Friday, June 1, 2012

Puerto Rico / Soul Sister Adventure

The week after graduation, my sister and I had ourselves a  "soul sister" adventure. What does a "soul sister" adventure look like you ask? Well, it looks like this. You travel with your favorite sister to a new place and enjoy it for all its worth. 

That is easier than it sounds. Quite frankly, my sister, Candace Rose Rardon ( is a travel writer and I was so excited to travel with her. 
What I didn't realize was, we planned it for one day after being home from my graduation. During the planning stages, I thought that would be fantastic and a fun way to celebrate. What I didn't take in to account was how sad I would be leaving my what had become to me, my "new" home, Lynchburg, VA. It had been the place where I met my best friends, my boyfriend and had an amazing church home. I learned to love that place with all my heart. So, traveling to a new place, where they speak a different language than you, a day after leaving a place that meant so much to you and leaving my boyfriend to become a long distance relationship, was a lot to handle. 

However, I was able to express this to my soul sister two days after not being myself and she was so understanding. I was very thankful for that and It made me feel more "at home." I'm not saying I was able to 'snap' out of my sadness because honestly, I wasn't. However, God was able to help me enjoy it more, and the last day especially. We went to the Rainforest (pictures at the end) and then Candace had a surprise night kayaking trip planned at the end of the day and it was amazing. 

If I had to plan it again, I would give myself more time to adjust to this "new normal" of being back in my home town and being in a long distance relationship, but, I am thankful for this trip. I saw a gorgeous part of the world God created and I got to see it with my sister. I wasn't the "happy, laughing brooke" I think my sister and I were expecting me to be, but, I am so thankful for Candace accepting me and allowing me to process this new change the way that I needed to process it. That to me, is what a "soul sister adventure" is all about, accepting each other for who they are and loving them no matter what. 

Take a peek at what I saw through my lens in Puerto Rico / A Soul Sister Adventure! 


1 comment:

  1. darling...thanks for this beautiful, honest reflection on our trip. it wasn't what we were expecting, but i think (and hope) over time, the rough edges will be smoothed over and we'll be left with some great memories (and even better photos, ay?). thank you for coming with me and i can't wait to start planning our next adventure. - your soul sister