This week, I flew to the United States for less than 24 hours.
I didn’t HAVE to because I was told (even by immigration) that it was no big deal to overstay one’s visa.
But my gut told me that it would feel like a buzz in my mind space, an incomplete, to live with an expired visa.
So I had to create a plan that would achieve the goal that I wanted, which was to renew my visa.
Also, I wanted to enjoy myself.
I did not want to spend a lot of time flying.
I wanted to buy art supplies.
I wanted to eat food that I love but I don’t eat down here.
I wanted my puppy to be well taken care of.
I put these few requirements in my planning blender and came up with a quick trip to Phoenix because it was the fastest direct flight from here.
I had never been there before.
The night before I left, a friend whom I had not heard of in months sent me a text about a book she was reading. We texted back-and-forth and then I remembered that she lived in Arizona.
The next night, she and I were sharing a meal and laughter had a great Italian restaurant. Right after I took an inspirational trip to a well stocked, gorgeous art supplies store.
Here are my takeaways from this little chapter:
1) Even if you are told it’s OK, if your gut feels that you needs to do something differently, do it. The background buzz from feeling not quite right is not worth it. Peace of mind is gold.
2) Decide what your hubs are, your non negotiables. Then build around that.
3) Finally, once you have taken care of yourself by doing these things, allow Life’s magic to take over.
And whenever someone mentions to you that your plan does not make sense, remember that it only has to make sense to you.
Also, that sense is overrated.