I think this means you’re a unicorn. – SA

Today I’m not feeling well. All week I’ve been a little lethargic and didn’t sleep well last night. There was also a bit of bad news with my family yesterday. This post is going to help me change my perspective, keep kicking up my blog game, and share a few things. Please watch Shawn Anchor’s 12 minute TED talk embedded below. I’m using his idea that I need to focus on the good to pep up and get back on track.

News to share:

  • Reserved and paid for my rental car yesterday.
  • Printed out and organized all of my hotel confirmations for my trapper keeper.
  • Finished the agendas for the first 6 days of my trip.
  • Purchased a Deflecto Early Warning Road Safety Triangle 3-pack.
  • Purchased a sun shade for the windshield. I’ve never used one before but I also don’t remember ever getting into a car that’s been sitting in the New Mexico summer sun. I hope it helps keep my hands from bursting into flames when I touch the steering wheel.
  • Made my last change to the trip. I substituted a diner I was going to check out with another tourist trap. It’s too close to the trip to make any further revisions. The schedule is in ink, so to speak.

This is all great news and has given me a boost in energy just typing it! Now please watch Shawn’s TED Talk. If you don’t laugh or smile at least once at his jokes I will send you 10 smashed pennies and a jar of fancy mustard from my trip. Promise.

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy, and joy, after all, is the end of life. – GLM

To finish George Mallory’s quote above, “We don’t live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means, and that is what life is for.” Below I’m sharing another TED Talk I found. It’s given by Ben Saunders (more about him below) and it was exactly what I needed to hear right now. Lately I’ve been struggling a little with the reason for my trip as well as some of the other “adventures” I get up to. I no longer have any questions.

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Tourism is the best sustainable way to bring down those walls and to create a sustainable way of connecting with each other and creating friendships. – AAS

While my classes continue to occupy my time, my blog gets neglected. Just a quick post to let the internet know I’m still alive! Our nation is certainly divided right now. I’ll be driving through both red and blue states on my trip. Do I think I’m going to heal the USA by visiting the country’s weirdest and silliest locations? Yes. Yes, I do.