Life for me over the past few months has felt so busy, and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m tired of rushing around and staying constantly preoccupied. Working in the ER definitely doesn’t help with this atmosphere and this mindset, but I’m working to take a step back when I’m at work and focus on one task at a time and doing that task slowly and perfectly. Sometimes that’s easier said than done with the nature of the ER, but when I really sit back and reflect on it, there’s no reason to rush or to feel overwhelmed throughout the day.
A few weeks ago we took a trip to see our very good friends, Kevin and Mandy out to Lake Tahoe, California. Kevin and Mandy live full time in a 5th wheel and you can read about their adventures here. We started to wonder if there was more to life than the rat race, working yourself to exhaustion, and trying to fit in all of our extra activities while still keeping our relationship on the right track. Our trip was so relaxing and laid back that Mike and I started to consider if we could do the RV/camping lifestyle ourselves. It turns out…we can!
We started looking for pop up campers or tent trailers to buy for ourselves so that we can spend more time in nature relaxing and exploring and less time sitting on our couch watching TV or scrolling. We were looking for about 3 weeks before we found one on Craigslist that we just couldn’t pass up.
At this point we also found out that we likely wouldn’t be able to go on our 6 month planned trip to Hawaii for some personal issues and ended up having to cancel it. While we were really bummed that we couldn’t go to Hawaii, we were excited to start on this new adventure of camping and getting outdoors more often than a 10 day trip to Hawaii.
So we went to look at the pop up and found it to be in really great condition for it’s age and price. We decided right there on the spot that it was a good fit for us and two days later we bought it!
We took her out on her first trip this past week to Ohiopyle and even though it rained way more than we would have liked, we had a really great time slowing down and enjoying our time as a little family.
Our next camping trip is planned for a few weeks from now and I’m already looking forward to it! We’ve already started looking at ways to “remodel” the inside of the pop up by painting it and laying some new flooring down as well as re-doing the cushions throughout. There’s so many interesting posts about this and remodels on Pinterest that I’ve gotten a bunch of ideas for what I want the inside to look like. It’s going to be a great little project for my husband and I.
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Now aside from the pop up, I”m starting to really look at how my day to day feels and looks so that I’m not constantly rushing from one place to another. One thing that helps to put things into perspective is the way Kevin and Mandy live. They are never rushed, or at least it seems that way. They are intentional with their time, their efforts, and pretty much in everything they do.
A lot of this revolved around simply slowing down, giving myself enough time to get ready without rushing, and enough time to get to where I need to be without stressing about being late. I know this is a pretty straight forward concept, but sometimes I feel like we get lost in the day to day hustle and forget the whole point of life.
At this point, being busy is not a badge of success. It is not something I am striving for. I am working towards being mindful, slowing down, living with intention, and being a better friend. All of these things seem to have slipped out of my hands recently, and it’s time to get back to more balance.
Reading more, scrolling less. Letting go of the things I “should” be doing and letting life evolve naturally. Doing what I want to be doing rather than those things I am “expected to do”. I believe now, more than ever, it’s time to take a step back and just slow down.