A Woman Finding Strength

Next on the road trip? Butte, Montana!  Butte was supposed to be a 1 night lay over as I continued along my adventure. A warm shower after a week of camping in Yellowstone National Park. Ahhhhhh


What many do not know is that I began my trip knowing that I needed time for thoughtful reflection. Reflection of the past and time to take in my present. A time to be alone and ponder. Why did life not go as planned? How do I accept the unknown future and feel peace with this?

Sometimes on a journey we stumble upon the unexpected.

How we let this affect us is up to us.

Is what we experience planned for us? I wonder.  I do tend to search for understanding in the unexpected. I first ask myself, “Why?”  But, when I can not find the answer, I think about how the experience can have a positive influence on my life. This allows me to accept what I cannot explain. Sometimes, some experiences are harder to accept than others.

I entered the city of Butte.

As I gazed at the mountains that seem to be stretching toward heaven.

I saw her.


Majestic and strong, she was reaching for the heavens, too.

Feeling small and weak, she drew me toward her and I needed to know her story.

She stood tall in the clouds as if protecting her children from harm.

Motherly love with undying sacrifice.


A mother’s devotion to their child never goes away.

But what do you do when there is no child present to sacrifice for?


I felt lost.

But, I did not need her to comfort me, or so I thought.

Instead,  I desperately yearned for her strength and her ability to trust,

that whatever comes her way has a purpose.

An experience that I could welcome with arms wide open,

accepting the experiences I did not plan.


Sometimes on a journey we stumble upon the unexpected.

How we let this affect us is up to us.

Meeting her did bring me a sense of comfort I did not know I needed.

The unexpected did occur.

On days that are difficult, I remind myself  that I have strength and purpose

by wearing a symbol of her along with other women that have inspired me.  

This necklace is my reminder that I am strong and have purpose.


Becoming a strong woman takes much work.

But I am ready to continue my journey now.


Today, I am confident that I can be strong and trust my journey once again.

I do not need to know what is to come right now.

I have no plan.

It is time to embrace what is new, different and unexpected.




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Do not plan your journey, just let it unfold before you with open arms.



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