Just so you guys don't think I'm sitting somewhere in front of my computer all day talking to you about going on these Daily Vacations and then not doing anything myself to live this mindset, I'm going to give little personal updates every once in awhile. This blog is not intended to be a journal of my life, but rather an inspiration for yours, but I think recapping some of my Daily Vacations won't hinder the purpose of the blog.
For the past month, since starting Daily Vacation, I've really been paying more attention to the snipets of free time that I have and the fun things to do in the area. I've gotten up everyday with more planned than just a "to do" list. The days are no longer time I have to get through before my next scheduled fun thing comes along.
I've really learned that in order to take Daily Vacations, I have to do things ahead of time to make them happen. I've weeded the backyard weekly to keep the grass fresh and healthy for times spent there. I've gotten up super early to exercise so that I don't have to think about it for the rest of the day. I try to organize things at night, so the next morning I don't have to stop and do something I could have easily done the evening before. I try to keep up with cleaning and errands, so I can do what I want to do later. I attempt not to eat junk and keep to scheduled healthy meals, so I don't crash off a sugar high or stall out from hunger and give up on my plans. It's a real balance. I don't always succeed, but at least I'm learning how to achieve it more each day.
I've spent a lot more time outside - enjoying sunrises, sunsets, and beautiful days in between. My morning breakfast on the front stoop has become one of the most important parts of my schedule, setting my mindset for the rest of the day. I have taken the time to visit family more and even made new friends within my community. My husband and I have enjoyed planned weekend movie nights, trips to the zoo, doing home projects together, and spending time just watching our daughter as she does something new almost everyday. I have changed my approach to expected seasonal activities by reading in front of our electric fireplace when it's a hot summer day outside, and today I'm going to the beach on a cool autumn feeling day. I've made myself aware of events and places in my area and have a lot of activities to look forward to.
I hope you have enjoyed the Daily Vacation blog so far. I look forward to continuing to inspire you and be inspired by you.
Daily Vacation Past Month Highlights:
- TownWide Yard Sale shopping this past weekend with the family and my parents
- The weekend mornings my husband joined me during my front stoop breakfast time
- My daughter and I people-watching at the park in the evenings
- Taking morning walks with my neighbor
- My daughter's first two zoo trips
- The Hunger Games and Hatari movie nights