Traveling Solo (What I Learned)~

Wow... what a week it has been! This past week I've traveled to three different major cities around North and South Carolina and I don't even know where to start to tell you about what I've learned in such a short amount of time.
First off, I'll start by saying the people I've met have the friendliest, kindest and most loving people I've ever met. The southern hospitality is real y'all. The best story I could tell (there's a lot but it would be pages) is about a lady I met. It was my first morning in Greenville, SC and I couldn't check into my Airbnb until 4 pm that day. Well, it was 11 am when I arrived in this city so I was trying to kill some time. I was googling and going on Pinterest (highly recommend if you are traveling somewhere new and want to find cool places around that area) what there was to do in Greenville and I stumbled across this free rose garden tour. I heard free so I was all in haha! I packed up my things and headed over. It was this gorgeous house built in the early 1900's. As I was walking into this house, I felt like I was in the wrong place because nobody was there. A few seconds later, this lady in her late 70's, early 80's comes walking over to me and asks if I was here for a tour. I said yes and she got so excited and so we started. She told me about the history of the house and then even took time out of her own day to show me around the garden because I got there when they were closing. We started talking about life, then our personal lives and when the tour was over, she asked where I was off to next. I told her I still had another few hours to kill before my check in. She then says to me, "well let's go get some coffee then!" I was so beyond happy that she wanted to hang out with me, a total stranger! We got in her car and headed to her favorite coffee shop that she told me she goes to after church. We had coffee in this cute little bookstore and when we finished, she asked if I had more time. Honestly, I would've canceled all my plans for this lady, she became my new favorite person. I said "of course, I have all the time in the world!" We hopped back in her car and she took me to her church. This was an Episcopal church and I was blown away by how gorgeous it was. You could tell how excited she was to be showing someone around and how proud of it she was. Afterwards, she dropped me back off at my Airbnb and gave me her email (!!!!so cute) and we went our separate ways. I tell you this story because as I was traveling alone, I never really felt like I was alone. I met these amazing people like Bitsy and threw myself into situations that were outside my comfort zone. If I would've been shy and bottled up the whole trip, I never would've gotten to open up my eyes to what was right in front of me. I started conversations, I engaged in the history of the town I was in and I made friends that were strangers to me just a week ago.
I took a lot away from this past week, but it wasn't because I taught myself something. It was other people, strangers, teaching me along my way. No matter what point of life you are at, you are always learning and always growing. There are always areas of your life that you can grow in and mature in. I am leaving today to go serve Jesus and kids at a Young Life camp that is three weeks long. I can't imagine how much I'm going to learn and how many strangers I'll meet that will turn into friends in these next few weeks if this past week is any telling.
Signing off till August 8th, catch ya on the flip side!

xoxo~ sav

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