#Walk30Days Challenge – Year THREE!

#Walk30Days copyThat time is upon us again! It is the #Walk30Days Challenge YEAR THREE.

May is National Walking Month and for the past couple years, I’ve challenged you (and myself) to take a walk every day in May…for 30 days. I’m particularly excited about walking this year because…I live somewhere new! Not that I didn’t enjoy the gorgeous mountains of Idaho or the late spring that allowed me so many flower photos. But I’m excited to discover the Midwest May and see where my feet (and my iPhone 😛 ) take me!

Okay, so let’s get into the WHY and WHAT so all the #Walk30Days newbies can join the fun.

WHAT is the #Walk30Days Challenge?

Well, the longer answer is to just go read my original post on how daily walks help your creativity. 😉 But the quick answer is this:

I was inspired to get myself outside at least once a day. For the sake of creativity and for the sake of not giving into a sedentary lifestyle. So that prompted the challenge to:

  • Take a walk (whether 5 minutes or 50) every. single. day. in the month of May.
  • To take a snapshot (with a camera or your phone…or even sketching it!) of something–a place, a feeling, a discovery–that you encounter on your walk.
  • To share. The joy. The adventure. The rediscovery of the world.

I’m going to try to step outside every day this month  and post one picture on my social media using the hashtag #Walk30Days. And you are invited to join me. 😀

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Photo from last year’s #Walk30Days

Even if you can’t commit to every single day, try to join in for a small amount of time! One week. One day a week. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING.

WHY walking?

Um, let me count the reasons:

  • Because walking is better for your health (yes, even you young spry teenage whippersnappers!)
  • Because walking stimulates creativity. (Hear that, authors?)
  • Because C. S. Lewis did it so . . . duh.
  • Because of this quote:

Most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I’d say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you’re walking or shaving or playing a game… – Henry Miller

  • Because you can be like Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli!
  • Because this is God’s creation, and how do you expect to replicate it in your own life if you don’t know it intimately?
  • Because it allows for quiet time in a loud busy world.

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Photo from last year’s #Walk30Days

Tips to get the most out of your short walk:

  • PREPARE YOUR MIND…and your schedule. May starts on Monday–that means you have four whole days to prepare, to shift around your schedule, to tell hubby (or wifey) that you’ll be doing this (and that they should too. 😉 )
  • Leave your phone at home or in your back pocket on silent. Use only for your walk photo! 🙂
  • Bring a small journal or notebook with you and take notes on the ideas that you stumble across.
  • Don’t soundtrack your walk. No tunes! Rediscover the sounds of life. (This is optional. I know that if you live in the city, sirens and yelling and noise are much nicer when they’re drowned out by great music or an audiobook.)
  • Try to get in a few walks alone.  There’s a reason we do intentional things like writing, journaling, praying, alone. The brain can breathe a bit easier and think a little clearer. (Just not at night or in dangerous places or without parental permission if you’re not an adult yet. Please stay safe, cautious, and wise.)
  • Try to walk a little further each day. I take a little pedometer with me. The first day, I tried to break 1,000 steps, which may sound like a lot to some and a little to others. The next day I shot for 1,300. You could measure yours by minutes, or distance, or steps.
  • Pray while you do it! This isn’t a must, but it’s a great opportunity to spend more quality time with the Lord.

Not sure if you can commit to a full 30 days? That’s okay! Try it as long as you can. Or jump in here and there at your own pace.

Connect & Share

After your walk and you’ve taken your photo of discovery…share it with other walkers on social media by using the #Walk30Days hashtag! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…whatever! Inspire others and share your own inspiration. 🙂

Also…

#WALK30DAYS now has its own Instagram!

Since this seems to be a growing thing, I set up an Instagram account specifically for this challenge. It’ll stay up forever and it will feature people’s (maybe yours!) walking photos. So pop by and follow or turn on notifications if you have an Instagram and want to be connected that way!

 

There’s hidden beauty everywhere — beyond your home, no matter how long you’ve lived there. And it’s our duty to find it. (Tweet this)

See you outside starting Monday, May 1st!!

 


ARE YOU IN?

Even if you don’t join, what do you do to keep active and creative?

 

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About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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11 Comments

  1. Cool! I’ll definitely be doing this!

  2. Ohhh I saw you do this last year and it seems like so much fun!!! I’m joining!! 😀 The only catch will be I *might* have leg surgery the third week of May, so I’d be out then. But I’ll do it as long as I can!

    Also, the part about “Turn our phone off and use only for picture” made me giggle. We live so rural that our cellphones only work inside our house until we get ten miles up the road. 😉

    • Haha, really? I live so rural that I don’t even get cell coverage at my house! I have to drive 10 minutes to get it!

      • We wouldn’t get coverage in the house, but the carrier has come out and connected a microcell to the (sketchy) internet service so we can get texts at home, but calls don’t work very well. 😉

  3. Because you can be like Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli! Sounds good, I did this for the first week last year, maybe I should try again.

  4. This sounds like a great idea! I’ll try to do this. 😀 Thanks for creating the challenge. 🙂 I love taking walks and yes, they are so inspiring!

  5. This is such an awesome idea!! I’ve been finding myself on my computer more and more throughout the day (all for good reasons such as school, writing, blogging), and I want to get out more. This is such a fun challenge! 🙂

  6. Oh, I’m so in. The first week of May will be too busy because of a play I’m in, but after that? Yes. This is such a good idea. 😀

  7. Ah, this is so awesome! I was hoping you’d do this again 😀 . I’ll probably be walking on the treadmill half the time (it’s been rainy and kinda cold around here – plus I have bad Spring allergies), but I’m still going to try and join! At least I’ll be walking xD. This is such an awesome idea!

  8. I typically do share the pictures I take when I walk. Just did that last week on the Realm Makers Consortium. 🙂 I’m not on Instagram, though. Can I do it on Facebook?

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