Rest in your Context

I really love the water, the beach, etc. It's such a wonderful place to sit and be still. I stink at slowing down, but the water actually makes me go slower. The rhythmic movement of the sea as it moves forwards and backwards is like a car's movement to a baby. :) It just brings calmness and peace (and even sleep!). Unfortunately, most of us in the world cannot live at the beach so we really have to learn it elsewhere. Where do you find rest at in your context?

 Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.8, 1/640 sec, ISO-400  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

For me it comes from a few places. One is with my guitar. Fortunately, my guitar is easily transportable, so I've been able to have one with me even as we've traveled around Texas! I have one overseas as well. I find if I can just bang on my guitar and sing at the top of my lungs for an hour every once in a while, I feel so much better! 

Another place of rest for me is friends. Being around my friends in the Dallas area has been so amazing. I couldn't emphasize enough how important and restful community is for me. These friends are the kind of friends that you wouldn't see for a couple years and when you meet up again it's like you just left yesterday. I think everyone needs these kinds of people. I'm thankful that we built these friendships before we left, otherwise coming back would be depressing.

  ashleytruckey : Disc golf is the best Sabbath activity ever! #discgolf #Sabbath #fun #beactive

ashleytruckey: Disc golf is the best Sabbath activity ever! #discgolf #Sabbath #fun #beactive

The last restful thing for me is doing fun things with my husband. Lately our fun things have been active sport-like activities. If you've seen my instagram photos as of late, there has probably been a lot of disc golf. :) We love disc golf and play it at least once a week, normally on our Sabbath when we try to stop working for one day and just rest. Another active thing we've adopted lately is CrossFit! I imagine at this point after reading that you're either chiming in with me at how amazing CrossFit is or you think I'm pyscho for calling that restful. :) Regardless, it actually has been fun and has created another space for us to get away, work out really hard and to be with people from another context. 

So what is it for you? You have to have something, otherwise you will go crazy and burnout. If you don't know what it is, think about it and start implementing it into your week. I find if I can try to have something restful apart of my week, it really fuels me to push harder in all the things I need to do. 

Hope that you can find that rest in your context, whatever that looks like!

-Ashley