You can do it yourself!

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In my previous post I told you that I would explain more about my choice to drive to Bloomington. The trip was about 14 hours each way. I can't tell you how many times someone asked me, "Why don't you just fly?" or "Who do you know there? Is it a man?" For the record I don't know anyone, man or otherwise, in all of Minnesota. I decided to pick a place where I have no ties to once again prove to myself that I can do things on my own. The drive was the best part of that. I had never driven more than 4 hours on my own. I was nervous as hell. I survived though. I proved to myself once again that I am stronger than I believe. I've struggled with my confidence pretty much my entire life but since I got divorced I promised myself that I would do something about it. I am almost 30 years old and I feel like I have missed out on so much in life because I didn't think I could do it or was too scared of what people would think of me. Now that I have what feels like a second chance at life I want to do things differently. I want to enjoy myself, I want to laugh and smile, and most importantly I want to see the world. I don't need a companion to do that. I can do it all by myself...and so can you! This is actually the second trip I have taken alone. In December I went to Los Angeles. I also didn't know a soul there. I did fly since I only had a week of vacation and didn't want to spend most of it driving but if I had more time I would have driven. It was the best trip I've ever taken. Even better than Bloomington since it was my first trip alone. I met a girl from Canada on my first day there and we did a hop on/hop off bus tour and ate at a couple of fancy restaurants for lunch and dinner. I had a great time and became friends with a total stranger. I never felt so free, confident, and accepted. I was in a big city figuring everything out on my own and nothing bad happened. In fact, the best thing happened. I came home with a renewed vigor for life. I told myself I wouldn't waste another second and that even if I never found someone to share my life with again I could still live a happy and fulfilled life. I am currently doing that. I have been single for one year....yes, completely single. I am finding myself. I am learning to love the woman I see in the mirror every day and most importantly I am slowly but surely following every single one of my dreams. This blog is one of them. I was so afraid to start writing but it is an outlet for me and I hope that I can be an inspiration for other women who have gone through similar situations.

I want to thank each and every person that reads this post or any post on my blog. I am so proud of it and love sharing bits and pieces of myself with you.

Love and light,

Jo

I have a bad case of wanderlust!

I am one of those people that gets tired of things easily. I hate having the same decor for too long, I hate wearing the same clothes too many times, and most importantly I hate being in one place for too long. Since it isn't practical to move every 3 or 4 months I focus my energy on traveling and exploring new places that aren't nearby. I recently took a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota to check out the Mall of America. I decided to drive the almost 14 hours there...I will explain why in another post later on. As far as the mall goes, it was neat to see but not some place I could visit all the time. After all, it is just a mall. The first full day there I was very overwhelmed. I had the MOA app on my phone but who wants to stare at a tiny map the whole time they are walking? I wanted to experience everything. I checked out a couple of stores and had to go back to my hotel room to change....it was so hot. I read this information before my trip but I didn't think it would be so bad. I felt gross wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The ceiling is glass and the 97 degree sun was beating down on the interior. With so many people in there moving around it just doesn't make for the most comfortable experience. The second day I made a plan. I studied the map, figured out where I wanted to go, and planned the best route. The mall is 4 floors and I believe they say each floor is just over half a mile around. With over 500 stores you can easily feel anxious not knowing where to go or which way you came from. Some stores, for example Bath and Body Works, have more than one location in the mall so you get confused. Overall it was a good experience, something I can check off of my bucket list. Would I do it again? Possibly in the future when/if I have a family. It is definitely a great place for families as there is lots to do for children of all ages.

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. It is actually attached to the mall so it was very convenient. I never had to step foot outside if I didn't want to. There was a hallway on the second floor where you just walked right into the mall. That was the best part. The hotel was super clean and modern. I stayed in a standard room but was very pleased with it. You got to park for free, there was a refrigerator, and they provided 2 complimentary bottles of water. Most hotels don't give you water so that was nice. The hotel staff was very professional and polite. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit the mall.

I don't want to make this post a novel so I will leave it at that for now. If you have any questions about the mall or hotel please don't hesitate to ask. I am happy to share more of my experience. Thanks for reading!

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XOXO,

Jo