Miranda Lambert on finding balance to 'experience life' and love

’It's a long journey’
Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert is one of the biggest names in this generation of Country music and she doesn’t take a bit of the recognition for granted. While it took years, a lot of heartbreak and tough lessons, Miranda is proud to have arrived where she is now — the most confident, balanced and authentic version of herself.

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"Finding happiness and being at peace with yourself, it's a long journey, but I've really gotten to a great place," Lambert, said in an interview for a recent issue of PEOPLE. "It's really about balance of life and work for me right now.”

Part of that balance is taking time away from the spotlight and enjoying some of the hobbies she enjoys most, like traveling for fun without the responsibility of playing a show each night.

"I've been touring for 20 years, and I've been everywhere and seen nothing — just a lot of parking lots,” she shared. “I’m trying to use my downtime to really experience life. I always get the boring months off, and I'm like, 'can I just have a sunshiny month off?' So the first of July, I'm out of here, and I'm taking my Airstream.”

Joining Miranda for her travels, and a key supporter of her finding balance between work and personal life is husband Brendan McLoughlin. Lambert credits his love and support for helping her find time (and a way) to fully enjoy all aspects of life.

"I want to be open about how happy we are," Lambert says. “He jumped right into this lifestyle — there's a learning curve taking a New Yorker straight to the woods — but it was a big laugh. It's nice to have a partner in that, someone by your side that supports you, loves you and believes in you. He loves me for me. It's a really cool thing to have in my life, at this point in my life."

Miranda’s journey to happiness can surely serve as inspiration to many enduring hard times, and if there’s one piece of advice she could offer — it’s to embrace each life lesson and hang in there.

"Without the hard stuff — the chaos, the crazy schedule, the heartbreak, the falling in love, the falling out of love — I wouldn't be who I am. I'm thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time."

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