I love the new experiences of Getting Out and About.
I really get a kick out of people’s reactions exploring something new for the first time! That is probably by far one of my highlights from Getting Out and About more. Kids especially are in awe of new discoveries which is always exciting to watch.
Secondly, with a love for, and a background in Travel and Tourism, I have a strong passion for finding things to see and do.
It just helps.
We have found that, Getting Out and About, has just got to be good for you. We have no special statistics or confusing graphs to show you in order to prove it. Sometimes life just gets you down, and Getting Out and About can really help with that. It also helps us sort out our minds, because lets face it, our minds often need sorting out! It is a good time to refocus.
A change of place, and a change of pace gives us a fresh perspective.
Another thing that helps lift my spirits, is being able to help someone somewhere, somehow.
Location, Location, Location.
We have always either lived very coastal or very rural. It is definitely our preference of living. Although I prefer the ocean views, possibly because I have very fond memories of starting my childhood in Whangaparaoa, on a cliff side section. My husband loves a rural outlook. He was born and raised on a farm in Tomarata. A very loyal farming community which apparently my Nana (Dads Mum) has some ties to as well. That was interesting for me to find out. Right now, we are in a happy medium of the two.
A good time to discover our backyards, is now.
Over time we have been able to re-evaluate life before the shift. Having been around the world to as many places as we could in a span of just under 2 years, we are now more focussed on seeing our own country! Perfect timing with COVID-19 and our boarders in New Zealand being shut temporarily! New Zealanders have in the past been imaged as the Kiwi, our flightless and endangered native bird, although for travelling Kiwis, many have proven the flight-less factor is far from the truth, as the majority of New Zealanders have stretched their wings over vast areas of the world.
Now while on a lock down, lets think about what we can do in our own regions!
What Covid-19 has taught me.
While I wouldn’t play down the fact that this virus has had detrimental affects all over, we are thankful to have this opportunity to think about what really matters. If it’s anything COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that living in the moment, could not be more relevant right now. My favourite bible verse, is ” The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God lasts forever.” I am particularly reminded of this, with our current world events. So many things have been stripped away from ones grasp, things of this world we thought we would have forever, are either on hold, no longer, or carry great uncertainty.
Over this time, I am thankful for the time with my family. For the more intentional conversations of checking in on someone, and for really being able to notice Gods greatest gift. Nature, and all it holds. Natural art, natural sounds, natural peace. The rawness is real right now.
There has been a lot of talk of the land healing itself. Animals are coming out more frequently. Were they always there? Or do we just notice them more now we are not so distracted. We had a fantail come join us in the house for our time in isolation. It would fly in and out countless times of the day, and follow us around on the property. We would see it when we were outside playing, or working. It has done a great job of eating the flies for us inside! Quite fascinating to watch it swoop around your lounge, gnashing flies with its beak. If not slightly disturbing. The kids nicknamed it “inisdey”. As it was always coming inside. Even the birds miss us Getting Out and About so much that they come in the house to find us!
When life goes back to whatever the new normal looks like, I hope we don’t forget how truly special our backyards actually are.
Sharing is Caring
Like all snap-happy humans, I do like to share what we have been up to. It is a good outlet for me. I like to hear what people have been up to as well. Besides, who doesn’t love a good yarn and a bit of inspo of where to go, or what to do next? I love that side of social media or blog posts. I expect to share a few laughs from our journeys on here. Most likely at my own expense and for the mere fact that doing any activity with small children is no easy feat. Most importantly I hope it helps people feel normal about their efforts in trying to do something different. And prompts or encourages people to go and see or do that thing that’s been on their bucket list.
For us, we like to keep costs low on our little adventures. Well mostly hubby likes to keep costs low. But fun and Getting Out and About shouldn’t have to cost the earth! You will probably see a few posts with us travelling on a budget. “Pay in cash” is generally our motto with our finances. That is our planned and chosen reality. We are blessed to live in an area where we actually don’t need to spend much to have fun! I just need to be able to keep up with the ideas of our 6 year old! Which can be hard somedays!
So with that, we propose a challenge to anyone like us wanting to get “Out and About” more and just appreciate our backyards. Strap on some good footwear, take a snack pack and a ready to go attitude. Come along with us on this journey. We are based in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. So you will probably see us Getting Out and About mostly around there and beyond. What’s in your back yard for you to explore? I would love to hear about it.
For more on where home is, click here.