Last year, Heather at Cultivated Lives started the "Daily Outdoors Challenge" - the challenge to spend at least 20 minutes per day outside having fun as a family. Though we didn't do the challenge officially last year, it did make me much more mindful of getting outside on purpose - especially during the summer months, when my instinct is to go inside, lock the doors, and refuse to come out till at least Thanksgiving.
This year, we're taking the challenge officially!
Things like this are such an incentive for me. I really need the dangling carrot to motivate myself, and having a reminder like this hanging up in our hallway is a great motivator. Even when I don't want to get outside, the hanging threat of having to start back at "0 days running" is enough to get me to head out the door with the children - and we always end up having a wonderful time.
The best thing, of course, is that "20 minutes" almost always morphs into at least an hour or more of outside time, during which we get lots of exercise, have adventures, build memories - and, of course, keep all messes outside and where I don't have to clean them up!
Join us this summer!