Beginning at a young age, I went to an outdoor overnight camp. For 7 summers in a row, I spent 4 weeks outdoors at this camp, and for my last summer I chose to stay 8 weeks rather than 4 because I loved it so much. Each day we ate our meals outdoors, had bonfires, and had different outdoor activities of our choosing. My favorite outdoor activities were horseback riding, water skiing/wakeboarding, and outdoor living skills. This time spent in nature every summer from ages 10-16 made a large impact on how I choose to cope with different stressors in my life, and greatly influenced my love for nature. Whenever I am really stressed out or am overthinking something, I like to walk outside and play music as I focus on taking deep breaths of fresh air and look at the world around me. Enjoying nature from such a young age really made a difference in how I cope with daily stressors and has made an impact on my mood and ability to complete tasks throughout the day.
“When your love for the ocean is greater than the fear of drowning: darling, you will surely swim”-sonia.
This is a quote that has a lot of meaning ever since I discovered it. I like it because it connects nature to self courage and beliefs; I took it as, as long as we appreciate nature, it will do no harm to us. You are meant to discover love and that beats anything.
Embracing nature to the fullest has been one of the biggest nurturing aspects of my life. Growing up, I was taught the benefits and magic of herbal and natural remedies. These teachings along with outdoor excursions have followed me into adulthood. As I continue to explore new places and learn more about our earth, I have become more aware of what I need to do to conserve it and taught others the beauty of being outdoors!
“I think of my plants, they give me motivation and help me relax. I love seeing the green and the way they bring life into my home.”- Sara Sotelo
Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to go outside or play sports. My friends and family made me view nature and the activities I do outdoors as a form of joy. As I grew older and had more responsibilities part of my life, I started to appreciate nature even more as it became a convenient way to relieve stress. Going outside for a walk or activity has become a part of my daily life which I appreciate.
My top activities include softball, volleyball, working out, and snowboarding!