Oh I was still so excited to get to my family in Broken Arrow that in spite of the fact that I was up until 11pm talking to my sister, Kelly, on the phone, I couldn’t go back to sleep when I got up at about 6am to pee.
So I got on the road.
Today I decided to listen to a book I have on Audible. It’s called Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals, by Rachel Hollis.
Now, I hate reading for pleasure. It has always seemed like a waste of my time. It’s boring. It’s not active. And there’s always so much to get done. However, I do admire people that can sit down and actually read a novel. I know, it’s weird. I just can’t.
But I found a solution.
I’m part of, er, was part of a group at work called The Authentic Leadership Circle. It was about finding and being your best self. In this group, we decided to look at the Enneagram. They gave each of us a book called The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide — Revised & Updated. My heart sank because I REALLY wanted to learn more about me, and those around me, but it was a book…. to read. So I did some digging and found two other great books. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery and The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships. They both came print AND on Audible AND they had study guides. Perfect! And that was the start to my audible addiction. And to my self improvement journey. More about the Enneagram another day.
Now back to the story…
So I opened up my Audible App on my phone and started playing this book. It’s narrated by the author. And let me tell you, she sounds exactly how she looks on the cover of the book.
I started listening to the book. It’s neat because she is so open and raw and honest. You really feel like she’s a girl friend of yours over for wine after a big disaster in your life and she’s giving you advice. And I’m listening. The first part of the book is all about excuses to let go of. You know, things that are keeping you from working on OR EVEN SETTING your goals. And I’m like, yes, I need to do that.
Part of my personality is if I think I’m not going to be perfect and the best at what I set out to do, I’m not even going to try.
This is where, if you have read the Enneagram stuff, I think I’m a 3w4 sx.
So I’m listening and going, yeah, I’m 50 years old. What do I have to lose? Why do I have to be the best or perfect? I just gotta start and work it as I go along.
One of the things I have wanted to do since I learned they existed was start a blog that will make me some money so I can travel the country in my RV, writing more stuff on my blog that is making me money. I only need $500 for my park membership, about $1200 for food, and enough money to get me gas and repairs on my RV. And I don’t want to be chasing the money when the RV breaks down. Because it will, They just do.
So I’m listening and thinking, yeah, I am going to base my blog about this journey I’m on right now! I had already started the first post before I left my mom’s. I just gotta keep it going. And so I am!
Listening to her book was super motivating. The only annoying part was I was driving so I couldn’t take notes. I’ll listen to it again.
I forgot to fill up with gas right after I left the hotel. So I stopped at the Loves in Tucumcari New Mexico. I love the Loves chain. Always clean and friendly. Today’s weather? Rain with a chance of rain. It was raining.
I actually was so caught up in listening to my book that I passed the half tank mark and was nearly down to a quarter of a tank when I stopped next. Gas was only $1.59 per gallon at Loves Truck Stop in Erick, OK.
My next gas stop was the Love’s Travel Stop in Oklahoma City, OK. It was still raining and gas was $1.46 per gallon here! While I’m there, I get quarters for the toll roads between here and St Louis. They quarters are what’s in the little brown bag next to Tyson.
I got to my first toll booth. It was raining. There was a gal in the booth so I stopped and said hi and she proceeded to tell me it was going to be $12.75 for the toll. I sais, “What? At the truck stop they told me $10 in quarters would get me all the way to St Charles, MO!” She proceeded to tell me how because I’m driving a 10′ truck towing a car on a dolly, it’s $12.75. I’ll bet at Loves they thought I was just driving a car. So I asked if I could pay with a card. She said they didn’t take cards and gave me a receipt to take to another toll booth at the exit with the Walmart where there’s an ATM machine that I can get cash out.
So off I went to the Bristow, OK exit with the Walmart. The pass though the toll both there, the lady was a little cranky. She told me how to get around to the Walmart from there. I suddenly remembered doing this same thing when my ex-husband and I move to Green Bay, WI. I got in and got cash and got back over to the toll booth to pay my bill. And on to the next stop – my sisters! I wonder if my other siblings will come see me too!!
I didn’t need to stop for gas to make it there! I did have a few more tolls to pay, but none as much as the first one. I felt prepared. It was raining still and I had now switched to another Audible book, The Road Back to You.
I got there! I was so excited! It was still raining. But I didn’t care!! I was with family! I was at my sister, Kelly’s, house. Her husband, Randy, came home from work shortly after I got there. My other sister, Kim, came over. Her husband, Craig, was home cooking dinner but sent his love. Yancy, my brother, came in next. It was so good to see him too. And then my other brother, Tim, and his wife, Theresa, came in last.
It was so great to catch up and talk about just be in each other’s presence. I am REALLY looking forward to being able to travel this summer and go hang out with them on the weekends. Yancy and Tim have a house out on a lake in the area and they are always posting these great pictures on their Facebook pages and everyone looks so happy. I can’t wait to be a part of that happiness!
Soon it was time for everyone to go on home and get ready to turn in for the night.