Last month I wrote about my life/photography project "35 at 35". If you missed it, please click here to check it out.
This project is intended to not only encourage me to do new things in my 35th year, but to see things in a different way. Shortly after my birthday, and the first day of my project, I attended the event Becoming an Outdoors Woman; an event which I had never attended before. It was a weekend of firsts, and a great way to kick off my project.
And so, my list of 35 new things begins......
1) I attended the most wonderful outdoor learning event, with a lovely group of women in Cape Breton. I might normally shy away from a weekend away with strangers, let alone a group of only women - but I was open to the idea, and excited to spend time learning outdoors. And learning I did - about being prepared to be outdoors in the winter, winter birds, nature in winter, and even a little about hunting. And I learned with a group of women with whom I felt immediately connected.
2) The first thing I did at the event was to snowshoe. This was a first for me, was a ton of fun - and hurt like hell. My poor hips! I learned that I need to either remember to stretch first, or get out and do this more often!
3) That snowshoe hike took place in the middle of the night in pitch black dark under a sky full of twinkling stars. I had never had the guts to hike after dark in the forest before, let alone snow shoe on un-sure footing. What an exhilarating experience.
4) Growing up, all of my siblings had moved out by the time I was 5 and I never experienced sharing a bunk bed before. That is , until the first night of BOW at the Gaelic College. It is funny when you think about the simple things that can be a first, even at the age of 35. The moral of my learning as far as bunk beds go.... don't forget to pee before going to bed if you sleep on the top bunk.
And 5) During the workshop that ended my wonderful weekend in Cape Breton, entitled Connecting with Nature in Winter, I layed under a tree in the snow. While there, I took notice of the pattern in the palm of my hand that matched the skeleton branches of the tree above, and I truly felt connected to the tree I chose for this activity. I feel thankful that this wonderful event was the kick off to my 35 new things - and is inspiration for some of the items you will see on this list in the coming year. The photo on the right is the one I snapped of the sky while laying under "my" tree. It represents my openness to attending this event, and the connection to nature I experienced during my attendance. Please take a minute to read about the rest of the details of my weekend HERE.
6) Stay tuned.....