Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada

I have been reflecting a lot recently on life and how time should be spent. I struggle constantly with the notation that humans…specifically me shouldn’t be forced to sit at a desk all day under fake lightening to earn a living. My heart sinks at the thought of “that” being my life until I turn 65.

I want to see the world. I want to explore. I want to share my life with my children. I understand that it is a need for me to work to provide the very best life for my family. Is it possible to make sure that I live up to my responsibility AND follow my selfish dreams of exploring the world? Not only do I want to explore the world, hike epic mountains but, I want my family to come with me. I should be able to have it all right? A successful career where I continue to climb up the ranks, continue to improve as a mother and a wife for my family. Why does it feel like society imposes this pressure of a 9-5 desk job life where I am stuck inside? So much research suggests that employees are just as productive if  not more productive then their in-person counterparts.

My situation presently gives me the best of both worlds. I am required to come into the office a couple times a week and I work from home 3 days a week. It is very hard to work from home because all though I am working and juggling my normal work tasks – I am also juggling being a mom and the tasks that come with a toddler an a 8 month-old. Then add in pumping every 3-4 hours. My days go by pretty fast and I find myself saying that “I am tired” often. I am striving to be more present in the moments of this stress and chaos and learn to be more appreciative of my situation. I am allotted freedom of time with some regards while still being afforded the luxury of providing for my family.

This past Mother’s Day weekend we took a look weekend up to Henderson to visit my in-laws and check out Valley of Fire State Park. If you find yourself in the Las Vegas/Henderson area I highly recommend taking a day and heading over to Overton, NV and checking this place out. Valley of Fire State Park is extremely unique. One moment you are driving and view various red stone rock and then the next you are looking at sandy beach soil.

Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire

We decided to hike Fire Wave Trail . Overall this hike was very easy – it wasn’t located on any of the recent park maps however, once you get to the #3 parking lot over by the White Domes it is right across the street. Not more than 2 miles in you get to these beautiful rocks that are unique compared to the other mountains throughout the park. As we were exploring the sights I continued to try and be present with the thoughts that I am making it possible to do a bit of it all. I am exploring. I am providing and spending with my family. For me, in this phase in my life  – I have created a win-win that is working for me right now.

Fire Wave Trail_ Rock
Fire Wave Trail, Valley of Fire State Park
Fire Wave Trail
Fire Wave Trail, Valley of Fire State Park

Published by Brittany Donnelly

I'm Brittany Donnelly; curator and author of I am officially a stay-at-home now, formerly a technical project manager. I am a mom of 2 and a proud Army wife with a love for hiking and traveling. Our home base is now Virginia. I have a passion for travel and adventure and want to inspire all of you to get out and see the world with your families.

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