Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How big is the world...


Romwe embroidered shift dress, DressIn fringe sweater, Charlotte Russe lace up boots, casual outfit, walk in the woods

Several winters ago, I found myself in a dark place.  Literally.  There were feet of snow piled up on the curbsides.  The sun had gone into hibernation.  

I'd started feeling sad.  Literally.  I had developed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and because I'm not a huge fan of putting chemicals into my body, but didn't have the money to purchase one of those fancy happy lights, I opted for the most homeopathic possible methods of moving myself out of a depression.  

I started a spreadsheet with things to do each day to help me feel more connected and like I was doing something to help myself and to help others.  Among things on my spreadsheet were: read a French news article, click on care2.com, and spend at least 30 uninterrupted minutes out of doors.  

It is the getting out of doors that I want to focus on now.  I know that I've said it before and I know that I'll definitely say it again, but going outside is amazing.  Even in the cold and the rain.  

You would think that all those dark, gloomy winters ago, spending more time outside in the very weather that made me sad would make things worse, but the fresh air, the chance to listen to the quiet of the blanketed landscape, and my observations of all the animals that decided to forgo a trip to warmer climes really did work together to improve my overall mood.  

Lately, I've been stealing lots of breaks between jobs to take my time outside.  Today was another one of those wonderful days.  I managed to make my escape from indoors about 10 minutes after a brief rain shower. I was happy to see all of the fall berries and crab apples assuming their places on branches and bushes in the woods.  The fragrance of the apples carried with me as I left behind all worries of wet feet (waterproof boots, yay) and wandered up into the woods to spend some time remembering how big the world is next to the sheer cliff face of red sandstone at the top of one of my favourite trail heads.  

And so... as always... I encourage you to search for the empty time in your day and if/when you find it, go say "Hello" to Mother Nature... 









Boots from Charlotte Russe

19 comments:

  1. So beautiful pics! Gorgeous post!

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  2. Such lovely pics. I would love to find some empty time in my day but at the moment I'm actually missing hours. xoxoxo

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    1. I often feel the same way, but if you really pay attention to the spare moments, it's easy to fill them with outside time!

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  3. You look adorable I love everything in this post.

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  4. Beautiful photos! When I was still living in the Netherlands I had SAD every single year. I felt so drained of energy. I saved up for one of those special lamps and it made me feel much better. Also, I spent one winter in Idaho and I wasn't affected there, somehow it was autumn and winter, but still bright outside. I reckoned Europe just wasn't really the place for me with the winters being so hard on me, so I moved to Indonesia many years ago. Love it here!

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  5. Oh my friend those boots are to die for! I often have a rough time in the winter too. I love being outside, but it's hard in the winter because I truly despise the cold.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. I love these boots! They are my go-to for rainy season travel! They're perfect... waterproof, flat, have grippy soles and are generally fabulous!

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  6. Great pics!
    I also get that feeling once winter is approaching. Hate winter. :)))
    Xoxo, Victoria

    http://fashionstylebeautyandmore.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I'm definitely not a huge fan of winter, though I always love going outside during/after the first snowfall! I love to listen to the silence.

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  7. I know exactly what you mean! I've been feeling a bit down lately and I really need to push myself to get outdoors more - it really does help. My parents are visiting from Scotland soon, and bringing their two dogs, so this will be a great opportunity to explore the local area and get lots of time outdoors - I can't wait! :) xxx

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    1. Hooray! We're getting ready to go to Scotland! I cannot wait to explore the Highlands and Loch Ness! Yay, for more outside time!

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    2. I hope you have an amazing time and I look forward to seeing the photos! Hope the weather is on your side. :) xxx

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