basic needs

The Dips

During a particularly deep "dip in our trip," I made this 2-minute video to share about it. (Pardon the occasional wind noise.) Little did I know, it was going to get a little deeper before I made my way out of it.

Here are the links to the books I mentioned in the video: 

The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future by Peter M. Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

The vast simplicity of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of my favorite spots.

Back to that dip I was talking about. It continued until we took a longer break in Santiago, and I dug deeper into my basic needs to understand why I was so off-kilter. 

Like cream rising to the surface of fresh milk, letting go of everything I know to take this trip has allowed my needs to rise above my wants. By letting go of my house, job, friends, family, exercise routine, relaxation rituals, stores I like to shop in, restaurants I like to eat in, closet full of clothes and shoes, jewelry...you get the idea...I've had a chance to distinguish between my needs and wants in a new way.

Here's where I am now. I've let everything go. We're still traveling so I can't put my whole life back together again but, I can make choices about my basic needs. That's where I'm focused. I'm identifying my "minimum requirements for self care" (a term used by Jennifer Louden) so I feel like myself, comfortable in my own skin. Louden's writing prompts have helped me to get at the topic from some new angles.

For example, some of what I've learned is that time alone on the bike isn't enough for me. It was easy to get time to myself at home but on the road, I have to let Keith know that I need a few hours to myself with no interruptions. This is hugely important for my sanity and I wasn't giving it to myself! Another example is what I've started calling stretch projects, in which I challenge my mind or body or heart. The time I spent creating my ebook, Journaling Whys & Hows, fed my need to share about a topic that's super-important to me and to be visually creative. As a "thank you" for reading my blog, I'm giving it to you for free! Use the promo code thankyou.

I'm pretty sure I've made it through the dip in our trip. I've learned more about my basic needs, am in the midst of a 2-week (or more!) break in Santiago, Chile at an awesome hostel with other motorcycle riders, and Keith and I are laying out the next to last leg of our trip, which will take us to our goal of Ushuaia, Argentina. We haven't quite figured out the last leg involving how or when we go home, yet.

Whew. Who knew there would be so much to learn when we left our house 443 days ago!

In the spirit of learning,

Jalene

Body's Voice

New to this blog? Here's the scoop:

On August 10, 2015, my husband Keith and I took off on our motorcycles for a 2-ish year journey from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. During this time, I'm dedicating this blog to the inner journey taking place as a result of our adventure.

This video was created on November 5, 2015, day 87 on the road.

A bit about this video:

I'm accustomed to having a body that is able to do, pretty much, anything I ask it to do. This trip has humbled me. Traveling is teaching me to stop assuming, and start listening more closely to my personal needs. My body has been talking to me but, honestly, I've been ignoring it. I expect it to perform the way it did at home. I don't want to be a wimp. I want to physically do what I want to do, how I want to do it. That attitude is not working.

Here are some questions to ponder about your body's voice:

Is your body trying to tell you something these days?

How are you responding?

What would it look like if your response was nurturing and kind?

Best energies to you AND your body!

Jalene

 

Vacationer to Traveler

New to this blog? Here's the scoop:

On August 10, 2015, my husband Keith and I took off on our motorcycles for a 2-ish year journey from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. During this time, I'm dedicating this blog to the inner journey taking place as a result of our adventure.

This video was created on October 24, 2015, day 74 on the road.

A bit about this video:

Keith and I are in Austin (one time in the video I say, Houston, oops) waiting for Hurricane Patricia to pass. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of 3 motorcyclists we met in Big Bend National Park, we have a condo all to ourselves. It's exactly what we needed, when we needed it and we are beyond grateful! 

My wish is that these videos about our trip also connect with people's lives outside travel. How about going inside yourself and pondering these questions?

How are you doing on taking care of your basic needs such as eating well, resting enough, and moving your body? 

What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of something you might like to change? 

What if you approached the thing you might like to change with curiosity and compassion?

What might you experiment with doing differently today?

Hugs,

Jalene

P.S. For more inner exploration, check out my book, 52 Ways to Connect with You.

 

Changing Basic Happiness Needs

The further we travel from our "normal" lives, the more my needs change. In this video made in Wetampka, Alabama at my friend Wendy's place, I talk about just that. When I thought about it later, these "daily needs" are built on a foundation of love and connection with my family and friends. I'm grateful to have them in my life and it's super important to me that we stay connected during our time on the road.