6/27/2018 0 Comments
Lessons from the Road 4: Be Alone.
I'm on my way home, currently laying over in Montreal on our way back from Iceland. One of the best things about traveling is coming home. I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, cuddling all my pets, and getting back to my community and friends. We've had a WONDERFUL time. Iceland is perhaps the most consistently scenic and awe-inspiring place I've ever been, full of landscapes that feel wild and unfinished.
My last video was taken on a bluff on a small island connected by a bridge/road to the town of Stykkishólmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The sound is not great, but I think you'll get the gist. I will also summarize below. This video is especially for all the mothers of young children because I think it is a constant struggle to be a mom AND allow time for self care.
My main message is simply: be alone. Find the time and place where you can disengage from all your other distractions and obligations. Be alone with your thoughts. The power of this became especially obvious to me toward the end of two weeks of traveling. I love to travel, but it does not lend itself to much alone time. And as much as I love my family and travel buddies, I also value my me-time and started to feel the lack of it. My husband encouraged me to sneak away for a couple of lovely walks while he read to the kids at bedtime. In Iceland, the best time of day seemed to be between 9-10pm, with the night time sun creating an extended golden hour. It was peaceful and refreshing, and I was a better mom, wife, friend and travel buddy because of those stolen moments. And this is true for everyday life, too. Moms- I'm especially talking to you. We cannot care for others when we are not adequately caring for ourselves. I encourage you to find the time to be alone, process without distraction, and enjoy your own company.
If you need help figuring out how to do this, please contact me for a free mini session. Your family will thank you!
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