If the annoying perky people in the world are right and your perspective really does determine your reality, then there’s one tried and true way to make heading outside in less than great circumstances — weather, schedule, whatever — just a tiny bit better.

I’ve tested what it’s like to go out there with a bad attitude.

So, what happens when I take a different track?

And what happens if I do when things are really, really hard? I’m talking -15 degrees, blowing, very frosty, don’t want to be there, have other stuff to do hard?

Let’s find out.

[:35] A reality check

[1:03] What happens when you have a bad one

[1:45] I know this because I’ve tested it

[2:20] A little hunting for the good and what I’ve found

[2:58] A smart aleck saying that’s true

[3:59] Check in on me on this

If the annoying perky people in the world are right and your perspective really does determine your reality, then there’s one tried and true way to make heading outside in less than great circumstances — weather, schedule, whatever — just a tiny bit better.

I’ve tested what it’s like to go out there with a bad attitude.

So, what happens when I take a different track?

And what happens if I do when things are really, really hard? I’m talking -15 degrees, blowing, very frosty, don’t want to be there, have other stuff to do hard?

Let’s find out.

[:35] A reality check

[1:03] What happens when you have a bad one

[1:45] I know this because I’ve tested it

[2:20] A little hunting for the good and what I’ve found

[2:58] A smart aleck saying that’s true

[3:59] Check in on me on this

Call it a gift of my daily outdoor habit: I am surprised to be grateful for some outdoor stuff that old me would’ve considered either not a big deal or downright bad.

And yet here I am, including it on a gratitude list? Life is weird.

Gratitude is a healing practice, and when it comes to challenging seasons (like winter … or any bad weather … or hard personal life stuff …) taking time to name it and claim it can be a powerful practice.

And so here we are, listing it out.

[:35] Back when I first started all of this

[1:12] I am surprised by what I am grateful for, honestly

[1:53] Here’s a list of crazy things, including birds — which, frankly, is weird

[4:53] Here’s the thing I’m still not grateful for, sorry

Call it a gift of my daily outdoor habit: I am surprised to be grateful for some outdoor stuff that old me would’ve considered either not a big deal or downright bad.

And yet here I am, including it on a gratitude list? Life is weird.

Gratitude is a healing practice, and when it comes to challenging seasons (like winter … or any bad weather … or hard personal life stuff …) taking time to name it and claim it can be a powerful practice.

And so here we are, listing it out.

[:35] Back when I first started all of this

[1:12] I am surprised by what I am grateful for, honestly

[1:53] Here’s a list of crazy things, including birds — which, frankly, is weird

[4:53] Here’s the thing I’m still not grateful for, sorry

There’s pushing yourself to chase big goals outside because it’s something you want to do — and then there’s doing it because someone else can’t.

When Laura Carney found her dad’s unfinished bucket list years after his tragic death, she knew completing it wasn’t just a fun sounding idea — it was something she absolutely had to do. And since many of the list items were outdoor activities, that meant digging deep to find the courage to step outside her comfort zone and tackle a series of crazy. Impossible-sounding tasks.

What she learned on her journey to finishing his list for him goes beyond just self-discovery or liking new hobbies. The courage and insight she found through her time outside is fueling her life today — and can inspire you to chase big dreams, too.

Don’t miss this excellent and inspiring episode with Laura. Listen now.

[3:27] Laura Carney’s favorite outdoor space

[5:33] Who Laura became someone who likes to go outside

[6:52] A little about Laura’s dad and his list

[10:39] What is a “thin place?”

[15:33] Getting outside for list items

[17:52] How working on the list changed her relationship with herself

[21:34] How the list project changed her relationship with her husband

[25:51] Some really good lessons from the list work

[28:39] The big life lessons from the list

[30:19] The value of learning to laugh at yourself

[38:40] Making her own list and the rules that don’t exist

[42:54] Laura’s favorite outdoor moment

There’s pushing yourself to chase big goals outside because it’s something you want to do — and then there’s doing it because someone else can’t.

