Take Five – Spencer Kleyweg
Words by Spencer Kleyweg
Every morning I like to journal, whether it's for 5 minutes or 20, it really clears my brain for the day. I start each day by heading to a coffeeshop in Malibu that does not offer Wi-Fi or have any cell service so I can start fresh by journaling without any distractions.
No matter what I have planned for my day, I like to schedule a 20 minute walk with my dog. Some days it's at 6:00 am and others it's my break away from the computers or emails during the day. It also allows me to cherish the world and nature around me I wouldn't have noticed while looking at my phone.
It sounds counter-intuitive to buy an object to live a minimal life but after purchasing the Light Phone, my thoughts have changed. A credit card sized phone that only places and receives phone calls sounds pointless in the age of smartphones but it is the best way for me to stay in the loop without all the distractions of social media. Going to a family dinner, I don't need Instagram but it is nice to know if a friend needs me for something they can always reach me. It isn't used daily but that's the point, it is brought out when you don't want to think of technology.
It seems like most people are jumping on the meditation app bandwagon and I'm one of them. A quick guided meditation session to manage my anxiety or stress really takes me out of the craziness of work and resets my brain if I'm in the middle of funk.
Drive, Drive Away
If you've ever been in a car with me you know I will always end up saying my favorite drive is going along the California coast on Pacific Coast Highway. When life gets busy and stressful, I just take a drive without any real destination. By far my most extreme way to take a break from life yet my most effective. Nothing can replace the feeling of listening to music, windows down, while driving next to the ocean for as long as I need to clear my mind.