A Few Thoughts on Slowing Down.

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As many of you know, my little family of five has been incredibly… busy lately. BUSY. I’m honestly starting to despise that word. The excuse and answer for literally e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. these days. Whether its a friend asking how are you, or wanting to make plans – wait friends? Who has time to actually nurture relationships with others when you’re burning that midnight oil at home?! Anxiety hits as soon as your head hits the pillow, and you wake just do to it all over again. Sigh…

Although, as of late –  I’m starting to learn that…

life is only truly lived in the sporadic moments.

The breaths in between items on your to-do lists. Or the quick “YES” to a last minute adventure.

This weekend I’m thankful for the slow moments. The naps, cuddle time on the couch with my babies, and Ryan asking me at 5:00PM if I want to pack up the kids & go to a secluded cabin with no electricity, or running water. The “BUSY” me would have said hell no… we have too much to do at home and I’m tired. But the “Me I WANT To Be” said YES. Let’s do it! We met up with some good friends, who gave us the invite & that one “YES” was just want my soul needed.

Dirt road driving. Car full of ones you love most, with no electronics (or cell service) in sight. BBQ community style dinner. Wood stove heat. An upstairs full of twin beds for the kids to giggle on all night long. And good, good friends around a raging bonfire. Enjoying all the fresh Montana air our lungs could possibly handle, and laughing until our bellies hurt.

And to think none of these following moments would have happened, if I wouldn’t have slowed down to breathe, and enjoy life again.

This cabin was the most beautiful dwelling I’ve ever stayed in. Minimal design with historic remnants. If staying in this place didn’t make me want to simplify my life, I don’t know what would. Hello gorgeous natural wood floor, large windows, and just a few decorations here & there. I’m still in awe… on a complete high from this cabin. Creek out back. Wild Strawberries + Raspberries. Flowers. Moss & all sorts of other amazing greenery.

This weekend created such a special memory that will be forever etched in my mind + a chance to experience true minimal living… and I’m in love. I keep telling Ry we are going to rent out that cabin every year, and start a new family tradition. The experience, although less than 24 hours, spoke straight to my heart.

Slow down. Rest. Simplify.

These will be my goals as we prepare for the turning of our new leaf.

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