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Updated: Feb 13, 2019

The “travel bug” bites, you got the itch, and now you’re off traveling...

But what happens when you come back home? If you’re anything like me, you crave the concept of “new”. I crave new adventure, new experiences, and new ideas. It’s almost insatiable; a blessing and a curse.

A blessing in the sense that I’m never satisfied with where I’m at. And a curse in the sense that I’m never satisfied with where I’m at. It’s a catch 22, really.


Whenever I return from a trip, it feels like a part of me is left wherever I went. I get sad thinking about coming home to the reality of adulthood, responsibilities, and the mundaneness of every day life.


I remember coming to visit Los Angeles when I was 14 years old. I fell in love with it, and swore to myself that one day I would make it my home. At the time I lived in a small town with not much going on. Ten years later, I did make it my home. So why, five years into living in my “dream city”, do I dream of the day that I get to live in a different “dream city”?

It seems that no matter where I’m at, I’ll never be satisfied. I’ll always want more. Like I said, it’s a blessing and a curse. I’ll always want more, and therefore I’ll never stop growing. But at the same time, I’ll always feel like “it’s never enough”.


BUT, there’s a healthy balance in that, which I’m still working on this... You should always want more! I want more of God, more love, more life, more joy, more time with my husband, more dreams, etc. The list goes on. But, you should be content with where in life God has you. I can be content with my life, but be expectant for more. God is a good Father, and you can believe Him for more! Don’t get complacent, though. There’s a difference between content and complacent. Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best. Don’t stop believing for all that He has for you.


So now, instead of being sad to come home from a trip, I can dream of the next one, knowing there will be more! Knowing I’m exactly where God has me for now. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be there, would I? Maybe a small part of me is left in all those places, but I’m choosing to be GRATEFUL I was able to visit them to begin with. Grateful for an amazing husband who supports my traveling addiction, and loves me so well. And grateful to be living in the city my 14-year-old self would be so happy to be in.



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