My April challenge was to walk outside or spend time in nature everyday. I was traveling for the first week so a lot of my walking was in Chicago and Minneapolis. Other than that, I really made an effort to find new places and just be out in nature!
I can’t even tell you how much these challenges are benefiting me. Every month I just can’t stop thinking to myself, “I’m so glad I’m doing this challenge!”
So what happened when I took the time to really enjoy nature? I’ll let some notes from the month (and pictures) do the talking.
April Nature Challenge Notes
4/5 – This challenge has been a little tough because I’m traveling, but we’ve done tons of walking downtown and outside though. I will try to get in nature more when I get back! I really miss my other challenges like journaling and meditating especially!
4/10 – Off day today and I went and ran/walked downtown. I meditated in the woods and just being outside helped calmed me so so much. It rejuvenated me. It reminded me of exploring in the woods as a kid. It really just lifted my spirits being out there and taking it all in. It was pretty swampy and I had to hard-core maneuver to avoid getting my shoes wet. I failed. Ha! They still got wet and muddy.
4/11 – I went on a run and did hills at the end of the road. I really pushed myself and it was great! Then after, I went into the grassy/wooded bunker area on the side of the road and sat in the grass. I breathed and just felt the sun shine on me and warm me up. It felt so nice to do that after my run. Looking for places in nature and going off the beaten path really brings out the curious, adventurous, exploratory side of me. Makes me feel young and alive. I absolutely love it.
4/13 – Today was really neat; we went to these trails behind the neighborhood. We went off path for awhile and walked on these huge fallen trees and navigated across this small swampy/river area. It was fun! Our shoes got nice and muddy. Then we walked downstream and there were TONS of frogs mating. The were so loud! It was so cool listening and seeing how many there were everywhere. I’ve never really been that immersed in nature life. All I could think about was how I wished I had my phone to record it! haha. And how glad I was that we got out and did that. You really don’t experience things like that on a daily basis unless you put yourself in that situation by choosing to make it happen. I believe that putting yourself in nature and allowing yourself to slow down, breathe, look and appreciated all that’s around you helps you find your inner kid. You get to make your own set of footprints, and I really believe it has the ability to increase quality of life. There’s nothing quite like it.
4/18- Today’s nature challenge was crazy good. It was so warm out!! I went over and walked by the Fire Station. There was this path and I took off my shoes and walked around it! Then I went and sat off the path in the sun and soaked it up! It was fabulous and so great. I also did some breathing and really just tried to seize the moment. I didn’t even know that path was over there! I love the woods so much.
4/22 – Today was tough to do my challenge because it’s freezing out! It’s been snowing today – auckyyy! I went and walked in the wooded area behind the complex and it was so fun again. I can’t get over how much I LOVE being out in nature. I did not think I would totally love this as much as I do!! I guess I just feel so carefree and whimsical haha! It really honestly feels like a reset button, and I just feel so glad every time I get outside and go off paths and discover new places. I got my shoes wet again (for the third time) and they were so cold!! Can’t wait to find some more new places to explore!
4/23 – I went and did some sprints at the track and then hopped up all the seats on the bleachers. The workout was quick and effective (just how I like ‘em). I sat/laid in the grass after then stretched too! It was just on the side of the track, but being in the nature and feeling the grass underneath me give me pure contentment. When I was folded over I saw the light shining through a blade of grass and thought it was so awesome looking! I was able to snap a cool pic of it! I love taking the time to notice the little, beautiful things. I never used to really acknowledge any of it because I was always just going going going. I feel so much better when I slow down and am at peace and fill up on the simple things.
4/28 – Today I got a nice big dose of nature. I went on a walk early this morning (okay 9am, but I’m never really up around then!). I even found some swings! I got to enjoy the MORNING SUN – it feels so different and refreshing. The grass was being cut too so I got to enjoy the nice smell of fresh-cut grass. I went golfing later and the scenery was so pretty.. it was by these farms and it was vast natural landscapes wherever you looked. I was really tired, but I still liked being outside.
4/29 – I got in my car and it was dead :/ so I walked to the spot where I do hills and just chilled in the bunker again and enjoyed the sun going down. It gave me a chance to really reset and clear my head. I’m trying to figure out where to live and what to do next in life, and I just felt really overwhelmed. Once I went for my walk and sat and got to see the sun setting, I immediately felt exceptionally better. I even brought a little notebook and wrote about the things that really make me happy/feel my best. It helped me get in a good spot for the rest of the night to really buckle down and get some things done that I’d been wanting to get done.
I highly encourage you to do a nature challenge of your own, especially since summer is approaching! I also highly encourage you to do challenge every month, you will be surprised to see how much some can impact your life! Watch this video for more details 🙂