It’s probably that time of the year when you are allowed to feel overwhelmed, ‘slightly’ exhausted and emotionally puzzled from all those things that happened throughout the last 365 days and suck your energies dry. You may stare on your to-do list and just wish one thing for your Christmas gift – a quick and long lasting injection of vitality. Yeah, my friend, you need a nature detox!
I honestly hope you don’t relate to those feelings, but I’ve been actually feeling myself a little bit like a zombie lately. Disoriented. And while I had a partial success of meeting deadlines, running around, arranging holiday campaigns and tons of other things, my need of a break has been developing into a time bomb.
Time bomb didn’t happen, because last weekend me and Yossi went to a Nature Detox. So much needed Nature Detox. We drove for two hours to Santa Barbara to loose time consciousness, laugh hard, explore free-style and deeply re-charge. Now, let me tell you more about why this works.
Because : this view!
(and this crisp air, and that real sand, and those chirping birds, and cute dogs running around, and all those gorgeous, wild wood textures that I’ve filled this post with).
have you ever given a thought that all of this one day can become a privilege?
This thought is dangerously scary, at least. Nature is given, but the reality is – it has to be protected. Think about what enormous impact nature experience has on us – physically and emotionally. And now think of all the hard work that lays behind the curtain of making it possible : protecting the nature, forests, coasts, rivers and cultivating parks in our neighborhoods for our children to play. One of the companies I had a pleasure to get to know is The Trust for Public Land, and they do exactly that! Advocate, preserve and protect nature, parks and public places near us. We all need nature to fill our lungs with fresh air (metaphorically too) and we all want it all to be available for the future generations. The thing here is that we need to do something to make it happen. Support the organizations that make it possible for us to enjoy, explore and experience the most simple and the most complex thing – nature.
“Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.” These numbers amaze me. And maybe the neighborhood park that you love and enjoy on a daily basis for dog walks and hikes is a result of this organization’s work. Check out this map to find that out, and to discover more nature areas around you.
Now, did you know that “America’s open spaces are disappearing at a rate of 6,000 acres a day”, a day!!! We, yes, I mean me and you, can help change that. By supporting The Trust for Public Land campaigns, sharing our stories and joining the movement that actually matters.
Nature matters to me because it makes me breathe // it helps me source and cultivate inspiration // it recharges my energies.
Now, take a deep breath … and walk with me through the amazing, refreshing and wild Douglas Family Preserve, one of the nature areas under protection of The Trust For Public Land. This park was saved from construction proposals and now is one of the largest areas of coastal open space within Santa Barbara city limits. One with breathtaking ocean views, cypress, pines, wild fauna and hiking trails.
Before you pack your backpacks for your next nature adventure, take a moment to join the OurLand movement – let the world know why nature matters to you and create a postcard.