One of my goals for this year was to get outside on a more regular basis to explore and discover the area around us. As a family we love being outdoors (some of us more than others admittedly...) but we tend to stick to the same places we have always been despite living in an area which is literally stuffed full of beaches, woodlands and open countryside and I wanted that to change.
So far we have managed this perfectly, trying somewhere near us each weekend this month and whilst I know we probably won't be able to keep the momentum up in quite the same way, it's a pretty good start!
Alongside this, I have been umming and ahhing over starting an Instagram community for likeminded people. I love Instagram, it is my favourite form of social media by far and I enjoy following certain hashtags and connecting with others through them. So I was delighted when I saw that Alison from Anniebobs had started a community and a hashtag called #lovelifeoutside for all those outdoor moments you love to capture.
Having joined in with it for a couple of weeks, when she shared that she needed a partner to help her select pictures to be featured as there were so many amazing ones to choose from I immediately volunteered.
You don't have to be a blogger to join in, you just need an Instagram account and your photo can be of anything, as long as it is taken outdoors! The hashtag really is what is says...if you love life outside then come and join in.
I have found so many new accounts to follow which inspire me to get out and maybe view some places we've already been to a little bit differently which I love; I recently shared my hope that I will raise Meg and Eli to have adventurous spirits, to teach them about love and kindness but also to live freely and without fear. I think there is no better way to embrace that style of living than when you are outside and I have seen a number of other Instagrammers who clearly share my thoughts on the matter too which is just amazing.
So please do come and join in. I'll also be sharing my favourite photos from the community and from my own Instagram account over on the blog so look out for those as well.