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 July 9, 2017. We are busy designing it right now and will announce all of the fun details here soon! 

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Eleven signs of spring in the Pacific Northwest

Spring Azure Butterfly.© 2017 Curt Given/Given Photography  

  1. Earlier dawns
  2. Budding trees, despite the iffy weather
  3. Flocks of birds flying overhead
  4. Croaking frogs
  5. Appearance of butterflies and other insects
  6. Sun tracking higher in the sky
  7. Blooming wild daffodils
  8. Birds singing and displaying mating behavior
  9. Warmer sunshine
  10. Hummingbirds are back
  11. Baby plants poking their heads out of the ground

A Sweet Little Guide to Nature Me For You

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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
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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Thursday
Apr262012

Add a little SPRING to your day

Make yourself a cup of jasmine green tea, let your calls go to voicemail, lean back, and give yourself 60 seconds of bliss with these gorgeous images. Happy Spring!

Thursday
Apr262012

Something's in the air and it ain't love, but it's almost as good

The falling water was mesmerizing. Never-ending as it tumbled down the basalt rocks to a pool that was a couple of hundred feet below. Thunderous, gushing water. Its powerful splashes sending waves of swirling water and mist everywhere, covering the rocks, stone path, ferns, moss and my face. I took a deep breath.

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