Last night I returned from a five day trip to visit my siblings living in Iowa. I’ve actually spent a lot of time in the wonderful city of Ames as my sister went to Iowa State University (then decided to live there!) and now my little brother goes there. There’s something about this small college town that I absolutely love and while out and about this last visit I realized what it was.
A sense of calm.
I would say I am generally someone who doesn’t really stop. I like to be on the go and trying to accomplish everything on my to-do list. Ok, true confession….I will sometimes add something that wasn’t on my list just so I can cross it off a feel like I got more done. Yes, it’s a sickness. I know. There’s always somewhere to go, people to see and things to do. However, the past couple days that seemed to go away.
Of course people still have jobs and busy lives but I feel in this town there isn’t that sense of rush and urgency. Everyone stops on a Saturday. They run to the store to grab some drinks and food, throw on their yellow and red gear, gather and watch their beloved football team play. I know it’s little and silly, but for some reason this really hit home with me. Why are we always such in a rush to get this done and be “productive”?
This thought led to a conversation with my sister and her husband, who both have very busy jobs in which they must stay “connected” all the time. Whether phone calls, texting, Twitter or emails there’s always someone to answer to. But is it really that necessary at 9pm at night? Does this set up a pattern of always be “on call” with immediate responses? I’ve tried the past couple weeks to shut the phone off at 8:30pm. Since then I’ve found I am able to pick up a book again (just finished ‘Gone Girl’…amazing!) or read some recipes in a magazine, or heck, watch 30 minutes of ridiculous television like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Simple things that I’ve been “too busy” to do. Through this I have found the hubs and I have been able to have a deeper connection rather than just being occupied by getting back to people.
And oh my goodness, I am the worst at this so I am preaching to myself. It’s retraining yourself to just shut it down. Do you know what I mean?
When was the last time you really did something you love without being interrupted? Have you been wanting to try that perfect recipe you’ve seen on Pinterest or read a trashy magazine? Maybe you’ve been meaning to catch up with a friend but “haven’t had the time.” I had over an hour phone call with one of my closest friends in NY yesterday and I got off the phone thinking, that literally made my day. It’s time to be a little selfish and take time for YOU. Take time for the relationships that mean something you. Trust me, no matter how important or time pressing you think something may be….IT CAN WAIT!
Life is so precious and such a beautiful thing that it’s silly to get bogged down by “stuff.” As you will see below I was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of fall around this quaint college town. I think I annoyed my siblings by having them drive me around so I could take pictures of trees. Freak. But seriously, aren’t they stunning? It’s the simple beauties of life that remind me why were so lucky to be here.
So make a goal for yourself. Challenge yourself to change something about “your routine” this week that will ultimately make you a happier and more fulfilled person. And don’t say it’s not possible, because that’s just silly. Have a beautiful Monday and even better week!!
My first trip to Titletown! Packers fans sure now how to tailgate.
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A Monday night.
Out of the norm for a week night but we were celebrating with friends.
Party return at 2am.
Alarm clock 6:30am.
Back to normal.