When Laura Carney found her dad’s unfinished bucket list years after his tragic death, she knew completing it wasn’t just a fun sounding idea — it was something she absolutely had to do. And since many of the list items were outdoor activities, that meant digging deep to find the courage to step outside her comfort zone and tackle a series of crazy. Impossible-sounding tasks.

What she learned on her journey to finishing his list for him goes beyond just self-discovery or liking new hobbies. The courage and insight she found through her time outside is fueling her life today — and can inspire you to chase big dreams, too.

Don’t miss this excellent and inspiring episode with Laura. Listen now.

[3:27] Laura Carney’s favorite outdoor space

[5:33] Who Laura became someone who likes to go outside

[6:52] A little about Laura’s dad and his list

[10:39] What is a “thin place?”

[15:33] Getting outside for list items

[17:52] How working on the list changed her relationship with herself

[21:34] How the list project changed her relationship with her husband

[25:51] Some really good lessons from the list work

[28:39] The big life lessons from the list

[30:19] The value of learning to laugh at yourself

[38:40] Making her own list and the rules that don’t exist

[42:54] Laura’s favorite outdoor moment

If the weather outside is frightful or simply not delightful, how do you make yourself go outside anyway? What’s the trick for getting past the discomfort and I-don’t-want-to so you can experience what nature has to offer even in bad weather?

I lean on two tools to help me — and you can lean on them, too. Learn how in this episode. Listen now.

[:35] Yes, it really is hard out there

[2:00] So how do we make ourselves go out?

[2:57] Here are two tools

[3:29] First tool: gear

[4:02] Second tool: a plan

If the weather outside is frightful or simply not delightful, how do you make yourself go outside anyway? What’s the trick for getting past the discomfort and I-don’t-want-to so you can experience what nature has to offer even in bad weather?

I lean on two tools to help me — and you can lean on them, too. Learn how in this episode. Listen now.

[:35] Yes, it really is hard out there

[2:00] So how do we make ourselves go out?

[2:57] Here are two tools

[3:29] First tool: gear

[4:02] Second tool: a plan

We know heading outside helps us all sort through the junk of life — a tough day, actual trauma, relationships, whatever. And veterans know spending time in nature also has special power over the wounds of military service.

For Vedia Barnett, a disabled Black Air Force veteran and founder of the nonprofit organization Black Vets Outdoors, spending time outside has extra power. She’s seen it work to heal the double trauma carried by those who carry both the burden of military service and the weight of racism. In this episode she talks about:

  • Creating a sense of belonging outdoors
  • Why reaching out and supporting Black veterans is important
  • The power of heading outside for everyone

Join us as we explore the transformative impact of nature on veterans, the incredible resilience and camaraderie found within veteran-led groups like Vedia’s — and how you can make an impact for them, too.

[3:33] Vedia Barnett’s favorite outdoor space

[4:01] Vedia’s outdoor story

[4:40] About Vedia’s military service

[6:18] Yes, to join the military, she really did have to sign over custody of her son

[9:08] Vedia’s work with veterans

[11:06] How does going outside help veterans?

[14:06] Why a sense of belonging matters outside

[16:44] Do military veterans experience healing outdoors differently from other people?

[20:03] All about Black Vets Outdoors

[22:38] Why outdoor affinity groups are important

[25:00] Simply finding outdoor joy

[29:02] How spending time outside impacts the Black veteran community, specifically

[32:00] The impact of historic trauma

[35:18] How Black vets can access the group and how allies can help

[43:12] Vedia’s favorite outdoor moment

Visit Black Vets Outdoors
Connect with Vedia Barnett on LinkedIn
Join the Humans Outside Challenge
Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
Follow Humans Outside on Facebook

We know heading outside helps us all sort through the junk of life — a tough day, actual trauma, relationships, whatever. And veterans know spending time in nature also has special power over the wounds of military service.

