I have been stressed out of my head lately, and it’s all my own fault. I came to this realization in the shower today. I thought to myself, wait a second, self, everything you are freaking out about getting done will get done in due time. In fact, most of the stress I was feeling was because of unreasonable projects I’ve thrust upon myself. And when I am unable to accomplish them, I wallow in self-loathing and self-doubt. Sure, getting to the gym every single day is a noble goal, but is it reasonable when I have several projects and commitments this week that all take precedence over an hour of misery at the gym? Am I likely to rise every morning at 7:30am after having been up working till 1am the previous night to get that “oh-so-necessary” jump start on my day? Heck no. Can I please give myself a break about this? Maybe…
I have been participating in a sort of on-going SEO writer training program with an online newspaper. They ask that we submit an article every day for two weeks. That, in itself, doesn’t sound that unreasonable, but add in all the critiques I write for my class, the novel I desperately need to finish, and the other writing projects I’ve signed up for, sprinkle in a little family wedding going on tomorrow (!) and you have one great recipe for a trip to crazy town. If you’d like to check out my baby steps into SEO article writing, here is the link to what I have up so far (full disclosure, I am paid based on page views. If you like an article or two, please send them along to your friends and earn my undying gratitude).
It is times like these that living in a beautiful place really helps to put things into perspective. If I feel like tearing out all of my hair and need to get away from the computer, I am blessed to live only steps away from a footpath that winds around some seriously gorgeous scenery. I’ll walk the dogs between ponds with a backdrop of that Rocky Mountain horizon and get the strength to keep going. I hope you have a place to go to clear your head from the hustle and bustle of the day too, if only for a minute. I firmly believe that taking breaks has regenerative power. If you don’t have the great outdoors to escape to, there’s always Hulu. 😉
They live for these walks!
This little guy lives in the pond and loves to hang out on these man-made islands.
PS: I have two trips back to Nevada planned over the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for some great pictures and advice on these crazy cities from an insider, coming soon!
Whenever I tell people that I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, inevitably the reply is Whhaaa? People live there? It makes for a unique distinction to be sure. I mean, who comes from Vegas? Where do they go when they leave? The answer for my husband and I was the beautiful state of Colorado. Denver, CO to be more specific. We got out of Nevada at the first opportunity, and boy, were we lucky to end up here.
The biggest difference I noted with awe when we arrived in our new hometown was the buildings. This might sound strange, but the buildings downtown got me excited. I’ve been around tall, bedecked, extravagant high-rises my whole life, but the ones here in Denver, in a real city, were completely different in one key aspect. They weren’t casinos. This is the first thing I tell people about the difference between Vegas and any other city is that everything there is a casino. There are slot machines in the grocery stores. When you want to go out and do something, see a movie, go bowling, go ice skating, you go to a casino. Teenagers hang out in food courts where an edge of carpeting is all that separates them from the dinging, flashing, gambling machines a few feet away. After a while, you don’t even notice them. The pervasiveness of the slot machine is universal there.
Things I love about Colorado: There is green. I mean the color green, outside. There are changes of season beyond hot wind/cold wind. Snow! The smell of rain on the air. Parks you can walk in and trails to take your bike. Giant mountains. Purple mountain majesty? I finally get that now. Vegas is surrounded by mountains too, but they are nothing like the Rockies. It is like comparing a sickly circle of shrubs to a lush forest. Restaurants are all over the place downtown, and you don’t have to hike a mile and a half into a casino to get to them. Broadway plays at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (also not in a casino!) or smaller local fares in places like the Boulder dinner theater. Brunch downtown. Skiing and snowboarding. Little mountain towns like Breckenridge only a few hours away. The universal love of dogs. Open space you want to be in. The zoo. I’m crazy about the zoo. Sports! Nevada has no big sports teams. The stadiums are beyond cool.
Things I miss about Vegas: 24 hour food service, free parking everywhere, top-notch air conditioning, pools galore, and In-N-Out.