Work to Live | Creek Waterfall

“Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong line of work.

Then someone reminds me that life isn’t about being happy, it’s about paying the bills.”

 

This is of course, just a joke.

Life isn’t about paying the bills.  Life is about making time for what you love, while doing what you need to keep yourself well cared for and fed.

Even successful artists may need to supplement their income, so don’t feel that your day job is a life sentence.  Although we may need to work full-time, it’s important to remember that there are options.

Let’s try to find a day job that feeds our interests and adds to our family.  If work leaves you feeling drained on a regular basis, try to find something else.

Even when we feel like we don’t have options, let’s remember that we don’t have to give our two-week’s notice just to look.

We never know what we’ll find.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of pink flowers. Une photo de la nature et des flleurs roses.

Fallow Your Path

Follow Your Happiness

It’s so important to make time to follow our happiness, passions, and values.

When we don’t, we’ll sooner or later find that we’ve fallen off our path and become lost.  We’re irritated, depressed, and feel trapped in a life we didn’t mean to create and don’t want to continue.

Happiness is a journey, and it’s all too easy and inevitable to lose our trail, but when we’re not sure where we are or where we’re headed, let’s remember what is truly important to us, and plow ahead in that direction.

The cycle of work, eat, sleep, day-in and day-out is easy to fall into, but it’s so important that we take the time, even a few minutes, to enjoy and feed our passions, and stick to our values.

Easier said than done, but we owe ourselves to do our best.

 

No matter how many shifts we pick up, how much family we have to care for, how tired we get, let’s remember to always make time for our joys and values.

We’ll feel renewed, and know we’re heading in the right direction.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Seeds

Nature photography of golden sunset light in a forest of aspen trees.

Time

Sunset Peak

Time is constantly flowing, and it can be hard to use wisely.

Time-managment isn’t a strong skill for many of us, myself included.  It can be hard to focus and prioritize our daily activities when we have work, family to care for, piles of books we want to read, homes to maintain.  The list goes on, and probably includes social media, tv, or gaming.

Books on time management abound, and it’s definitely a beneficial skill to develop.  We can learn to keep better track of our time, focus on what’s most important, and be able to keep our commitments.  Like updating a blog, perhaps!

Let’s start developing our time management skills, whether we dive into books or a few articles on the web.  Time is valuable and always on the move, so let’s learn to use it more effectively and enjoyably!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of new green plants Spring Seeds

Growing Greener

Nature photography of new green plants

Things have definitely changed since when days were spent vegetating before the tv and computer.

Instead of watching tv shows and movies for the majority of the day and being constantly on the computer (sometimes at the same time), I no longer have cable or a service like Netflix, and DVDs are rarely watched.  The computer is off and stored away the majority of the time; it’s most heavy use related to photography and running Roman Leaf.

Although video gaming has come back into play, it’s reserved for off-peak electric hours and usually spans 3-4 hours a night, if the console is turned on at all.

With so much less time before the tv and computer, there’s been a great expanse of time open to reading on the back step, crafting, and hiking, among other things.

Hoping to continue decreasing the amount of time spent ‘plugged in’, here are some tips and ideas to help us spend less time before our screens:

  • Try to reserve most computer/tv use to off-peak electric hours (check your local electric company).  Not only will the power you’re using be less likely to cause added power production, but it will help you break up and limit your time plugged in, and may save you on your electric bill.
  • Set limits.  Give yourself only so much time to watch select shows, play video games, use the computer, browse the web, etc.  If you only give yourself two hours to watch tv or a half hour to browse the web, you’re more likely to spend time with the shows/websites you like most.
  • Check email only once a day.  Don’t really use email?  Same thing goes for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.  Check only once a day and/or for a set period.  Save these for actually being social, not just to kill time or see what people are up to.
  • Save electronic leisure activities for after you’ve completed your important tasks for the day.
  • Consider getting rid of cable or your tv all together.  It’s harder to spend hours watching tv when you don’t have cable or a screen.  If you insist on having shows to watch, though, many can be viewed on a computer.
  • Limit ipod/radio use.  We don’t need to be listening to music every second.  Try driving, crafting, reading, etc without music or a DJ buzzing in the background.
  • Find other enjoyable ways to use your time.  Just because you’re spending less time plugged in doesn’t mean you have to sit and stare at the wall (unless you want to).  Find books you enjoy, outdoor activities that get your heart racing, crafts and hobbies that inspire you.

Spending less time plugged in is as simple as not turning something on in the first place, although it can be quite the challenge at first.

If you live with anxiety, these plugged in activities may provide a distraction and keep our minds busy.  When we start to limit these distractions, we may feel jittery and anxious for a while as we adjust to silence and more time to think.  But it will pass.

Let’s try to spend less time plugged in.  Whether we live with anxiety or not, let’s remember to take it slow, and soon we’ll find silence to be golden.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to limit your time before the screen?  I’d love to hear!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bliss of Solitude Greener Gaming

Bliss of Solitude

Solitude is a wonderful thing.  It gives us time to relax and be content, and it brings us back to the present.

To me, solitude is watering my plants, preparing a healthy meal, walking outside, reading a good book or three, learning, and creating.  It’s refreshing, rewarding, calming, peaceful, and always feels like time well spent.

Solitude isn’t watching TV for hours or aimlessly wandering the internet.  These things don’t ever make me feel better.  They bring about fatigue, anxiety, guilt, and a sense of time wasted.  Let’s limit our time spent before the screens.  When we’re bored, instead of browsing channels and shows, let’s read a book, learn a new skill, or watch the clouds.

Habits are hard to change, but the benefits of solitude are much worth the effort.

Let’s enjoy more solitude.  Let’s walk, read, meditate, garden, practice yoga, paint, whatever it is that brings us peace and a sense of time well spent.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Purple Wave Clouds and Hope

Make Time For Yourself

Bars

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of every day.  Time can seem to rush by, and days blur into weeks.

Let’s remember to stop, breathe, remember our goals, and make time for ourselves.  Every day.

Yes, the world’s important.  There are chores to do, projects to start and others to finish, people to please, and yes, you’re the only one who can fix that one thing in the office.

But, remember that you’re important, too.

The world won’t wait, but we can catch up.

Let’s make time for ourselves and attend to our own peace and happiness.  Even if it’s just a few minutes a day.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feelings Little White Flowers