One way I find a sense of grounding and peace in this uncertainty is to focus on what I can control. In my opinion, now is a spectacular time for us all to take inventory of our lives. Both physically and spiritually, take this opportunity to reflect on not who you are, but rather, who you would like to be. Once I have this version of myself in mind, I start taking steps to manifest her. Start where you are. Does the person you'd like to be have a clean kitchen? Rome wasn't built in a day, but we can lay bricks every day that build the life we want.
One would probably assume a smaller space is easier to maintain but they probably haven't traveled in a trailer. The laundry alone is a challenge to manage! I plan to do a deep spring cleaning of our eco-trailer next week, as it has the added benefit of always helping to center me spiritually and increase focus in other areas of my life. Here are 10 eco-friendly ways to go about cleaning your home. And what is a good cleaning day without a great soundtrack to keep you feeling positive and motivated? Don't forget to throw on your favorite playlist. Mine includes Donna Summer, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and so many others.
Peace of Mind
"Ok Janee, the chores are done and now I'm alone with my thoughts... what now?"
Remember when I mentioned taking inventory? I like to reflect on where I'm at and where I'd like to go. Have I reached the goals I set a year ago? Am I happy, fulfilled, and challenged in my work? Do I still want the same things I did two or three years ago? What could I be doing differently to better align myself on the path to my goals?
I am a huge believer in vision boards! If you find yourself with a free hour this week I implore you to make one. If you do not have access to the traditional magazine or printer route, you can always make a digital vision board on your phone or laptop. It's best to place them somewhere you'll see it every day, like your desktop or phone background. The law of attraction is powerful. Everything from the food we eat, the company we keep, and the thoughts we think, all play a part in making us who we are. I'll be reflecting on this as I re-organize and re-center this spring.
Road to Zion
As far as our travels go, we were able to journey over to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon this past week. Two absolutely breathtaking natural landscapes. Our national parks are closing up one by one as the country hunkers down to flatten the curve of COVID-19. We are so grateful to have visited before any closures took effect. There is a sense of relief that so much of nature is getting a break as humans are asked to stay home. My belief is our natural national treasures will only benefit from a break in tourism.
As always, I made sure to snap some photos to share.
Zion had closed two days prior to arrival but Colin and I were able to locate some open back-country trails. There was virtually no one there, we enjoyed the solitude amongst the incredible view. Thankfully, my body is feeling much better and I was able to explore with relative ease.
There was a bit of commotion when we realized a horse had gotten loose from a pasture a mile away. The other horses managed to get his attention and keep him close by! We helped place him into the pen and the owners were located a few days later. We think she wanted a visit with others like the rest of us!
Last Call for Bryce
On Monday I received a message that one of our most prized stops, Bryce Canyon, was closing the next day at 5pm. We made a swift decision to cancel all our online appointments and head out for an early morning, two and a half-hour drive from St. George. The Canyon certainly didn't disappoint us. The last time we were here, we visited with friends from Germany. It is a very special place for us and there was no way we could miss it being so close! By the way, if you are curious about the sandstone columns in the photos, these are called hoodoos. They are scattered all over the park and are Mother Nature's form of natural art.
Driving up to the entrance we not only felt such gratitude but we were both filled with such excitement to see this magnificent place again.
We made some new friends from Australia! It was honestly refreshing to run into another couple after hiking for quite some time without seeing another soul. Nate and Brit knew to keep their distance and so did we. It seemed odd because after talking with them for a bit, I think we all wanted to hug or take a photo together (but it was a no-go). They were absolutely lovely and we made plans to keep in touch.
This social distancing is forcing us into some new skills. Believe it or not, Colin trusted me to cut his hair! Admittedly, I had tried my hand at being his barber once before and it turned out so bad we had to give him a buzz cut! Unfortunately, he was already about six weeks overdue when quarantine began. I could not believe he was going to let me near his locks again with a pair of scissors! But alas, I did okay this time! And most of all, he's happy with it! I have such an appreciation for stylists now than ever before!
What situation/s has the quarantine put you in that you never would have guessed you'd be in, pre-pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
Sending you all love and light this week. Hoping we can all find the time to reflect and reset by spring cleaning and finding time to make your own vision board.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to checking in next week.
In good health
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