“Every moment is enormous and it is all we have.”
— Natalie Goldberg, from Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America
July in the USA is the height of summer, and summer vacations before school starts again in the Fall.
This is an ideal time for a road trip somewhere. Many people make the familiar trek year after year to a family cabin or summer camp.
If your July is Winter (hello my friends in Australia and South America!), then you’ll be on a creative adventure that may involve skis or a cosy reading room by the fire.
My own road trips these days involve planes more than cars. Wherever I go, a notebook, camera, and art supplies travel with me to document the adventure.
This month, I’m taking both planes AND cars for a family vacation in the West Virginia mountains, a place dear to my sister’s family and my first trip there.
We’ll be staying in a big house, hiking in the Appalachian mountains and cooking good food. That’s exactly how my sister described the trip when she invited me. Resounding YES.
While away from my little writing cabin in Mexico, my plan is to do some writing on my ipad while making the trek from Oaxaca, Mexico to West Virginia (stopping in Chicago to pick up my nephews). There will be a lot of airport layovers, where I can write with the din of travelers in the background, sipping tea.
Summer Reading Rituals
One of my summer rituals is to read writer Natalie Goldberg’s memoir, Long Quiet Highway. I find in her work a kindred spirit, as a writer, visual artist and spiritual seeker.
I believe every artist needs guides and role models like this that help us dream what is possible.
One of my creative dreams is of having a book published in the 900 section of the library. Where is that? Go on a field trip to your local library and check it out…you’ll see.
My latest book project is 900 section material. I keep visualizing going to the library and pulling it off the shelf. I imagine women of all ages who dream of creating and traveling more, finding my book and it a world of permission to say yes to their deepest dreams, crazy schemes, and loose plans.
I hope today’s post inspires you to adventure, even if you don’t leave home.
The staycation is one of the best adventures of all — especially if you have a fresh journal, some new art supplies, and a stack of good library books as companion.
Grab something from the 900 section that stirs your wanderlust.
Enjoy…and go gently.
Road Trips and Summer Reads
This month in Magic Book our theme is road trip, with writing prompts and art journaling projects to help you make the most of the enormous moments that make your life creative and meaningful. You can get your copy right here.
What are your favorite travel memoir books?
What is your favorite summer read?
Is there a book you find yourself returning to again and again? If so, why do you think that is? And do tell the book title please!
What sort of adventure are YOU on this summer?
Is there a place you go every year with your family?
A favorite road trip destination?
Wanna Travel and Create Together?
Does a creative retreat with me at my place in Mexico stir your wanderlust? Here’s what is coming up. I’d love to share the magic with you!