Road Trip Nostalgia

Memories on social media can be a good thing or a bad thing, but today they are a good thing. I went on a spontaneous road trip in 2019, about 5 months after my ex-husband and I split for good, and it was the absolute best thing I’ve ever done and some of the best memories of my life.

Two years ago today, September 16th, 2019, I was waking up at the Airbnb where I stayed in Swansboro, North Carolina for the last morning of my trip. The Airbnb I found was the cutest place I have stayed in. I was the first person to stay there and they gave me a nice discount in order to leave an honest review. It was BEAUTIFUL. It was above a kayaking rental shop right on the river; the entrance was downstairs next to the shop, and when you opened the door you immediately see stairs leading up to the second floor of the Airbnb, only the entrance was on the first floor.

Airbnb Living Room & My Little Buddy

The first bedroom had a queen bed, the second bedroom had a full and bunk beds with an attached jack-and-jill bathroom, and the master had an ensuite bathroom and king size bed. The living room was a room with windows all around showcasing a balcony with a beautiful view of the river and small, scattered islands. I can’t even explain how amazing I felt being there with my baby boy in such a wonderful place. After all I had been through during my pregnancy and afterwards, this was the best I’d felt. I felt so optimistic about life and my future, and so confident in my ability to do anything I wanted. I had already driven in a huge circle around the mid- to southwest portion of the United States and I honestly felt like I could conquer the world. I still feel like that sometimes.

Here’s the point I want to make:

When you go through something traumatic, you have some choices to make. There is no timeline in life and nothing that says you have to do or be certain things. Our lives go by so quickly and we will never look back and wish we hadn’t tried new things or done things we were scared of. In fact, most things that are risky pay off in the biggest way. Take the risks. Invest.

Before my ex-husband left, I couldn’t sleep by myself without the light on. I was scared of being in a hotel by myself. I didn’t want to do anything alone. I was hesitant to try new things. The months leading up to this road trip I was trying to balance being a new mom, coming off of maternity leaving, and healing from leaving a 10 year marriage. This road trip was the turning point for me.

You can’t really choose how you feel or how things affect you, but you CAN choose what your actions are. Make those actions something that makes your future self happy that you took a chance.

Being the victim of infidelity at the hands of a narcissist doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Make it your beginning. ❤️



Published by Sarah F Mullins

Just a girl motivated to motivate ❤️

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