Monday, July 24, 2017

30 Days of Gratitude: Prompt 1

A few nights ago outside at a coffee shop, I was swiping through Pinterest and saw this writing prompt. It's a challenge, encouraging one to reflect and journal about thirty things they're thankful for. In my ongoing commitment to polish my journalism skills, I decided to give it a go. Why not, right? And since this is a travelogue- err, travel blog,- I'll attempt to tie each day's prompt into something outdoors/adventure related. A coworker also walked by my office today and I asked when I'd be blogging next so here we go.

Day 1: What Smell Are You Grateful For Today?

This is super relevant yet also random prompt to start this off because as soon as I locked the front door on my apartment at 6:20am and walked outside, I took a deep breath and smelt the crisp cool air. A quiet, Monday morning in Shorewood. I always strive to get to work by 7am daily so that I'm done at 3pm with plenty of hours left of freedom. Everything around me smelt just fresh, it had also rained overnight a bit so nothing beats that aroma which made me smile as I walked to my car. It 100% felt and smelled like fall, my favorite season. Only a few more months until the leaves glow orange, red, yellow and a plethora of different copper shades. Only a few more months until temperatures drop to sweatshirt, flannel and jeans weather and every single product you find in a grocery store has the words "Pumpkin Spice," in front of it. Not that that's a bad thing, Ill splurge for at least one, pricey Pumpkin Spice Late from Starbucks but sorry Seattle coffee conglomerate, Wisco's own Culvers has the best Pumpkin Spice milkshakes. I've recently made a list of habits I'm cutting out and changes I'm proactively making to make my life healthier. I feel absolutely incredible, I'm in awesome shape and I love it. But ehhh, maybe I'll make one or two exceptions for fall. PLUS my favorite holiday comes...Halloween! Gosh I'm stoked for carving pumpkins, scary movies, costume parties and all the ridiculous decorations. Fall is also when I take usually one or two big trips camping or backpacking. Last year it was a 14 day trip to Iceland and a 10 day adventure out west to the Badlands and Black Hills to geek out over some stunning National Parks. What trips am I planning for this fall? Colorado is calling my name, specifically Rocky Mountain National Park.

Can we fast forward to mid September? I'll gladly keep smelling sense of fall every morning until then.



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