To Create Sunshine

Searching for beauty, peace and serenity in our world through nature, home and travel


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From Tranquil Beaches to Majestic Mountains

The month of May has been an absolute whirlwind of travel! It began on the lovely Island of Isla Mujeres with it’s pristine beaches and turquoise waters. I then traveled to a family wedding in Columbus, Ohio and was amazed by the rolling hills and green, vibrant countryside filled with quaint farmhouses and picturesque flower gardens. Finally, I completed the month with a visit to the magnificent Rocky Mountains and Estes Park.

To Create Sunshine Estes Park, Colorado

View of Longs Peak from Estes Park, Colorado.

I am left with amazement and awe for the beauty that surrounds us in our world, and I was thinking, wouldn’t our world be a little better if we could all just stop to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I know it is difficult or even impossible to drop everything and travel to the beach or the mountains.  However,  we can all take a few minutes of each day to step outside and enjoy the outdoors.  Spending time enjoying nature relieves the stress and anxiety that builds in us from dealing with our everyday tasks.

When I’m home and busy,  I try to at least take a walk everyday or spend some time in the garden just relaxing and watching the birds and squirrels romp around.  Taking time to enjoy nature can improve your outlook on life and relieve stress and anxiety.  And it doesn’t cost a penny to open your front door and walk outside to breathe in the fresh air!

I feel totally and completely blessed to have been able to see so much and have so many varied experiences in such a brief amount of time.  I will be back soon to share photos and more about my travels.  Until then,  you can find me relaxing in my back garden taking in the beauty of my own simple surroundings.

To Create Sunshine backyard garden

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

xxoo Ciao  –  Gerri


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Something About Nature

Do you ever have one of those days where you  just feel out of sync with the world?  Maybe you’re feeling overly stressed, anxious or depressed.    To improve your outlook on life try stepping away from your troubles for a while and spend some time communing with nature.  Even a brief amount of time spent in the great outdoors can improve your outlook on life.  A few minutes enjoying a quick walk outside can help fight off feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other health disorders.  A quick break taking in nature’s beauty can lift your mood and even improve self-esteem.

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Many studies suggest that even a short amount of time spent outdoors can improve your outlook on life and assist in fighting off feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other health disorders.  Nature has a healing effect on our minds.  Spending time in nature can assist us to battle mental fatigue and other stress related disorders.   Communing with nature improves our cognitive function which restores the mind’s ability to focus allowing us to think more clearly.  Time spent on a nature walk  provides peace of mind giving us a happier, healthier outlook on life.

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Why does nature offer such a calming effect?  Nature offers a pleasing environment that reverses the effects that create anxiety.  Exposure to nature can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.  This allows our bodies to relax and our minds to return to a more positive mood.

So if your feeling blue today try getting up off that sofa, putting down that T.V. remote, or pushing away from the keyboard.  Step outside, breathe the fresh air and gaze upon the natural beauty of flower and tree.  Take a few minutes to survey the beauty of nature and see if it helps to lighten your mood!

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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”  – Frank Lloyd Wright

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