It All Started With A Bucket Bath


Yes, a bucket bath. Do you ever think of something and before you know it, your mind has gone down a very long rabbit hole? I know you have. Everyone has. I can think of what I need to do tomorrow and in 60 seconds, my mind goes to laundry and then the money I found in my husband’s pocket, then the craft project supplies I can buy with said money, then my very long craft to-do list created from browsing Pinterest, then the red Roman shade I want to make for my kitchen, then that pretty red lollipop I saw at the store, then how awesome that lollipop would be for a photo shoot.  Just like a bucket bath leads to a major life change.

“Mom, what’s for lunch?” It’s someone getting my attention that snaps me back to reality and makes me realize that I did that rabbit hole thing again. It’s very similar to the way this “I want to travel the world” thing was birthed.

I was sitting in high school English class. Who knows what was being discussed. The only thing I remember is one of my classmates saying that they had never been to Dallas, a mere 45 minute drive away. The rabbit trail began.

That’s not going to be me.

I have to get out of this small town.

I have to see the world.

I’m going to graduate and travel.

Where should I go?

The ringing bell interrupted my rabbit trail dreaming but left me with a hunger to discover what life was like outside of small town Texas. Just a few months later, I found myself on a big school bus heading to Matamoros, Mexico. My 17 year old inquisitive mind was racing with questions.

Is this what real Mexican food tastes like?

Do people really live in the garbage dump?

How can the streets look so different just a border away?

On that week long excursion, I got half a bucket of water every other day to bathe. Although it was barely enough to clean my body, it certainly whet my appetite for more. It all started with that bucket bath, and just like a rabbit trail, it has snowballed into more.

Where does your rabbit trail of dreaming take you?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Explore. Dream. Discover.

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.


  1. Elisa | blissfulE :

    It’s amazing how those seemingly random moments can shape our lives! I dropped my Texas accent after moving from the Dallas area to the Houston area… and getting made fun of in school there in Texas for my Texas accent! I thought, “If I’m getting made fun of here in Texas, how much worse it will surely be when I leave Texas!” Little did I realise that a couple decades later I’d find myself coming to grips with pretty much everyone knowing I’m an American as soon as I open my mouth here in Australia. Oh well!!

    • Jen Price :

      I find myself, here in S. Africa, using words that I wouldn’t otherwise use in Texas. Like, instead of saying, “Where’s the bathroom?” I say, “Where the toilet?” Or, instead of “I’ll call you,” it’s “I’ll phone you.”