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Trip #2: Livingston TX to Waco TX

TRIP #2

Date: Sun., Nov. 09, 2014

Depart: 11:22 a.m.

Arrive: 4:11 p.m.

Traveled: 188 miles

State(s) Travelled: Texas

Gas Stops: 1 (Took 3 tries!)

New Experiences:

  1. Unexpected Detour
  2. Construction cement barrier
  3. Busy Gas Stations

Incidents: 1

Exiting the gas station, spare tire scraped the sloped ramp. No damage to tire. Minor bend to metal secure bar. Oops!

 

Here we are in Livingston, about to hit the road.

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And upon arrival in Waco, TX! My awesome rescue dog, Sofie-Darla, was sooooo happy to be out of the truck.

11092014_LivingstonToWaco_PhotoOnlyYes, what normally should have taken about 4 hours took 5 hours. I had to go at the speed in which I was comfortable, so that meant going about 55 mph on I-45 while other cars were whipping past me at 70+mph. No one honked at me, at least that I was aware.

I have to admit that the stress-factor of the long drive was pretty intense! At one point, when I was instructed by police to detour around Huntsville, my jaw was chattering so badly that I’m sure I looked like a crackhead, or really, really cold. I couldn’t make it stop either! Fortunately, I didn’t give a darn at that point… I just wanted to hurry up and get to Waco – in one piece!

There was a lot of self-talk going on, “You can do this. You can do this.” At about two hours into the drive, I thought, “You know, Amy, you’re not ‘trail-blazing’ here. There are a lot of people, and a lot of single ladies at that, who do this. If it’s too much, you can always go get an apartment.”

WHAT?!?! Yes, the thought of an apartment was enough to snap me out of the “fear.” Later that night, after I was set up in Waco, I wrote a note to myself that included the phrase, “This kind of fear will NEVER stop me!”

The confidence I gained from RV Driving School played a big roll in my driving abilities, and Trip #2 was a huge milestone!

 

NEXT UP: TRIP #3… Waco to San Antonio

 

 

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Trip #1: Move to The Hills + RV Driving School

TRIP #1

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Destination: Glicks’ private property to Rainbow’s End “The Hills”, Site #68.

Mileage: Less than 1 mile.

Challenges: Nerves! And luckily, Mr. Glick backed the rig into its spot.

Incidents: NONE (whoo hoo!)

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NEXT UP: Private Lessons with “RV Driving School

DATES: Nov. 4-5, 2014 

11052014_RVDrivingSchool_PhotoOnlyPrivate Lessons, RV Driving School.

(Notice my instructor Glyn didn’t even wear a helmet!)

This was me on Day 2, after backing up *perfectly* 3 times in a row.

The Day Before, A Freak Accident: One of the thick metal pieces on my new Equalizer kit snapped!

Luckily, I was already slowing down to make a turn into an empty church parking lot when we heard the **BOOM**!

West RV said they’d never seen this happen before, but they got me fixed up fast and back on the road for my lessons.

I had a LOT of fun with the parking and backing up.

Freeway driving is a little nerve-wracking, but everyone tells me I’ll get used to that “air suction” of the 18-wheelers as they pass along side of me to the left.

I also did okay driving on the main street through town.

Residential driving, I hope I never have to do it! Streets are too small.

 

Thank you to my brave RV Driving School instructor, Glyn! I’ll shout from the mountaintops that RV Driving School was worth every penny!

 

TRIP #2 INFO (Livingston to Waco) COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

MLB Ball Park #5!!!

I love spontaneous adventure. Love, love, love it!

To those who know me well, it should be of no surprise that yesterday morning, I hopped in my car on a whim and drove to Houston to catch an Astros/Rangers game.

I’d been “meaning to” get around to a game at the Minute Maid Park so I could check another MLB ball park off my list. It was time to turn that “someday” into TODAY!

08312014_RainCropped2Sporting a red t-shirt and ticket in hand, I started my adventure; but less than a minute on the road, the skies unleashed *major* rain.

At first I wondered if the pouring down rain for the entire drive to Houston might be some kind of “cosmic sign” that I should turn around and go home. In hindsight, the torrential downpour was simply an obstacle.

How many times in Life do we let an obstacle interfere with the bliss that awaits us?

How can someone tell the difference between an obstacle and instinct?

I firmly believe that when I’m quiet and willing to “listen,” the answer presents itself.

As I made my way down the highway towards Houston with the flow of traffic at a whooping 50 mph, I confidently assessed that what I was feeling was NOT a “bad feeling.” Trust me, if it had been a “bad feeling,” I’d have made an abrupt U-turn! I totally and completely trust my instincts.

