Renewal Through Nature

Happy October! It is good to be back to the blog. To those who have reached out asking if I was going to continue writing this, thank you. I needed a break. Sometimes we need to unplug and get outside and just write in our journals, which I did a lot this summer.

We are now headed into October and I want to invite you to connect with nature. Go outside and notice the temperature of the air, the color of the sky, and focus on one big nature thing, the sky, a tree, grass, dirt, a mountain, a bush, a bird, a squirrel.

Take a moment to focus in and notice that thing. Then break it down. What do you notice about it? What is its color? Its speed? Does it make a sound? If you can touch it or if it touches you (sunlight, wind), what does it feel like? Take a moment to notice these things and then write them down.

Nature is such a healer. So is taking the time to notice. Sometimes I am outside in nature but moving quickly through it, doing exercise or going somewhere or reading or doing something where I am not really paying attention. I invite you to give yourself a few moments to just look around you and notice what is there, notice the nature there in front of you. Then take another moment to write it down.

You don’t have to form a perfect poem or complete sentences, simply write down what you notice. Then go from there. I always say, keep your pen to the page. If you’ve been writing, just go with it until you feel ready to be done. Give yourself the time to be in nature and the time to write about it as well.

Thank you for writing today! Happy October. If you would like to follow this blog and write for fun and self-care, please subscribe!



Liza Wolff-Francis

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Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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