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A Weekend in the Woods

Like most, I am wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of daily life at most times.  Work, family, friends, co-workers, pets and obligations take priority in my life.  It's a rarity to remember to take time to refuel my body, mind & spirit.

This past weekend I took a few days to head to Northern Michigan just relax.  It's hard to do at home, when I have so many other things that take priority.  It's way easier to do in the slower paced life of small town America.  So, putting myself in small town America is a great way to force myself some downtime for a reboot.

And, that's exactly what I did.  I did a lot of walking in the woods, reading on the deck, chilling out with friends and family, and maybe the most important, sleeping until my body told me to get up.  No alarm set, all the curtains drawn and no agenda made for a truly restful weekend that filled my body, mind and spirit to the brim.

But, this did not happen by itself.  After last week's blog on the over glorification of busy, I had to remember what it takes to disconnect and for me, that is often removing myself from the daily grind.  It reminded me that I needed to schedule downtime, just like I schedule everything else in life and I cancelled all my plans and headed to the woods.

And, it was worth it.  I feel rejuvenated on every level, in just a few short days.  I'm ready to head back to the city, head back to work and have a full glass of mental stability to join me.   

When was the last time you took a day or two to get lost in the woods, on a boat, at the beach or in whatever solitude you prefer?  If you can't remember, I highly suggest scheduling it now.