I hope your weekend was a great one and that you get to start off your week with a run or whatever makes you feel good. Today’s post is sponsored by Backcountry. I’m sure many of you experience the same deep love that I share below when it comes to being active outdoors.
Self Belief is Powerful. <– I saw these words on Shalane Flanagan’s Instagram a few weeks ago and it gave me all of the feelings. It is something I know to be true in my life and something that I see daily with my children. I know that self belief is what finally got me to my sub 3 marathon. I know that when we believe in ourselves and uncover our strengths that sometimes get hidden in the craziness of life, we are unstoppable.
When our mind TRULY believes something, it connects to our bodies and takes it there. The mind-body connection is so real. I cannot wait to see where self-belief gets me over the next few months as I train for a new goal… a 50 miler trail race.
(100s of miles of my training will be in this Backcountry Matilda Baselayer)
With self belief you are confident in your own skin and you understand your worth and your strength. Self belief is one of the many things that I gain each and every time I am outside experiencing nature and fresh air. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is, what I actually accomplish or the things that I’ve seen along the way, confidence in myself seeps into me during my time outdoors and I come home a better person.
There are approximately 39,402 benefits for children when they are outside and active but I have to say that I think my favorite benefit is the confidence and self-belief they develop from the outdoors and doing hard things.
If I can help my children to see their potential and have confidence in the greatness they can offer the world, I’ve done my job. I think that nature is the best classroom for these things.
A few weeks ago we took the kids to Pine Hollow (up American Fork Canyon) to explore a new hike that none of us had done before.
We see the front side of Mt Timpanogos daily and loved getting to soak in the gorgeousness from the back side.
We had an absolute blast out there on this trail. It’s a great one if you have kids! We all feel so accomplished by the end of a hike together.
(I’m wearing: Patagonia Better Sweater Gloves, Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket, Sorel Out N About Plus Boot, Filson Day Pack Backpack, Backcountry Marled Beanie, Backcountry Matilda Baselayer, Electric Encelia Sunglasses)
We are huge fans of Backcountry over here for our outdoor adventures year-round. The fact that they carry all of our favorite outdoor brands and products for our entire family is just the best. The only problem is that I want to buy every item on the website for us to take on adventures ha. I love that they offer 2-day shipping anytime you spend over $50 so your gear arrives and you get to get OUT and adventure asap!
Knox was calling to the birds from the tree:)
Seeing her little brain work a million miles an hour as she sees, touches and hears new things makes my mama heart incredibly full.
Her current favorite game is seeing if she can rip my sunglasses off in 3 seconds flat.
Another GOAT (greatest of all time) moment for our family. We’ve got quite the bucket list of hikes for our family to do together this winter and I can’t wait.
Get out and experience all that you can and if you come to Utah I’ll show you around my favorite spots:)
Use my code RUNNER15 for 15% off your first purchase at Backcountry.com! Get everything that you need for you and your people to get outdoors this winter and gain all of the benefits possible from our gorgeous world. PS If you have questions on anything that Backcountry has they have their gearheads available 24/7 (via chat, email, and phone) to help you find exactly what you want! We had a question about sizing for Skye’s boots and the gearhead emailed over the perfect sizing chart that we could print out to find her exact size. They’ve always been so helpful with any questions that we have!
How do you plan to stay active this winter?
If you were offered a free dream-home and you could choose between having it in the mountains or on the beach… What would you choose?
-I think you know my answer:) Mountains.
Random but what are your favorite hiking snacks (for you and if you have kids)… I need to update some of our snacks that we take (<— The kids have requested this haha)
What benefits do you see kids experience from being outside?