Journal: How To Be “Good” At Rest

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Kate Rentz and her lumberjack brothers chop wood in Ohio wearing Teva Arrowood sneakerboots.

Words and photos by Kate Rentz.

I’ve never been good at resting. As someone who’s drawn to adventure, resting sounds like a punishment. Why would I want to lay around indoors when there’s an entire world of activity waiting for me outside?

“Rest isn’t just about lounging around in pajamas.”

Real rest is about recharging your body, mind, and spirit. It isn’t about being inactive, but instead about refocusing, reconnecting with who you are, and spending time with those you love. As the new year begins, rest is an essential part of starting fresh with a mindset that’s ready for new adventures, challenges, and experiences.

Kate Rentz enjoying a snow day in Ohio wearing Teva Women's De La Vina boots.

Kate Rentz enjoying a snow day in Ohio wearing Teva Women's De La Vina boots.

Pictured: Women’s De La Vina Low

Kate Rentz and her childhood friend enjoying catching up in Ohio wearing Teva boots.

As a photographer living in Los Angeles, my life often feels like it’s rushing by at lightning speed, so a holiday in my hometown in Ohio is a perfect reprieve from the fast-paced city. Instead of traffic and skyscrapers, I’m surrounded by open fields and farmland. Almost all of my immediate family live within a 10-mile radius, which means plenty of quality time as we share stories and catch up.

“I’ve learned that looking back at your old self helps you to look forward to the person you want to be in the new year.”

My family loves to reminisce. My sisters and I crack each other up for hours with stories from our childhood. We love to crack open old photo books and laugh at unfortunate hair styles, tease each other with embarrassing memories, and reflect on good times. I’ve learned that looking back at your old self helps you to look forward to the person you want to be in the new year. It reminds you to not take yourself too seriously and to enjoy the moment.

Kate Rentz and her sisters catch up while looking at old photo albums in Ohio, wearing Teva Original sandals.

Kate Rentz and her sisters catch up while looking at old photo albums in Ohio, wearing Teva Original sandals.

Pictured (from left): Women’s Original Universal Patent Leather, Women’s Original Universal, Women’s Original Universal Patent Leather.

Not only was I able to spend time with my family, but I was able to see one of my very best friends who lives within driving distance of my hometown.  She is someone who’s known me for years and is someone I can instantly reconnect with as if we’ve never been apart. I value friendships that are encouraging, honest, and kind and she is a person that truly knows me at my core.  She reminds me to love myself for who I am and helps me refocus my energies towards the future.

Kate Rentz and her lumberjack brothers chop wood in Ohio wearing Teva Arrowood sneakerboots.

Kate Rentz's lumberjack brother walks over logs in his Teva Arrowood sneakerboots.

Pictured: Men’s Arrowood WP.

Kate Rentz and her lumberjack brothers chop wood in Ohio wearing Teva Arrowood sneakerboots.

Pictured: Women’s Arrowood Lux Mid WP, Men’s Arrowood Lux Mid WP.

I come from a long line of professional lumberjacks. For four generations, my family has spent countless hours working outdoors.  When I was younger, I loved when my dad would let me go to work with him; I cherished our time together, surrounded by oak, birch, and buckeye trees.  I looked forward to getting my hands dirty and feeling just as strong as my brothers. I’ve always found healing in nature, so continuing what my family has done for generations is a constant reminder of who I am and where I need to be to find peace. I’m constantly realizing that real and intentional rest is necessary to move forward. If I deprive myself of it, I find myself feeling exhausted physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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