Behind starburst eyes

So I begin…again

on June 14, 2020

When I was about 9 years old my grandfather wanted to go on a month long adventure touring down to Florida and back in an RV, and he invited my mother and us with him. He and my mom made all sorts of plans and my mom spent weeks researching various places to stay, planned routes and so on. Shortly before it was time for the 4 of us to go, he became too ill. He insisted my mother take my brother and I, and she asked a long-time friend of the family to come with us as my dad couldn’t take a month off of work (but did fly down to Florida where we spent a few wonderful days at Disney Land together).

My grandfather never got to go on his grand adventure, and as a child I missed him on our trip, but didn’t understand the way I do now how hard it must have been for him to dream, plan and then at the last moment not be able to finally experience his dream.

There were so many amazing memories for my brother and I during that month, and to this day I cherish the time we spent. Once I had my own child I decided I wanted to take them across the Americas and “chase the sun” for a year. Where we traveled based on the weather and simply went where it was warm for the year, slowly making our way out west to B.C and then down south as far as we desired only to go east and back up north to our home at the end.

Well dear readers as I last posted I am determined to live a life where I actively pursue my dreams. So while I won’t be heading out just yet as Covid-19 is still causing a pandemic (not to mention lots of researching, planning and most likely repairing to do first) I’m going to take this leap and chase the sun with my husband and children. I have read many different travelers blogs so I know such an experience isn’t always perfect, but nothing that is real is perfect. It won’t be perfect, but it WILL be amazing, because it’ll be my family and I actively living out a dream, together.

For such a large endeavour the first step for me is researching and planning. Hence my brand new research journal:


5 responses to “So I begin…again

  1. PedroL says:

    It’s always so exciting when we’re about to start a journey, right?? All the best for you and your family, greetings from Portugal, PedroL

  2. Marla Gilpin says:

    I signed up for your blog after seeing *Emotional Equations, *with a date of January13, 2017. I am in my late 60’s, yet still learning so many things that I never learned to understand. Emotions and feelings are way up there! I grew up at a time when it was more important about doing and getting things done. I know my feelings were often hurt but I also learned to shut those down in order to get along.

    When I came across this Emotions = Life, it looks like something that could help me – if I understood how to use. I would appreciate learning more about ~or if you could tell me what to read.

    Meantime, I love that you’re planning a trip with your family. How I wish I could go back in time, and share something so meaningful and fun – wonderful way to enjoy learning, bring yourselves closer to one another, and provide life long memories. Bless all four of you on your journey!

    sincerely yours,

    Marla Gilpin marlagilpin05@gmail.com (517)499-4442

    On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 12:09 PM Behind starburst eyes wrote:

    > starbursteyes posted: ” When I was about 9 years old my grandfather wanted > to go on a month long adventure touring down to Florida and back in an RV, > and he invited my mother and us with him. He and my mom made all sorts of > plans and my mom spent weeks researching various place” >

    • I’m glad that post helped you, there are allot of different resources on emotional regulation and how to gain a deeper understanding of how emotions work. Depending on the emotions you are speaking of you could begin with, if they are trauma based I would look into counselling to help guide you through what can be a difficult journey. If they aren’t trauma based I would look into books for teens about understanding emotions as they are a wonderful starting point if you’re unfamiliar with allot of the jargon that often gets used in most emotional intelligence books.

      Thank-you so much! It’s quite the adventure and we haven’t even gotten on the road yet haha

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