Road Trips Through Washington State the Unconventional Way

I Took A Road Trip Today.

It wasn’t your typical road trip though. Recently I left my temporary job to pursue something more related to my field (health coaching) now that I’ve officially graduated. Today marks a full month since I’ve been on the job hunt. There have been some downs, but plenty of pending ups. It’s been tough at times, especially when the savings dwindle and you’re not where you want to be just yet. No doubt the month has been trying. However, there have been some silver linings, although it took plenty of mental willpower to see it. The best part of my job search adventure isn’t what one may normally think when you think of job searching though.

Since moving to Washington, unforeseen circumstances (vandalism leading to subsequent towing of my car) led me to rely heavily on public transportation, i.e. taking the bus or the Sounder everywhere I go. This has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences since moving to the beautiful PNW. Of all the places I’ve been in my life, and I’ve been to quite a few places being military, nothing compares to the Pacific Northwest. From the plush green coniferous trees to the endless bodies of water, all the way to the elegant mountain ranges that surround the area, there isn’t anywhere else I’d currently want to live at the moment.

Washington State’s Beauty Can’t Be Matched

Washington state fits perfectly with my personality as well as represents everything holistic health stands for: the great wide open outdoors and a perfect place to connect with nature, all while honing a peaceful state of mind. I use each bus ride as a time to delve into a meditative mindset. I get on the bus, backpack in hand as always and full of resumes, DD214’s and all that good stuff, go over interview routine for 5 minutes, then tune out of my mind and focus on breathing and being present in the moment. Washington is just too damn pretty not to do so.

As I focus on my breathing, I become very mindful of my surroundings: the people in the bus from different walks of life, the traffic on the road representing the typical hustle-and-bustle of American life, the color of the leaves on the trees (right now many are leafless due to the changing season), the random bodies of lakes and rivers we ride by, the majestic mountains in the background with Mt. Rainier ominously looming over the landscape. Washingtonians, be very thankful for where you live. You won’t find this kind of beauty anywhere else in the country.

Of course, those from places like the Rocky Mountain area and Appalachians may beg to differ, and it’s certainly debatable. I just know there’s nowhere else on the mainland you’ll find a place with so much geographical diversity, down to the 5 active volcanoes that speckle the lands here.

Nope. And I guarantee that much.

Studying holistic health forces me to practice it as well. That means practicing techniques like deep breathing and meditating to bring me to a mindful state. Don’t get me wrong, Arizona, where I come from, is beautiful land in its own right (nowhere else will you find brilliant pink sunsets and open, golden skies). But Washington…..I just can’t get enough of that green (and noooo not that “green,” although certainly a perk for this here veteran).

Take A Step Back. Focus On The Present. Count Your Blessings.

Even though the job hunt still continues, I’m not at all stressed anymore. This is the time to take a step back from the hustle and appreciate where I am not just geographically, but in life. This past month has allowed me to stop and think about just how far I’ve gone, especially considering where I was last year physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Once a modest lost soul in life, through humble perspective, I’ve really come into my own and have learned to appreciate the finer things in life, as cliche as that sounds.

Parting Knowledge and Call-To-Action:

My advice to you if you get nothing else from this post is to take a step back from the busyness and stress of life and really look where you are in every way. Count your blessings, because believe me when I say it can be a hell of a lot worse. As someone who has to listen and observe for a living, I’m more than interested in hearing others’ personal experiences with their location, whether if it’s where you’re from or somewhere you just moved. Please share any experiences or tips in the comments! Also, for holistic health tips and posts related to travel, job search, and social awareness, and overall feel-good posts (lame, I know!) be sure to follow me on Twitter @Anthonyjrich11 as well as my Facebook page by the same tag!

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