Finding Balance In a Busy Life

| 9/15/2014 8:31:00 AM

Karrie SteelyThis time of year is busy and full of work. At any given time, there are several projects to be done at once. Farmers are bringing crops in, food needs to be preserved from the gardens, we continue to work on building the house, and jobs on the computer keep coming in, in addition to all the chores and daily duties. When I was younger, I ran myself into the ground because I didn’t know how to balance things. I pushed everything to the point that I didn’t enjoy it anymore because I was exhausted and no fun to be around, and couldn’t even stand myself.

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I like to think that I’ve accumulated a little wisdom along with the wrinkles over the years. We women tend to nurture and take care of everything around us and forget about ourselves. I’ve learned to check in with myself every so often to make sure I take care of me, too. My way of nurturing myself is to take time to do nothing. Just be still and do nothing for awhile.

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This Labor Day weekend, we headed to a remote wilderness area far away from the crowds. I looked at a few maps and decided that we should find a secluded camping spot in the Medicine Bow Forest, just north of the Colorado state line in the Wyoming mountains. Rain was in the forecast, but we weren’t going to let it ruin our weekend.

To make a long story short, we found a remote, extremely rugged 4-wheel drive road down a side canyon onto the banks of the North Platte river. No one else was crazy enough to attempt it that weekend. It was lush and quiet, forested with lodge pole pines and aspen. There was a beaver pond not too far from where we camped. And it rained.

9/15/2014 12:17:25 PM

Karrie, nice description of a vacation that I would enjoy. When I separate myself from the busy swirl of normal life, I really have trouble wanting to come back to the real world. It doesn't take long for me to be separated from media and all the other modern conveniences. My get away is a garden area in the midst of the city. Even though it's surrounded by city it still is secluded. ***** Have a great finding balance day.

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