In the past 4 days I’ve gotten to meet with 6 of my good friends from college. I flew into Richmond, Virginia on the 28th, and since then I visited 3 other towns in Virginia, and drove to Pennsylvania, which is where I am right now. Tomorrow one of my best friends will drive up to meet me here, and on Sunday I’ll drive back with her to Maryland. The following Friday, I’ll meet up with another one of my best friends and we’ll drive into Virginia together where I went to school for college, where I’ll get to see a lot more of my friends.
It’s surreal. It’s fun. It’s different, and it feels natural.
Some things I’ve noticed: Although I’m traveling around, all my time here cannot be visiting. I have to balance my time between work, homework, and sociallizing, like I would anywhere else. At times it has been a challange to make homework my priority, but I have only been here for 3 full days and 3 nights, so I think I’m doing okay so far.
Another thing, I can’t live a vacation life, as in eating out all of the time, treating myself unhealthy. I can’t because I have to be financially responsible and I need to treat myself physically healthy as well, and make sure I get sleep, etc. But to another extent, I can live a vacation life, as in do what makes me happy, but I need to find balance in everything.
The main thing I’m working on now is making sure I prioritize work and homework and schedule it into my days, while at the same time I have learned to relax a little. Instead of working every day all day, I can work most days, and take a couple days off, or I can work for some of the day, and then let myself completely relax and enjoy the rest of the day without thinking about work. This was hard for me to do back at home at CA, but on the East Coast, while traveling from place to place, visiting with my friends, meeting new people and places, it brings me closer into the moment, and emphasizes what’s important: people, relationships, connections. That’s most important to me. It’s nice to find that balance between my relationships with all of the people that I love, and with my work.
Another thing I’ve noticed throughout my first few days of travel, nature. I’m connecting more with nature. Nature is much more apparent where I am on the East Coast; trees are everywhere. I walk outside, look out the window, and I’m surrounded my a mini forest. Sometimes I just like to step outside, breath in and out, and enjoy my surroundings. It’s peaceful. Since I’ve been here, it’s made me take short meditation and relaxation breaks.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.