AllAges View – Plan Your Escapes

By Sofia Johnson

If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself overbooking your life. Whether this is school, sports, work, or volunteering, this lifestyle can burn you out quickly. So when do you find time for you? Most of the time I tell myself, “If only I had a few more hours in the day…,” but I know I’d find something else to fill them. Balance is key. Making sacrifices is sometimes necessary to make sure you are not only there for your friends and family but for yourself as well. Creating room in your schedule, even just an hour a day is a great place to start. This could be taking time to sit in your backyard and sketch your surroundings, gardening, cooking a meal (maybe even with food you have gardened), or doing yoga. These are just some examples of easy activities that can be enriching in the process, they can also make it easier to go back to what you were taking a break from.

If you want to escape the environment completely, take a day trip. My family and I just got back from a trip to the lake. As always, we ran into friends, as Pinecrest tends to be a popular place for Central Valley residents. Of course it is still important to keep a safe distance but hiking, fishing, and taking your boat out on the lake are all great ways to still enjoy this great amenity. I hope that you are staying safe this July and that you don’t go too stir crazy!

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