The freeway doesn’t feel so free…

I’ve always been a huge hater of freeways. If you haven’t experienced LA freeways, consider yourself blessed. I usually avoid them at all costs. However, lately I’ve been hopping on a bit more often when I find that it saves me time. Hop on, zone out, hope off, arrive at your destination. Simple.

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But in the midst of my fast driving and mind droning, I’ve missed out on a little bit of life.
One of my favorite things about taking the side streets is you really see the city. You can take the time to notice a bit more. Choosing to take street routes has enabled me to stumble upon some of my favorite hidden gems in LA.

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Freeways don’t show you the cute towns with personality. They don’t convey the places that could be your new “regular-spot”.

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Taking a not-so-rushed approach to life opens my eyes to new diners, fun shops, gorgeous weather, friends smiling, strangers interacting. When you get on a “non-stop” train, are you forgetting to stop & smell the roses?

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All of this got me thinking…

Why is a freeway called a FREE-way? It doesn’t make me feel free. It makes me feel rushed, pushed, stressed, anxious, angry, and overwhelmed.
Want to know when I really feel free? Here goes…

Wandering barefoot around my apartment…
Walking my dog outside on a beautiful autumn day…
Sitting around, doing nothing with my boyfriend, feeling comfortable enoug
h to skip the makeup…
Reading an amazingΒ book….
Doing yoga to allow my body to relax…
Feeling completely consumed and wrapped up in God’s word…

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Those things make me feel free. Find your moments of freedom and be intentional. Life is crazy. Life is busy. Life is stressful. Sometimes, life can feel like a freeway. But we have to remember to stop and smell the roses…or stop and walk the dog πŸ˜‰

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what makes YOU feel free.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Maddy says:

    Coffee at aroma Wednesday mornings!

    1. Our Wednesday morning dates have been the highlight of each week! πŸ™‚

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