This past month has been pretty amazing. Monumental career success yet the biggest blessing has been learning how to enjoy downtime. Last year was filled with change and evolution plus a fair amount of fun.
Overall, I sought to find balance. Sometimes that looked like hard stuff in the morning and letting loose at night, sometimes that looked like time on the couch after pushing myself too hard.
The quality and experience of balance this summer is much better. It feels good, stable, and sustainable.
There has been a catalyst to this change, an experience like no other. In my life, I am generally a photo documentarian yet this last month, I have put my phone down for the the lion’s share of the best moments of this summer, shared with the best of friends, new and old.
A beautiful dinner at a restaurant.
The best sushi in Tempe.
Cooking and enjoying many meals at home.
Friday night I gave up my phone as I was having trouble disconnecting, so I willingly gave my phone up. Last night, I gave my phone to someone else as well. For someone who is so connected, the ability to disconnect and recharge is becoming more and more valuable even more desired.
For the last 14 of the last 15 years, I traveled during the first week of August. Last year was the first time that I did not travel. Instead, I celebrated the time differently.
This year, I am going off the grid. When I used to travel, I would have the details planned months in advance.
Now I am enjoying tremendously the art of choosing my own adventure and allowing the friends in my life to choose to ride along when they want. We have not even determined which day we will leave next week let alone where we will go and it does not scare me rather it makes me excited.
I am looking forward to my first vacation of this year. I am looking forward to creating new travel memories.