Utah’s Mountain Way of Life – BeautyBeyondBones


Howdy y’all!

I am currently IN THE AIR on my flight back from Utah!

Oh my gosh it was the trip of a lifetime, truly.

Utah's mountain way of life has a lot to offer. Turns out, when you unplug from technology, there's so much life out there to enjoy! #summer #life #recovery #jesus #god #catholic #christianity #travel #utah #technology

We ate amazing food, went hiking, walked around Main Street, went to an arts festival, drove to the quaint Sundance resort, saw a concert, went to Park City’s one and only nightclub, and just enjoyed being together!

I’ll tell you what, I think I was born for the mountain way of life. The fresh air, the active lifestyle, spending time outdoors – its just makes me feel so alive.

Which is no surprise, because nature is one of God’s most magnificent creations, and a gift for His children to enjoy!

Utah's mountain way of life has a lot to offer. Turns out, when you unplug from technology, there's so much life out there to enjoy! #summer #life #recovery #jesus #god #catholic #christianity #travel #utah #technology

But my goodness, I feel so blessed to have had that time with my friends. (And thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes, by the way!)

OK quick story time: So this free concert we went to at Sundance, it’s a pretty far drive – too far for tourists (about an hour away), and so as a result, it was really only locals who attended.

There was nothing fancy, no frills: just a cover band in a tent, a food truck, a beer stand, and one heck of a view.

Think families, couples and groups of teens in cowboy hats, sitting on blankets with coolers and bags of chips. It was so fun.

Utah's mountain way of life has a lot to offer. Turns out, when you unplug from technology, there's so much life out there to enjoy! #summer #life #recovery #jesus #god #catholic #christianity #travel #utah #technology

But one thing that my friends and I noticed, was that none of the kids or teens or children had “screens!” There was not an iPad, a phone, or a tablet in sight! They were all just running around, doing cartwheels, picking dandelions, and just exploring! And all the adults were just in the moment, enjoying the music, too! It was so refreshing!

Everyone was out enjoying the sunshine, the nature, the fresh air — no technology required!

Utah's mountain way of life has a lot to offer. Turns out, when you unplug from technology, there's so much life out there to enjoy! #summer #life #recovery #jesus #god #catholic #christianity #travel #utah #technology

Which, to be honest, was the way of life I adopted while I was out here too! I wasn’t on the internet or social media for the entire trip (minus a few necessary “fringe” hours for work). But I mean, I was so unplugged, I didn’t even check my phone on my BIRTHDAY last Friday! And coming from someone who’s average daily screen time is 13 HOURS (gotta love being a blogger)… the change was SO enjoyable!

I was able to be present and in the moment with my friends! I saw people’s eyeballs. Laughed and cherished shared experiences. We were spontaneous! Adventurous. Connected! Conversations weren’t being interrupted by pings or dings. We had a weekend of human to human interaction, unbothered by what the rest of the world was posting on social media. And I freaking loved it.

Utah's mountain way of life has a lot to offer. Turns out, when you unplug from technology, there's so much life out there to enjoy! #summer #life #recovery #jesus #god #catholic #christianity #travel #utah #technology

But back to the concert: just watching those kids be kids — the way childhood was when I was a kid — playing outside in bare feet, exploring the woods, spending every second I could outside with my friends…it was really a beautiful thing to behold.

So I don’t know, maybe there’s really something to the mountain way of life?

Because I’ll tell you what, I’ve never felt more refreshed or rejuvenated than I do right now.

So my challenge to myself, and to you, is this week, let’s try to take it easy on our screen time consumption. Because there’s a whole, beautiful world out there if we only just lift our eyes from our phones to notice it!

OK – that’s all for me tonight! The plane has begun its decent and it’s time for me to put my laptop up.

Have an amazing Monday, friends. And I can’t wait to share a yummy recipe with you on Wednesday, along with some of the faaaabulous food we enjoyed in Utah!

Until next time!

“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5

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