Beautiful reminder to be present in the moment. Living your values > Focusing only on goals. #trusttheprocess#mindfulness #values #sacramento #mentalhealth #goals #truth #counseling #bepresent #happiness #meditation #california

I snapped this photo on a recent road trip along the Northern California coast.  My husband and I had looked forward to this romantic getaway to celebrate 5 years of marriage for months–we love finding secluded destinations where we can reconnect with nature, each other, and a good book. It’s important to me to practice what I preach.

During this part of the drive, I was in the passenger seat, putting me  close to the edge of some pretty steep cliffs.  As someone who is freaked out around heights, I kept wanting to close my eyes as I thought “I just want to get to the hotel, then the vacation and fun will start.”

Luckily for me, my husband pulled over to snap some pictures.  Gosh, this view was beautiful and seeing the curving road behind us, I thought of this quote:

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Much like in our 10 plus year relationship, it was easy for me to get distracted by focusing on the destination: the next milestone, goal reached; I had to make a conscious effort to be where I was and look at the beauty around me.  And when I do…it’s oh, so worth it.