After returning from my vacation up north, I felt refreshed and ready to make some changes in my life. I was excited about starting to do things for myself, things that make me happy. It's sometimes very easy to fall into our busy routines, to get caught up in our responsibilities and we let the days and weeks slip by so easily. We start forgetting to nurture our relationships with friends and family, but most importantly, we forget to nurture our own souls. One of the reasons why I love to travel is that it gives me a chance to take a step away from my daily routine. It offers an opportunity for a fresh perspective, new experiences, and inner reflection. I was able to take the time to ask myself, about both the small and big things in my life: what am I doing?, what do I want to be doing?, and why am I not doing it? Since my return, I've been addressing these questions...
One thing I had been unhappy about lately was my happy-hour-outings, too-busy, cubicle-bound, post-college weight gain. I'm finally doing something about it, and picked up my activity level a few notches. At least five days a week, I'm either walking at the beach, going for a run, working out at the gym, or taking a yoga class. It's been going really well, and the results are slowly starting to show. I've also been wanting to go camping and hiking more often, but rarely get around to planning any trips. These are activities that I love, and wondered to myself why I wasn't doing more of the things I loved. So, I put together the Leo Carrillo trip, and we had a great weekend away. And I've purchased two books, "Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast" and "101 HIkes in Southern California", and plan on putting it to use at least once a month. These, among other things, are the changes I've been making in my routine, and my life.
I've been praying when I wake up,
stretching in the morning,
checking things off my to-do list,
taking my vitamins,
doing the things I love,
And it feels good.