Down Home on the Farm | How to Regain Fresh Perspective
As I sat to write today’s post, I was pretty sure it would be about one of the personal projects I’ve done or what I have been planning this summer. But, as I started looking through images, I decided my mind is firmly on the farm right now.
Every couple of months I have to travel to Brazil and help take care of the farm that was my mother’s. One thing that came as a surprise to me was the fact that I am much more relaxed after one of these trips. I’m not sure if it’s being away from the busyness of NYC (which I usually love) or just the freedom of space that I gravitate toward. But one thing is for sure: there is a hell of a lot more sun without the skyscrapers. I think I reached my vitamin D quota.
Being around animals, domestic and wild, is really cool. It’s something I don’t get to experience that often, and watching them is kind of soothing – even the cows! This trip I spied a breed of Tucan I didn’t even know was here, and I amazingly got a pretty good shot of it before it flew away on in its next pursuit. You can get a peek of him below.
I guess what I am trying to get at is that it’s important for your well-being to switch up your schedule and your routine every now and then – even your environment if it’s possible. The benefit is a sound mind and a fresh perspective. I find that I’m able to renew my sense of creativity and sharpen my artist’s eye when I remove myself from my everyday routine.
Not sure how to do that with your schedule? Try these things:
1) Take a microadventure. Walk down a path you’ve never taken before. Visit a new park. Take a drive in the opposite direction just for fun. Visit your nearest state park, beach, or river, or forest to get outdoors.
2) Go shopping. Splurge a little and buy two new outfits that you feel confident (and maybe a little bold) in.
3) Go on a technology fast. If you think this is impossible with work, let people know you’ll be out of pocket ahead of time and turn on your email away message for just one day. It’s a freeing experience!
4) Take a class and learn something new – even if it has nothing to do with your industry. Try cooking, a type of workout, writing, art – whatever tickles your fancy – without any expectation other than to have fun learning something new.
Have more ideas? Let me hear them! Leave a comment below.