Exploration

Preface: Okay, so with starting up this business, and starting a new job, and working on a master's program full-time, and trying to be a present daughter, sister, and friend, I have realized that I am getting burnt out! I mean, who needs sleep really, oh how I wish that were the case!

Today marks the start of the "Show Yourself Some Love" Monday Sessions.

So every Monday for the next who knows how long... whenever I run out of things to say about it, will be on a different facet of self-care. Self-care is SO important because we cannot pour from an empty cup. When we are running on empty we lose our creativity, we lose our ability to think clearly, and we lose our ability to love and serve others effectively. 

Self-care is not selfish.

It is the exact opposite. If you are dying, how effective are you in saving someone else? Not very. So I hope with these Monday self-care sessions we can take care of ourselves more, so we can, in turn, serve others more. It's time to show yourself a little more love!

I also want to use these as an opportunity to let you into my life a little more and document the things that light me up and bring me joy and recharging goodness. So... here you go!

 How exploring and self-care makes me feel. :)

How exploring and self-care makes me feel. :)

Session 1: Exploration

When was the last time you went somewhere you had never gone? Like actually stepped OUTSIDE and went somewhere? 

According to NASA, and Google, humans explore because of an innate desire to learn about the world around them. The urge to explore was ingrained in the psyche so that human ancestors could find places that were abundant in food, water and other resources necessary for survival. Nowadays we have the ability to sit at our computer and pull up basically any place in the entire world and see it on our screens! While I admit, that is freaking AWESOME, and I have spent my fair share of time exploring things I wish I could see from the safety of my computer screen, there is NOTHING that beats the rush, joy, and recharging capacity as getting outside and seeing something new.

Exploration wakes up the brain.

It ignites creativity. It usually involves some time of exercise (which we will cover GREATLY in a later session) which benefits every single area of your life. It opens your eyes. It heightens gratitude. It makes you more social. It gives you more drive to continue the work.

Like I said, I have been working HARD. LOVING every second of life, but working HARD and I've been feeling it. The burn-out was coming. So this past weekend I got to go home, which for me is a little town in Northern Utah called Kaysville. One of my cousins was getting married and I was so happy to be able to go home, set the work aside, focus on my family, and think about other things. On Saturday after the wedding, I took my family on an adventure. 

Even though I spent my whole life growing up in Utah, I did not know that the Great Salt Lake was so big that it went all the way up to northern Utah. I also did not know, until recently, that there is an art installation IN the Great Salt Lake called the "spiral jetty." It is an earthwork sculpture constructed in April 1970 that is considered to be the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson. It's been there for 47 years! Apparently, it was under water for about 20 years and just resurfaced in the past few years. So of course, I've been wanting to see it.

Art + Nature + Water + Middle of Nowhere =FREAKING AWESOME.

So... after the wedding, we decided to go. It was pouring. We decided to go anyways. I've told you that rain doesn't stop me from doing things I want to do. Plus - my car can survive anything. Anything. So we drove. and we drove. and we drove. we lost phone service. My mom was freaking out a little bit (the only one out of any of us that has lived during a time when they didn't have cell phones, go figure). We drove past cows and more cows, baby cows, and bulls. 

 Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah

After what seemed like forever, we got there! The Spiral Jetty. It had stopped raining, which was great, but it was still pretty muddy. Didn't stop us. So hiked down to it, took a bunch of pictures, basked in the awesomeness of this Robert Smithson, who must be the most rad human ever to think to build this. The amazingness that it has lasted this long, and the fact that we can go and see it.

It was freezing, so we didn't stay too long, but the effects of this adventure were the same. I got to check something off my Utah bucket list. I got to spend time with my family. I got to drive on a bumpy road, leading who knows where, the rush of no cell phone service, following dinky little signs, and trusting that it was leading me to my destination. And at the end of it, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated, and alive. That's what it does.

It makes you feel alive.

So, in this endeavor of feeling lighter and brighter. In this endeavor to discover more fully your purpose. And on this endeavor to show yourself a little more love, get outside and explore. Even if it's just your own backyard. There are SO many things to see, learn, and do. Just get outside. 

Oh... and while solo adventures can be the best medicine sometimes, taking people you love with you while you explore, makes the self-love degree even greater.  

 McKay Findlay, one of my favorite exploring buddies

McKay Findlay, one of my favorite exploring buddies

Utah Weekend = Success

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