HAPPY EARTH DAY LOVELIES!
This is a late post, but I’m here and I’m alive! It’s cold in the here old C to the Bus, but I’ve been trying to enjoy the sunshine, nevertheless! These days, I know that often people don’t get outside as much as they’d like to. I’m definitely guilty of lettings days go by where I don’t go outside a single time–especially since I do a lot of my work on the computer–but I do try to make sure that I make it outside regularly…and I’ve found that when I’m in a down mood, a few minutes in sunlight can really make me feel a thousand times better! So I thought that in honor of Earth Day, we could talk a little bit about ways to appreciate the outdoors!
I truly think that spending time in the fresh air and around plants is a soothing, calming experience. Something about it makes me feel closer to my ancestors and the planet. So something I like to do MOST often is take a walk! I have several parks around my area with trails and I love to head up there and take a walk and look at the greenery. Sometimes I take music and dance along the trails, sometimes I just listen to the wind or the people around me. I can truly say that parks and trails are my happy place; not much compares to being out in nature AND being active for a serious endorphin boost!
If you’re less interested in walking, something I’ve found that it seems like most people have never done in most of the areas I’ve been is a Conservatory! Here in Columbus, Ohio, we have Franklin Park Conservatory, which is a little small, but really well maintained and they have different exhibits all the time! They also do great events like wine tastings and cooking classes, if that’s more your speed. The picture below is from Kew Gardens outside of London, one the biggest I’ve ever been to, easily taking multiple days to go through, in my opinion.
Some other things I really like to do is prepare a plant-based meal. Particularly something from another country, because it encourages me to get out of my comfort zone, and experiment with new techniques, new ingredients, and new flavor combinations. If it’s with freshly grown food from a farmer’s market?? EVEN BETTER. Nothing quite like being able to talk to the people that grew your food, and have them show you the best picks.
One of my most recent plant-based meals, pan fried ramen with sauteed baby bok choy, mushrooms, and zucchini! SO good.
So those are some of my ideas! I had to work today, so I didn’t get to do a lot, but I did go outside just to sit and soak in the sun, and you know, sometimes that is enough.
What did you guys do to celebrate Earth Day, if anything?