Uncommon means, out of the ordinary. When my week starts with a meeting where we are encouraged to think outside the box, to attempt to make the ordinary, extraordinary it equates to me spending a few days brain storming and getting excited about the journey ahead. It’s such a privilege to be working with leaders in our community who have a passion to make things happen and to move our community towards a better tomorrow. It seemed rather fitting that my week started with moving forward in our community while personally I left the comforts of home to start a different sort of journey.

For the next month I will be visiting with my sister in New Mexico. While visiting, there will be time for reminiscing, spending time with family, sightseeing, making new memories and for this journey I will be learning and helping my sister with her business. The day of my departure I boarded a very crowded plane whose destination was Las Vegas, Nevada. I managed to snag one of the last window seats next to a very pleasant couple from Illinois.

As a young child I loved to play pretend, I’ve always had a passion to travel, so when my grandfather gave me an old map of his I took this treasured map and my pink plastic wallet with the Cary Grant photo in it and pretended to take myself on journeys that only my young imagination could conjure up. I’d spend hours playing travel as I imagined visiting new and exciting places and meeting new and exciting people. My imaginary name when I traveled was, Karen Mint. Not sure why I chose this name but it just so happened that on this trip the lady I sat next to on the plane to Vegas was named Karen, and so my journey west began. People watching at the airport can be very entertaining and meeting new people is always such a pleasure. I’m constantly amazed at how some people react to a smile or a kind word in an atmosphere that can often be crazy, busy and stressful. Airports are so busy, people rushing here and there but it certainly does my heart good when I can throw in a smile here and there, a kind word or two and watch the stress and hustle and bustle of the day just melt away. It certainly didn’t hurt to keep my spirits up when they were handing out free chocolate samples. There are so many ways to give and to receive. My brief layover was entertaining but the day was growing long and I was ready to meet up with my sister and call it a day.

The first few days of my journey west was spent with family, running errands with my sister and then traveling north to her home near Taos. Past visits to New Mexico never brought me in this direction so it was pretty exciting having the opportunity to see new sights and have new experiences. Her husband is a chef at a local restaurant and you know how comforting sharing a good meal with others can be. It’s truly a gift to provide not only a delicious meal to someone but to also provide a good experience while the guest is dining with you. I was not disappointed with my welcome to Taos and the first few days here have been amazing.

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show,” Unknown.

So let the adventure begin.

Your Kindness Challenge for the week: Take a treat to your local fire fighters. These men and women have been very busy this past month and any sort of thank you is well deserved by these dedicated volunteers.

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