Happy Birthday/Happy New Year

Sunday, January 8, 2017

One more year has passed, and I am another year older.  Being born on January 1st has never been much fun, to be honest. I always get the old "this present is for your birthday AND Christmas" and nothing is ever open.  One year I actually showed up to a restaurant with friends to find the doors closed and the lights off.  This year was different.

Alex booked us a stay for two nights in an Airstream trailer just outside of Santa Cruz in the mountains.  It was amazing.  I rang in the new year drinking wine and listening to Fleetwood Mac in the forest and I couldn't have been happier.  I turned 32 bundled up with the one I love huddling over a propane heater while we listened to the sounds of nocturnal animals outside of our trailer.  I was in heaven.

I have always felt a connection with nature, and as a kid my family used to go camping a lot.  I had such a great time returning to that feeling and really relaxing for a change.  I had no cell service at the campsite and it felt so good to disconnect.

I'm going to spend this year learning to really relax and slow down.  I'm getting rid of a lot of my possessions to learn to live with less, and I'm going to spend less money buying stuff (which is usually stuff I don't need).  What are you going to do differently this year?