Getting to the top of the mountain took like every bit of mental and physical strength that I had that day. Some days you're going to have that in your business. So I just have to count to 10, keep going.
It's Monica here, happy Wednesday, November 21st 2018. It is the day before Thanksgiving and I am super excited because we're about to take a big road trip and that reminded me of another trip that I took that I think about a lot because it's a pretty amazing trip and it was 11 years ago now, My friends and I went down to a wedding in Peru and we got to celebrate Ed and Claudia getting married. And this wedding was amazing. I can't even tell you. It was so much fun first of all. But then, they party all night, like we had to leave at four to go catch our flights to Cusco from Peru. So we stayed there and, man, there's a whole bunch of stories there, but that's the one I'm talking about today. It's so much fun at that.
It was right around Thanksgiving time, so that's part of the reason I'm remembering it right now is because we were there over Thanksgiving and had some really good friends with me. And we went Cusco and then we took the lower east trail, not the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. If you don't even know what I'm talking about, Machu Picchu, is this like amazing, like I don't even know what to call it, it's just this amazing thing in South America in Peru that was built so long ago and discovered. It was like a lost city and the architecture is just stunning and incredible and they did so much cool stuff with brick. But to get there you have to, I mean, you just get there, right? You could take a bus or a train or something, but we hiked and there was a group of us.
And so we also have people that go with us. So all we really have to do is walk right in. They're carrying all of our stuff to try to make it as easy as possible because we're not used to the altitude and there's just a lot of things that come into play when you're going on these big long three day treks. Right. And so you get to know your friends fairly well because you get to like squat to pee next to them and that's always fun but I'm a country girl, so nothing new to me. So we're three days into the site and along the whole way we have an emergency mule in case one of us can't make it. Right. So they do have a backup plan if you're like, literally like stuck on the mountain. They're going to put you on a mule and send you on your way back. We have two guides so they can separate. And so one can go with mule and one can stay with the rest of us. Right? But there's only one backup plan. Okay. So about day three and we'll hike one of the girls in our group, she was like, I can't do this, I need the emergency mule. So off she goes. I mean, she was not doing very well and this is not an easy one, right? Like you need to be in pretty good shape to do it, but we get to one of the highest altitudes and it's raining. I've gotten a Poncho, which just like, I don't know if you've ever worn a Poncho and the rain, but it's like a sweat bucket, so I'm sticky and I'm hot and I'm gross.
It's pouring rain. I've got the guide basically telling me like I suck because I can't move faster and I'm just trying to get to the top of this mountain. Okay. And literally I have to count to 10 every step I take to 10 and then start over. So I can go every 10 steps. I looked literally like gritting through every ten steps. I'm tired, I'm hungry, it's pouring rain. I'm like sweating in this Poncho and I just keep stepping and saying one, two, like deep breaths, three, I'm like three miles in the air, which is really high. It's hard to breathe but I just keep stepping because I don't have a choice, right? There is not an emergency mule anymore. Alright. And that's how I feel about my business. Like you just have to keep stepping because you don't have the emergency mule. It's gone. That ship has sailed.
So just one foot in front of the other. Step one, two, step three and then if that's how many you can get, start over because I couldn't count higher than 10 at that point. My brain was just not functioning to go any higher than 10. 10 was as much as my brain can do, so I just kept repeating the 10 until I got to the top and this crazy thing happened at the top.
This story sounds made up because it's so crazy, but literally we get to the top, we stop, we take a few breaths, take a drink of water, and then we start going down. Skies parted, clear skies, you'd think we were in the sound of music at that point because we're like literally dancing and skipping and running down the hill because at that point we had reached the top and now we had the easy drive down and we were just singing and laughing and had so much fun. So it was like 19 degrees.
And then we met up with our friend who'd gotten the emergency mule because she beat us to the next camp site of course, and set up camp and had a great rest of the trip. But, man, getting to that top of that hill, that mountain- it was a mountain not a hill- getting to the top of the mountain took like every bit of mental and physical strength that I had that day. Some days you're going to have that in your business. So I just have to count to 10, keep going.
Alright. That's it. I just want you to have a happy Thanksgiving. I will be on, probably shortly just to say happy Thanksgiving tomorrow because I did promise 365 days. I don't want to break my promise and I hope you're having a great holiday weekend.