For Vedia Barnett, a disabled Black Air Force veteran and founder of the nonprofit organization Black Vets Outdoors, spending time outside has extra power. She’s seen it work to heal the double trauma carried by those who carry both the burden of military service and the weight of racism. In this episode she talks about:

  • Creating a sense of belonging outdoors
  • Why reaching out and supporting Black veterans is important
  • The power of heading outside for everyone

Join us as we explore the transformative impact of nature on veterans, the incredible resilience and camaraderie found within veteran-led groups like Vedia’s — and how you can make an impact for them, too.

[3:33] Vedia Barnett’s favorite outdoor space

[4:01] Vedia’s outdoor story

[4:40] About Vedia’s military service

[6:18] Yes, to join the military, she really did have to sign over custody of her son

[9:08] Vedia’s work with veterans

[11:06] How does going outside help veterans?

[14:06] Why a sense of belonging matters outside

[16:44] Do military veterans experience healing outdoors differently from other people?

[20:03] All about Black Vets Outdoors

[22:38] Why outdoor affinity groups are important

[25:00] Simply finding outdoor joy

[29:02] How spending time outside impacts the Black veteran community, specifically

[32:00] The impact of historic trauma

[35:18] How Black vets can access the group and how allies can help

[43:12] Vedia’s favorite outdoor moment

Visit Black Vets Outdoors
Connect with Vedia Barnett on LinkedIn
Join the Humans Outside Challenge
Follow Humans Outside on Instagram
Follow Humans Outside on Facebook

When everything is cold, and drab and just not that great outside, are you able to find the small wonders in nature?

It’s that time of year when things aren’t exactly lovely or pleasant all the time, and hunting for the good takes some work and some practice. It also takes understanding that the small wonders aren’t going to be predictable — you’re going to have to work for them.

So how do you make that happen? Learn how I’m doing it for myself in this episode. Listen now.

[:53] No, I really am ridiculous about my habits

[1:36] But heading outside has shown me this

[2:06] Why October is terrible

[2:25] How finding the small daily wonders changes my outlook

[3:14] And then there are the bigger wonders

[4:03] Take the time for this

When everything is cold, and drab and just not that great outside, are you able to find the small wonders in nature?

It’s that time of year when things aren’t exactly lovely or pleasant all the time, and hunting for the good takes some work and some practice. It also takes understanding that the small wonders aren’t going to be predictable — you’re going to have to work for them.

So how do you make that happen? Learn how I’m doing it for myself in this episode. Listen now.

[:53] No, I really am ridiculous about my habits

[1:36] But heading outside has shown me this

[2:06] Why October is terrible

[2:25] How finding the small daily wonders changes my outlook

[3:14] And then there are the bigger wonders

[4:03] Take the time for this

What is it about wilderness that draws us? And how do you find wilderness wherever you are?

Those are just two of the questions Jon Waterman, an author and adventurer best known for his work around Denali, the highest mountain in North America, tackles within the pages of his gorgeous new table-top book from National Geographic, Atlas of North America.

But this book sparks more than just awe for the wilds across the nation. In this episode Jon takes us on a journey through:

  • The evolving definition of wilderness
  • Why that definition and those places matter
  • How we can experience the true essence of wild places

And yet wilderness isn’t just about physical landscapes, Jon says. Learn why in this fascinating conversation. Listen now!

[2:26] Jon Waterman’s favorite outdoor space

[3:35] How Jon became someone who likes to go outside

[6:26] Why Alaska is special to Jon

[7:06] Why wilderness matters

[10:36] What is wilderness, anyway?

[14:02] Did he leave anything out of the book?

[16:59] Did he almost skip including anything because it’s just too special to him?

[22:22] Why going to wilderness is important

[28:30] How to get yourself into wilderness

[35:20] Why easy-access places are important, too

[37:22] Jon’s favorite outdoor moment

What is it about wilderness that draws us? And how do you find wilderness wherever you are?

Those are just two of the questions Jon Waterman, an author and adventurer best known for his work around Denali, the highest mountain in North America, tackles within the pages of his gorgeous new table-top book from National Geographic, Atlas of North America.

