I thought that challenging myself to get outside every day in August would help me discover new hobbies (which it has), but it has helped me learn so much more!
The goal is to get up and do SOMETHING outside at least once a day for the entire month. So far, I’ve gone hammocking (by FAR my favorite new hobby already), paddle boarded, explored a few new parks, enjoyed a couple picnics, had a BBQ with a group of friends, walked at least a mile every day, and rafted down the Huzzah River. Needless to say, I’ve had more exciting experiences in the past 2 weeks than I have all summer, haha.
As simple as just getting outside sounds, it’s a lot harder than you think. For me, it has made me realize where I’m actually spending my time. – Always good to be more self aware, right? – It’s taken a lot of self discipline that I didn’t even know I would need. Buttt I am SO glad that I made this goal for myself! I am only 13 days into this challenge but the feeling of accomplishing your goals is addicting, guys.
I’ve learned what outdoor hobbies I like (hammocking, paddle boarding, river rafting), and what I don’t like so much (forgetting bug spray -LOL, boring picnic food). I’ve learned where I can save time in my day and how to prioritize differently so that I have time for extra experiences like the ones I’ve been having. And above all, I’ve learned that forcing yourself to just GET OUTSIDE almost always pays off. The birds chirping, the breeze, and just the fresh air in general is enough to turn anyones mood around. As long as you take your allergy pills of course.
— I do have more planned for the next couple weeks. With that, I cannot wait for these upcoming experiences! I’m planning on trying lake kayaking, paddle boating, hiking Crestwood State Park, biking, and there mayyy be a fun trip coming up 😉 Lets do this, guys!
If you’ve started this challenge of getting outside everyday, or even one of your own, share your experiences in the comments! I can’t wait to hear them!
XOXO Carly J