I've always kept busy at home. I've not worked outside the home in 7 years. The first two years of that time, I babysat my niece during the week. I definitely stayed busy then as we still had one in high school and our oldest had just started college. And I must clarify my "busy" is no where near what some people deem as busy! The next 5 years are a blur... of youngest finishing high school, moving 3 times in one year, living apart from my husband except for weekends while he worked in Colorado and we lived in Texas. Before the RV, I enjoyed keeping home/home making. A 1700 sf home takes a bit longer than an hour to clean weekly. There's not a whole lotta organizing and cleaning you can do in 240 square feet!
We don't have a "typical" day... we do have our routine in the morning. Wake up, quiet time and internet with coffee. From there it varies. If it's a travel day, we start packing up for travel at this point and are usually on the road anywhere from 8 to 10am. We normally drive no more than 2-3 hours (ideally). Get set up for the day and have lunch. Travel day afternoons are usually exploring the campground and surroundings and getting caught up on the internet. Evening consist of dinner, clean up and tv watching.
Three days a week, we run after coffee and before breakfast. We usually do smoothies for breakfast after our run. Then move on with our day... either sight-seeing, homekeeping type chores (laundry, RV maintenance, house cleaning), or errands (grocery shopping). Some days we don't do much! We try to plan something away from home every other day or every third day.
Some days just making three meals a day and cleaning up after them... in addition to any kind of baking done (with another load of dishes done) keeps me pretty busy.
I am enjoying the down time this lifestyle has
offered us, but some days, I just want to be busy doing something. I've
got the internet, books, knitting, and sewing I can do. I've got my bike, hula hoops and running.This past month we've been redecorating our home... painting, recovering furniture and window valances, and personalizing it (the reveal soon!) But some days I find myself on the internet "looking" for stuff to read/research/browse. I've got to learn to start "stepping away from the computer"!
While I am truly not "busy" I still don't sit and do nothing well... I've got to either grab a book or my Iphone (for games). We do enjoy sitting outside and talking (to each other and to others) but I don't do it enough. I'm a fair weather outdoor woman... I like temps where I don't have to wear a jacket and I am not dripping with sweat. Oh and I don't like wind or bugs. So on those "perfect" days, I am outside more.
Some things I'd like to do more of...
Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be.
Take a meditative walk, focusing solely on the physical sensations of walking—the earth under your feet, the swing of your hips.
Take a long walk on the beach, focusing on the feel of the sand between your toes and the sound of the crashing waves. Cliché, but highly effective!
Set aside some time to actively enjoy the good things about the present, instead of scheming to create a better future.
Leverage your purpose to serve someone else, not for
money—just because. That might mean helping them pursue their passion,
or motivating them to reach their fitness goals. Whatever gives your
life meaning, give it to someone freely.
Still trying to find the balance in being productive, being thought-full and just being! How do you find your balance?