My name is Mish Sommers. I founded Happier Outside in 2014 as a way to inspire and connect people who love to spend time outside.
Being outside regularly helps me to be my best self. I have found that every time I seek solace, or motivation, or a kick in the ass, I naturally head outside. I get back from a hike, swim, run, paddle, or even a simple outdoor meditation and I feel calmer, more intrinsically peaceful and (perhaps surprisingly) energized. It’s taken me years to honor that truth and really lean into it. With 2 kids, an entrepreneurial husband and a full time job I get that it’s easy to let things stand in the way of stepping outside every day, but I am regularly reminded that the practice of being outside is critical to our connection with self, community, and the world around us.
We know, and there is tons of research to support the idea, that spending time in nature and the outdoors makes a huge difference to our mental and physical health. There are so many metaphors that you can draw from in nature - growth, cycles of life, challenge, repose... the list goes on - and being outside, and being observant, reminds us of these lessons. Doctors are beginning to prescribe time in nature for people with mental health diagnoses, and for kids in general… Businesses are building nature areas into their workspaces. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) has become a world-wide phenomenon, and Forest Kindergartens are popping up in Europe, Australia, the UK and right here in the USA.
My wish for YOU is that you find time and space to get outside when you need it most - and also when you think you don't. It's one of the most affordable ways you can make a noticeable difference in your life.
I work with women to help them find a way to bring the outdoors into their lives more. If you’re anything like me, and the women in our HOT (ahem - Happier Outside Tribe…!) community, being outdoors helps you to be your best self. What I can do is help you create the structure and find the motivation to do just that.
To find out more about how we can work together, pop me an email and let me know what you are looking for. We can do a one-off planning session, we can meet weekly, we can do phone coaching, you can join our groups - there are tons of options and I like to tailor the program and cost to match your goals and availability.
What is the Happier Outside Philosophy?
Just go outside. That's all there is to it. Be prepared for the elements, have a can-do attitude, plan it out... do what you need in order to be happy out there... and GO!
Access to nature is critical for the well-being of our species - kids need to get outside every day... and adults do, too.
We need to breathe in fresh air, we need to see the natural hues of green and blue, we need to move our bodies, we need to see the horizon... these are all vital to our physical, mental, & spiritual health.
We don't need to hike a huge mountain, fjord a glacial river or do anything particularly strenuous to get the benefit of spending time in the outdoors. A simple practice of 15 minutes outside every day is a great start to bringing nature and the outdoors back into your life.
FUN (AND ADVENTURE)
You need fun in your life. And adventure.
Adventure is a... loose... term. For one person, an adventure could be walking down the street, following an ant trail. For another person, it's climbing Kilimanjaro. For you it could be showing up to a Happier Outside Tribe Event.
Whatever it is, for you, you need it. You need a little uncertainty...challenge...a focus on something that is bigger, and outside, of yourself because it keeps you inspired, curious, and helps you keep a balanced perspective. It keeps you fresh and ultimately, happy.
We encourage each other to step outside of our normal ways of being - sometimes this is a new trail, or an ocean swim, or a new physical skill we haven't tried before. For some folks, it's drawing or painting or creating something out of things found. For other people still, the act of coming together with strangers in the outdoors is an adventure in itself.
Being open to fun and adventure in your life makes all the difference in the world.
So many of our outdoor experiences are isolated. A wonderful memory, that is surrounded by a life disconnected from the wisdom and perspective we gained at the time. These experiences get "parked" in our memory banks as something we did once, and it can come to feel as though a completely different person did it.
It's so hard to remember the lessons of the outdoors, and of nature, when we are so removed from it.
A Happier Outside practice is about integrating our experiences in the outdoors into our every-day.
This can be as simple as a weekly intentional gathering in the outdoors, or popping into someone's Facebook news feed, to as complex as an art project that gains prominence in a living space, or taking a break and attending one of our retreats.
When we integrate our love for nature and time spent in the outdoors with our usual habits and our everyday lives... that is when we feel the strongest effect, and our lives begin to change for the better.
We love people. We love to come together with others in the outdoors - to meet new people, to re-kindle old friendships, to find common ground and experiences, and to learn from others.
We SHOW UP more often when there are other people we have to show up for...
We get a re-charge from the energy that happens when a bunch of interesting and open-hearted people gather together. It's simply awesome.
Our belief is that an experience shared is an experience heightened.