It’s funny how when I was younger I felt somewhat invincible when it came to traveling and new adventures and then sometime between the age of twenty and twenty-six I’ve all of the sudden become such an anxious traveler. I started noticing it just with flying more often than I used to for work and then it became more often even just with trips that were too spontaneous or unplanned that I usually would’ve been thrilled about all of the sudden made me uneasy at first. Maybe it’s just a side effect of my getting older or trying to be in control of something I can’t change, but it’s a bad habit I’m still hoping to break. I think part of me is so worried that something bad or frightening will happen that I end up fearing fear itself, if that makes any sense at all.
We got presented the opportunity last week to go on a very spontaneous (i.e.- last minute) cruise to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises and it seriously put my travel anxiety to the test considering all of the above feelings mixed with my first time ever going on a cruise. I think Jared spent a solid 24 hours cumulatively consoling me that everything would be fine before we left. Usually everything works out pretty seamlessly, and alas we’re on our cruise now and having a great time, but it’s funny how your mind has a tendency to play with your emotions even when everything else can tell you otherwise.
I’ve come to find a few things that really help calm me when traveling like the Rescue pastilles some of you recommended to me a while back, saying quick prayers, and reminding myself and I can’t control everything around me. Did any of you ever experience a switch over from being a fearless adventure to more of an anxious traveler? I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips and tricks on the whole thing!
For a small intermission between room makeover posts, you can see my Lovely Lady feature on Emma Dime today sharing my summer uniform, and I mean that literally. I think I wore this shirt 5 out of 7 days a week because it was the lightest shirt I owned for Houston heat waves while still looking somewhat dressed up… eating popsicles. Or something like that.
You can see the full post here!
photos by Jared Smith
photo from my DIY xoxo gift wrap
With the holidays coming up, I figured I should go ahead and jump on the gift guide bandwagon early since, if you’re like me, you like to pre-pre-pre plan how to give the perfect gift way in advance. Plus this gives me a great excuse to push my sugar-high tendencies and my love for gold and white on you through my Giftry lists. But let’s be honest, I also need to help my Mom and Dad know what I want for Christmas subliminally through my blog posts, so here we go…
In case you missed out on my recent mini styling sessions at the floral workshop last week, you’re in luck! Macy’s asked if I would show you all how I’d style the new Martha Stewart dining collections this Friday at the Memorial City, and Saturday at the Woodlands Macy’s locations from 1-3pm for free styling for Martha week in celebration of her new collections! I’ll also be available to give you one-on-one style consulting, plus you’ll have a chance to win an autographed copy of Martha’s One Pot book, sample a new recipe and shop the newest Martha Stewart Collections.
Of course I have to add my own little DIY touch too, so expect to see a little confetti, macarons, a touch of gold, and there may even be a few other surprises up my sleeve, so be sure to come by and say hello!
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