A quiet mountain lake. Birds chirping in the trees. Laughter around a campfire. No phones. No facebook. Just me and my family out in nature.
That was my weekend. My family went camping. We hiked and skipped rocks and played with sticks. We caught a couple fish, cooked them, and ate them. We played bocce ball. We slept in a cold tent on hard ground and had to walk to the port-o-potty at 3 am. We roasted marshmallows and got coated in the smell of campfire. Time slowed down and I feel refreshed, but the real reward was when my 7 year old said without prompting, "Thank you for taking us camping, Mom." Watching my girls swing in the hammock and run around the campfire with dirty feet did my heart so much good.
Since I will be traveling for most of the month of June, I decided to start a series of videos called "Lesson from the Road." As you can probably surmise, my first one has to do with unplugging and getting back to basics. I hope you will watch and enjoy and share comments about where you go and what you do to unplug and reconnect with your family, the world...and yourself.
A couple disclaimers about the video: The sound isn't great, but it gets better after the first 30 seconds or so. Part of the noise comes from my family as they catch their second fish of the day right as my video starts. I had to scrap a previous attempt because while I was videoing, my youngest daughter was getting harassed by a bee midway through and started screaming...leaving the video unsalvageable. Anyway, I will work on sound and stillness in the future, but I hope you will enjoy this despite the roughness.
Thanks for watching and please contact me if you'd like to schedule a complimentary mini-session to learn more about coaching and perhaps work some "unplugged" time into your busy life.