a few weeks ago, i invited a group of creative chicks to call out from work and come join me for a few hours outside. i sent each one an email with the subject, “what if we took a half day” with a simple, but personal note inside. it said:
i’ve been mulling over this idea for a while that getting out(side) inspires.
it inspires //
i’m on a mission to prove + provide this inspiration through Stranded on Land. thursday, december 15th, you + a small group of rad women will have the opportunity to jump start this movement. i need your opinion, presence + openness to experience what inspiring outdoor connections are all about. will you take a couple hours + join me as I show you how to #GETOUTSIDETHEGRIND?
five ladies said yes, call off work for the morning and met me at the trailhead with packs on their back + eyes wide with curiosity. we met, we exchanged introductions and we headed down the trail to create + experience what it could be like to let go of the fear of routine and to make getting outside part of our day to day.
beyond great company, beautiful views + a mental break from responsibility, here’s three things that were learned by breaking from the daily hustle, letting go of control + getting outside.
i personally, am a control freak. and i think that most people who seek to walk to the beat of their own drum and make their own rules are too. there’s beauty and freedom to be found in the letting go. even if it’s only for a bit.
the thought alone (of a half day) was freeing. I didn’t want to plan a thing, it was refreshing to know that i just had to show up.
the invitation was purposely vague. i wanted to see how people who are constantly in control would react to letting go of that responsibility. they loved it.
i often get stuck, demotivated + creatively blocked from negative engagements that happen in life. when i get to these mental blocks, i’ve made a habit to take a break + get outdoors to reset. i more times than not find things out there to derail mental overload, shift perspective + refresh my motivation. a few minutes or a few hours away from everything often helps me to jump back into the game with fresh eyes, ready to get back to taking on the world. or at least to knock out a few projects.
every time i break away from my computer, even if it’s just to walk around the block. it’s a great reminder that self-love is important and clearing my mind of emails, clients and projects is the best way to recharge.
fresh air, movement + getting out(side) of your head is sometime all you need to get back into the game stronger and more focused than you were before. personally i like to do something that challenges me physically + strategically as it forces my mind to stop wondering and get into the moment. this practice not only carries back over to how i organize my workflow, but also often opens up my creative channels, letting new ideas flow in and bringing clarity to problems i have been stuck on. for one of the other girls,
“it was time well spent, and had a positive/inspiring effect on the rest of the day.”
so whether you have a few minutes, a few hours or days on end; the challenge remains the same. take time to get outside the grind and see how this influences, inspires + transforms you and your work week and the way you engage the world you live in.