Gratitude, Travel

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections

March 20, 2015

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

I think gratitude posts are especially necessary when I’m feeling stressed or anxious. Nothing pulls me out of a what-am-I-doing-with-my-life brain fog than making a list of all the positives, right?

So, for those of you who may not follow S&S on Facebook or Instagram (which…why not?!), I was an updating machine while I was in Seattle. I posted plenty of pictures and wordy updates about what I did each day, but of course those didn’t do my solo week away justice. I stayed in four different places, dined alone in restaurants several times, explored a few neighborhoods throughout the city, rode the ferry across Elliott Bay, ate a lot of doughnuts, and went on a day trip up Mount Rainier (Washington’s highest mountain and my fifth national park!). 

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

Beyond the surface stuff: I also laughed, cried, had moments of pure joy and pure sadness, experienced constant inspiration beyond belief, and didn’t want to leave (except to see Andy). I’d say that makes for a satisfying vacation, wouldn’t you?

Friday Gratitude: Post Solo Vacation

1. I’m grateful for myself! For having the determination and will to make this trip happen, for being a good planner and deal-finder, and for the travel opportunities I created through this blog.

2. I’m grateful for Andy: a supportive, giving partner. Andy understands me and my needs. In a general sense, he supports me traveling alone and specifically, he was an enormous help right before I left and made sure I had everything I needed.

This photo is blurry, but it marks a special moment (getting our marriage license four years ago) and I love the looks on our faces:

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

3. I’m grateful for my day trip to Mount Rainier with EverGreen EscapesI’ll post plenty more on this, but what a great tour! Everything from our guide, the food and drinks included, and the beauty of the Cascades stood out for me. We all could have done without the pouring rain on the mountain, but Mother Nature does want she wants, doesn’t she?

At least I got a few good shots at lower elevations when it stopped raining, like this one:

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

4. I’m grateful for Seattle’s friendly residents who made me feel at home. Since I was traveling alone, I connected more with cashiers, servers, and other locals than I would have otherwise. I had some wonderful interactions that I’m sure I won’t forget, like the waiter at The Lucky Diner who gave me my breakfast for half off. He nearly brought me to tears with his kindness!

The heavily discounted breakfast of vegetarian biscuits and gravy (don’t worry, I have a whole post dedicated to my vacation meals coming up!):

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

5. I’m grateful for the spring weather in Seattle last week! I felt like I jumped forward six weeks, that’s how nice it was compared to how far off spring feels here in New York. I loved walking outside in only a jacket, and then removing it in the afternoons to soak up the sunshine.

Also, holy flowering trees, Batman! What a joy to see blossoms like this all over the city!

Friday Gratitude: Solo Vacation Reflections - Sweet and Savoring

Bonus: I’m grateful for the low periods during my week in Seattle. It’s hard to have highs without lows; I feel like I know that all too well. But really, after calling Andy amid some major sadness and loneliness on Saturday night, Sunday and Monday were simply wonderful.

I have tons more details for you about everything I mentioned and more! I’d love to hear: what are you grateful for this week? What’s the weather like where you are (snowing here)? Have you ever experienced generosity like I did at the diner? What are you favorite aspects of Seattle, if you’ve been?


Disclaimer: My Mount Rainier day trip was compliments of EverGreen Escapes, but all opinions are my own.

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 20, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    How awesome and what a beautiful enriching experience! XOXO

    • Christy March 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

      It certainly was. As usual, I’m already dreaming about when I can return 🙂

  • Kelly March 21, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I love that picture of you on the mountain! So fierce! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Your photos are spectacular! This is an area of the country I have pined for for so long. Someday soon, I will explore the great Pacific Northwest as well. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.
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    • Christy March 21, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thanks, Kelly- I was trying to turn my mood around because it was so wet with zero visibility on the mountain! But it was still epic and I’m glad I did it.
      And it was so hard choosing only a small selection of photos for this post- I took so many each day. Such is the ‘curse’ of digital photography!

  • Rachel March 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I’m glad you had beautiful weather in Seattle, you got some amazing picture and looks like you had a great trip!
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    • Christy March 22, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Rachel, it was a great trip! I wish I could have had another week 🙂

  • Rea March 22, 2015 at 1:10 am

    You’re amazing!!! I hope I’ll find the guts to travel for leisure alone! I don’t mind traveling alone because I’ve done it many times but travel like what you did is something I’m not sure I have the courage to do just yet. I had a beach escapade yesterday! That’s what I’m grateful of. I was so happy to be back.
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    • Christy March 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks for the confidence boost! A beach escapade sounds amazing, as well, especially in this awful freezing weather.

  • AwesomelyOZ March 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    That sounds like such a wonderful trip! So glad your experience is more than outstanding and that the locals were warm and welcoming. That’s usually the fear is how welcoming the locals are and how friendly and inviting they can be. Can’t wait to hear about all the food you ate!! Love that photo of you and the hubby!! <3 Have a great one and thanks for sharing Christy! -Iva
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    • Christy March 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Iva! There’s actually this thing I learned about called the ‘Seattle Freeze’, where the locals supposedly aren’t that friendly, but I didn’t experience that at all, thankfully!
      Food post coming this week 🙂 Hope your weekend is going well!

  • Rabia @TheLiebers March 24, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    That’s awesome that you had good weather! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Seattle without rain!

    • Christy March 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

      I know, I was seriously blessed with some beautiful Seattle days!

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