324 Outdoor Diary: What I Find By Using Community Events to Get Outside
Release Date: 08/29/2023
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It can be tempting to think about getting outside as focused on just naturey-nature. But what about going out around other people? What about the benefits of community events?
Heading outside to experience community can bring a whole host of useful impacts, all based in the glorious space created by the great outdoors. For me they include inspiration, encouragement, joy and belonging.
Why is that true and how can you find it? Listen now.
Connect with this episode:
Some of the good stuff:
[:32] How did I get started there anyway?
[:53] Here’s why it’s so great
[1:30] A little Monday commitment
[2:15] Just a few of the things that community brings
[2:30] And yes this is true for an introvert, too.
[3:15] Contagious joy
[3:30] Here’s my theory about space
[3:55] How this expands my definition of nature
[4:16] Also a sense of belonging