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Taking It Down a Notch

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 Jennifer Oquendo

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to go to Galena, Illinois for some much needed getting away. I was able to go for a whole weekend and it made me realize just how important it is to get away and relax. We are constantly bombarded with things to do and people to see that we forget to unwind and take a breather. Sometimes life becomes very fast paced and we tend to forget that we all need time to unwind. Vacations can honestly get very pricy but if you need time to get away from it all, a getaway is the perfect solution. In Chicago, we can't always appreciate the beauty of creation because we are constantly moving at a fast pace. We want to move quickly where we don't have time to stop and see a beautiful sunset or sunrise. I know things need to get done but I also know that sometimes we have to change our pace and slow down.

How often do we get the opportunity to sit out and enjoy an amazing breeze or look at a beautiful view? Not too often. We have to learn to slow down and enjoy the moments we have. Nowadays technology seems to have taken over, that even having a simple face to face conversation can feel awkward. We don't know how to put aside our phones and be refreshened by the enjoyment of life itself.

Being in Galena, I was able to enjoy moments that I would not necessarily be able to enjoy back home, such as tranquility and peace. It was so nice to hear cows and birds instead of cops and ambulances. It's crazy how different the views and even the lifestyle of people are after driving for a few hours. Just being able to relax and not have a list of things to do was so refreshing. It's always good to take some time and stop, unwind and slow your pace. Getting away will help clear your mind and get you ready for what you have to get done. So take a moment to stop and take it down a notch!

Exodus 33:14
And he said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

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