WELCOME! I am so glad you are here. Every Wednesday I will be sharing (1) tip to help inspire you to lead a simpler life. It won’t be anything hard or something I haven’t tried myself. Living a simple life is a conscious choice made up of small steps every day. So here is our small step for today.
So often we believe that to take on a true adventure we must travel somewhere exotic, be on vacation or have tons of money.
Honestly, I believe an adventure can be as close as the nearest hiking trail, the neighborhood park or the impromptu day trip to the local lake. Too often we over-complicate things and in doing so, miss out on some incredible times with friends and family.
This past weekend our family needed some downtime. In the midst of our sorting, packing, school teaching, softball running schedule – our family needed a break. We needed an adventure!
So early Sunday morning, we rolled out of bed, ate some breakfast, packed some water and a few snacks and headed for the mountains. I love the mountains for a lot of reasons, but can you guess what my #1 reason is?
No, it’s not the cool, crisp air or the river that cascades over the rocks or the quiet beauty that weaves itself along every rise and fall of the mountains.
Those things run a seriously close second…but the number #1 reason I love the mountains? There is absolutely no wi-fi. No cell service. No way that my phone can ring, buzz, ding or send me notifications. Weither we want to or not, as a family we have the opportunity to be fully present with one another. To have 100% of our attention focused on one another, building relationship, laughing, joking and tackling the trail in front of us…together.
We still use our phones to take pictures and capture some fun video but, other than that, all devices are abandoned for the fun of the moment, the awe inspiring vistas and the amazing creation that fills our senses with it’s wonderful smells and sounds.
The best part? Listening to my girls laugh, the feel of my husband holding my hand, quick snack breaks and photo opportunities.
That to me, is an adventure. An adventure of family. An adventure that dives deep into relationship and comes up for air breathing new memories and strengthening bonds deep and not just wide.
Is it time that you took an adventure? Turned off the phone, the social media, the schedule? It doesn’t have to be exotic, expensive or a long vacation. Adventure can happen in the here and now. All you have to do is get up, eat some breakfast, pack some snacks, open the front door…and go.
I challenge you to plan a simple adventure this week. Where will you go? What will you do? I would love to hear your ideas.
Keeping It Simple,
PS: Check out this short video I shot from the top of our mountain adventure this past week. We had a blast and already have our next adventure in the works.
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