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Happy Thanksgiving!

I had the opportunity to go to Ohio a few weeks ago during the height of fall color. There were moments it simply took my breath away.

Ohio Fall Color 2015

On my return to Los Angeles I was welcomed home to 90° heat with Santa Ana winds – our special SoCal version of fall.

I’ve always loved living in Southern California. We have the beaches, the mountains, and Disneyland all within a short drive. I often forget the beauty of nature that surrounds me. And while I do get to travel a fair amount for my business and for leisure, it’s a rare occurrence to actually get me “outdoors” beyond my garden. I do love my climate-controlled indoor environments.

As I sit here writing this and reflecting on the time I had last month experiencing nature in all its glory and change, it occurred to me it was one more thing I have experienced that I have to be thankful for – the ability to access and explore the vast open spaces the United States offers. We have access to these open spaces through parks and preserves; from local municipal to great national treasures.

I would like to suggest this Thanksgiving, rather than queuing up for your 5 a.m. retail fix (or, God forbid, actually going out shopping on Thanksgiving day), that you and your family spend some time outdoors. Connect with nature. I know I’ll be doing just that.

Sometimes I Am a Tree Hugger

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Work, home, sleep, repeat.

Is that the way you run your life? Sure, you have responsibilities and you manage them well — for the most part. But when was the last time you walked barefoot in the grass? Sat on  warm sand? Walked in the surf or hiked in the mountains?

Currently, the average person spends greater than 90% of their time indoors.

We wake up, drive to work, work all day, and drive home to finish out our day relaxing around the house. The average person is lucky to be outdoors walking to and from their car. It is not uncommon for a whole week to come and go without ever being in the fresh air.

Intuitively, you know there are benefits to being in the fresh outdoor air. The benefits of natural light and fresh air serve to not only improve physical health, but also spiritual and emotional health.

tree in hawaiiThere is an innate connection to the environment that begins to occur when the body is exposed to the elements.

Think about how you feel watching a sunset, walking along a beach, looking at a mountain view, or simply feeling cool fresh air on your face. Being outdoors lets your body know what time of day it is and what time of year so that it can appropriately tell you when to sleep and how to eat. Being outdoors for part of the day helps reset circadian rhythms and balances hormones and also promotes weight loss (nice bonus).

Get out there today and get in touch with nature. Hug a tree if it makes you feel better. I know I will.