I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve returned home from a trip to Europe willing myself to evoke or produce even just a small morsel of the European lifestyle into my own life. Time and time again I fall in love with the carefree and nearly unconscious city wandering of the locals in each place I visit, and how even on those not so great weather days people are out and about exploring, and getting to and from on FOOT. I too end up spending most of my days while on vacation walking endlessly, getting lost in the beauty of each twist and turn of the city. My legs aching, but always in the most accomplished of ways. I always come back to the states wishing I rode my bike more, or walked to the local farmer’s market more, or just considered on a daily basis how easy it really is to leave the house and go for a walk around my neighborhood.
In conjunction with the overwhelming desire to incorporate a daily “walking” routine into my day, I’ve also had the desire to pay more gratitude and appreciation for my life. It’s often times easiest to look at what’s not going well, or what areas of ourselves are lacking or need a lot of working on. It’s especially easy to feel this way if you spend time following other blogs, watching tv, scrolling pinterest, or even reading a great novel. It can always appear that someone else has more, is more or is becoming more than you are. But in those moments when I’m feeling “less than” or just simply having a bad day, I’m trying to remember to be grateful for what I do have.
So a concrete decision was made. EVERYDAY for the next thirty days no matter where I am in the world I will be taking a dedicated 90 minute gratitude walk. No judgement of myself or the day itself, just simply walking. And appreciating. Taking note of three things that I’m grateful for that day. So far I’ve completed 6 of my 30 walks (about to head out for my 7th) and the changes have already been impeccable and palpable. My mood is better, my body already feels more physically fit, and my mind is already more alert and focused on the positive things in my day. I’m walking about 6 miles each time I leave the house for one of my walks, and I can only imagine what it will feel like 180 miles into my walking goal.
I’ll be documenting one picture a day on instagram from each walk I take, while also taking note of a few things I most grateful for each day. I’m hopeful this new routine will last far longer than 30 days, as walking my city & taking moments to reflect and be thankful feels like the best investment I’ve made in my own self care in a REALLY long time.
I hope you’ll follow me on my walking journey or maybe even start your own. I’ll be posting pictures daily here.