Growing up we never took vacations. My parents always believed vacations were time to work around the house. We went to places like Kennywood (a local amusement park in Pittsburgh) and movies. I was always able to go to my cousins’ house for a week. My dad was always one who liked to stay close to home and never had any desire to travel. I do remember going to Phoenix with my aunt when I was 14 to visit my cousins on my Dad’s side. We went on a Greyhound bus because my aunt wouldn’t fly. I still remember what the miles of New Mexican desert looked like.
Fast forward to my married years and again for many reasons we never really went on vacations. We did day trips to places like Sea World, Geauga Lake and Kennywood. If we did go away it was always to visit my in-laws who lived in New York.
In 2008 my world changed. I had been divorced 8 years but still was stuck a rut. One day I joined Jillian Michaels.com. I met a great group of ladies. We suddenly had this great idea-let’s get together and meet. Where you ask –well LA of course. There were 30 some ladies of all ages that decided we would meet and do a boot camp. Jillian found out and helped it all come together. I was fortunate enough to be friends online with a wonderful lady who offered her home to 5 of us.
There was one problem in all this: I was in my 50’s and had never flown on an airplane let alone go across the country. I was definitely afraid but knew I had to fly if I wanted to meet these ladies. I bought my ticket and heaven forbid had to change planes! I faced my fears and got on that plane, transferred and arrived in LA without a glitch.
My 4 days in LA were amazing. I met a group of ladies who I am still proud to call my friends. I found out that I could do things on my own and have fun. Oh and I also got to see the ocean for the first time.
Since then I have traveled to New York, Orlando, and Nashville. I have plans to fly to Phoenix this year to visit with family that I have not seen in years. The LA trip has been my favorite vacation because it was the one that changed my thinking and put my fears to rest. I know the best is yet to come.