A Calming Spring Walk


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Steve and I just got back from a walk around our community, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous spring day. I love days like this—around 70 degrees with a bit of a breeze. Wish it were like this year-round. Being out and about reminded me of the walk we took last weekend on Mother’s Day. It was definitely a bit warmer, but we enjoyed a super long walk.

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Now more than ever before, we’re finding that we prefer peace and quiet. Those moments where you stand still, stop talking, and hear nothing but nature. Long walks around quiet neighborhoods fill us with the calmness we crave. Maybe we’re getting old, or maybe we’re finding who we really are.

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We grew up in a drab small town, tried grungy big city living, and now we’re living in the suburbs of Washington, DC where the traffic is killer. It’s clear what we haven’t tried—country living. Perhaps that’s where we’ll move to next. I could make-do with a house on a bit of land with large food garden, a few chickens, and a pond like the ones we came across last weekend. Talk about picnics galore.

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As I get older, I’m realizing I want a simple life. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve always been a simple, easy-to-please type of girl. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Steve would certainly attest to this. What I mean by simple is waking up happy, being active, eating well-balanced meals, soaking up the peace and quiet, and enjoying an afternoon of reading and being productive, and perhaps an evening filled with a banana-nutella crepe and a strong latte. All with Steve by my side, of course. I’m not big on frills, traffic, or anything complicated.

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Yes, simply getting out and taking a walk led to all these thoughts. It’s nice to have a moment to allow myself to think clearly and dream. Maybe even plan what it is our future holds. Sitting idle certainly isn’t going to get us anywhere, now is it?

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Do you feel calmer now? Oooh, I sure do. Hope the weather is just as nice where you are.

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