Are you wondering about my title? No? Well, you should. New Zealand is “supposedly” referred to as the Land of the long white cloud. Just click the link for the history. I won’t go into detail here, don’t you worry. But what I will go into detail about is my time here. So sit back if you will….
Just to preface, I recently signed up for the GLAM AUTHOR Program. It’s a paid opportunity, but it also allows me to choose what “themes” I want to write about. I jumped at this idea because it allowed me to support the hubs while we were in New Zealand, and trust me, we needed EVERY LITTLE PENNY!
One theme that I found I could relate to was about “small wins,” but in my mind I like to think of them as “small victories.” Here’s the exact wordage.
Theme: We want to know how you reward yourself and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in the ‘smallest’ ways. Whether it is a quick 10 minute walk in the morning or eating a piece of fruit for dessert, what are the ‘small wins’ you experience that lead you to a healthy and happy day? Sponsored by Quaker Oatmeal
Now, I know I Quaker Oatmeal is the sponsor of this theme and I totally love that they are! But small wins didn’t come from just healthy food, it came from nourishment. Food is nourishment though, right?
But you know what else provides nourishment?
Does that even make sense?
Let me explain…………..
When I left for New Zealand with the hubs, I up and left my “busyness and hyper-productivity” in the States. That meant a whole new world was waiting for me when I arrived. But what did that look like?
I didn’t know what to expect really. In fact, I didn’t even know if I could handle being just “simple” me.
You see, I had been thriving off of the “always doing something, over-working, busy-body” lifestyle. I hid behind this BUSYNESS so much that I actually had no identity without it.
In New Zealand there was no “schedule” or “plan.” And to be honest, the first month I felt guilty living at such a slow pace, which also led me to feeling a bit lost and anxious.
Why was this? Wasn’t part of the purpose of this trip to slow down, to rest, and to take care of each other?
Yes. Yes it was. But that also meant I needed to take care of me and reconnect with ME! Be still and ENJOY…… ME!
Sounds a bit selfish but in fact it was/is the most humbling experience I have gone through.
Each day I found Small wins in taking time to “know” me.
I strolled in the park…
I walked to get groceries..
I woke up early just to watch the sunrise….
I stopped at every corner just to take pictures….
I drank coffee at several cafes…
I read my bible and disconnected from everything, to pray…
I enjoyed a glass of NZ wine….. every night.
Do I sound like Eat Pray Love yet? haha. Just kidding. I was far from that. New Zealand wasn’t about spending time discovering life.
It was about reuniting with ME!
Yep…. ME! Simple Me.
Stripped of every busy detail and distraction in my life,
I was left with one thing……the real me.
And guess what I found out?
I LIKE the REAL me.
So I guess you could say that the time we spent living in New Zealand has been my me “small win” so far this year. A small victory that played a HUGE part in rebuilding my confidence.
It has been my nourishing bowl of oatmeal in the morning, fueling me for more of life to come.
The benefits of a warm, filling bowl of oatmeal can keep you going all morning long. Energy. Fiber. Heart Health. Quaker Oatmeal.
A super grain breakfast.
Simple yet Sassy LC
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Quaker via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Quaker.
I will be participating in a GLAM twitter chat this Thursday, March 8th at 4pm PST/7pm EST .
We’re continuing the topic of “Healthy Rewards: What small steps in the morning do you take to keep healthy?” Feel free to join in. I know there will be prizes randomly drawn for those who participate. Plus GLAM is giving out a GRAND PRIZE to a random participant who participates in the series of these discussions. Anyone want to win a $1000 Amazon Gift Card? Sweet!!
The Grand prize winner will be chosen at random after the series is completed. For complete rules, click here..