It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I started enjoying the outdoors again. I don’t know when my love for nature changed or why I ever stopped connecting with it, but I’m glad that changed.
My first home was in a farm in the middle of nowhere back in Venezuela. Growing up, my dad always made sure we were enjoying the outdoors and doing stuff like horseback riding, camping, fishing, milking cows… Yes, I bet you didn’t see that coming! I know how to milk a cow LOL (I think I still remember). I didn’t really appreciate it that much back then, but I’m so grateful I grew up surrounded by all that stuff. All of those experiences made my love for nature be a huge part of who I really am at my core.
Those are some of my fondest memories. I think those experiences are the reason why I love animals and wildlife so much. However, when I became a teenager I drifted away from all of that little by little. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment when things changed. Maybe when I was 15 or so I had other interests, who knows.
I’m so glad it’s not the case any more though. Now I crave being in the middle of nowhere from time to time.
Things changed after I met G.
It wasn’t until I met Gordon a little over 3 years ago that I started being outdoorsy again. G loves nature and being surrounded by it, and he has really helped me to enjoy it again too. Often, we find ourselves planing trips to places where we can be outside and relax.
Last Summer, we went to Montana and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We went to Glacier National Park and to a little town called Anaconda and it was so breathtakingly beautiful. We can’t wait to go back! I hope one day we can rent a lake house for the Summer there. Even better if we can make that happen every year!
Sharing my love for nature even in big cities
I used to call myself a city girl, but to be honest I now crave being in a quiet place where I can connect with myself and nature. I still love big cities, but whenever we travel to one, we also try to include some outdoor activities. Like for example, this past August we went to Nashville and planned to go hiking just outside of the city. We had to drive for an hour, and we spend half day hiking and exploring. It was amazing! Look how beautiful this place is!!
This was just like an hour and a half away from Nashville. All it took was a quick Google search.
We had the best time. It was an easy hike and we got to spend half of the day in nature, walking and exploring somewhere new.
Nashville isn’t exactly the healthiest city LOL (of course it was our choice), so it was very nice to get a workout in, some steps and some time outdoors. We always try to do things like this every time we travel and it’s a great way to have balance when you are in a big city.
Ways to show your love for nature in your own city
I think the obvious answer for this is: go to the park!!!
There is no better way to get your nature fix than a walk in the park. Chicago has really beautiful ones and we enjoy them all. When I’m taking photos for the blog I schedule them at a park anytime I can.
We took these photos at a park in the city called Horner Park, and it’s next to the river and it has a beautiful sidewalk in between the trees and close to the water (if you are lucky, you may see a coyote! we did!) and it makes you feel like you are not in the middle of such a big city like Chicago. I love the city, but it be a little overwhelming sometimes.
I feel so lucky to be able to escape from time to time. Right now we are in Florida. We’ve been here since December 30th and will stay until the 22nd. We have literally been outside every single day! Whether snorkeling, playing tennis, going on walks, biking… you name it! We are taking advantage of this nice weather while we have it.
Link to the hoodie. It comes in 9 different colors! (I’m wearing a size XS)
Link to the boots here. Available in 6 different colors. I’m wearing a size 6. They run TTS.
Something to think about…
The other day I was talking to a friend that knows me really well and she mentioned something that caught my attention. She said that I don’t look the same on Instagram as I do in real life. I guess if you pay attention to my IG, you would only think I’m interested in fashion and beauty… Truth is, you might not know this side of me because I try to disconnect when I’m connecting with nature. Being outside soothes my soul and it helps me put things in perspective. It makes me realize how beautiful the world is and how insignificant my problems can be sometimes. It’s also a great way to workout when you are traveling! That’s why I don’t take the time to capture “Instagram worthy” photos. I just take photos for our personal memories, so I hope you’ve enjoyed them :).
Some of you know we are planning a trip around the world for 2 years (we are leaving soon!). We’ve been saving all of our money for the past 2 and a half years and we are going to be outside and exploring nature a lot! I think you’ll be able to get to know us pretty well because we’ll be vlogging a lot and posting videos on YT fairly often. We are going on so many crazy adventures and out of our comfort zones and I can’t wait to share all of that with you. We have an account together, me and my husband, called @waysoftheworld_ if you want to check it out. You can learn a little bit of our story and plans for our trip.
Anyways… tell me about you! Do you love the outdoors? Were you surprised to learn all those things about me? Let me know in the comments below. Would love to know more about you 🙂
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