It’s really fascinating.
Just like when I returned from my weekend at the Folk Festival – where I camped and spent 24/7 outside in the fresh air – I have once again experienced the profound shift in inner thought and feeling that arises after I’ve spent time outdoors.
Last week was the week of camping. FINALLY I got out into the woods. I’m not feeling guilty for not having gotten around to many outdoorsy things until now, because truthfully we haven’t had very nice weather that gave me many opportunities before this. But this past week, the weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
I ended up spending the night, spontaneously, at a provincial park – a favorite spot of my family’s – where my parents were doing a little RV camping. I had gone out to join them just for dinner and very soon knew I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some fresh air sleeping, some early morning dock time and – my favorite – outdoor coffee on a picnic table. Those walks in the morning to the communal bathrooms….. love that feeling.
And then a mere couple days later, my friend and I took off for a quick one night canoe trip. We had been wanting to get out all summer, but we were once again shown that sometimes having next to no advanced planning and choosing to just be spontaneous and take a random 24 hours of no work by the horns and say, Let’s go!!... works far better than when you try to plan weeks in advance.
Anyway. What I was saying was, after both these little getaways – even though short – I returned to reality literally feeling a completely turned around sense of calmness. It’s amazing.. Like before, the day following my return it was like nothing could really upset me. I was calm, I could go with the flow, I was kinder to my parents, I wanted to be around others, and the most fascinating…. I had no urges to exercise or restrict my food. Food just seemed so… normal? I wanted to eat. I wanted to eat lots. And, although the voices are always there asking why I am feeling “so okay” about eating “so much,” they were cast aside far more quickly.
This just goes to show how powerful nature can be. Breathing fresh air. Having no distractions. Having no internet or social media. And just taking time to unplug, relax, breathe, and take in the world around you.
So for this week’s Week In Review – our gift from Meg – I’m checking off two huge accomplishments. Two things I had had on my “really really want to do” list for the summer: a little camping trip with my parents and a canoe trip with my friend.
Really this is just a massive ass photo bomb. Of all my favorite things.
But to make it “list official,” last week I…
Got out to Rushing River Provincial Park where I celebrated my mother’s birthday dinner, read outside and started a new play, went for a paddle with my Dad, GOT IN THE WATER (twice! You may not know but me getting in the water is a pretty rare occurrence. It’s got to be hooottt to get me in there), journaled and breathed on the dock, slept in my parents’ R-pod trailer for the first time, got some script work character work done, and woke up in the fresh air and enjoyed my absolute favorite thing with my parents – outdoor breakfast and hot coffee on a picnic table.
Homemade bannock made on the fire. A once-a-year treat. So good.
Coffee is glorious any time. But outside in the open air…. #bliss.
Then I packed up a canoe and set out on the lake for an overnighter with my BF, where we paddled, set up camp, made our fires, ate by flame, explored, climbed rocks, stretched, relaxed, discovered a waterfall, had an outdoor picnic, and peed in the woods. Many times.
Home away from home. Kitchen and all.
Pre mixed oats with milk powder, trail mix and banana
Everything tastes better outside.
I am woman. I make fire.
And woke up to what I think is the most beautiful scene out there.
Back on mainland, honorable mentions go to:
Working five shifts at the job. Sigh.
Getting in another work session on my script work
Making a raw cheesecake for a company dinner
Getting out two blog posts
Replying to comments
Going out (accomplishment in of itself) and seeing Our Lady Peace in concert! They came to Kenora… of all places.Week In Review with @cleaneatsfastfeets: The Camping Edition. Get yourself outside for some outdoor therapy! You soul needs it. #summer #camping #selfcare #freshair Click To Tweet
May the wind be always at your back… May the sun shine warm upon your face…
Happy week my loves. Remember – say yes.
How are you affected by nature?
Do you enjoy camping?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…