Tuesday

Break Routine.

Since we've been traveling, a lot of my sweet readers have mentioned over and over how they wish they could take a trip like ours or how much they need a vacation. I'm not saying just to pack your bags and run out the door, but more, I want to encourage each of you to take a moment out of your busy lives and take time to explore the world around you. We aren't rich, we definitely don't have a ton of time on our hands, but we wanted to take a trip to explore the West, so, we did. Simple as that. We could have found a thousand excuses not to (have I mentioned we're moving in five days and haven't packed a single thing? Yikes!), but excuses only prevent someone from doing. Start with something small. Take a lunch break to explore your own city instead of sitting inside scrolling through Instragram. Take a day or weekend trip with friends and do some hiking, canoeing, or climbing. It's never convenient, but it's always worth it.  Break routine. Stretch your comfort zone. Explore your own backyard. 

"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all." Helen Keller. 

lady pictured: the ever lovely Madison

32 comments:

  1. I love this. It's so true! Even if you think you know your area, there is probably something to explore.
    Beautiful picture, as well.

    Erin
    e-plus-l.blogspot.com

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  2. Love this, and I agree completely. It's like that saying that's become a cliché, "If there's a will, there's a way."

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  3. Great post! My hubby & I talk about getting away all the time and should definitely plan more local outings. Thanks for the incentive to make a plan to get out more!
    Teri from A Beautiful Little Life
    http://www.ablittlelife.blogspot.com

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  4. Good reminder! Love the picture.

    Anna :)
    thesethreads.com

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  5. great photo, and even better advice! really need to get away more :)
    tr[i]b[e]cca

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  6. I totally believe this! Just this past weekend a couple of my friends and went camping for the weekend. Even though it was only one night it was so refreshing to just get out of my normal routine and explore nature.
    I love this post!

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  7. Love this. So true.

    Allyson
    http://allysonwonderlandphotography.com

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  8. Happy you have loved your trip! I could not agree with you more. Vacations, even weekend trips are so good for the soul. xo Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  9. agreed. routine is uninspiring. and i think the more you break from it, the easier it becomes. it's hard to take those first steps and get out of your comfort zone, but worth it to try. it's certainly better than sitting at a computer wishing you were doing something.

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  10. such good advice, and a lovely photo!

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  11. I really love your attitude! :) And that picture!

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  12. Perfect advice! There's always excuses for why NOT to do something, why not come up with some excuses for why you SHOULD do something :)

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  13. This is pretty inspiring and you are so right!
    Everybody should take some time off sometimes...Thanks for this beautiful post!

    xoxo

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  14. a wonderful quote and reminder than i can do SO many awesome things within my city. :)

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  15. Love the "It's never convenient, but it's always worth it." So so true.

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  16. Well said. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  17. This is an important reminder! One that is too often forgotten.

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  18. i love this post! thank you!
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

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  19. you are so right! Me and my hubby were just talking about taking a year trip to hawaii or europe away from Canada :)

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  20. Well said! There is so much to explore and experience closer than you can imagine.

    Mary
    http://marymarysgarden.wordpress.com

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  21. Wonderful advice on a gray, all-too-normal day at work. Thanks!

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  22. amen. america is work obsessed!! we are actually going to drive the coast of cali in july to celebrate my hubby finishing his PdD, we are pumped!!

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  23. I love this! It is all so true.. Taking the time to enjoy life is well worth it!

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  25. COMPLETELY agree that adventures are never convenient---and recognizing that is sometimes the best jump start to make you take a leap and just do what you want sometimes, and putting your type-A tendencies on hold for your own sense of adventure.

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  26. Love this post. I've been needing a vaction really bad but don't have the funds so I decided after seeing your pictures on IG that I MUST do something to get out and enjoy nature. I live in the beautiful high desert and the Joshua Tree Monument is not far from us. Even though we live here we are taking a much needed camping trip right around the corner from our house. I can't wait to be free, sleep in a tent, get my feet dirty and do some cooking over the flames outdoors. It will be amazing.
    So glad you are sharing your trip with us all.

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  27. So true, I love this philosophy, if you don't just do, then you simply won't. Beautiful.

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  28. What a great post! Thanks for the never-ending inspiration. :)

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  29. I love your attitude... "It's never convenient, but it's always worth it", this is so true.

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