My husband and I are outdoorsy people and now Penelope is too. Well, my husband is more outdoorsy than me. I always love the idea of camping or hiking, but I often get lazy and don’t want to put in the work to make it happen!
We try to do something outdoors several times a month. When I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed, usually all I have to do is go outside and commune with nature and I instantly feel better.
Often times just being outside is enough, but sometimes I like to be very specific in my attempt to pull up the grounding/calming energy of the earth when I am outdoors. So for example, I may lean on a tree or put my hand on it while I take some deep breaths. Literally connecting me and grounding me to the earth’s healing energy.
Sometimes I will even give a tree a hug. When I was a nanny, I used to go on little hikes and we would hug all the trees, one after the other. They both thought it was so fun and silly.
Or I just imagine that roots are growing out from my feet as I walk along outdoors and that they are growing deep into the earth, connecting and grounding me as I visualize it.
Or if that is all way too New Agey for you, you can just take a nice, deep breath and say to yourself, “What a beautiful day! What a beautiful tree!” And just take in all the beauty of the outdoors to make you feel better.
Yesterday, we went blueberry picking with my friend and her kids (she blogs over at Where Do Butterflies Sleep and she has some great stuff!) and swimming at Wacissa Springs and had a great time.
I love seeing Penelope play with rocks, shells, sands, and sticks as toys.
Yes, I color coordinated my daughter’s outfit to her activity. Is that not the best blueberry picking dress you ever saw?
This is a Tiger Swallowtail by the way. I had no idea, and a friend told me.
Here are a few other links to some of our outdoor adventures:
What outdoor family fun do you like to do? Does it calm you down?
If we’ve learned anything from more than a century of building bikes, it’s that some things never get old. From that first taste of freedom, when the training wheels come off, to the wonder of a parent letting go, and all of the ups and downs in between, magical moments in life happen on a Schwinn.
Life’s a ride. Enjoy it on a Schwinn.
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