Two years ago my best friend Rah and I traveled to SLC to visit her sister and lead a girls workshop. It resulted in amazing adventures and our part one commandments of the city, posted in the pic below.
This time around we had completely new adventures and thus, completely new commandments.
Details follow here…
Commandment 1: FP the upgrade
Seriously if you have been around this blog for awhile you know what FP means. If you haven’t, let me give you a little inclusionary language. FP means the Field of Potentiality which states that anything you desire is actually available to you if you believe in the possibility of it and at the same time you let go your attachment of it. Meaning: claim what you desire and also be able to receive without attachment to it showing up. Currently Rah and I have FP’ed really magical things together. Mostly we always FP the upgrade. We get upgraded on flights, we get upgraded with meeting incredible, fantastic, unicorn people, we get upgraded with parking spots, we basically experience upgraded everything. And you can too.
Here’s how this works for you. FP your own upgrade. When you’re traveling or even when you’re out and about in the world. Expect the best. Know that you’re going to get it and don’t be surprised when you find a $20 bill on the ground, find the most perfect rock star parking at a busy event, or get upgraded to first class on your flight for no reason at all.
The most important thing about FP-ing the upgrade is believing in the possibility of it without any expectation of outcome.
Commandment 2: Get Outside
This one is easy. You’re on a trip. An adventure. You’re in SLC or I don’t care…anywhere. Get Outside. Enjoy nature. Be one with it and get off your damn phone for a minute.
Rah and I spend a lot of time on our phones really. We are all into the socials and we love making videos and posting selfies and doing all the social things. However, during our trip there were many times neither of us had our phones with us or only one of us did. And we got our butts outside a lot. We laid in the sun. We hiked with our friends. We visited Park City with her family. We “buttcamped” it up. We got outside.
Here’s how this works for you. Easy Peasy. Get outside. Nature is the best gift you’ll ever get. She’s real and honest and awesome. She can give you something a screen never will: Presence.
Commandment 3: Find your Verne
Verne is the best and most amazing cat of all time. I feel horrible for all the cats I’ve said that to before and now there’s Verne. So sorry to all the rest of you.
He gave me sooooo much joy over the weekend. He followed me around. I kissed him the most. I snuggled him. I loved on him. I couldn’t be around Verne without being happy. He gave me so much joy.
Here’s how this one works for you. Find your own Verne. It might not actually be Verne the cat. But wherever you go, whatever you do, find your joy. The thing that makes you the most happy. Visiting mountains and hiking? Do it. Exploring and finding small shacks that give you screams of delight? Do it. (side note. Rah’s sister Shelley adores shacks and we had a great adventure in Park City seeking them out. Is it different or odd? Maybe, but she loved it. Kinda the same way I love cats.)
Whatever it is that brings you full, unadulterated joy. Do that. It’s finding your Verne.
Commandment 4: Slice Time Skillfully
Our weekend in SLC was the perfect slicing of pie without actually eating any pie. We had family time. We had girl time. We had friend time. We had auntie time. We had hiking time. We had alone time. We sliced our time so skillfully there was never a moment for either of us where we felt like something was too much or we were too full and ready to be done. When we left we both felt perfectly full, even if a little sad because we still had tastes we wanted more of from the trip.
Here’s how this works for you. It’s not a conversation of balance. Our friend T-Roy said “I do everything to extreme until I’m done with it. Then I do the next thing to extreme”. I love this because slicing your time isn’t about obligation or “making sure” you give people enough of your time or spend it doing what you’re “supposed” to do.
It’s following what speaks to you. Listening deeply. Slicing your time into parts that feel like just the right amount. You might want one more bite but you know that’s going to leave you heavy and bloated so you leave the last bit on the plate and move on. Sometimes it’s having another drink or staying out past your “alloted” curfew but it feels right. Other times it might be staying in bed an extra hour even though the sun is shining and you feel like you “should” be outside.
The skillful part of slicing your time is paying attention to what fills you up in the perfect amount without overdoing it or dropping into any sense of obligation.
We had the perfect, and I do mean perfect, weekend. These commandments were part of all of it so the next time you visit SLC feel free to adopt them or you can right now. That’s how the commandments of each city work. They get to be reminders of amazing times I experience myself and hopefully get to be opportunities for you to adopt them in your own life and find yourself living your own amazing times wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.