A few weeks ago, my sister Marabeth and I went on one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. It wasn’t a tropical beach and it wasn’t a chic, decadent city either. In fact, it was only about an hour away from where I live in Los Angeles. The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu is a place where people go to unplug and go off the grid from their everyday lives. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of gotta go here, need to pick this up from there, return this call, reply to that text and so on. We all need time to stop and smell the roses, literally.
At the Ranch, they put us through a different kind of bootcamp that I’m used to. It’s not at all the high-impact sweat session that I usually fit into my schedule. They had my sister and I slow down, go on five hour long hikes, take yoga classes and even encouraged a daily nap! The menu was vegan, clean and delicious. This all lends to gaining a sense of serenity and clarity. We were definitely feeling it. Waking up at 5:30am originally sounded like a horrible idea, however I discovered it’s actually a productive way to go about my day. I like waking up with the sun and I’m motivated to continue doing it. Spending an extended time in nature was truly refreshing in every way. There weren’t any errands to do, no cars honking, zero phone notifications, it was really… nice.
You don’t have to jet to the Pacific Coast to achieve what the Ranch calls “fitness and wellness immersion.” This is something everyone can and should make time for. I’m going to make a real effort to block time out in my calendar to create my own Ranch experience at home.
Below are are some of my plans for recreating my Ranch experience. Even if it’s only for a few hours every week, I plan to unplug on a regular basis.
My “Ranch in the City”:
• Wake up extra early so there is more time to enjoy the morning
• Turn the phone on silent or better yet, leave it in a drawer
• Take Harley and Lexi for long nature walks or hikes
• Plan ahead for clean, good feeling meals that don’t make me feeling like I just ate an entire pizza.
Mmmm… pizza. Focus, Jules!
What do you guys think? How do you like to unplug?