A big goal of mine for 2018 is to complete the 52 Hike Challenge. I didn't get outside anywhere near as much as I would've liked this year—and I felt it.⠀⠀⠀⠀
The outdoors encompasses so much for me. It's a way for me to connect more deeply with God, others, myself, and the world around me. It makes me feel alive, strong, capable, and small in the best of ways. It reminds me to let go because the world is wild and I'm not in control of a whole lot anyway. It challenges me physically and refreshes me mentally (and often, vice versa). It's my place to just...be.⠀⠀⠀⠀
My word/theme for 2018 is "grounded," and that's what I'm hoping to get out of this challenge: to be more disciplined, to be more connected to the world around me, and to leave more space for quiet + contemplation—laying the foundation to grow those deep-down roots I've been missing. It's a way to hold me accountable to get outside, even if I don't feel like it, and to stay on track, because the weeks slip by faster than we imagine they will.⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you doing the 52 Hike Challenge, or have you done it in the past? Let me know in the comments!