WALK THIS WAY
Free City Walks around Seattle

Come walk with us. We are leading free fun and interesting urban nature walks in the greater Seattle area.

Our next walk is on August 19, 2017. We will be exploring the Westlake area of the Cheshiahud loop along Lake Union in Seattle. All the details are coming soon. 

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A Simple Way to FEEL MORE JOY in your life

© Cary Given/Given Photography 2016

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Journal Archive
Tuesday
Dec112012

7 ways to get your holiday glow on

If, like me, you find the holiday season a little over-the-top at times, I recommend you check out my own tried and true tricks with a twist of nature. I call them instant peace makers. Just Breathe. This is something you can do anytime.

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Wednesday
Nov212012

PICTURE IT WELL: Reflect for growth

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, © Curt Given/Given Photography 2010When you want to change things up in your life, personal reflection is a powerful way to do that. According to life coach, Martha Beck, reflecting on a past experience can expand your own awareness about your best and maybe not-so-best qualities. But don't dwell or judge yourself harshly. Just think about what you might have done differently from the perspective of enhancing the best in you or changing what did not serve you well. Then move on by integrating that new understanding into your life.

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(Picture it Well are photographs that symbolize some aspect of personal wellness. The brief text is meant to inspire, get you thinking, and/or show you the healing power of nature.)

More Picture it Well posts

See the abundance in your life

Play it up in the new year

Do one thing

Dig into your roots

 

 

Wednesday
Nov072012

20 inspirational writing tips for your travel journal

"Women have always yearned for faraway places. It was no accident that a woman financed the first package tour of the New World, and you can bet Isabella would have taken the trip herself, only Ferdinand wouldn't let her go." -Roslyn Friedman, 1924, American Writer. This quote makes me smile. Its message is both timeless and dated.

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Saturday
Oct272012

What is an important part of happiness?

Awhile back I was in a coffee shop eavesdropping on a fascinating conversation between a man and woman who seemed to have just met. The sixty-something man who looked very wise, asked, "What is the most important component of happiness?" I held my breath. That has long been the million dollar question for many of us.

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Tuesday
Oct162012

7 fall activities Northwest style (but good anywhere) 

The fall season is upon us, but don't head inside yet. It's still mild enough for an outdoor adventure. Gorgeous colors, earthy scents, crunchy leaves and watchable wildlife are all part of the autumn show. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

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Monday
Sep032012

How healing the earth empowered thousands of women

When I first heard of the Green Belt Movement I wanted to find out more. I did and felt compelled to share it here. It's a wonderful story about the connection between nature and women and how that connection can heal and transform. It's also a story that shows how caring, courage and love can change a nation.

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Wednesday
Aug222012

PICTURE IT WELL: Do one thing

© Cary Given 2012

Dr. Edward Hallowell, a Massachusetts based psychiatrist and author of "CrazyBusy" says in his book that multitasking is a "mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously." 

In reality, our brains are not wired for multitasking. (It's a term that originated as computer jargon, and then transferred into workplace resumes.)

According to a study from University of California, when workers were interrupted by phone calls and emails, it took them 25 minutes to recover and return to their work. 

Hallowell further says says that limiting multitasking is essential to our emotional and physical health. Just thinking about simultaneous work can make us feel overloaded.

Do one thing at a time and it will actually increase your productivity. And your single focus will help you learn easier and bring more creativity and wisdom to the task at hand.

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(Picture it Well are photographs that symbolize some aspect of personal wellness. The brief text is meant to inspire, get you thinking, and/or show you the healing power of nature.) 

More Picture it Well posts

See the abundance in your life

Dig into your roots

 

Thursday
Aug162012

Road trip stalled

I have a planning mind and if I don't do what I plan to do, I'm disappointed. In myself. So for this vacation, I've let everything go and tried to quiet my planning mind. Told myself to be in the moment and enjoy whatever comes along. Some would call it spontaneity. I'm not sure...maybe I'm just plain tired of doing...of planning. So by now you have probably guessed that I have not done much the last two days. Just a little wishing and wandering here and there. Here's a little recap.

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Monday
Aug132012

Day four of solo road trip

The day was incredible. Heavenly is an apt description and I mean that in every sense of the word, but more about that later. This morning I headed south from Ellensburg to Yakima through the Yakima River Canyon. And I read somwhere that it was the first designated scenic byway in Washington state. It was an impressive terrain of ancient towering basalt cliffs.

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Sunday
Aug122012

Nature Me takes solo road trip

I'm on my first ever solo road-trip and loving every single moment. I've imagined doing this for years, but have always talked myself out of it with one excuse or another (fear?). But here I am doing it and I've got to say...it's empowering. I plan to share regular updates throughout the trip. Not to get you to take this particular trip, but to inspire you to plan your own. (And, I will post descriptions along the way. I just can't help myself...I've always wanted to be a travel writer.)

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Monday
Jul232012

PICTURE IT WELL: Dig into your roots

© Curt Given 2012

When you are feeling a little lost and think that life is happening to you, instead of you making it happen, draw strength and direction from your roots. Like the roots of a tree, your life experiences ground and sustain you, helping you blossom into your full potential. They make you who you are. Consider this. Draw expertise from your experiences and share it with others who may benefit. The payoff is that you will shift from feeling victimized to feeling empowered. 

(Picture it Well is a new topic area for Nature Me. The photographs symbolize some aspect of personal wellness. And the brief text is meant to inspire, get you thinking, and show you the healing power of nature.)

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More Picture it Well posts

See the abundance in your life

Play it up in the new year 

Do one thing

Reflect for growth

 

 

Sunday
Jun172012

10 simple activities to grow your "nature power"

The foundation of Nature Me is built on the natural affinity that exists between women and nature. Once we become aware of that connection, we can begin to draw on nature's empowering and healing qualities. Another premise of this site, is that it just plain feels good to spend time outside. But if you are like me, it's not always easy to figure out what to do or where to go. Here are 10 simple activities to choose from to get your "nature power" growing.

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Tuesday
Jun122012

Beaching it on the Puget Sound

New from the Urban Nature Series...

Beaching it on the Puget Sound

"Seagulls crying overhead, waves gently lapping on the shore, and even the blaring horn from the nearby Mukilteo ferry anchor you. Make you smile."



Monday
May212012

What do owls, skinny legs, and thrift-store flannels have in common?

I'm perched on a rock in a canyon just above Page Springs campground and am barely breathing. A few feet away is a Western Screech Owl sleeping in a Juniper tree. We've been looking for awhile to find him. Two times yesterday and then again this morning. He is almost half-way up the tree--next to the trunk--probably about ten feet up.

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Wednesday
May092012

A place to nature yourself beautiful 

For all of you Seattle women, read A place in Seattle to nature yourself beautiful. It's the latest article from my Puget Sound Urban Nature Series. I think you'll find that this place is perfect for you.  

And for all of you other beautiful women, read How to get the most out of your urban park visit to get started. Have you got your walking shoes on, yet? Again, what are you waiting for? 

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