When you simplify your life and reduce stress, you eliminate the need to escape from your life. That doesn’t mean vacations and getaways aren’t nice, but you can enjoy them differently. I remember going on vacations where it felt like by the time I had completely unwound, it was time to jump right back into the craziness I had left behind. I also remember feeling like I never wanted to leave my beach chair or any vacation spot because I knew what was waiting for me when I got back to the real world.
I didn’t want to go back to the job, the debt, the stuff, or the stress.
This weekend, I left my tiny space in the city and spent a few days with even less. I packed up my yoga mat, journal, camera and some tomato sesame soup to enjoy a change of scenery. A couple of days without a phone or internet connection allowed me to focus on what was right in front of me …
I was reminded that the things that make me happiest are not things. My job, clutter, and debt is gone, but a change of scenery helped me let go and simplify further.
And the best part … I couldn’t wait to get home.