13 hours and 37 minutes. Those numbers made sense and my guess is that the real reason we are headed to Amarillo, Texas is to meet some more amazing people.

Everywhere we’ve been has been like that: kind-hearted, generous people making a difference in people’s lives by just being themselves. It makes me feel that God (or whatever higher power you believe in) watches over us, and makes sure that we meet kindred spirits at exactly the right time.

We started off this adventure with a signature. We signed off on ownership of all things big: house, extra car and extra furniture — all gone. Yes, we sold all of our major possessions to move out West. A family member is ill and we decided, as a family, that we needed to step up to help out. It was a decision that was not very easy to make, but in the end, we followed one of our guiding principles – to do the greatest good we can for those we care about who have the greatest need.

Not everyone was happy with our decision, but for the most part, we have experienced a tremendous outpouring of good will from those around us. Support from our community not only reinforces that we are not alone, but that we are understood and loved.

Being seen and understood is something we all want Christine Jeffrey

People always surprise you. In the past 10 days, we’ve met some amazing people — kindred spirits who are kind, gentle, helpful, loving, and understand that the magic happens in the small things everywhere and all the time.

We are making the time to hear their stories — not just the words they say — but the space in between the words. The magic is in how they view their lives, in their laughter as well as in their tears.

It’s in Megan’s fierce devotion to protect her guests. It’s in Asami’s excitement to help a customer. It’s in Lamar’s love of all things space related. It’s in the little things that Shanay does that says, “I see you.” It’s in Sue’s love and care not only for her family, but for all the people who cross her path. It’s in George’s need to make someone’s day just a little better. It’s in Natalie’s tribute to her father. It’s in the emotion you hear when Tyler talks about his sons, and it’s in Amy Grant’s wish for everyone to have a family Christmas experience.

These were just some of the people that crossed our path during the past 10 days. I am sure there will be many more during the final days of our trip across this beautiful country.

What would happen to your experience if you took the time to listen in between the words and look for the truth in their hearts?

This year has been a year of firsts for me. I am so blessed to be closing out this year in this way. When you have a vision for your life and you work toward that vision, things just fall into place. I am not belittling the work, I am saying, much like Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” something else is assisting us on our life’s journey.

If you are looking for a little more help. Take a peek at my vision journal. It may be just the guidance you need to close out 2017 with a bang and ring in the new year with a plan to make 2018 your year of firsts! You can check it out here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to hear my voice and to share in my vision of making the world a kinder and friendlier place.

Have a great week!

Remember, you are always so much more than who you believe yourself to be!