Creating connections through the outdoors.

Posts tagged “nature

Eating Nature

Check out this cool concept from Seattle:

Edible Forest Free for All

I’ve been really busy lately, so it has been difficult to get in a longer post.  Don’t worry, I’m not “Getting Cold Feet”.  Look for a new post later this week!

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Darwin at Work

I found this video very interesting and wanted to share.  Changes, no matter how small or slow, have profound effects on the world in which we live in.


Nature Play Day

It is Nature Play Day tomorrow, so make plans to go outside and experience some nature!


In My Neighbourhood

The 100 mile diet…So this is a new trend.  Well, not really new.  It has been around for a couple of years, but the concept behind it is to only consume things that come from within 100 miles of where you live.  Ok, that wouldn’t be so bad for me.  I currently live in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island and there are so many great foods and goods produced locally (Including beer!!!).  I would have to give up a few things though, like my morning coffee…

Wait, I don’t want to give up my morning coffee.  Just thinking about the withdrawal gives me a headache.  And what about those who produce the coffee?  If all of us in North America, and Europe for that matter, gave it up, where would they make their living?

This past weekend was the “Hometown Tourist” Weekend in Ladysmith and it got me thinking about just how much the local area has to offer.  There is so much benefit to experience all that is around me.  I have taken the time over the past little while to try to find all of the little spots and events that are in my neighbourhood.  It is amazing what I have managed to find, including little secluded spots to relax and the swing pictured to the right.

I am not saying that we should live entirely local and not travel outside to other places or consume things that come from elsewhere.  Those people make their own wellbeing off of the exports that we purchase from them.  If we stopped living globally and all lived entirely locally, there would develop an entire new set of problems.  Problems separate from the transport, production, pollution and free trade of goods. I feel that instead we should take from the following quote:

“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost~

We need to discover our own area first before heading out and experiencing the outside world.  Even though it may seem a little selfish, take care of yourself and your own area before you try to take care of others.  It will make things so much easier and make you and your neighbourhood so much healthier.  We need to take care of ourself and live locally.  However, we cannot stop thinking globally.  There are many others who rely on our current habits for their own wellbeing.

This Friday, June 15 is Nature Play Day, so get outside into your own neighbourhood and play in nature.  There are so many things to do.  Like I have said before, be creative, take some risks and find someplace close to home that you haven’t seen before.  I will be in nature this Friday in my neighbourhood!


Rain, rain, it’s here to stay

It has been pouring rain a lot at work, and I do work outdoors, so I will share an inspirational quote on the topic:

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Unknown~

Photo: Jennifer Tippett


Redundancy: The Redundant Nature of Being Redundant

Lets start things off be defining the word ‘redundancy‘.  Here is what the dictionary has to say:

re-dun-dan-cy [ri-duhn-duhn-see], noun

1. the state of being redundant

Hmmm…

Interesting that this is the first thing that comes up.  Let’s see what else our great knowledge has to say:

2. superfluous repetition or overlapping

Ok, that seems better.  It explains a little more.

So why am I talking about redundancy and being redundant?  Recently, I have realized that we are being told the same thing over and over and over again.  This comes in different forms, but the message behind it is very similar each time.  This is especially true when it comes to our health.  The mainstream media and professionals all over the world, as well as our general knowledge, are telling us that we need to be making changes in the way we are living our lives.  How many different ways can people tell us what we should be doing?  How many creative ways can we pass on basically the same information?  There are problems when we hear the same thing over and over again.  The main one is that we begin to ignore the message and just end up sticking with our current habits.

We all know that the outdoors are good for our health and keeping active has a lot of positive benefits including helping with mental clarity.  Those three articles basically are saying the same thing, just in a different way and using different studies.  The outdoors and keeping active is good for us and society as a whole.  I have said this all before, so I am not going to go into too much depth.  What I am going to say is that we all know changes are needed, and a constant reminder can have a negative effect on making those changes happen.  We tune out when we feel as if we are being nagged.  What can we do to make sure that positive changes do happen?  I don’t have an answer that will work for everyone.  Creativity is what is needed.  That, along with a flexibility that can be adjusted for different people with different personalities and overall needs.

Instead of trying to drive the point of health home by a constant reminder and guilt-tripping, I think we need to put things through a different lens.  We need to try looking at things differently.  I say, let’s experiment, what is the worst that could happen?


The outdoors and my personal portable communicator

Just a thought for this fine evening…

Could my personal portable communicator, or smartphone, help me spend more time outdoors and be healthier?

It sounds like a contradiction.  We seem to always be told to put away our electronics and disconnect.  However, personal portable communicators, or smartphones, may help to keep us accountable for our actions.  Technology may actually help to make us healthier.  It does this by providing us with ways to track our actions, be reminded of our goals, and strive to get better at a certain task.  Sometimes there is a twist in the story and the would be villain is not so bad after all.