Sometimes it’s the dirty that can be the most cleansing. Sometimes it’s the tough times that can make you feel the most free. Right now, for me, it’s been connecting with nature–connecting with the dirty leaves or muddy ground of the paths before me-that has been making me feel refreshed, energized and ready for each day.
Throughout my travels, I realized I like flowers more than I thought I did. I like sweating in 100-degree heat under the Sevilla sun. I like taking time to live instead of taking time to feel comfortable, with my hair done, fresh makeup and clothes I don’t want to get dirty. Sometimes cleansing isn’t comfortable. Sometimes it’s not clean. But it makes us stronger and it feels good.
I will always remember advice from an elementary schoolboy: “Always wear clothes you can get dirty.”
While some fashion bloggers may disagree with this (sorry, friends, I still love you and your styles!), this encourages me to open up to the world–however messy it is–instead of focusing on the material things we own.
I like opening myself up to the world by letting nature crawl back into my life and my everyday routine. Today I have a few little ways and big ideas to get back to nature, feel our heartbeats align with this earth and remember where we came from.
Tips to Refresh + Stay Active Outdoors.
1. Go for a run through trails through trees by your house. Or by some old dirt roads. Feel the gravel under your feet. Feel the sweat on your skin. Absorb it all and feel exhilarated, knowing that you are unstoppable in your pursuits and your goals. Focus on your breathing and your movement through a wild wonderland.
2. Volunteer on an organic farm for a couple days, a week or a couple months. Check out World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) to learn more about where our food comes from and how you can help and maybe experience a new city, country or culture along the way.
3. Get messy in your kitchen and turn avocados, bananas and honey into a face mask!
4. Start a garden in your yard and include anything that makes you happy: flowers, tomatoes, vegetables or other plants. Get your hands dirty to watch something from your fingertips grow into something new and beautiful.
5. Grab a soccer ball or football and get a game started with the neighborhood kids. Laugh and sweat running around to score goals. Take a break to feel the grass beneath your feet.
6. Take a relaxing day and lay in the sun at a nearby pool or beach. Disconnect from technology and bring a journal or sketchbook and draw or write what you see.
7. Bring some friends and go camping. Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire and cook campfire-style! Reflect on how much the earth provides for us and how we take so much for granted.
What can you add to the list? How do you like to reconnect to nature?