A Year of Spring

#4. Explore somewhere in nature you’ve never been

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For how many years did I wander slowly throughout the forest. What wonder and glory I would have missed had I ever been in a hurry! (Mary Oliver)

Last summer when we moved we received a pamphlet detailing nearby parks and trails. I tucked it away and promised myself we’d explore someday. Well, someday turned into almost one full year later.

It’s so easy to undervalue and diminish the places we live because the everyday demands of live give us tunnel vision and we can drive past the same spot a hundred times without realizing what’s tucked away and around the bend.

The place we explored is 10 minutes from our house and has miles of bike and hiking trails. The birds were singing a thousand songs, the bugs were buzzing around, and sunlight poured through the trees creating lacy patterns on the foot trail.

Flowers were in full bloom and the kids spent ages collecting walking sticks and coaxing bugs to crawl into their hands to take home as pets. There is nothing better for the soul than leaving the phone in the car and walking without a destination.

This year is all about being intentional to do the things that you love, the things that bring peace and restore balance. Maybe walks in the woods aren’t your thing. Maybe it’s epic views or beach waves. Maybe it’s drives through mountains. Whatever it is, explore somewhere in nature new and leave the distractions of life behind to just be with all the sights and sounds of creation stimulating your senses rather than the hum of  technology. It’s so incredibly invigorating.

What have you done off the list? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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The best nature walk sidekicks a girl could ask for.

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A Year of Spring

A Year of Spring begins

Productive is my word of the year for 2016. In keeping with that word and turning 31 this past week, I find myself continually challenged to be productive not busy. There is a fine line between productive and busy. Productivity originates from a place of rest. Busyness comes from striving.

Intentionality is key when it comes to remaining productive not busy. In the midst of the still small moments in life, I want there to be freshness, vitality, and growth. To help with this desire, I created a list of 31 Still Small Somethings to cultivate growth in any season of life. I plan to spend the next 12 months being intentional to soak up the still small moments while also stepping out of my comfort zone to grow through this list.

Each still small something is broad enough for anyone to do and fill in the details with his or her own personal interests and inclinations. I’d like to invite you to join me in a Year of Spring where growth, fun, and small adventures become a regular part of our lives. Each week or so I’ll write about a specific one that I did. I would love to hear what you did or plan to do for the one I write about.

There is no pressure to do all in the list or to go in any particular order. Just choose which ones spark joy and run with them. Here’s to a Year of Spring with beauty, newness, and life in the midst of the mundane!

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