But this book sparks more than just awe for the wilds across the nation. In this episode Jon takes us on a journey through:

  • The evolving definition of wilderness
  • Why that definition and those places matter
  • How we can experience the true essence of wild places

And yet wilderness isn’t just about physical landscapes, Jon says. Learn why in this fascinating conversation. Listen now!

[2:26] Jon Waterman’s favorite outdoor space

[3:35] How Jon became someone who likes to go outside

[6:26] Why Alaska is special to Jon

[7:06] Why wilderness matters

[10:36] What is wilderness, anyway?

[14:02] Did he leave anything out of the book?

[16:59] Did he almost skip including anything because it’s just too special to him?

[22:22] Why going to wilderness is important

[28:30] How to get yourself into wilderness

[35:20] Why easy-access places are important, too

[37:22] Jon’s favorite outdoor moment

When you love a daily schedule as much as I do, it can feel very risky to just drop what you’re doing and chase a last-minute outdoor adventure. But sometimes that’s just what the weather, conditions or mood calls for. And whether I seize the day or walk by the opportunity is up to me

I want to be someone who lives in the moment, knowing that I really do have time for outdoor adventures when they come calling. But was it so hard to remember that I do? And what happens when I step outside my comfort zone and go for it?

Some of the good stuff:

[:35] It’s “drop everything” conditions time

[2:04] Here are a bunch of reasons why I can’t drop everything (actually they’re excuses)

[3:09] A little bit about Nordic ice skating

[5:00] And then I did drop everything and go … twice

[6:41] Here’s a few things I learned in the process

When you love a daily schedule as much as I do, it can feel very risky to just drop what you’re doing and chase a last-minute outdoor adventure. But sometimes that’s just what the weather, conditions or mood calls for. And whether I seize the day or walk by the opportunity is up to me

I want to be someone who lives in the moment, knowing that I really do have time for outdoor adventures when they come calling. But was it so hard to remember that I do? And what happens when I step outside my comfort zone and go for it?

Some of the good stuff:

[:35] It’s “drop everything” conditions time

[2:04] Here are a bunch of reasons why I can’t drop everything (actually they’re excuses)

[3:09] A little bit about Nordic ice skating

[5:00] And then I did drop everything and go … twice

[6:41] Here’s a few things I learned in the process

How can spending time outside change your perspective on self-care? And what if we’ve been thinking about self-care all wrong?

Scott Tatum is a self-care expert and new author who has carved a niche offering followers “friendly reminders” as he works on his own mental health. His new “Friendly Reminders” book offers an easy guide through the value of self-care, and in this episode he lays it all out for us, with a special emphasis on why it’s important and the best way to find it and just why nature offers a spectacular map for making it happen.

This episode will help you get inspired to give your own value the priority it deserves, so that you can be better for everyone around you.

Listen now!

[2:00] Scott Tatum’s favorite outdoor space

[3:41] How Scott became someone who likes to go outside

[9:04] What is self-care?

[11:42] How is self-are different from self-worth?

[15:40] The limiting views of self-care that keep people down

[23:11] Why going outside is spiritual and physical experience and why that matters for self-care

[29:33] Steps for finding self-care outside

[33:35] Scott’s favorite outdoor moment that is actually a whole human experience

How can spending time outside change your perspective on self-care? And what if we’ve been thinking about self-care all wrong?

Scott Tatum is a self-care expert and new author who has carved a niche offering followers “friendly reminders” as he works on his own mental health. His new “Friendly Reminders” book offers an easy guide through the value of self-care, and in this episode he lays it all out for us, with a special emphasis on why it’s important and the best way to find it and just why nature offers a spectacular map for making it happen.

This episode will help you get inspired to give your own value the priority it deserves, so that you can be better for everyone around you.

Listen now!

[2:00] Scott Tatum’s favorite outdoor space

[3:41] How Scott became someone who likes to go outside

[9:04] What is self-care?

[11:42] How is self-are different from self-worth?

[15:40] The limiting views of self-care that keep people down

[23:11] Why going outside is spiritual and physical experience and why that matters for self-care

[29:33] Steps for finding self-care outside

[33:35] Scott’s favorite outdoor moment that is actually a whole human experience

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