Respect the Journey

Over the last 10 days, I’ve had an opportunity to sit down with women of all walks of life. Ok, not all walks of life. More like they are in as far different realities as possible, given that we all started in the same relatively privileged, white girl world. There’s the stay at home mom with a growing herd. The pink-haired beauty who hates the day job, but pours her free time and free cash into a side gig that keeps her from jumping off a ledge. The Midwestern girl trying to balance it all and the upshot who at 33 is living the life she would have written for herself.

All of these ladies listened to me blather on about myself-what’s working, what’s not. What parts of my life I love and those I wish to leave behind. You know, the same stupid stuff that occupies too much of my brain space on an almost constant repeat. These ladies are polite enough that they never made me feel bothersome, but I know they all have their own $hit, voiced or not, that maybe I could help with had I not been so concerned about myself.

Which brings me to another traveling epiphany.

Respect the Journey

Have you seen this video from Joanna Gaines from the show Fixer Upper? If not, take a couple of minutes and watch it now.

I watched this video a couple weeks ago, but it’s stuck with me. After a week of “gosh, I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix this last little hiccup keeping me from perfect”, a walk around the White House with M made me realize, I need to respect the journey just like Joanna suggests.

Looking back at each step I’ve made in life, I have learned something from every experience. I have grown in some fashion. Perhaps life is only 80% perfect right now and might stay there for a bit, but who knows, it could get better, it could get worse. 80% is a whole lotta good, which, even though this blog may not reflect so, I do take a lot of time to celebrate.

If I remember this phrase, maybe it will keep me from doing something rash and just let the process follow me.

What do you think? How do you find patience to know something different (better?) is potentially just around the corner? Where are you in your journey?


  1. What a great message, thanks for sharing!! I would modify it to “Respect (and Trust) the Journey”. After going through a double mastectomy on New Year’s Eve 2014, this is the motto I have been living by and it serves me well. It is not always easy, but it gives a focus to an otherwise chaotic life. I pray that others can do the same.

    • Darcy, yes! Trusting the process is sometimes REALLY hard, isn’t it?

      Thank you for putting perspective to my journey. Today I am grateful for you!

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