Daily Fresh Air & A Lot of Sweat

Sofi carrying a boogie board we found on the beach.
I hate that people leave trash but we either throw away
what we find or keep it and give it a second life.

I have a few daily goals I like to hit no matter what. Even in days when I wake up tired from a bad night's sleep or feel like I have a million things to do. I keep two primary daily goals.

Fresh Air with my girls and playing an instrument.

Once my oldest started school, I decided to learn the Ukulele. I have an app that is working out okay the free version of the app (Yousician) is rather awesome because it gives you only a limited time of a free lesson a day. Because it's such little time (a half hour perhaps?) it's something that I always have time for. That's a goal I hit for myself.

I'm only ending week two of the Ukulele so I'm far from a master. And, let me tell you, it's humbling as hell to be a beginner at something. Ya gotta start somewhere though! To be honest, I'm a bit stuck on this one lesson. The song I'm playing to is torture (if I never hear it again after I finally pass the test on it, it will be too soon. haha) Transitioning my fingers quickly is challenging. I'm learning but it's a slow learning curve. At least my little one doesn't mind how badly I play. hahahah!

I'm embedding a video I tried recording the other day. I wanted to capture my super beginning skills on the Uke. Well, my littlest one stole the show. It completely epitomizes #mommylife and how funny kids can be.

Anyway, my second daily goal is fresh air. We have a yard but don't use it often. For some reason there are always wasps or ants. No matter if we treat the yard or don't ... it doesn't make much difference. At some point I'm going to do a huge landscaping project but that's after I win the lotto (or you win it and donate some to me! hahaha!)

Fresh air usually takes two forms: beach air and jungle air.

During Hurricane Season sometimes the "jungle" where we walk gets flooded. The beach never does. Both are dreadfully hot but manageable. With the heat comes planning - always water, snack, change of clothes, towel ... a bit of items makes the horrible heat easier for all of us.

In the jungle, we look for tortoises, armadillos, lizards, birds, snakes and often discuss dinosaurs. I have tried to convince my four-year-old that dinosaurs are extinct but she's certain there are little dinosaurs around still.  This is the same kind of stubbornness that must be genetic -- when I was teaching her the alphabet, she was convinced that G should be pronounced "Gug" and not "Gee." She's a rather confident little human.

The jungle is HOT. It's no joke. There is minimal shade. I baby wear my youngest, which is a great exercise addition for me. Sometimes my four-year-old wants to run the mile long jungle trek. That's just a whole lot of extra sweat! We deplete the water stash by the end. But, it's great to see her run and to run with her. I appreciate when an armadillo or tortoise appears because we can take a jogging break.

The beach is our other fresh air spot. We live about 10 minutes away from the beach so it's an easy trip. We have a state park that she has a sweet nickname for because of a German boy she befriended. She named the beach after him. It's Liam's beach - forever.  (so sweet!) And the other beach is a public beach that's often not crowded. It's one of the perks of living in a small beach town.

A bit of fresh air might not seem like much but I consider it an essential part of the day. Sunshine is a must! Not too much. I'm not saying I lay out on the beach to work on a dark tan. I'm not a lay-out type. But to get my toes in the water, dig in the sand with my girls, look for crabs and fish ... it's a fun thing we do. Plus, why live so close to the beach and not enjoy it?

Anyway, whether you are a homebody or stuck in an office all day, I hope you are able to get some fresh air and feel the sunshine and wind on your body. It's such an important part of who we are -- connecting with nature helps ground us.

And, if you still feel like you don't have time in your life for nature, leave a note on your mirror in your bathroom or on your fridge with this beautiful quote, "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy."—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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