How many times have you been encouraged to set yourself a challenge? Any sort of challenge? Eat better! Exercise more! Read the Iliad!
Today is our first day of significant heat for the season, with an estimated max of 27 degrees C. It’s time to prepare for summer.
So today, I’m going to add to that growing list of challenges. Here are my tips.
Go for quirky
Not the heading you were expecting? My social feed has been filling up with charity walking events that people do solo or with family. “25 kilometers in 5 days”. That sort of thing. That’s kind of quirky.
Another quirky idea requires a slightly longer term plan. Why not try selecting three locations that you can revisit every season? That’s one major outing each month of the year.
What can you think of that’s a bit offbeat?
Timing is everything
You’ll have noticed that each of those suggestions involves a time frame. Mark it on your calender. Set an alarm on your phone.
Know what you need to make it happen. Water bottle and walking shoes by the front door. Picnic basket in your knapsack. A knapsack.
Understand the weather
Download the Bureau of Meteorology app to your phone, if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to take your phone with you.
When I want to add a new walk to this site, I keep an eye on both the temperature and wind speed. Not too hot, so I can think clearly. Not too windy, so the trees and grasses stay still in the photos.
Find a sound track
Everything significant in life should have a sound track. Pick one for this challenge and use it to get you motivated and keep you interested.
What will you pick? Jazz! Classical! Or a bit of goth rock?!!
Every now and then, a website starts to feel stale and the only option is a redesign.
Motivation was one of the reasons for starting the website, and clearly that motivation had declined because I was not walking regularly, not exploring new paths, not taking lots of photos and not adding anything to Walking in Parkes.
Plus, I’v never been happy with the photos used on this site. Composition was OK, but technically they felt very unprofessional. Not the quality I was aiming for.
Something had to change.
With no classes for two weeks, and no rain in the weather forecast, it seemed the ideal time to make those changes.
I’m delighted to report that Walking in Parkes now has a brighter look. Much of the success is thanks to the continual improvements WordPress is making to the flexibility it offers website developers.
The other breakthough was discovering how to improve the technical quality of photos taken on my phone, thanks to a google search and a helpful website.
The task now is to update each of the walks. Some have been completed, but there are still a few to do. It means revisiting each walk and taking a new set of photos, while finding new paths to add.
Spring cleaning really makes it feel like Spring has arrived.