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The 7-Step Journey

Reflecting back about my recent trip to Toronto, I found a connection between traveling and the next step ideas I'm writing about this month. Perhaps as you take on next, some of the steps I've identified will be helpful as you continue on your journey. We begin first with an idea and travel on from there.


Entertain New Idea - Before I planned to go away, there was no plan. A question was raised if I could travel with my Mom to Toronto to hear the premiere of my brother's new symphony?

Next step: Is this journey possible? Set aside time to mull over the idea.


Consider Logistics - Moving to next involved looking at calendars, discussing possible travel schedule, reviewing the basics for flights, hotel, and ground transfers.

Next step: Fact gather to move ahead.


Create List – After schedules were coordinated and travel details were booked, "to dos" came next. This included writing a pack list, getting foreign money, and adding international capabilities to my smart phone.

Next step: Create "to do" list to provide focus.


Prepare Attitude - No matter how organized or ready we are, the unexpected will occur. The morning of our trip, a major snowstorm hit our area. Roads were messy, our flight was delayed, and things didn't go according to the plan. Between Porter Airline's free latte machine, the short video clips I was sharing back and forth between my Mom and our younger daughter, and the great people watching at the airport, I enjoyed the travel day, delays and all.

Next step: Prepare not only your suitcase, but also your attitude. Next is so much easier when you activate positivity, gratitude, and fun.


Get Comfortable - Change in routines and environments can be energizing or stressful. Know what you need to take care of you. After a car ride, flight, ferry boat, and taxi, Mom and I arrived at the hotel feeling a bit worn out. We unpacked, settled in, ate some dinner, saw my brother, put on our pjs, I took a bubble bath, and got a good night's sleep.

Next step: Getting back to the basics prepares and renews us for next.


Activate Senses - Traveling is an opportunity to experience the new through our senses. I explored the sights, sounds, scents, and feel of being in a different place. I enjoyed walking, taking photos, hearing wonderful music, being with family, and meeting the friendly people of Toronto.

Next step: Allow your senses to guide you forward.


Complete Cycle - We pack. We unpack. Preparing for next included finishing the process. Upon returning back home, I unpacked, put away the “stuff,” responded to emails, reviewed the schedule and to dos for the week, enjoyed dinner with my husband, and got a good night's sleep.

Next step: Clear the decks. Complete what you start to prepare for next.


Many exciting adventures are ahead. I'm ready to move forward, one packed bag at a time. Come join the conversation. What are your next step thoughts?

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Reader Comments (14)

Thank you, Linda! Another exceptional post with such clearly defined points. Many people prepare for "next" with a to-do list, but I wonder how many prepare their attitude as well. That is such an excellent point. I also like the idea of clearing the decks and fully completing the task. I've been so busy tackling several "nexts" at one time that I haven't allowed myself to get comfortable. So, this post came at just the right time to help me do that! Thank you again!

Wonderful to "hear" your voice, Peggy! It's like the juggler with all the balls in the air. There are many elements to combine to make that "journey" successful. I know you're a master juggler. Glad that you found a few things here that are helpful to you right now. That's awesome, and so are you!

March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, love your mind! Well thought out and you included the concepts of attitude, experience and enjoyment... Ask not only if this is Possible (your first question) - but Do I WANT to go! (Oh, the metaphor for what we do with our lives.) You did, and it sounds (pun on the symphony LOL) like a wonderful trip.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Lasky

Susan- I love YOUR mind! You're one of the most creative, interesting thinkers I know. Good clarification about not only IF something is possible, but if it's worth doing (as in "want" to do.) Thank you for that. You're right about the "sound" of things. It was a wonderful trip. So glad you joined us here.

March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your comment about expecting the plan not to work exactly as planned. Prepare for the unexpected - not only with stuff but also with your attitude. So much of what we plan does not work the way we had anticipated but a good and positive attitude will allow us to make the best of the situation. And, perhaps the way it works out is even better than the original plan and the way it was meant to be.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Hi Diane- Thanks so much. It's true that we never know what "might" occur. We make ours plans and then exercise flexibility. This has not been an easy thing for me to learn, but I get better at it each time I flex those muscles. Attitude has everything to do with our daily experience. I opt to go by the "glass half full" philosophy. It's absolutely helpful when things don't go as expected, or as you said...sometimes they're even better than "the original plan."

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I loved this post too, and not just because I could picture you on the Toronto ferry and enjoying the city. As Peggy said, you outline not just the physical steps involved, but the emotional ones too - and that's what sets you apart from most of the bloggers I know.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Hi Janet- I hope you saw me waving to you as I flew into Canada. What a wonderful place! Thank you for your kind words. We can all go through the motions, but it's why and how we're going through that I find most intriguing. What makes us tick? What helps us tick better? What brings joy and passion to our every day experience? So honored that you're part of this special community.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, I love how you translate the experience of the trip - from preparation to closing it - into a learning and doable process to everything we do in life. It's so easy to start many things and never conclude many of them and that's when overwhelm sets in. My favorite was your bubble bath! I'm so bad at "indulging" myself with those pockets of time to re-charge and re-start. Thank you for sharing your trip and advice. I love it!

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

Helena- Wonderful that you joined us! I always love hearing what you're thinking about. There's nothing quite like taking a bath, especially with the addition of scents and potions, to feel truly relaxed and indulged. While in Toronto, I explored some of the fun shops with my niece. We came upon the store "Lush," which specializes in bath bombs, bars, and melts. I procured a lovely trio of products that turned my bath into a colorful, bubbly, beautifully scented, experience. It worked it's magic, leaving me ready for next. I highly recommend taking the plunge.

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a great way to get started on your project! Always thinking about the just one next step can make it much easier to get going. Wonderful post!

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

So glad you enjoyed this post, Ellen. Having an overview of a project is great, but then breaking it down to just the next step and then the next makes things less overwhelming and more doable. Whether traveling, organizing an entire household, or figuring out a new career path, taking those small steps works. Build momentum off small successes.

March 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As usual a real gem this month. The perfect topic for a perfect time in my life "letting go" as I -got rid of-packed-moved-got rid of- and got rid of even more "stuff" for the gizillionth time!
Now it's time to "let in" the new and exciting possibilities! -

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter"Sam" (Ca)

Ca- You are a true expert in letting go, moving on, reinventing, and embracing the possibilities. You've learned how to be flexible, creative, and willing to take risks. I admire you tremendously for those qualities. How does it feel to be be living with less "stuff?

April 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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