Mindfulness for Creators | The Power of Vestigo’s Mission
Mindfulness for Creators & Removing the Clutter
How many minutes per day are you living in the present moment, where your head doesn’t feel like it’s racing? If I had to be honest, fifteen minutes for me in the morning if I’m lucky and maybe thirty minutes before bed if I shut down correctly. Everything in between feels to be pure chaos.
Simply, we live in a world that is cluttered. So much noise. Constantly checking our phones, newsfeeds, and every other object around us within five feet. It’s hard to focus, truly get anything done when we have so much distraction. I mean, sometimes it’s extremely difficult to be mindful, to shut it down, and think clearly.
I couldn’t think of a truer statement being an entrepreneur or a millennial with a million and one passions beyond a desk job. Some people who work a regular job come home from work and their professional responsibilities are over for the day. Perhaps family may take over, job number two, or Netflix and a glass of wine. On the other hand, there are those who are investing in their ideas and visions where turning it off, staying mentally clear, and being mindful feels nearly impossible because you are always thinking about how to make your craft better.
Over the past three years I’ve had the liberation of being able to create, build, lead, and execute a number of projects whether it’s for professional brands, sports teams, or projects of my own. While there is nothing more joyful than being able to be creative, build relationships and make money to support yourself doing what you love, it can come at a hefty price if not self-aware. The price you pay is a little something called burnout, where your mind just shuts down on you. I’ve experienced this firsthand on my most current endeavor called Wish Dish.
Finding a Solution through the Outdoors & Why I love Vestigo
Speaking from firsthand experience, I have found so much joy in exploring the outdoors. Whether 3-week whitewater kayaking trips out West or day trips hiking and rappelling off of mountains in Georgia. It’s a sense of calmness where the distractions fly away and you feel one with yourself, one with nature, and present to everything around you.
In the past year and a half, here are some of the noticeable benefits I have experienced:
- Pushed Outside Comfort Zone: The outdoors is great because like entrepreneurship, there are many paths and unexpected scenarios that can come from nowhere. For example, on my kayaking trip with Vestigo a few months ago, I flipped in the middle of a class III rapid, wet exited the kayak and went swimming for about 100 yards going through 3 other rapids. I was scared as hell but had many laughs after getting back in the boat. Facing curveballs and just working through them in unnatural situations teaches so much about life.
- Building Relationships with Friends and Strangers in a Different Way: You can’t talk, think, and discuss business 24/7. There’s more meaning to life. Being outdoors with people you enjoy hanging out with opens discussions on so many topics. Learning about other people’s interests, families, and perceptions of life only can bring people closer together. This also comes back to business, because people like to work with others who they like and trust and building that type of relationship away from work can only help down the road.
- Rejuvenation and Clarity of Mind: As mentioned earlier, chaos only stirs through the head when you are constantly creating and improving. But being in the outdoors forces you to turn those parts of the brain off. There is nothing greater than spending time in nature and then trying to drink all the ideas you have spewing in from a firehose because you cleared out the old. Personally, I’ve always found coming back to work refreshed, re-energized, and motivated to do whatever is next.
While I’m biased towards the outdoors as my “escape” this is why I love the mission of Vestigo that advenure awaits for us all if we simply choose to take that first step. Sometimes it’s hard for us to take advantage of the opportunities for adventure all around us, but with Vestigo, it’s so simple to connect with a local pro who can lead the way as guide and a genuine new friend. Additionally,
I encourage you all to check out Vestigo, take your first trip, and reap the benefits that their cause is helping create for others. I’m inspired by their founders, how they live what they are selling, and their passion to help people get outside.
*Make an account with the link here to get $10 off your first trip when you sign up: https://vestigo.co/?r=e8adcc031d.
Check out the Wish Dish Writing Workshop and start your adventures today!
Note: Bryan is the founder of www.thewishdish.com and has created a platform for people to share authentic self-expression.