First off, don’t worry.  There are many of you, and you’re in good company.  So if you thought I was singling you out, breathe easy, friend.  The blog has only been up 24 hours and this is the comment I hear the most.

There’s a tricky balance in starting something like this. The 365Outside Challenge started as a challenge for me and my family.  When it began, I had no idea if we’d be able to see it through.  How am I going to carve out the time for this?  Will I be able to motivate myself to go out when it’s 16 degrees and windy?  What if the kids mutiny? We’re just so busy.  I’m just so tired.

I bet you’re nodding.  Who isn’t busy?  Who isn’t tired?  We had to start small.

Sometimes getting outside just means going for a bike ride around the neighborhood.

Sometimes getting outside just means going for a bike ride around the neighborhood.

We got outside on New Years Day for a nice long walk beside the frozen river.  The next day we dusted off the bikes and rode them up and down the hill on our street.  When we visited our cousins for the following two days, the boys pretended to hunt dragons on the back hill before it began to rain, sleet, and snow. Eventually we tried “sledding” and the kids ended up soaked but stoked before we went inside for hot chocolate.  Soon enough we had made it seven days, a full week.

365Outside is more concept than competition.  It is a choice to get outside more.  It is a pledge to lead healthier and happier lives through exposure to nature.  It is a promise that you can refresh your life.  It is a breath of fresh air.

Stuck at JFK airport for 12 hours. THE WORST.

Stuck at JFK airport for 12 hours. THE WORST.

For our family, in our circumstances, it has worked to play outside every day.  Today marks day 257 in our journey.

Truthfully, there was one day, back in February, when we did not get outside, but that was only because we were flying out of Boston and missed a connecting flight, dooming us to stand-by purgatory for 12 hours.  Don’t get me started on that day.  It was all around horrible.

But my point is, do what works for you.  Your challenge does not have to be 365 days.  It could be every day for a week.  It could be once a week for a year.  It could be ten days a month.   Create your own challenge.  Choose something that is outside of your comfort zone, but not unachievable.  Start with a week and grow it from there.

You never know, your seven day challenge could turn into 365 days.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  What’s keeping you inside today?