Hello everyone! Hope the month of January is being a very productive one. The air in January is usually very crisp, and if there is one thing that crispy air is good for, it's keeping you on the move! Surprisingly so, I have been just that (or atleast I'm TRYING to be). I finished the book from last week's blog, so I am now on to the next. I'm currently reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is a FAR more complex book. Not necessarily as far as the language, but in a thought provoking type of way. I like this book so far for the simple fact that the author tries to get the reader to view his or her outlook on life a little differently...non traditionally. This is the same sort of thinking I want to promote with my blog! All I'm really trying to do is get people to break the habits of their normal and embedded way of thinking; about life and how we live. I highly recommend this book for the Bretony Book Club (Yes, it's officially a thing now). Surprisingly I'm going through these books pretty fast. I'm already about a 3rd of the way finished! I will say that it's not just off the page reading. You really do have to think about the things that are being said.
Anywho, besides the book reading, I've also been doing more to expand my horizons. This past week I actually got out of the house before noon! Like physically out and about to an actual place. That is RARE for me! One of my friends Teri, who is an avid fellow traveler, tipped me in on how to get a pass to the NY Times Travel Show . She told me about this a few months ago, and I didn't really pay too much attention, but I got a letter in the mail recently with my credentials (I put BretonyBoheme as my company name), so needless to say, I got excited! It was sort of an early thing, so I decided I'd try to wake up fairly early to go. I didn't even really know what to expect, but I DID know I'd be going 2 places I'd never gone before. One being the Javits Center, and the second being the new subway station at Hudson Yard (which kinda looks like a DC subway station to me). I got to the travel show entrance, and it was so freakin cool inside! The set up was basically a lot of various destinations from around the world, each represented at their own booth, divided first by continent, and then by individual country. Sounds overwhelming right?? It kinda was. And obviously I was still pretty much asleep, so the first thing I did was high tail it over to the Japanese booth to get some matcha tea (my favorite tea!), and then over to the Grenada booth to get some islandy food. It was a small portion, but still pretty darn good!
The concept of the travel show was to promote travel to these certain countries. Some booths were far more elaborate than the others (the Iran booth for example was so tiny!), but most of the booths I went to actually had people who live in the country they were representing (to name a few, Costa Rica, Ireland, Armenia... even the Falkland Islands!). There was a lot of information to get from each booth. Mostly pamphlets about tourism and flight information. I will say this, after going there, I almost felt like I DID actually travel outside of the Tri state area. I talked to some of the people at booths of countries I planned on visiting, and also places that I've been. Everyone was very helpful with all of my questions and curiosities. I told everybody I was a travel blogger, which honestly, is something I like to incorporate from time to time in my writing! I really do love to get out there and see all there is to see. Sometimes as soon as I get back from somewhere, I'm itching to go to the next place.
This bring me now to my current situation. I felt as though it was time for the first road trip of the year. That's right folks, I'm off again! I'm actually typing this blog sitting in the passenger seat of a car on the way to good ole Detroit. I stopped by to see my friend Mickey's brand new baby boy (who I LOVE and wanna bring back home with me, but I don't think she'd let me....but seriously though, he's amazing!), and after Michigan I will go with the flow for a bit. I have to be back in NYC by Friday(ish), so until then, might shimmy on down to a few more midwest states. Who knows! It's a bit of a race against time. I'm using my phone as a hotspot, so as soon as I hit the mountains, it's over! Hopefully I will finish in time? I'm almost done anyway, don't wanna yammer your ears off! Or your eyes off? Eh, not sure. Anywho, I also haven't slept since yesterday, and my sisters are already texting me about going out as soon as I get to Detroit. Little do they know, I look crazy right now!
Getting on the road every once in a while is very relaxing and freeing. it always takes my mind off of everything that the world tells me I should be doing. Out here on the open road, I get to think a little more clearly and freely. I believe when we all have time to take a break from everything going on in our lives, we should absolutely take the opportunity. Open up your mind so that you can receive more information that you probably would have missed due to the noise of your surrounding. Be that literal or figurative noise.
Welp, I think the mountains are coming soon, so I will bid farewell for now, but stay tuned for a snowy video (heard it will be really coming down out there).
p.s. This is my first blog in a car! Kinda bumpy! But I suppose making the road your office, it comes with the territory!
p.p.s. I recently found out that the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book was originally written many years ago. At first I was thinking that the author just read a bunch of my blogs and stole all my ideas! Needless to say...He did not.
p.p.p.s. My next out of country trip will be the beginning of next month... whoever can guess will win a dollar!