Carson Christman and Maggie Stankatis were working 100-hour weeks.
“And for what? Someone else’s vision and things we weren’t passionate about,” Carson said. “We needed to take a step back and start focusing on things that made us feel fulfilled. Spending just about every day at the beach or in the mountains was a good start.”
For three months they traveled in New Zealand, Australia and Bali. They hiked, they read, they surfed. They…slowed…down. And they did it all without bringing surfboards, Awayco’ing in Sydney, Byron Bay and Canggu.
”A couple times along the trip we made an effort to spend a few weeks in the same spot to get a feel for the community, and Awayco was definitely the best option for long term rentals,” Carson said. “And between all the flights and long drives in the van, it was so nice not having to worry about carrying or damaging boards.”
But more valuable than the expenses and headaches avoided was the fresh perspective Carson and Maggie walked away with. Below are a few lessons they shared for those that haven’t been able to step away for awhile…
1. Slow down
2. Live beneath your means
3. Read more
4. Take a 30 min walk or run every day
5. Take time to be alone
7. Don’t sweat the small stuff
8. It’s all small stuff
And speaking of slowing down, do you notice a softness in Carson’s photos? He’s shooting in film. “I’m a really visual person,” he says. “So I think I’ve just always been more drawn to the look and feel of fiIm. I also love how it requires you to be more thoughtful and selective with your shots. It just feels more natural. These images were shot with a Nikon F3, Fujifilm QuickSnap Disposable and a Sony A7R.”