Dec 16, 2021
If you’ve ever heard me talk about my small town here in Alaska, Palmer, you know that I don’t just like where I live, I love it. And a lot of that is because of my outdoor practice. When we moved here in 2016 I had never experienced anything even close to the weather, darkness, or other extreme wilds of Alaska. After a year here I had some friends through our CrossFit gym, but I still felt like something was missing. I wanted to know more about where we lived and be connected to it, but I wasn’t sure how to make that happen.
But when I started my year outside, I looked to community events to give me an outdoor activity or two each week. Showing up at that stuff meant I met people, which meant I got closer to my community and, well, the rest is history.
Going outside helped me love where I live, but the way I discovered that isn’t the only method. In this best of episode I’m bringing by author Melody Warnick, author of the book This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever you Are, to talk about how spending time outside helps you love where you live.
Some of the good stuff:
[1:57] Melody Warnick’s favorite outdoor space
[3:21] What is “place attachment?”
[7:51] How she feels about her newish home now
[14:04] Act as if …
[18:29] How going outside helped her like where she lived
[23:51] Does it matter if you’re moving?
[32:27] Was the way the outdoors built a connection to people surprising?
[43:12] How you can increase place attachment by going outside
[48:37] Melody’s favorite and most essential gear
[51:17] Melody’s favorite outdoor moment