7 Probing Questions to Ask Yourself About Why You Are Painting

A logical person will agree with the first statement. Human survival doesn’t depend on Art. If you’re an artist, you’ll agree with the second statement. After all, you’re spending much of your limited time on Earth making Art. But are you clear in your own mind about why you’re doing it? Why paint rather than make art with words or stone or musical notes? What do you tell yourself and others about why you paint? Some answers may sound familiar. Let’s get to the most popular one right away. 1. To ‘express yourself.’ Unless your paintings evoke some response in others, give something of value to others, you may as well spend your time gazing in the mirror. The painter’s …

Outdoor Play for Social and Emotional Skills in Children

It’s no secret that the human brain begins growing and developing at a very young age, and they learn from the simplest of experiences. This enables your children to be aware of the world around them and to consciously think and make decisions. And while this concept may be both interesting and complex at the same time, there’s no denying the fact that outdoor play helps a lot! Times when children have to wait their turns on commercial playground equipment and following the playground rules by sharing, all form components of a healthy social-emotional development. Young children develop their social-emotional skills through practice and small steps over time. As parents or caregivers, it is fairly simple to support your child’s …

Why You Should Plan Your Next Hiking Adventure in Advance

Are you interested in taking a hiking adventure? Whether you want your next hiking adventure to only last a few hours or last as long as a few days, you may want to start thinking about planning your next hiking adventure in advance. Although it is nice to hear that you should plan your next hiking adventure in advance, you may be interested in wondering why that is so. As it was previously mentioned, a large number of individuals turn a traditional hiking adventure into a full-fledged vacation. If you would like to camp overnight at the hiking park in question, it is important that you make your reservations in advance. During the summer months, you will find that camping …

Why You Should Create a Checklist for Your Next Hiking Trip

Are you in the mist of planning a hiking adventure for yourself, a group of your friends, or your family? If you are, have you made a hiking checklist for yourself? If you have yet to make a hiking checklist for yourself, you may want to think about doing so. Hiking checklists are ideal for those who are planning hiking trips, especially for the first time. One of the many reasons why you should take the time to create a hiking checklist for yourself is because a hiking checklist can help to improve your next hiking trip. Unfortunately, when it comes to taking a trip, even a hiking trip, there are many individuals who want or need to bring something, …

Safety Precautions for Boating and Hunting

Boating and hunting are most definitely two of the most popular outdoor activities. In the following article we will take a look at each of them and discuss some of the safety risk involved. Boating The term boating usually refers to the recreational use of a pleasure craft. Fishing and waterskiing are two common boating activities along with many other sports. Millions of boaters can be found all around the world as it is an incredibly popular activity. Hunting Hunting can be defined as the practise of pursuing some type of animal while attempting to capture or kill it. Hunting dates back many, many years and is a very celebrated pastime. Hunting Safety Unload all firearms when not in use. …

Travelling With Audio Books

I am an audio book user and consider traveling time as dead or unproductive time and try to make good use of it by listening to and learning from audio books. On a recent three week visit to the UK I had several people to visit up and down the country and spent many hours in the auto. To get to the UK in the first place my journey took me twenty eight hours in total from house to house. I started of with a fully charged iPod and spent a large part of the journey listening to Without Fail by Lee Child, a novel that I had downloaded from the audio book site AudioBookGo. It was the abridged version …

Why Range Finders are Perfect for the BackCountry

Outdoor enthusiasts love to guess about all sorts of things. We guess how many stars are in the Milky Way, we guess how fast a deer runs or we might even guess about how long it will be until that big, dark cloud dumps rain us. But there are times when guessing in the backcountry just doesn’t get the job done. Specialty gear is available to help us determine how far we’ve hiked – and in what direction – and other tools are available to help take the guesswork out of purifying water. But there is a another useful tool overlooked by many avid backcountry visitors – the rangefinder. Rangefinders are used in a number of commercial applications – surveying, …

Budget for Luxury

Many people dread going on a budget because they feel like they will have to give up so much in order to save money. They equate living on a budget to living in poverty. What many people don’t understand is that there are ways to live on a budget and still have fun. Don’t lose everything Instead of cutting all the luxury out of your budget, keep a few things that are necessary to survival. So you might have to start bringing your coffee to work every day instead of getting Starbucks every day, you can still go for your weekly trip to the ice cream parlor. Budgeting can’t be instantaneous; it is something that takes time. Give up a …

White Water Rafting – Preserve Your Experiences

White water rafting is simply a blast and a great way to get away from the clutter of life. Alas, your rafting experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a white water rafting journal. White Water Rafting Journals Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent rafting trip. What sticks out in your mind? Where the rapids raging, the water low or somebody hilariously falling out of the boat? Now think about the first time you ever went white water rafting. I bet you can’t remember much about the trip besides a few snippets. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time. If you keep a white water rafting journal, …

White Water Rafting – Preserve Your Experiences

White water rafting is simply a blast and a great way to get away from the clutter of life. Alas, your rafting experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a white water rafting journal. White Water Rafting Journals Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent rafting trip. What sticks out in your mind? Where the rapids raging, the water low or somebody hilariously falling out of the boat? Now think about the first time you ever went white water rafting. I bet you can’t remember much about the trip besides a few snippets. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time. If you keep a white water rafting journal, …