“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” This quote is attributed to Henry…
I dreamed of getting a camper since I stayed in an Airstream in Salida, Colorado on a solo road trip back in 2019. Three years later, my dream of purchasing a camper came true. While it wasn’t the Airstream Bambi I had been dreaming about, it’s perfect for Teddy and I in this season of life.
The three types of goals are easy, middle, and guaranteed goals. Acuff says to “think of it like a goal ladder with three rungs. One of the vertical rails is effort and the other is time. The higher you climb, from Easy to Middle to Guaranteed, the greater amounts of effort and time you need to accomplish the goal.”
And then, we must recognize that consistency compounds and that even imperfect progress is still progress.
The List is really a Best Moments List. It is quite literally a list of the best moment you’ve had. Rather than a list of the best life you can achieve over the next twenty years, Acuff suggests writing a list of the best things that have happened to you in the last 20 years. Look back before looking forward. They can be classic moments like a wedding or trip. They could be unusual like a specific event, or regular routines or things you just appreciate in each day. I did this exercise for about 25 minutes and came up with 90+ things. I’m sure with more time, I can come up with quite a few more. I’ll share a few of mine below for you.
In June of 2023, Teddy and I got married in Alaska and had a two week road trip exploring what we were able to in the state for our honeymoon. Alaska is so large that we barely scratched the surface, but we wanted to share what we did so that as you plan your own trip, you can choose what to include in your own itinerary!
On the last day of our Alaska wedding and honeymoon, we drove from Homer to Anchorage. Our flight was very early the next morning so we found a few stops along the way to make the most of the 4+ hour drive. Our first stop however was one we didn’t plan ahead of time and included some flashing lights.
If you think about it, getting the appropriate amount of energy for the day through sleep should be easy. Most adults need 7-8 hours. So if we know what time we plan to be up in the morning, we work backwards about 7-8 hours and plan to be asleep by that time.
But that’s where it all goes wrong.
A few years ago I read the book, “The Seasons of God” by Henry Blackaby. In the book, Blackaby shares wisdom on seasonality in life. One of the things that really stuck with me when I read it was about not trying to rush a season. I’d found myself almost every winter, after Christmas came and went, wishing it was already Spring. Since reading this book, I now try to find ways to savor each season, even if it’s not my favorite.