made to be outside
There is something about having my feet in the sand with the sound of the ocean in my ears that speaks life to me. When I find myself blessed to be sitting at the ocean's edge it is hard for me to leave. It is not just the ocean that has this effect on my soul. I find I am a better version of myself anytime I am in nature... playing in a lake, hiking on a trail, running through the woods. I know I am a better mom when I am outside.
The reality is, though, so much of my life is inside. Running a household for seven people does require me to actually be in that household. My to-do list can often be a driving force keeping me indoors. Add to that during this season of life, the big kids do not need me to participate in all their outdoor play and the baby is at a stage where outdoor play can sometimes be frustrating. However, spending some time recently at the ocean reminded me that I need regular outdoor adventures. We do not live where I can be on the beach every day. (Although I really do think I would be so much more emotionally stable if we did) But we do live in a beautiful place where I can be outside year round.