hoping to do my first Century ride (that’s 100 miles in one day) this September. Can I get a Woot-Woot?

On My Bookshelf.  Earlier this year I read All the Light We Cannot See. That was a brilliant novel. I loved how the author ultimately brought the two main characters together. I just starting reading The Rosie Project. If you haven’t read this, I totally recommend it. The story is incredibly accurate and so well written. Another noteworthy read: As You Wish by Cary Elwes.

What Else? My former co-worker has moved to Dubai and started blogging. Check her stuff out here. I LOVED her story that equated making new friends to dating. It’s so accurate. Anyway, she’s great and I can’t wait to read more about her adventures.

The Most Overused Words in Travel Writing hit my inbox in April. I’m doing a significant amount of content writing for a client and tips like this are always interesting to me. I was disappointed to be an offender with some of them (Hello, “Must See”). I thought she had some good points and am actively working on banishing a few of these words from my personal writing.

What are you musing over right now?

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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