On day 240 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I worked outside.
As the days have gotten shorter, I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of the fleeting Pacific Northwest sunshine. Spending time outside has been a core component of my summer self-care practice.
After attending a meeting in the city earlier in the morning, I returned home to finish the day working outside on my patio. The large, towering trees shaded me from the sun, and the warm breeze brushed my shoulder periodically to remind me of my place in the world.
I love writing outside. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but words seem to flow more easily there.
Nature’s distractions are welcome ones–the occasional squirrel running across the fence line, a squawking crow flying overhead, a raindrop falling from above. Each gives me an opportunity to pause and breathe, rather than be jolted abruptly into another task by a beep or a ding.
As the warm air turned suddenly chilly, and the sun began falling from the sky, it was my cue to wrap up for the day and head inside to prepare dinner. (Nature’s light happily serves as a guide when we allow it to.)
I’m hopeful to enjoy more days like this one, but I know I’ll soon be transitioning into my fall routine. Indoor projects will replace the outdoor ones until the next season rolls around.
But for now, I’ll enjoy this season while it’s still here.