Dealing with COVID-19 has been rough for everyone in some way. For me personally, I started to feel like I was losing a sense of self since I stopped experiencing the majority of things that make me happy. I get my energy from other people, working-out, productivity, and being a social butterfly. After having none of that for multiple months, I caught myself feeling hopeless and sad.
It wasn’t until my week-long trip to Joshua Tree that I truly hit a reset button and was filled with so much gratitude that my soul got rejuvenated with happiness. Whenever I’m at Joshua Tree, I feel alive. It’s the one place I find tranquility, creativity and get nostalgic of all the good memories shared there, including our wedding. This time was extra special since Josh and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there and brought Gracie with us. It was the first time traveling with Gracie and although she wasn’t a fan of the desert, it was meaningful to experience the magic of Joshua Tree with her as a family.
Some reflections I had during my Joshua Tree staycation:
- Things are never as bad as they seem.
- To be healthy is the most beautiful thing we often take for granted.
- A change of scenery can shift your perspective in seeing how green the grass actually is from where you stand.
- California is full of beautiful nature escapes. If you live in California, you are lucky to have driving access to so many scenic destinations.
- Your families happiness affects your own happiness. Prioritize your family and always show your appreciation for them.
- To love your job and have your work seen by billions of people around the world is a pretty big deal, and fkn awesome.
- Always make time to do the things that make you happy.
- Eat well and with gratitude, especially if someone else cooked for you.
- Never forget where you started and how far you’ve come.
- It is possible to thrive even in unusual circumstances, you just have to get creative and work harder to figure it out.