After taking some time off I am emerging again to reclaim this space as my online creative home base. I must admit I got a little sucked into the crazy amount of noise swirling around and I found myself drained of energy. I was running on empty and I said over dinner one night that if I read one more article on the 5, 10, or 50 things you should be doing right now with a focus on clicks rather than interesting content ... I was going to scream. So I said enough. It was time to take a step away from the noisy, pounding chatter.
At first, I did a big cannon ball and sunk as far into the water as I could. I did not want to hear anything. I just wanted peace and quiet so that I could connect with my body, mind, and spirit. My energy was really low and it was time for some serious self-loving and care.
So I took some time off to re-charge starting with SLEEP! As Arianna Huffington said about her recent book, "I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is: getting enough sleep." (Read The Sleep Revolution)
During this time I did not feel like I had anything I wanted to share. It felt like something I thought I should do and I was stepping back from that. When I did share, I simplified my focus to three things that I was excited to do: sharing on Instagram, a photo series countdown to the National Park Services 100th birthday, and minimally keeping up with my blog Wild for Adventure. That was it.
Then when August came around I spent time just below the surface of the water where I could hear the muffled noises of the world but in a distant, unobtrusive sort of way. The more unplugging I did the more peaceful I felt. I wandered a lot in the woods behind our house with our pups. I drank lots of water, tea, and smoothies. I went swimming and slowly started running again while working through what may or may not be a foot injury. I swayed in a hammock and read a whole book in one sitting. I read a lot of books. I took a few naps. I scribbled away by putting pen to paper. I went to bed when I was tired. I visited with family, friends, and helped by lending a hand when I could. I put my toes in the sand. I watched and listened to nature. I settled into our new home. I went from resisting to accepting and then on to craving peacefulness.
This summer was an amazing time for me to go more slowly and find my rhythm. Don't get me wrong I missed some of the epic, but my body physically couldn't do it in a joyful way until I was rested and injury free.
Now I am floating on the surface of the water. My head is bobbing up for air when I want to hear great stories, see great content, engage in a meaningful way with people, places, and ideas. My head is sinking just below the surface where I can hear the muffled noises, unobtrusively moving about as I play, create, rest, laugh, write, and enjoying being right where I am.