Plans can change at any moment and tonight was one of those nights. We were all packed up to head off to visit some family and ended up staying at home instead. At first, I was a little down that our plans had changed then was able to pivot into a few alternate activities that filled the evening with enjoyment and accomplishment. It was especially nice because I was able to spend the evening with my wife and dog, my night was excellent because of our adventures together.
We are new homeowners and have plenty of projects around our house that we are excited to work on. Our first stop was Lowes which is project friendly and dog-friendly too, which makes it the perfect place for us to go. We snagged many yard needs and were able to gather information needed for repairing the pergola in our new yard. We are excited about summer and are excited to replace a few things and get ready for a summer of fun in our home.
After our time at Lowes, we had a hankering for some food and Pizza was the answer to our hunger. After we ordered our pizza we went on a walk around the neighborhood while our food was being prepped and cooked. Our dog is a funny creature as she is always is looking for new smells and will plant herself firmly in one spot with her nose in the ground until she gets enough of the smell that she walks away looking for new smells. After thirty-minutes we returned for our pizza and my wife went for the food and we jumped in the car. My pup jumped in the front seat and took ownership of the spot my wife normally would sit.
My wife laughed when we picked her up and we drove home to enjoy our pizza. Although our plans changed we were able to have an impromptu night of fun together. We talked and caught up on a week’s worth of stories and spent needed quality time we both appreciate.
Shopping, dog walking, pizza, talking, and a movie make for a great night.
Today I took some friends from the Philippines on a small road trip to central Utah and back. It was their first time seeing rural Utah outside of the Utah and Salt Lake counties. They loved the views that my state shared with them and were amazed at how I lived in such a beautiful place. While we drove those many miles south then back north we spent time talking about this and that keeping our friendship current and lively.
Driving to me is an opportunity to see the world from the relaxation of a chair and a destination in mind. You can travel at a high enough speed that you feel you’re flying but have a better viewpoint of what’s around you than if you are thousands of feet above the ground in an airplane. Road Trips are ideal times just to share a conversation that like a road has various twists and turns yet keeps the day moving forward to a destination.
There are many reasons to just jump in a car with friends and set off to see the world and the reason behind it is simple: Spending time in a car together brings people together if you’re open to it. Being willing to spend the miles enclosed in that small space listening to each others music, stories, and opinions can really grow friendships stronger. We need more of these times together with those we know and care for.
It doesn’t always have to be a trip to a tourist destination where you can choose to spend time. You could take a friend to see their family, a family member to see the doctor, or just head out for lunch together and see where the day takes you. The key to these miles and minutes spent together is simply the act of investing your time for friendship.
With this challenge, I have been looking for an excuse to skip a day of writing since I began writing a little bit each day. This challenge hasn’t been a terribly difficult one for me either. I just need a spark of inspiration and a small amount of self-control to complete the task. This self-control needed is a key element in me completing this self-assigned challenge. At times I can take up to an hour to type out my three hundred words all because I choose to get distracted by articles on my phone, dog and cat videos, and episodes of my favorite sitcom.
Distractions are one of my biggest weaknesses because I am so easily attracted to distractions. I have had the longest relationship with becoming distracted and veering away from completing tasks from childhood to now. It always seems like a lucrative opportunity to multitask and improve on my skills as a multitasker yet falls flat on the face every time I become distracted. When I allow my distractions to take the lead of my direction I fall short of reaching my desired goal or outcome without delay and often I fail to complete my desired tasks.
As this challenge has progressed I have worked to overcome my distractions better. To remain focused on my writing and accomplish my desired three hundred word outcome. This has been a hard thing for me to do yet as I have become better at it I have found myself more interested in learning new words and seeking a better way to relay a clear cut message that I hope will inspire others to live a better life. It would appear that at times I fail to do this as my writing can feel like a maze with no clear outcome desired.
One of my goals with this project is to become a better writer, a better storyteller, and a better marketer of my opinions in hopes that I will be able to attract a larger stage to share my stories on. This may not happen in a year but I’m committed to testing the waters and seeing where they lead me. Here’s to writing and finding a reason not to pass a day without writing a little better and learning a little more than I knew before.