Go Outside: mini-mission


Living in the city has me outside several times a day to walk Guinness and explore downtown, but I haven’t been getting into the woods or onto the trails as much.

That changed this weekend and a little hike through changing leaves and brisk air inspired this mini-mission.

If you work indoors, or spend a bunch of time behind closed doors, take on today’s mini-mission and simply go outside. Fresh air, sunshine or raindrops, and a chance to stretch your body are all awesome side effects of going outside. Why not take advantage of it?

A fifteen minute break in your day to go outside won’t derail your work efforts. It will probably help. If you have trouble peeling your self away from what you are doing, or can’t think of a reason to go outside, try a scavenger photo hunt.

Scavenger photo hunt rules

Go outside and take pictures of something …

  1. red
  2. alive
  3. joyful
  4. reflective
  5. quiet
  6. moving
  7. that you are wearing
  8. geometric

Turning your focus towards seeing your surroundings will add to the benefits of going outside. Share your outside images to inspire your friends to go outside too.

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  1. says

    I love the scavenger hunt idea. I find taking a camera on a hike helps me see all sorts of things I’d probably miss otherwise, the leaf shadows on the path, pretty lichen, interesting shaped rocks…

    Now if only it would stop storming here! We’ve had horrible (record-breaking) weather the past week, with lots of rain, wind and falling tree branches. As someone who’s lived in W. Oregon for more than 20 years, I’ve gotten used to be out in the rain (normally drizzle), but not in this. Ugh.

  2. says

    This is something I like to do in the fall as well. One of our favorite things to do the past few falls has been to spend a weekend day with the kids hiking trails and relaxing at a nearby winery.

    I love this post and the scavenger photo hunt – the blue skies, changing scenery and fall weather make it too nice to spend time in doors!

  3. Thomas says

    When I started reading your post I had the idea with the foto hunt and tada, there was your suggestion. Thank you for the reminder to escape from the “boxes” we live and work in from time to time! Possible to post best pictures here as an advertisement for enjoying nature?

    • Courtney Carver says

      Hi Thomas, I think the pictures will be better shared on Instagram or wherever you like to share images. Let’s spread the word!

  4. says

    I am reading this after taking the dog to a large park for a long walk around a small lake. It was lovely outside. I also walked to a class I take on Tuesday mornings as the day is so beautiful.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Getting on my bike shortly to enjoy a beautiful day, but first a walk with the dog. Our furry friends keep us active and are so appreciative.

  5. says

    I just returned from a 20-minute walk before I read this! I’m making October my month of re-activating my good health agenda, and this is one way. Since I live in an area of farm lots, going outside here is more akin to being in nature. Dragon flies, butterflies, birds and exotic flowers. Thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Sarita says

    Live n so cal desert. It’s always nice when autumn arrives! Cool mornings and evenings make it nice to eat on the patio!

  7. MelD says

    Lovely, I will do this – the scavenger hunt is an extra incentive.

    Recently, I have increased my walking. To my surprise, I got out of breath very quickly. However, I assumed it was due to extra weight I’m carrying and so continued, thinking I’d just improve my fitness.
    However, in the course of a routine check-up, I was found to be severely anaemic, life-threateningly so – therefore, a warning to those who do not take a walk easily in their stride: have your iron levels checked! Walking is becoming easier and more pleasant since I got treatment and my blood can keep up with me…

    • Karen T. says

      Hi MelD! I’ve been putting off a routine checkup, so thanks for the reminder that it’s important! Hope you continue to feel more energized.

      Cooler fall weather always makes me feel more alert. Summers are so long and hot here, we’re still having days in the 80’s. Evenings are getting cool sooner, though, and true fall weather is just around the corner. I can’t wait! Walking season is definitely on!

  8. says

    I don’t think I have done a scavenger hunt in at least 20 years! And just this evening I ate peanut butter and plum jam on homemade oat bread, flavors remembered from at least a decade ago. Life is the same, yet different, leaves are falling, coffee will be on the wood-fired stove in the morning and a walk is definitely in order!

  9. Chris G. says

    This is a great idea when kids say they’re bored. My 2 both have iPods so they could do something creative plus spend time outside. Win-win.

  10. says

    It does somehow become harder to go outside when it gets colder. Need to change country! Costa Rica here I come. Is that count as outside? 😀

  11. says

    I finally did this and it was kinda amazing! Took my friend along and she took photos as well. Very autumn-y around here again, since the first snow just melted away. The website link (name) points to my blogpost about the photo hunt (not in english, but the photos are there).

  12. Claudine Harper says

    I read this today and shut down the computer, went out with nothing but my money, my headphones and phone (for music) and keys and a mack and just walked, with no destination in mind. I had a lovely energetic walk with my music and ended up in town after only 15 minutes and got an item I was needing from Oxfam (eco friendly washing up liquid that only they sell).

    Whilst in there, I looked around and found a lovely cardi, and a gym top. I have been on the casual look out for cardis and jumpers since the weather changed and I don’t really have any. I got to the till and discovered all clothes were half price, so I got the cardi for £1.50 and gym top for the same price. I had a lovely walk and got my dinner on the way home. Thank you for this!