Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough.

Let’s just say last week was a bad week.

Monday: Since I was going to be writing about the previous week’s Project Get Out activities, I felt compelled to taking a walk to the lake before I could sit down and write about going outside. It was nice, and as always, totally worth it.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Fail. Fail. Fail. FAIL!! My attempts to get out this week were a pretty massive failure, especially since I didn’t try that hard. Work was a swirl of craziness in preparation for upcoming meetings and I just couldn’t find the time or energy to make it outside.

This is my typical fall behavior, and exactly the type of thing I’m trying to prevent with this challengeUgh… so typical.

Fall is tough for me. Fall is three months of: colder. darker. colder. darker. colder. darker. colder. darker. And then one day its finally January and the seed catalogs come and everything seems so much better, even if it’s still cold and dark and endlessly snowy. Sure, winter is looooong, but fall is hard.

This is what usually happens, and also is what happened last week: Work gets busy. Or the weather is shit. Or both. So I stay inside and work on other things. And then I do that the next day. And then something comes up on the third day so that I really can’t get outside. And by then, I’m just not motivated to do anything at all.

Saturday: On Saturday I rallied. I relaxed all morning, and then took my bike out in the afternoon for a chilly ride. It was so fun to be riding out on woods roads, enjoying the first snow of the year.

Dirt road and my bike, Grit.
Dirt road and my bike, Grit.

Sunday: I mostly ran errands and relaxed on Sunday, but did take a walk in the evening on the woods road behind out house. The walk wasn’t notable, but it was notable that a bunch of No Trespassing signs went up at a certain point on the road, which means that I can’t go past that point on the road anymore—sad!


2 thoughts on “Project Get Out: Week 6

  1. Hey Maria, you sound a lot like me. Although I am 58 and live in the urban jungle. I googled, “not drinking,” or something of the sort and read about your experience. You actually live by a lake? Wowser, that is my dream life. And you bike, how cool. Those, “no trespassing,” signs sound like a bummer. Well, keep on keeping on girl! And I will continue reading!


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