Stop planning and start living!

I hope everyone had a great Easter with family and friends and an overall relaxing weekend.

This was one of the best weekends we have experienced in awhile.

Friday night D-Money and I were looking forward to a camping trip we signed up for with the climbing wall at our gym. It was an overnight trip with canoeing, zip-lining and some other outdoorsy activities. The day started out great; D-Money got out of his office hours a little early and we drove 30 minutes to the camp site where these awesome things were supposed to take place.

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Little did we know what was in store for us…

Instead what happened was a major thunder storm. D-Money and I basically participated in a mud run and drove through one of the scariest storms I have ever seen. The roads were dark, the rain was heavy and looked like hail more than rain. Needless to say it was scary but after we made it home, we laughed and laughed and laughed. At first we felt a little robbed out of our outdoor adventure but we made our own awesome one. Our clothes were soaked, muddy and 3 days later we still haven’t brought our shoes inside.

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Totally drenched but still smiling =)

We decided that our little adventure was special because it was ours. It wasn’t according to plan, but we had a great time because nothing brings two people together quite like running up hill on muddy terrain in the rain.

The second ‘mishap’ for the weekend was that I had the pleasure of temporarily losing my phone at the lake Saturday.

Saturday we celebrated Nala’s second year of being apart of the family by throwing her a party at the lake. We had some steaks in the freezer from our meat eating days that we were able to grill for the pups. They loved it. We made some veggie dogs, cut some fruit and set out some chips for the humans and drank some classic PBR. It was a beautiful sunny day and a great way to say Happy Birthday to the best baby girl ever.

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This is from her party last year. Birthday hat only stayed on for this picture

While at the lake, I somehow managed to lose my phone. I guess I should say I misplaced it. Either way, it was gone. I had a split moment of panic but then the PBR kicked in and I stopped caring.

I am the kind of person that is always wired in. My phone is my life line; I constantly check emails, Facebook, text, monitor my fitness level, check the weather, time check and take pictures with it. I am constantly on it. However, this weekend, I lost it and am thankful I did. I noticed I was more present and relaxed.

This resulted in a weekend of enjoying my little family. D-Money and I had a movie night Saturday filled with vegan grilled cheese and tomato soup. Easter Sunday we lounged around until 1pm and started our new project: indoor gardening.

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After visiting three different stores, we were able to start potting some veggies and herbs. We have talked about doing this forever. However, it was always a future project for when we become ‘real people’ and get a house. Thanks to juicing and cleaning our diet of processed foods, we spend nearly double a week more than we did before our attempt at clean eating. As graduate students, it’s hard. We figured it was time to start a garden.

So, we spent Easter Sunday bringing green life into our home, which to me is the definition of Spring.

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Sure we don’t have the luxury of having a back yard yet; but we do have large windows. The hubs talked me into making our little apartment into an indoor garden and using our beautiful windows to give light to our plants. We planted kale, spinach, tomatoes, red bell peppers, jalapenos, orange bell peppers, mint, cilantro, green onions and flat leaf Italian parsley. I am unsure of how this project will work long term but an happy we are trying it out.

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Best case scenario: we learn how to grow some awesome produce and save a little money.

Worst case scenario: we don’t yield anything but learn from our mistakes.

I say it’s a win/win either way.

We grilled some stuffed jalapenos (recipe will be posted later this week!) and went on an 8 mile run later in the evening.

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None of this was planned, or went according to plan. I didn’t find my phone, or even start looking for it until Sunday night.

It was one of the best weekends we have had in awhile, relaxing, productive and full of love, smiles and warmth.

I hope you enjoyed this light-hearted post and remember not to panic when plans fall through and embrace where life takes you. As John Lennon once said, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Note: this is not an April Fools joke; I really did have a great time sans phone and internet!  So put down the phone and planner and enjoy your life, your friends, your surroundings and the moment.

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2 thoughts on “Stop planning and start living!

  1. Sounds like a great weekend! And I agree, put down the phone, internet, and all that ‘stuff’, and enjoy the outdoors and LIVE! I read an interesting quote last week; “stop the glorification of busy”. Simple enough but it good me thinking. There’s the good busy (like your post), and then there’s the ‘bad’ busy. It’s easy to fall into that trap.

    Congrats on the 8 mile!!

    -JulieC

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