Hi, I’m Maria.

I write because it motivates me to spend more time in the outdoors enjoying nature and helps me to record some of my adventures.

I love gardens, forests, and wild places.

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A Bit About Me

When I think about things that are big, epic, exciting, and life-changing, I think about the outdoors. I grew up in the country catching turtles and frogs. In college, I studied the environment in general and forests in particular. I’m currently doing my best to live a simple, intentional life that’s never too far removed from nature.

I started this site as a way to reflect more on nature and how it affects our everyday lives. The more I learn, the more I’m convinced that nature is a cornerstone for personal performance and community vibrancy—in short, we need to have nature in our lives in order to live our best life. On this site, I focus on finding ways to make nature part of an exciting, fulfilling lifestyle. I write about: gardening, exploring the outdoors, creating adventures (even out of ordinary things), and vibrant, simple living.

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I’m thinking a lot about gardening these days. Why? Because gardens are amazing. They provide pretty much anything one could possibly need for living a great life. Healthy food? Check. Beauty? Check. Productive movement and exercise? Check.

After 10 years of having a mediocre garden, I’ve decided that it’s time to level up my game. I’ve decided to go back to the very fundamentals to see what I missed the first time around.

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