Learning how to live in the NOW!

by midlifecrisisqueen on July 29, 2014

There is no future or past – there is only this moment…

You may have wondered how your life might change if you up and quit your job and moved to a small town.  Some might even dread the results.  Well I am here to tell you how this experience feels to us.

I have been self-employed as a writer and therapist online for the past nine years, so when my husband Mike decided his health challenges were too much to seek out another full-time job, we packed up and moved to a very small town in southern Colorado.

After about six weeks here, these are the things we are glad to NOT be doing or thinking about anymore:

Home upkeep.  In our rental there is no more mowing, watering, or racking.  We are in the process of building a solar home in the foothills which will also have minimal upkeep.

Worrying about jobs or money!  Once you cut the cord to the world of employment, stress levels plummet.  All those little worries that seemed so big disappear.

No more worries about “wasting time.”  Time is truly on your side now.  With much more time to live in the present, we can decide each day what we want to do, opening up much more time for recreation, making new friends, enjoying each others’ company, shopping, and exploring this whole new part of Colorado.

No more pills. Before we moved I needed the occasional sleeping pill or pain killer, but not now.  I’m sleeping great again with no pain.

No need to notice national ads.  When you live in a small town with almost no chain stores or restaurants, all those ads on TV are irrelevant.     No need to pay any attention.  We have a few excellent, family-owned restaurants that have been here for decades, and since I enjoy cooking, we’re set.  The Internet is where we do most of our shopping.

And one of my personal favorites:

No more standing in lines or sitting in traffic, just lots of fresh air and country roads to explore.  I had this fear before of spending far too much of my limited time left here on earth sitting in traffic!

Mike and Rasta in kayak 3Even our dog Rasta seems much happier and more relaxed since we cut the cord to cities, and de-metrofied our lives with more clean air, peace and quiet, time, freedom, creativity and FUN.

Pick some place that is beautiful with lots of great performers coming through like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Robert Mirabal,  and a plethora of great recreational opportunities, and you’re set!

The secret to having it all is believing that you already do!


Kayaking at Lathrop State Park

by midlifecrisisqueen on July 23, 2014

Swim beach at Lathrop July 2014 smallThe first piece of recreational equipment we decided we had to have after moving down here to Walsenburg Colorado was a kayak.

Why?  Because the lakes at Lathrop State Park are right outside of town, and sure look tempting of a morning.  See the swim beach to your left this AM.

But purchasing a kayak is no small feat when you live in the middle of nowhere.  First we had to find one online that we wanted, and then we drove up to Colorado Springs to get it.

faster than a speeding kayakThis turned into a fairly crazy situation.  Since we only had our van to transport it back home, we had it hanging out as we drove.  This quickly went from crazy to hilarious when Mike exclaimed, Faster than a speeding kayak!”  as we hauled-ass down I-25!

So this AM we decided to take her out for a spin at the lake near here.  With perfect conditions and the water smooth as glass, I took off from the shore.

Mike kayaking at Lathrop 2014 smallI found it lovely paddling out to meet with a few ducks out there. Kayaking is immensely peaceful.

Then Mike took off for a spin around the lake.  Bye Mike, have a good day… our next adventure will be learning how to catch some trout in that lake!


Like a dream: The archaeology of Ideal Mine

July 21, 2014

It really is quite curious.  I’ll be walking in Walsenburg or La Veta and it will suddenly hit me that I actually live here.  After living in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins since childhood, it strikes me as quite strange that I live in such a nice small town.  Then I get a thrill [...]

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Life is still great in small town USA

July 18, 2014

We are thoroughly enjoying wandering all around our new town.  This morning we walked the three blocks to downtown and had breakfast at the Alpine Rose Cafe.  It’s been right there on Main Street for over 100 years, and guess what?  The food is GREAT!  This is the kind of small town cafe where everyone [...]

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So many rules, so little time to break them!

July 16, 2014

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”  — Katherine Hepburn I don’t know about you, but I was raised with a lot of rules.  As a kid, I was basically told how to live my life and I believed it. I thought I knew the right way to a good life. [...]

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Learning about the history of this area

July 14, 2014

We enjoyed the awesome music of Robert Mirabal and his wise words at Fort Francisco in La Veta this weekend.  

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