Nature is so so so so important to pay attention to. With fall just around the corner, brightly colored leaves will be painting the hills around my city, the trees will become bare, the sunsets will turn a bit chillier, and the humidity will finally subside. I CAN’T WAIT!
But the thing is, most people don’t stop whatever they’re so busy doing long enough to enjoy it. We’re all so caught up in our day to day responsibilities, we forget to really take in the things that surround us outside of our offices, homes, and gyms. I miss being a little kid where I could spend the entire day outside whenever I wanted. Gone are the days where I could wake up, put on a pair of dirty boy shorts (real boy shorts, not the underwear), and chalk on my sidewalk for hours on end. Now I have to sit in a cube for 8+ hours a day staring at a computer screen and taking phone call after phone call. It’s more important to me than it ever was before to get outside after work, even if it’s just to take a half hour walk around the park. I want to hear the sound of birds chirping in the trees instead of ringing phones, I want to feel the strength of my legs pushing me forward instead of them falling asleep while I sit at my desk. I want to breathe in the fresh air of the brush instead of the fresh paint they’re slapping on the walls in my office. I want to feel free after a long day of work, and sometimes the only thing that can give me that feeling is being outside of these white walls.
I am making a conscious effort to, at the very least, pay close attention to the colors of the sky on my drive to and from work every day. I want to make sure I take a walk outside at least once or twice a week. I urge you to do the same! Take five-ten minutes out of your day (or more!) to just look at the sky, or the trees outside of your office – anything really. We all get too caught up in our routines and forget to stop and appreciate nature, which is always changing. My challenge to you for the week is to go outside and take 5 pictures of something around you that you find beautiful instead of worrying about which selfie you just took looks best.
Here are some fun things to do outside to get you started:
- Take a walk
- Explore a park you’ve never been to before
- See if there are any National Parks near you, visit if there are
- Have a picnic by a pond or lake
- Go outside and take pictures of birds, trees, sunrises/sunsets, flowers
- Buy a new plant for your porch/garden
- Go for a bike ride
- Have dinner on your balcony/porch if you have one
- Cookout with friends
*All of these photos were taken by me, with my iPhone 5s