Permission to Relax

Belle at the beach

I’m starting to think that when all the work of preparing for serenity becomes stressful, I’m doing something wrong.  Shouldn’t serenity be one of those things that you don’t have to prepare for?  Can’t I find serenity and then expect the logistics to fall into place BECAUSE I’m serene?

After a tearful morning, I’ve realized that for me, yes, the answer is to be serene, not to work harder towards serenity.  The love of friends and family has calmed me down, and I’ve made some decisions that will lighten the stress.  If this blog is about chasing dreams, I would officially like to propose that actions (and thought processes) which make you feel peaceful will bring you nearer your dreams than those that are “productive” but stressful.  I encourage anyone reading (whether you’re to the point of tears or not) to look at what is making life difficult and resolve to let it be easier.  Not lazier, but more peaceful.

Be willing to let go of some plans.  Maybe letting go is a better plan.

When my actions are better aligned to my intentions, I am actually more productive, because I am excited and energized and the things I work on actually lead to the results I care about.  I just wanted to share.


  1. Momma Jorje
    March 1, 2011

    Well said. It can be especially hard for those of us that tend to be the slightest of control freaks (okay, maybe not so slight!). But it can lift SO MUCH weight to just stop trying to force it all! Just *let* things fall into place and you’ll discover that productivity happening.

    Did that make sense? I’m sure you said it better. I just wanted to agree!

    We got our truck for pulling the travel trailer this weekend, now to get the travel trailer…

  2. MB
    March 2, 2011

    Yes! that’s what I remind myself every day since we started planning for our adventure. Great post!

  3. Free Range Dreams
    March 2, 2011

    Thanks, guys! And yay, Momma Jorje! Dreams coming true!

  4. Angela
    March 6, 2011

    girl, you got it! always remember that freedom is in the journey, and not just the destination. love the photo of your sweet baby on the beach, it’s where i always went to be reminded to just “be” during those times when it all felt like too much to reach that peace i was so searching for. am loving your posts!

  5. k8et
    April 4, 2011

    Hey! Found you through the Organic Sister – we would have loved to consider buying Benny but timing wasn’t right 😛 We are working on the same transition you are, without kids though, and we kinda stalled for a bit on a rough patch. This post was really helpful for affirming that if we are struggling so hard, we just need to change our approach. Thanks, subscribing now so we can keep following you!

    1. Free Range Dreams
      April 5, 2011

      Welcome, to another traveler (in training)! I reckon we’ll come through these rough patches stronger, and maybe soon we’ll run into each other on our grand adventures!


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