My Adventure Going Unplugged
I like to think of myself as a fairly balanced person. I take good care of my body, mind & spirit. I prioritize well and am efficient and effective with my time. I work hard (and smart!), play hard and definitely live life to the fullest.
All that being said, somehow when a group of friends proposed a multi-family camping trip for the weekend of my birthday (this past weekend), I found myself in a slight panic as to whether I could actually pull off a weekend away from business! Do you know that feeling? You know the one….that feeling that you can’t possibly take a break or everything you’ve worked so hard for will be for naught ~ momentum will be lost, you will miss the most important call or the weight of the added to-do’s will be insurmountable.
I have a feeling that there are many of you out there who can relate, in fact I KNOW many of you can! The number of people I’ve met in this social media community who have an incredible work ethic has amazed me. I know I am not alone when I say that I have an incredibly full-plate! I’m a mom and wife, running 2 businesses, in an intensive year long program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and sometimes don’t know if I’m coming or going!
As I sat there contemplating the trip, I came to the realization that I have not taken one single whole day off work since November, aside from Christmas. I knew in that moment that this trip was not just a great idea, but a necessity!
So this past weekend, as my good friend Kary Rogney calls it, I went Unplugged. Now don’t get me wrong, I planned well for it. I spent the past couple weeks putting in even more time and energy each day so that I could truly unplug and relax for the entire weekend.
Saturday morning, I wrapped up a few last minute messages and calls, and then turned off the laptop and the phones, closed the textbooks and did my best to quiet the mind chatter that was reminding me of all the many projects I am passionately working on.
We drove off with our 2 ½ year old Kyan and 7 year old dog Avery, our car packed full of our well-used camping gear (that had been collecting dust since parenthood began!), and we were all excited and ready for our big adventure.
We picked a location just 30 minutes from our home, Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Luckily we live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so there is certainly no shortage of beautiful places! Considering we had 7 families with 9 children under 5, most of whom were on their first family camping trip, there was a degree of comfort in knowing that if things went really awry we could always hop in the car and drive home!
So we parked our cars and hiked in to our sites, nestled into a shady eucalyptus grove overlooking a beautiful lake. It was a little slice of heaven, let me tell you! Kyan showed us a newfound independent and adventurous side, and enjoyed running around from site to site socializing. We played instruments, sang songs, roasted marshmallows, got dirty and laughed until our bellies hurt!
Kyan loved snuggling in the tent with Mommy, Daddy & Avery, and I loved waking up before he did, watching him sleep in all his sweetness. He stopped sleeping in our bed at home at 6 months, so this moment was absolutely priceless.
No matter how busy I get in my journey toward my goals of ultimate freedom and fulfillment, this weekend reminded me that we never get these moments back. Spending this time connecting with my son, in nature, seeing his eyes light up with wonder at every little thing….it just doesn’t get much better than this.
As we drove home, I began to wonder how I’d let so much time pass. Season ski passes to Heavenly in Tahoe, regular camping trips and many travelling adventures defined my 20’s, and the tone has definitely changed since I hit my 30’s.
Motherhood has without question been the most defining shift in my life. Suddenly, it’s not about me anymore. I have never felt even close to this intensity of joy, peace, hope, happiness and love. And while I’d heard it said, it really is so true that I would do absolutely ANYTHING for him.
Sure I worked hard in my 20’s, but I’m also keenly aware that where I was once satisfied with my income AND just as satisfied spending it on fun J, now I want SO much more. As a network marketer of 13 years, I’ve always been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, but suddenly, I find myself not just wanting to make a difference but a HUGE difference for as many other families as humanly possible. Now it’s about leaving a legacy that I can be proud of, and that my children will be proud of.
Having grown up in a successful networking family, I know first-hand the difference in quality of life a child experiences with parents working out of the house all day versus at home, engaged and available. So considering that I absolutely love my work, I’m actually perfectly content with working 7 days a week, from home, most of the time. As long as I plan in time for me and time for my family each day, it really doesn’t feel like work at all!
My mom has often said to me that “sometimes you have to let your life get out of balance to get it into balance.” Well if I continue to work both hard and smart, my plan is to be semi-retired by the time I turn 40. I don’t say retired, because as I said, my work is incredibly fulfilling, and I will always be engaged as a leader and an agent of change.
I definitely see my 40’s as another decade of travel and adventure, and in the meantime, I will be sure to unplug more often for weekend getaways. I returned home and resisted the urge to turn on my computer until morning. So I made it ~ 48 hours completely unplugged. Aaaaah! I feel refreshed, recharged and unstoppable, so watch out world!
So what about you? What have you done to recharge lately? Leave me a message in the comments, I’d love to hear about your adventures!