Why I Suggest Going Outside

by in Love, Shoot, Stay :

When I was in my 20s, I was almost a fixture in the mall. One of my great friends even told me point-blank that the mall was my closet as I go there everytime I thought I didn't have anything to wear but in fact I was just "plain lazy." I hunted and pecked for the styles I saw in fashion magazines and didn't really care if my bank account suffers from the consequences (I never went into debt, though). I said, if celebrities could have it, so could I. I was young, naive, almost dumb and didn't know any better about the true definition of being beautiful. Hindsight is, of course, 20/20. Even after donating clothes for three years in a row now, I am still stuck with 3 big closets and containers filled with clothes that I slowly go through when I am not busy giving attention to our little one. I couldn't turn back the time but it wasn't too late.

My salvation came when I met my husband... a person who doesn't care what brand he wears, hates clothes and items with big logos, very handy with cars and building/fixing the home, owns multiple real estate properties in his 30s, comfortable with his own skin and most important of all, loves me for being simple instead of the 'fashionista' I once was. And while I love being active, he introduced me to the love of outdoors... I should say, truly love the outdoors and in turn my self and that's what we are trying to pass that on to our little child. 🙂

Lake reflection, Lebanon Hills, Canoeing, Explore MN, Minnesota Photographer, Nexus 6P photos

Who can say no to this? 🙂

Lake reflection, Lebanon Hills, Canoeing, Explore MN, Minnesota Photographer, Nexus 6P photos

(Trees are starting to bud, lake was very calm enough to get good reflections... Spring has sprung!)

Lake reflection, Lebanon Hills, Canoeing, Explore MN, Minnesota Photographer, Nexus 6P photos

(Partly work, partly play but it was all part of the fun! They get treats, too. 😀 )

These days, I have used the hashtags #exploremn, #gooutside, #stopgoingtothemall quite often and it's not meant to be offensive to anyone at all (but I guess, "bato bato sa langit" as what my grandmother used to say). It's actually an invitation to strip yourself off of material possessions and find out how comfortable and gorgeous you are with your own sweaty skin; to move and challenge your mind and body; to see how God made the world so wonderful ; and if you have children, to teach them that simplicity and beauty abound in nature.

Challenge me with your thoughts, I want to hear it.

Much love, Joyce

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