The Perfect Balance


This is a guest post from Lifestyle patient Joshua Altman.

During July 16 through July 28, 2017, I road tripped with two friends. We travel through California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington and saw Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park, Arches National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Our altitude varied between -282ft to 10,000ft and we stayed in a variety of tents, hostels, and hotels. Total I spent $967.

I believe traveling is a necessity in life. Not only is it an adventure but is the best kind of self-learning through experience. This recent trip of mine put things into perspective as this was my first trip as a homeowner. Letting go of everything in Seattle (work, my daily fitness, friends, emails, bills, house security, etc) was much needed. And even though there was a ton of hiking on my trip, not having a plan made it feel as if I didn’t have to focus on my workouts. It truly was a vacation.

Coming home was exciting because as much as some of us hate it, being back in your routine is sometimes nice. Cooking my own food, planning my day so I can workout before work, seeing my girlfriend, etc.

My biggest takeaway from this vacation is that balance at home and away from home is needed. This will prevent life from getting stagnant. When I’m home I get to explore my city and when I’m away I get to explore and experience everything else.

The perfect balance!

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