good life – by jenny solar
Part of cultivating a good life is saying yes to adventure.
It all started with our first family road trip five summers ago. We had three kids under the age of four and no ideas about how you’re supposed to travel with kids. So we loaded up our minivan and set out for Colorado. We left Kansas City with a vague idea of a route and an itinerary but no booked hotels and no solid plans.
That first trip was nine days of managed chaos and oh how we loved it! We couldn’t help it, but we started planning the next trip before we even got home from Colorado. The following January, we took our kids on a road trip to New Orleans and in April of that year, we drove the entirety of Route 66.
The more we traveled, the more we wanted to travel more. We slept in a treehouse in Oregon, we had a dance party on the last brick road section of Route 66, and we ran through an open sprinkler in Peabody, Kansas, at the end of a 29-day road trip.
Somewhere along the line, we decided that one of our family mottos would be “Say yes to adventure.” We also decided that we didn’t want to be the kind of people who just talk about doing cool stuff… we wanted to be the kind of people who actually do cool stuff.
So now we’re gearing up for a five-month long adventure to Western Europe. We’ve been planning this trip for almost four years. What started out as an idea to take a three week vacation turned into us pulling our kids out of school for half the school year to travel and adventure together.
We’re leaving in less than two months and it’s kind of crazy to think about it all really. Anytime we tell someone new that we’re about to head off to Europe for five months, their eyes get really big and they ask, “Are you going for work?” I always smile and shake my head, then say, “We’re going for adventure.”
And then their eyes get even bigger. “Adventure?” they ask, as if they’ve never heard of the word. “That’s right,” I say, “We’re off on the adventure of a lifetime!” I’m pretty sure most of those people walk away, shaking their heads, thinking we must be crazy. And we are a little crazy. But that’s the way I like it.
There are a few things I know to be true. Life is short. We were meant to enjoy it. We can make a living doing the things we love. We can change the world with love and kindness. Experiences are more important than things. Having solid relationships is the most important thing. And saying yes to adventure makes life a lot more fun!
Note from Becky
Jenny and Josh Solar are a pretty awesome couple with a pretty awesome family, doing their best to cultivate a pretty awesome life every single day. And seriously – who doesn’t want to join them on their fun family adventures? What a great reminder to live life to the fullest and make every minute count. Their initiative called The Happy Family Movement is all about inspiring families in these ways; I love their positive influence in the world! Yep, the Solars have their fair share of ups and downs like the rest of us, and their outlook on life is completely inspiring. I’m so grateful to Jenny for sharing with us today!