Amy Rees Anderson

The Happiest Place On Earth

And no, I am not talking about Disneyland.  I am talking about Lake Powell…that is the happiest place on earth in my opinion!  I was blessed to be able to spend the entire week there last week with my family and several of our dear friends.  We spent the week wakeboarding and surfing (oh, and eating way too much!).  This was our second trip to Lake Powell so far this summer, which is rare for me as I have never been very good at taking time off, but I promised my family when I sold my company last year that I would take a good chunk of time off this summer to just play with them and I am so happy that I made that promise because this is the first time I have been able to spend so much time with my family and we are building memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.  It has also helped me to see how important it is to get time away with the people you love to just enjoy one another and to focus on strengthening your relationships.

We get so caught up in our day to day being busy and getting things done that we sometimes forget to focus on the people we love.  There is a song that states:

“Are you giving the least to those who matter most? Are you sharing your best with those who really aren’t that close? Well it’s time to turn around, and find out where your greatest joys are found.”

Those lyrics have always touched me because it is so easy to get sucked into giving so much of ourselves to situations that don’t really matter in life at the cost of giving ourselves to our families and loved ones, and it is nice to have a reminder once in a while to step back and evaluate whether or not your time and attention is being given to the things that matter the most in life.  I don’t recall ever hearing of anyone, who in their final days of their life, that states that they regret not having spent more time at work.  But almost everyone who shares their end of life thoughts states that they wish they had spent more time building memories with the people they love.  That should serve as a lesson for all of us that are still in the middle of living our lives.  I don’t want to wait until the end of my days when it’s too late to fix the past to recognize the need to spend more time with my family.  I want to recognize it right now while I can still do something about it, and hopefully all of you feel that same way.

Summer only comes once each year.  Don’t let this summer pass you by without making time to spend it with the people you love.  It doesn’t have to be an expensive activity to be a great memory together.  Often the simplest activities make for the best memories of all.  The important thing isn’t what you are doing, it is who you are doing it with.  So get out there and spend some fun time making great memories this summer!

Here are some fun photos from our vacations so far this summer – have a great day everyone!:

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Our Houseboat

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My sexy husband!

I still got it :)

I still got it 🙂

Our daughter Ashley with her cardboard cutout of her brother Dalton who is busy serving a mission for the LDS Church right now.  We take his cutout everywhere :)

Our daughter Ashley with her cardboard cutout of her brother Dalton who is busy serving a mission for the LDS Church right now. We take his cutout everywhere

Ashley's first time surfing since her ACL Surgery - she rocked it!

Ashley’s first time surfing since her ACL Surgery – she rocked it!

Every girl needs a pink boat ;)

Every girl needs a pink boat 😉

Forever friendships are formed at Lake Powell!

Forever friendships are formed at Lake Powell!

My little girl and I - except she is not so little anymore :(

My little girl and I – except she is not so little anymore 🙁

I love this man

I love this man

Goodnight...sleep tight...

Goodnight…sleep tight…

6 Comments

  • Christoph Merrill says:

    100% agree! The difficulty is in finding the balance. When your company is just starting or in the first couple of years, it’s hard both time and money to sacrifice, once the company grows, you would think it would get easier, but we become too committed to our “baby” that we don’t make the time for other things. Lake Powell is such an awesome place!

  • Aaron says:

    Yes, it’s tough sometimes to find the proper work/life balance, but it’s essential to truly LIVE. I’m always the happiest when I can spend quality time with my family.

  • Tim says:

    Pink boats rock.

  • Jenney says:

    I want to be invited next time! 🙂 I’ve still never been to Lake Powell.

  • Agueda says:

    I do love the manner in which you have presented this issue
    and it does indeed provide me personally some fodder for thought.

  • Vern says:

    Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this paragraph i thought
    i could also make comment due to this sensible piece of writing.

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