Four Hearts and 1000 Plans

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By Makenna Doty

I was cleaning out my car yesterday (okay no I was sitting in the drive-thru line, digging up quarters for my gas station soda) and I found a necklace. It’s a thin copper chain with four heart outlines right in the middle. This necklace came from a small boutique in my college town. My older sister purchased it for me as a graduation gift. I remember my flight home at the end of that semester. I was so proud of myself. I had a plan. I had a job. I had a ton of experience and even more memories. I had a home to go back to. My dad had bought me a first class ticket.

I remember clutching those four little hearts as the plane took off- my own heart beating out of control. A few little ice crystals had formed on my window and reminded me of that first snow my freshman year. We flew over little squares of farmland and my mind returned to those summer nights when I would run miles past those potato fields of eastern Idaho. Continue reading

Mindful Traveling – Without An Itinerary

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By Rachel Drinkwater

The idea of heading to a new place with no idea of what there is to see and do – and no plans – will undoubtedly make a lot of people feel very uncomfortable. We all have the friend who plans their travels with military precision and the one who has everything planned in a series of color-coded spreadsheets. Maybe it’s not your friend, maybe it’s you. Five years ago, it was definitely me. Continue reading