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Humans Outside

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.

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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