Trying to live an essential lifestyle
Creating posts and content always seems a little overwhelming for me. My brain has so many thoughts, experiences and ideas running around that when it comes time to put pen to paper it just seems overwhelming and I struggle to focus in. That being said, I made this blog not to be some shiny expose of a flawless travel lifestyle but to be a Journal for me, where I could share all my thoughts and opinions with anyone who cares to listen.
So I am going to strive to not put out perfect content pieces and amazingly put together travel guides but to rather be as authentic and honest as I can and use the blog how I originally intended. As a place for me to let my creativity live and breathe, free of judgement, in whatever way or form I want. Don't worry, I'll still put out travel guides and tips because I love sharing information with people but I am just going to be putting a bit less pressure on myself to put out the "Perfect" pieces.
Ok so jumping right in, this week was a really weird one! Seems I've been having a lot of those lately. It consisted of me trying to push and pull myself in a million directions, running around like a headless chicken and ending up feeling like I hadn't really accomplished much. Ever get that? About a month ago, when I was in Bali, I downloaded a book called "Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less" and I actually completely forgot about it until this week. I've started reading it and oh my word I can relate. It is one of those books you read and think, are they talking directly to me? Did they somehow know of my struggles before writing the book?
Basically the book outlines how to live a more essential lifestyle, this is a huge focus for me this year. As many of you know, at the end of last year I left my Job, gave up my apartment and a lot of my stuff and moved down to my family's farm. A big part of that was so I can be more mobile and really focus on travelling over the next few years but the other reason was also that I wanted to evaluate. I was starting to feel so bogged down by always being 'Busy' but never feeling like I had achieved much. By being overworked and feeling like I never had time to invest in myself and my life. I was running around prioritising things I didn't even believe were priorities. So I stopped. I made the decision that it was enough. That it was about time I took back my power of choice and chose the lifestyle I want! This book just reaffirms all of that! It guides you on ways to practice essentialism in your daily life and how to not get bogged down by it all. I highly recommend giving it a read. I'm half way in on day 2!
This week was the perfect time to start reading it. I already feel a million times better and more inspired. Even though I have chosen the life I want and every day I'm working towards it, it's still hard. Everyday is still has small challenges and hiccups and my mind still drifts out of its zen mode and near the panic line every now and again, so it is important to remind ourselves the purpose of why we are doing what we are doing. Writing in my journal has always been a way to calm myself down and I'm so glad I can share it with all of you now weekly!
In other news, it actually turns out it was a busy one on the farm! We had sold some of our goats, had a goat stuck in mud crisis, some of our cats fell ill and my little cousin had a big mountain biking fall! She is this 11-year-old with such fierce determination its crazy. 4 days later and she is back on the bike and ready to go. This week I went for my first bicycle ride ever with her. I know, I'm 26 and only just learnt how to ride a bicycle, crazy right! Better late then never. I love of it of course. Every time I try a new outdoor activity i don't know why I'm surprised I love it. I set my fastest and longest run pace which is something I am super proud of. I Can't wait until I can easily knock out a 10km run. On the indoors front I started editing video again which is something I haven't done in years and I forgot just how much I enjoy it. I will have something up on my Youtube channel in no time, keep your eyes peeled.
I also got my Italian VISA which I am so excited about. Who would have thought I would be spending a whole month in Sicily??? I leave in 3 weeks and I've already started looking up hiking trails and outdoor activities. Any recommendations would be super appreciated.
So that's a very broad recap of my week and I am really excited to start doing this weekly from wherever I am in the world. Until next week!