Today’s Quote Love

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Travel Quotes or Best Affirmations I’ve Read So Far

I travel extensively, mostly for pleasure. But I do use the excuse that it’s for research. I mean, technically, it isn’t an excuse. I do research for my novels –  while I travel for pleasure.  🙂

Anyway, the other day I stumbled upon these set of travel quotes from my favorite  Conde Nast Traveler e-magazine, and from the dozen or so, I picked out some of my favorites to share here. Enjoy.

Here’s A Little Reminder…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel really down during September. I don’t know what it is about this particular month. But it’s been like this for me ever since I can remember. Perhaps it’s the end to summer, and the long sunny days mostly spent outdoors, or the warm evenings being able to sit outside and gaze up at the sparkling, starry skies.

I could very well be a dreamer, but then what is life without dreaming?

The most that suffers during this sluggish period of mine, is my writing. When I am simply not so interested in formulating any sort of creativeness. However, what I do find peculiar is that the Internet seeming to sense my mood, swiftly pops-up to the right side of my screen, just the perfect encouragement to get me back on course.

In Search Of…

I’ve just returned from Scotland, where I spend a good amount of time doing research. I think I may have mentioned this bit once here. But it doesn’t hurt to repeat so that we are all on the same page, if you will, so that my story makes sense.

So while in Edinburgh one night, staring out of the floor-to-ceiling window in my hotel room with views across the town and ‘some’ body of water in the distance (sorry for my show of disoriented being), all of a sudden, I couldn’t breath, freaking out about my life and where it is headed. It happens; I know, to all of us at some point or another in our lives. Mine had to be a week or so ago, in Edinburgh.

In that moment, I felt the need to email a few friends and my mother, telling them that I finally settled on where I wanted to move or retire…sooner than later, and it was Scotland, more specifically, Edinburgh. The response from all of them was mutual, a variation of the smiley emojis and the ‘LOLs’.

Only one person came back with ‘get your head out of the clouds.’

I’ll show you – I said to myself and went to bed.

This week while I prepare for the next semester at Stanford University continuing education program, I noticed the welcome email from the instructor was dropped in my email address. Naturally, I clicked to open it and began reading, loving every word he’d put down on paper. And among the advice, and inspirational quotes the professor included, one stood out the most:

This is advice from Flannery O’Connor. She says, “Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.”

What say you?