This is my first entry after many months away. These last few months have seen several monumental changes to my routine; I have adopted a new “day job” and taken on quite a few side projects that take up my nights and weekends. With all of these changes, I have had little time to work on the blog or produce videos. I must confess to feeling a certain regret for having taken so long to create something new and publish it.
I am writing this post after enjoying a brief respite, spending a few days without cell phone or internet access (mostly) in Mexico. This trip has afforded me a break from the hustle that is working 7 days a week, sometimes 22 hours a day. Even just a few days without the noise, traffic and the distractions of daily life allowed me to assess what really matters and why I am doing all of this.
This was also a good time to connect with Birdy. She and I have both pushed ourselves beyond our known limits in the last few months devoting nearly all of our waking hours to our day jobs, side projects and running a political campaign. We share the load in all that we do- everything is an ongoing collaboration. With the election over and a few days of relative calm on the calendar, we were given the chance to escape to recharge our batteries.
A funny thing happens when you don’t have your phone, computer or DVR for several days in a row: the clutter of thoughts, worries and distractions begins to fade. When you cannot turn to your phone to check for new email, Newsfeed updates or text messages every few minutes to relieve moments of boredom, you have to be more creative. You begin to appreciate things that require a little more patience.
We spent our time enjoying the time. It seems simplistic, almost sad to say that, for the first time in a long time, we just enjoyed each other’s undivided attention. We were reminded of why we get on so well together. We had a chance to contemplate our goals and revise them to fit some of our new norms.
Most of all, this trip helped me to be grateful for this life Birdy and I curate every day. I’ll have more to say specifically about some of the things we actually did while we were there…but I had to get something new published to get back into the habit.
To those of you who have encouraged me and read the blog since the beginning: Thank you for your continued support (and thank you for your patience). If this is the first time you’ve read, welcome. I would love to hear what you think.