what i learned while i wasn't blogging

This blog, you guys.

Start it. Lose motivation. Take a break. Start again. Lose confidence in my writing. Redesign! Start again. Feel bad about lack of consistency. Etc.

It's been over a year since I wrote anything. And there were a thousand reasons why. People don't care what I have to say. I don't have anything interesting to say anyway. I should focus on work, not personal things.

But in that year, I learned more life lessons than I did in my previous 27 years combined. I'm so confident in these truths that I have to write them down so I can reference them forever and ever amen.

1. Always create. Write, paint, sing, sculpt, and build no matter what anyone says or doesn't say about it. It simultaneously forces out your insecurity and confidence making you more self-aware. Creating makes us more creative. Create for you and others will come along.

2. Eat dinner sitting down with people you love (and not in front of the TV). If you have time to cook, even better. If not, just be sure you share the last meal of the day enjoying the food and the company. Eating in front of others makes us vulnerable and brings down the barriers so you can be more open. Always talk with your mouth full.

3. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Do this in multiple ways:

  • Meditate at least once a day. It helps you gain clarity, it relieves anxiety, it gives you sustained energy, opens the creativity floodgates, and helps you sleep through the night. I practice transcendental meditation and recommend it to everyone, but you can also start here with Headspace.
  • Eat real food. Fill your plate with organic fruits and vegetables, (sustainably raised) proteins, and healthy fats like avocado and almond butter. Skip everything that's processed.
  • Exercise once a day. Run, lift weights, walk in the woods, bike. Get your heart rate up, break a sweat, and get stronger.
  • If you do nothing else, SLEEP.

4. Spend as much time as you can outside. Turn off your phone and head for the mountains. Run, bike, paddle, hike, swim, or just sit and take it in. The more time you spend in nature, the more connected you'll feel to the rest of the world. John Muir (always) says it best:

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

5. Practice love. Love is often a feeling, but always an action. You've heard that love is a verb and you've heard so, so right. It's a choice. We have to practice loving people - even if we don't feel it at all - until we start to believe that we do. Love the hell out of the whole world and it will love you back.

Life is full of crazy...distractions, lies disguised as truths, busyness, and often tragedy. In the midst of all the chaos, what keeps you balanced?