Originally Posted by msbearkeley
Life is short....so how are you living it today?
Great idea for a post! We need to make sure life is enjoyable now as well!
Husband and I don't have kids, so one might think we have a lot of free time (as our families members have thought out loud). However we find we are so strapped for time with all that we have chosen to do. Volunteer efforts take up a good chunk. He's involved with a winter recreation non profit group, I'm involved with an animal rescue non profit group (and we cross over into each other's when needed). We each head up several fundraiser events for these groups on top of other roles. I guess at some level we enjoy it (or wouldn't be doing it), but it also uses a lot of energy.
In effort to do things for ourselves, we have many outdoor hobbies! Backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, ultra trail running (my husband does 100 milers, I'm just starting out though), mountain biking - not just for weekends, we fit this stuff into a regular work week up to 5 days a week. It seems like we're always in training for an event or just general fitness upkeep. I make sure we eat good food at home too to fuel our bodies.
Then trips! We love our trips. Every New Year's Day we write out our "tick list" for the year filling in trip ideas for every month (mainly like a big wish list). So far we have a ski race event in March out of town, Moab for biking/running in March, April visit home, April a week long canoe/camping trip in the desert, May house guests, May trail running event out of town, June weekend climbing trip, July visit home, July Orcas Island trip, August climbing trip, August backpacking trip, August trail running event out of town, August anniversary trip (which involved canoe, tent and hiking usually), September Idaho canoe/camping trip, November California wedding trip/backpacking Sierras. I really enjoy the planning aspect of trips as much as going on the trips. Canoe camping trips are something we can do with our 11 year old dog as a family.
We do camp for many of these adventures, so these aren't cruise/foreign country kind of vacations (and why we can do so many of them). Historically, we spend ~$3500/year on all these trips. Includes plane tickets when we fly and gas when we drive. Last summer we were gone on fun trips for 8 weekends in a row, and yet somehow still working a normal work week!
Yes, we're pretty exhausted most of the time. I think I got more tired just re-reading all that! Some days I wish we had a condo with no yard to take care of. BUt alas, we have choices in all that we do, so for now I'll enjoy this this life we have created and look forward to when jobs can be removed from the equation!