The New Meaning of Productive

I'm embarrassed to say it has been two weeks since my last post, but for good reason. I've been skiing, hiking and working hard on landing advertisers for the Gutsy Traveler. I'm proud to say I've gotten two! The first is the 'heritage chic' Farmhouse Inn located in Sonoma, and the second is the unbelievably unique Kokopelli's Cave in New Mexico--and yes, the hotel is in a cave! 

Hunter Creek Trail

The weather has been warming up in Tahoe, so I've finally been able to get back on the trails with just a little bit of mud and snow to trudge through. There is nothing better in my opinion than having a productive work morning, then taking the afternoon off to wear yourself out on a hike. The other day, I took Daisy and Charlie's folks' dog Darby out on a 5-mile, strenuous hike. I trekked along, with the sun beating on my back and the dogs begging to run down the hill to get another dip in the creek. No music or conversation, just the thoughts in my head. 

Hiking in Reno

I thought about our next move; about how in a month or two we could be living in the Black Hills of South Dakota or Honduras or Guatemala or somewhere in Canada. I tried to picture us in the mining towns of each of these places. I daydreamed about the old trailer I will someday acquire and transform into our little home-away-from-home to be pulled behind us on all of our adventures. I brainstormed for Seek + Scout, debating with myself about what I want to accomplish with this space. I assessed the balance of my life. Was I accomplishing the things I wanted at work? Was I getting enough exercise? Spending enough time with friends? Alone? Was I wasting time worrying about the future? I mentally ticked off the list, deciding that I was doing just fine. 

Dogs in a Creek

That hike was my own personal therapy session. I dragged myself back into the car, feeling exhausted and rejuvenated and happy. My ducks were in a row.  

Dog Hikes in Reno

I've always felt that we (humans) put this burden on ourselves to constantly be "busy." More often than not, our default response to the question, "How have you been?" is "busy." In the last year, I've realized more than ever how important it is for me to spend time by myself and allow my thoughts to run and find themselves a comfortable resting place in my head--to make peace with everything that is going on in my "busy" life. I recommend you do the same, whether that means going on a run, baking something out of the ordinary, or just sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and no distractions. Whatever it is that makes you happy. 

So here's to a productive and stress-free week, wherever you may be, reader!