Are you a country or city person? I definitely prefer the country. I love the peace & quiet, the wildlife, the farm animals, the forests, the greenery, fresh air, the smell & sounds of the countryside, the sound of the birds in the morning, starry skies, being able to buy fresh produce on the side of the road - with no one guarding the money. Life is slow & peaceful here.
The other day I sat next to a lady who was reading the newspaper. She asked me what the time was & in that moment I paused to think to myself what it would be like to be that lady & not necessarily care what time of the day it is. She obviously didn’t have a phone or a watch. These days were constantly aware of the time of day - to wake up, to get to meetings on time, to have lunch, to make dinner, go to work, etc. what would it be like if we stopped trying to be on time & simply judged time by the sunlight. How different would our day be if we simply didn’t care what time of the day it was.
I’ve noticed that most people in New Zealand live life slowly. They aren’t in a rush to get from A to B. They sit by the lake & enjoy the live music & the sounds of nature. They aren’t constantly checking their phones, instead they are taking in all the scenery. They are calm. They take time to work, sleep & play. They enjoy simple activities like playing frisbee & slacklining. Make sure to sprinkle some slowness in your day too.
Early mornings are my favourite. Find something that makes you happy to leave your warm bed. Go for a morning walk, spend an hour or so at a cafe, journal, meditate, listen to music, have a healthy breakfast, read a book, play with your pets or simply relax prior to a busy day.
Today is my birthday & I am thankful for all that I have. "Your birthday should be celebrated like New Year's day, a time of welcoming a new year, a time for reflection over the past year, and a time for new goals to be set." Kate Summers
Winter is officially here & it sure is freezing! It has really made me pause & be thankful for the things we take for granted. Heating, a warm bed, a hot shower, a warm meal & clothing. Be grateful for the things you have.
Slow travel - quality over quantity. Instead of trying to cram a lot into your travels, put a list together of a few places you’d really like to see. Remove the rush & enjoy the journey not just the destination. Hop on a bike, explore your surroundings & chat to the locals. Listen to the buskers on the streets, visit the Sunday markets, eat the locally grown produce & live how the locals live.
My must haves when travelling - camera, bluetooth headphones, reusable water bottle, essential oils, notebook / pen, a good book, backpack, a sarong - a multi purpose dream, portable charger, multi purpose balm, hat, first aid kit, thermos.
New Zealand holds such a special place in my heart. The amount of memories we have created in NZ are magical. It is amazing how a place away from home can bring you so much joy that it feels like that’s where home should be. If you haven’t been, please do yourself a favour & book that flight.