Simple Joys

I am once again surrounded by the majestic mountains of southern Colorado. Wilson at my feet. Coffee in hand. Weather Systems whistles in the background as I watch the sun radiate warm beams of light into our tiny camper home and across the vast overlay of hillsides that lie beyond the kitchen window. Somewhere in the near distance, Neil and Sparrow are walking the land hunting for antler sheds.

I notice that my breaths are slow and deep. My mind is tranquil. My heart is full.

This is happiness in its purest form. I can just feel it… a blissful feeling of simple joy and deep gratitude.

I am so thankful for this moment. I am truly happy to be in this very place at this very time. Fully enraptured in the here and now.

And this is my why – my purpose for selling everything and living on the road in a 17-foot 1977 Dodge Tioga motorhome with Neil and our two mastiff cubs. Because my soul’s intuition has whispered in my ear for many years now…

Less is more. Simplify. Immerse yourself in nature. Explore. Discover. Be wild and live free.

I’m beginning to truly understand that everything we need – and so much more! – is already in abundance and within our reach. We just need to get out of our busy, worrisome minds and choose to live more deliberately in the present moment with open eyes and an open heart. These are the moments that ultimately define our lives and it’s up to each of us to enjoy and appreciate these moments in real time and before they pass us by.

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

Life is too damn short. Don’t wait. Get out there and figure out what brings you true joy. And be willing to make the necessary changes, however slow and steady, to create a life that naturally yields an abundance of those joyful moments.

I know that I am right here basking delightfully in this very moment because two years ago, in the spring of 2017, I discovered this joy for the first time when Neil and I decided we needed to get away for a couple of months and found a small cabin completely off-the-grid in a remote canyon along the edge of the Rio Grande National Forest. We fell fast in love with everything about that adventurous experience and we became undeniably aware that we deeply desired more simplicity and wilderness in our lives. Slowing down and living close to nature brought us both an abundance of joy and we decided then that we would begin taking the required steps to point our lives in that direction.

And here we are, two years later, exactly where we want to be and living the life we desire. What a remarkable moment of reality to fully enjoy this morning and give thanks for.

What brings you true simple joy? The kind that comes naturally and requires little resources beside being fully present to enjoy them. Playing music? Reading? Writing? Spending time with loved ones? Cooking? Gardening? Taking a walk in the park? Biking through town? Playing with your dog? I want to know! And I want to know what actions you take – or plan to take – to create more time and space in your life for these joyful activities.

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