Wanderlust…you too?

photo taken in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Today’s Mantra: My wanderlust is wanderful (full of wander).

What Walking Momtra doesn’t love a gooood trip? Even if it’s just getting lost in a book there is nothing quite like the feeling of being taken away; of feeling the perspective and pure pleasure of anonymity. (Moms especially love the idea of no one knowing our name sometimes.)

When we wander and dream in mind and body we learn about ourselves. We stretch and bleed to our edges. It’s not always easy to learn about or live in other cultures (not to mention learn about ourselves) but that’s maybe the point. Life isn’t “supposed to be” easy. But we can make happiness our only function…search it out and create more of it from wherever we are standing. 

Knowing that in those confused, grit-filled, even what we perceive to be totally ‘lost’ moments in traveling our path, we are doing exactly what we should be ~ figuring it out ~ is grounding. And that’s really our only charge: continue figuring it (and ourselves) out with as much grace as possible. Resilience ~ perhaps that’s another word for it.

Like a student in a classroom all we are asked to do in our travels on this planet at 7, 37 or 87 is be open, keep trying…just like we do when we travel. And even in the moments when we don’t fully figure it out and it doesn’t go as planned, hey, there’s still a very, very cool gift given ~ a GREAT story to tell at the next boozy dinner party.

I have wanderlust and with great reason…you?

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About the Author: Michelle Ghilotti Mandel is a writer, certified yoga teacher and graphic designer running her own heartful design and branding studio, ghilotti ink, for over 10 years. Michelle is writing the how to be a walking Momtra book (blog: http://howtobeawalkingmomtra.wordpress.com/) and is a guest blogger for Happiness Series, the Elephant Journal, tinybuddha.com and the powermob.com. When she’s not grooving with any of the above, she is running (usually to yoga), sleeping on the Great Wall of China, becoming an expert in expat living and, surprisingly, not making many other plans. She keeps a 5 x 4 foot canvas entitled “The Things that Make Me Happy,” which she is happy to announce will never be finished. She lives in Los Angeles with her five year old son and husband. Michelle’s blogging for Happiness Series about Happiness, Motherhood, finding a balance in life, and having fun!