Take a Solo Road Trip!

Why Everyone Should Take a “Fill your Cup” road trip!

“Take time to recharge your battery. It’s not selfish; it’s essential. You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

I just wrapped up a weeklong “Fill Your Cup” road trip in Colorado – by myself.  On my hike today, I reflected on how I felt just one week ago. To be honest work and relationships had been getting a bit overwhelming, I was feeling stress and I needed to change my perspective and recharge my batteries. I compared that to how I feel now.  Fulfilled, energized, calm, motivated.  You name it.  I was so thankful for the opportunity (even though I worked during the day) that I actually said out loud everyone should take a trip like this!

Here are 4 things EVERYONE should know that you can reinforce on your “Fill Your Cup” (by yourself) Roadtrip:

  1. You Are Enough: Everything you need to be successful is already within you: Untapped potential, talents, and capabilities are waiting to be unleashed. On your Trip – Embrace the journey of self-discovery and self-belief, for it is through recognizing your own worth and embracing your unique strengths that you will unlock the doors. A week by yourself, open to discovery, relying on only yourself helps bring them out.
  2. You Are Responsible for Your Own Happiness: Happiness is not something that can be handed to you or achieved through external circumstances alone. It comes from within, rooted in your mindset, choices, and actions, regardless of the challenges or circumstances you may face. On your trip embrace the journey of self-care and self-compassion. Spend time rediscovering the mindset, choices and actions that make you happy and fulfilled.
  3. It’s OK to have Down Time – you need it: In a fast-paced and constantly connected world, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and distractions that surround us. A road trip by yourself gives yourself permission to step away from the noise and demands of daily life, create space for reflection, introspection, and addressing any underlying issues that may be present.
  4. Stop and Smell the Roses (or trees in my case): In our hectic lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending to-do lists. Often we miss and are ungrateful for what is right in front of us. On your Trip allow yourself to observe your surroundings, whether it’s the vibrant colors of flowers, sounds of nature, the movement of water, the pattern a bird flys.  Take in everything you see, hear, and smell. Embrace the stillness. This practice of mindfulness brings a deeper appreciation for the simple joys in life.

“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” – Katie Reed

Your Turn (for an at home Road Trip)

Although you might not have time to go away for a couple days.   Here are some prompts (in your mind or in your journal) to use the lessons above to implement a reflection road trip at home.   Go find a happy place to sit.  Think about these questions.

You Are Enough.  Explore the concept of self-worth and self-discovery. Remember, the journey of self-discovery is a personal and ongoing process. These prompts can help you delve deeper into understanding your inherent worth and potential.

  1. What are some talents or capabilities that I have not fully tapped into yet? How can I start utilizing these strengths?
  2. Reflect on a time when I had to rely solely on myself. What did I learn about my abilities and strengths during this experience?
  3. How can I embrace the journey of self-discovery and self-belief more fully? What steps can I take to recognize my own worth and unique strengths?

You Are Responsible for Your Own Happiness.  Explore the concept of personal responsibility for happiness. Remember, happiness is a personal journey that comes from within. These prompts can help you reflect on your mindset, choices, and actions that contribute to your happiness.

  1. What are some choices I’ve made recently that have contributed to my happiness? My unhappiness?
  2. How does my mindset influence my happiness? Are there any negative thought patterns I need to address?
  3. What actions can I take to cultivate more happiness in my life, regardless of external circumstances?

It’s OK to have Down Time – you need it. Explore the importance of downtime and self-reflection. Remember, you need time to recharge your battery. It’s not selfish; it’s essential. These prompts can help you reflect on how to use downtime to become aware of your needs, so you can let go and take action.

  1. When was the last time I truly took time for myself with no distractions, was still and just let my mind clear? How does this contribute to my overall well-being?
  2. How can I create more space for downtime in my daily life, even a road trip?
  3. What are some activities I can engage in during my downtime that will promote reflection and introspection?
  4. Are there any underlying issues I need to reflect on during my downtime?

Stop and Smell the Roses (or trees in my case).  Explore the world around you as if you are looking at it for the first time.   Remember, you life is filled with things you take for granted.  What around you can you start to appreciate.

  1. Describe your surroundings in detail: What do you see, hear, and smell?
  2. What emotions do these observations evoke in you? Do you feel calm, joyful, or perhaps nostalgic? and Why?
  3. What are you grateful for in this moment? It could be the beauty of nature around you, the peace and quiet, or even the opportunity to take this time for yourself.
  4. How can you incorporate this practice of mindfulness and appreciating the simple joys in life into your daily routine? 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

Happy journaling!

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.