With my awesome $16 ticket in hand (thanks StubHub.com!), I made my way to the upper level deck.  I actually prefer the upper level deck to a lower level seat. I get to see all the action on the field, just the way I like it! Perhaps it’s from my days as a Sports Editor for a weekly San Antonio newspaper and watching games from the Press Box. Or maybe it’s merely a personal preference.

PhotoBox2Happy to report that I had an amazing time, and met some really nice folks in the seats around me. I wandered the lower levels during the sixth inning and soaked in the “buzz” of activity at the concession stands and concourse area.

It was a really good game with some spectacular plays on both sides. Unfortunately, the Rangers lost to the Astros, 3-2.

Attending yesterday’s game at Minute Maid Park makes it the 5th Major League stadium where I’ve watched a game:

  1. The Ball Park (Globe Life), Arlington
  2. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  3. Chase Field, Phoenix
  4. Angel Stadium, Anaheim
  5. Minute Maid Park, Houston

Only 25 more MLB parks to go!!! (Courtesy photo)

Major_League_Baseball_team_locationsMake it happen,

Amy O.

Goal-Setting to Achieve Dreams

Goals2Q2014My personal 5-Step Plan To Achieving A Goal:
1) Dream/Visualize it.
2) Write it down, with a deadline.
3) Work towards the goal a little bit every day.
4) Savor the moment when the goal is achieved.
5) Repeat.

Those who know me well know that goal-setting is as much of my core as are writing, rescue and adventuring.

I’m a firm believer in visualization, writing goals down on paper, and mapping out milestones (baby steps!) needed to achieve the goal.

Sometimes, all my hard work may not produce the results in the order in which I envisioned, but oftentimes, the reward is far better than I could have possibly imagined.

For me, setting these personal goals is a liberating experience. It’s as if I’m a captain on a very important ship at sea. As long as I know the course I need to be going, and moving in a forward direction, I can relax and enjoy the journey.

Additionally, I am blessed that my best friend Suzan is also my Goal Buddy. This amazing lady has been an anchor in my whirlwind life for more than 10 years!

Even though she’s in California and I’m *roaming*, we support each other thanks to phone calls, text and emails.

In the spirit of friendship, we hold each other accountable for goals dare to set, and celebrate – via long distance – each others’ success.

At the start of every year, Suzan and I block out a couple of hours to review the previous year’s goals, reflect on the accomplishments, and explore perhaps why a particular goal wasn’t met.

We then turn our attention to the promise of the year ahead:

  • Personal goals
  • Professional goals
  • Writing goals
  • Financial goals
  • Health goals
  • And so on…

Ultimately, we seek new ways to be challenged, new learning opportunities, bigger dreams to work towards, and, for the past few years, assigning a “yearly theme” or mantra.

We genuinely rejoice in the successes of one another… there is no competition, no envy, no jealously. There is absolute honesty and trust. My friendship soul mate!

As we prepare to enter the final month of the 3rd Quarter of 2014, I find myself scanning my Quarterly and Yearly goals… the end of 2014 is getting closer! Am I on track? Am I hitting my mark? Am I at least moving in the right direction to where I want to be?

If I find that I’ve diverted off-course, it’s as easy as (1) readjusting my goal timetable, or (2) taking time to reevaluate/re-prioritize the goal. Nothing is set in stone that I can’t change my mind. That is the beauty of living the life of *my* dreams, *my* bliss. It allows me the freedom to change and grow as a person, and have my goals reflect this development.

CNS_LivingDreamsFor those who currently are not big goal setters, or maybe don’t know where to being, I highly recommend the following:

  • “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Your Dreams” (Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, pictured)
  • “The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be” (Jack Canfield)
  • “Think and Grow Rich” (Napoleon Hill)
  • “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (Stephen R. Covey)

I know there are thousands of goal-setting books out there, but if you’ve had one that impacted you, or if you have other goal setting tips or advice that’s helped keep you on track with your goals, I’d be grateful for you to share them in the comments.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

http://www.AmyOakley.com

 

 

Making a Dream Happen

 

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I believe it!

I’ve had a life-long dream to do this:

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So after two years of planning, I sold my Waco house:

SOLD

 

Bought this:

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So I can do this:

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Of course, I still do a little of this:

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Mixed in with a little of this:

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Mostly, I do a lot of this:

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Because this is what it’s all about:

LifeIsAJourney

 

Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

First Blog Post!

Wed., Aug. 7, 2014

 

My first blog post for “On The Go With Amy O”!

Thanks for checking out my Life Adventure blog.

So… this is me:

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This is what I do:

I write. I rescue. I roam.

 

This is why:

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This blog will highlight my adventures in all three areas.

I invite you to join me!

Amy O.

 

 

 

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