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Why you should run away

The fall and winter of 2015 were nothing short of manic for me and my husband. Between planning for a late September wedding, a plethora of birthdays and anniversaries, and making the three hour drive to see my folks no less than 3 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas, by the last week of the year we had been run ragged.

We were so busy that we had not been able to make any plans for New Year’s Eve, so when December 31st rolled around and still no concrete plans had been made, I assumed that it was just going to be a very low-key new year’s.

In the early evening, though, I mentioned to my husband that I was a little sad that we weren’t able to go to Birmingham to celebrate with our family friends, like I had grown up doing. We had talked about it earlier, and decided that making another 3 hour drive just wasn’t worth it.

But after my comment, Michael decided that we should just do it! Throw caution to the wind, be spontaneous!

I instantly came up with a million reasons why we shouldn’t go. He continued to insist that we should.

Even as I packed an overnight bag, I continued to debate with him. We’re tired, we’ve been driving too much, it’s already too late, we probably won’t have that much fun, we wouldn’t get to spend a lot of time there, yada yada yada. Going to Birmingham just simply wasn’t practical.

And I was right. It wasn’t practical. But Michael was also right. It was a good idea to go.

Practical decisions are not always the right decisions.

Sometimes the best thing that you can do is be spontaneous, break out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before.

Michael and I had spent such a long time keep our heads down and just trying to get through the next engagement on our over-filled calendar, that we had forgotten how refreshing spontaneity can be. We’d been so occupied with meeting our deadlines that we’d forgotten the importance of taking care of our own well-being.

Don’t be so focused on being responsible and taking care of others that you stop enjoying life. Every now and then it’s ok to run away and play hooky with someone you love. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.  You don’t even have to leave town.  But whatever you do, I promise you that you’ll be amazed at how refreshed you’ll come back feeling!

Tell me about something spontaneous you’ve done recently!

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