I like to think I’m a low maintenance kind of gal. You know, someone who appreciates the simple things of life, without too many wants. Too many needs.
But I still do need a few things.
For example, I need nature. A peaceful getaway, complete with a lake, lots of woods for trekking, and plenty of spots for sitting. Thinking. Breathing. Living.
I need family. I’m blessed enough to have two of the most amazing parents who enjoy many of the same things that I do. Dad is a regular runner. An avid hiker. He loves reading and being out in nature as much as I do.
My mom is my go-to walkin’ partna’. 😉 She’s also my shopping partner and I go to her with all my recent vents, questions, concerns, excitement, and/or cooking questions.
Yes. I need my family.
(Dad just bought a new pair of Nikon binoculars, and they were put to good use on today’s nature walk 😀 )
I need a good morning yoga session. Inhale. Exhale. Stretch. The basic routines that keep me feeling flexible. Strong. Relaxed.
I need a few good, close friends. Not a lot. Not too many. Just a few.
I need this.
I need a creative outlet. Blogging. Photography. Writing. Piano. Cooking. I don’t need to be an expert at these things. I simply need to love them.
I need to hear the water hit the pebbles gently. Softly. I need to close my eyes and savor the delicious sounds of nature.. The intoxicating smells and sights.
I need to be with people who constantly encourage me. People who constantly lift me up and say “yes you can.” There’s enough negativity in this world to hang around with people who don’t believe in you. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
I need to experience all four seasons. Katie asked her readers today, if you could live anywhere, where would you live and why. My first thought? California. Or France. And then I realized that I love New England for more reasons then one. But the greatest of reasons is the four brilliant seasons. What would a warm summer day be without a preceding chilly winter? And how could I ever enjoy fall the same way, without the beautiful foliage.
Nature’s Fruit Loops. 😀
I need to constantly remind myself to stop. Slow down. Enjoy the day. It’s way too easy to rush through life. It’s the journey, not the destination.
I need to exercise. Get the heart pumping. Wave at the regular walkers, the regular runners. Scratch a few dogs behind the ears. Leap across a field just for the pure joy of it. Do a few pushups just because I can.
I need to feel the wind on my face on a cold fall day, bunching my thick warm hoodie closer to my face. Warmth.
I need to feel loved. Wanted. Needed. Even if that means feeding a stray cat or giving a little boy some extra change because he doesn’t have enough money to buy a bunch of flowers for his mom. I need those kinds of things.
I need healthy foods. They make me feel energetic, focused, and good about myself. From greens to grains to garbanzos.
I also need to never feel deprived. 😉
I need my sleep.
I need to always listen to my heart and some good common sense.
And most of all, I need to just relax. Life isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. Seriously!! 😀
Question: What do you need in your every day life?