Earlier this year, my mother and I were having a conversation about needing more time away. Mom is where I get my sense of adventure. When my parents divorced, we became each other’s traveling buddies. My mother was never afraid of packing a bag and going somewhere, so every year we used to plan a vacation and just go somewhere. We saved all year for these excursions and then went and lived it up. As the child of a single mother, I’m grateful that Mom made me such a part of the planning and execution of these vacations. I’m a good traveler because of my mother. I also remember those vacations to this day. They’re such a part of the fabric of who I am.
During this conversation, it occurred to us that we hadn’t taken a vacation for twelve years. The last time we went anywhere together was Las Vegas back when Celine Dion debuted her show there. My mother is a Celine Dion fan. I’m a Las Vegas fan. It was a great time, but it’s been way too long since we’ve traveled together. We realized we needed to start our annual trips again. We needed to do something cool. We thought we should do something we’d never done before….
Like take a cruise around the Caribbean. Which is exactly what we’re going to do.
We’ve settled on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. We’ll leave from San Juan and head to Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. We’re going to snorkel, swim, eat, and sightsee our little faces off. We can’t wait.
That said, keeping all of the details for the trip together when we live in different parts of the country could have been a nightmare: I’m in New York City, my mother is in West Virginia. Multiple emails were sent. Details might have been lost had it not been for OneNote.
I don’t know how to express how cool it has been to keep our itinerary, travel details, cruise excursions, budget, and packing list (yep, we’re those people) together in one place. We know who is responsible for what detail, we have a game plan for execution. Because right now, we’re mired in details to get everything ready to get on the boat. Our plan is simple: handle all the details now so once we get on the cruise, our job is to relax and figure out what fish we want for dinner.
There were times over the past few years I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, period. The ability to take this trip with my mother is such a gift, and I’m glad we’re both still around to take it. I hope there’s more awesome vacation planning, blog planning, scrapbooking, client management, article writing, recipe sharing, and other wonderful things to come for my life. I’ve realized the rest of my life is more about making a life more than just making a living.
It’s pretty awesome that tools like OneNote help me do just that.
You ready for us, Caribbean? We’re coming!
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