After nearly a month on the road, have I found more balance?
I had these illusions that once I left my home, my office, my routine and set off on a 2-year adventure, travelling across NA in a camper, that I would naturally find more balance. I had envisioned having more time; more time to color in my “adult” coloring book, read more books, start my day and end my day meditating, enjoying nature and watching the sunsets, exercising and doing yoga, and having more connection.
But when you bring your laptop and your phone, and you have cell coverage or internet connection no matter where you are - driving in your car across the country, at the campground, restaurants, rest stops – guess what? You continue to stay connected, scroll through Facebook, comment on posts, read e-mails, and feel a constant need to be on-line. So after nearly a month on the road, have I found more balance? NOPE!
You can change your environment, but if you don’t change you habits, your results will remain the same.
As luck would have it, almost a month in to the day, I would for forced to change my habits. We arrived in Idaho City. With a name like that, you’d imagine a town, stores, and people right? When I read the sign: “Idaho City – Population 428”, I knew I was in for a surprise. Idaho City is a dirt-biking heaven. It is not a town with wi-fi connection at every turn, and has no cell coverage. The locals have told us, that if you stand in a certain spot next to the Visitor Centre, during opening hours, you might be able to make a call. During one of our rides, nearly 45km into the woods, we found a guy with his 4 kids and 2 dogs in tow, holding out his phone…. “I can sometimes get a text out from this spot”. Really??
So low and behold, the last two days have been absolutely incredible. I woke up and listened to two guided meditations, stretched, cleaned the camper, made breakfast, and we rode most of the days. We’ve met and took the time to chat with so many incredible couples and riders, in the town and on the trails. We shared stories, received recommendations for best trails, and made plans to meet some of them along our travels. Stopped into town for some ice cream, chatted with more locals, and made it back to make dinner, sat outside watched the sunset, and drew out an entire page in my coloring book. I should mention that it took me more than 6 months to finish the last two pages. I could never imagine having the time to finish an entire page in one sitting. The lesson here was that just like everything in life, I had to commit, focus, avoid distractions, and get it done. I was able to change my habits and do some of the things I’ve wanted to do for a really long time.
I knew I was addicted to being connected. I knew that I could still build my business, and perhaps even more, by being more efficient with my time and spending less time on Social Media. I knew I wanted to change that. Part of this trip is doing exactly that. And thankfully to a small town, population of 428, where there was no cell coverage, and very limited wi-fi, I was finally able to change the habit and created more balance.