Trista Sutter on family, gratitude and the great outdoors

Earlier this week I had the chance to sit down (via Skype) and chat with Trista Sutter.  Yes, “that” Trista Sutter.  Which is kind of ironic, because I’m fairly certain I’ve never watched The Bachelor nor The Bachelorette. (I have no reason why, although if they are all like Trista, I would love to watch….) So for me, this was a way to connect with another mom, albeit a mom who has a lot more fame in her life than I ever will.  It was a lovely conversation (though brief) but there were a few things that she said that were so meaningful to me, that really have just given me a refreshed view this week. I needed it.  It was nice to hear so much “normal” from a celebrity- talking about her kids playing sports, planning camps, playing Minecraft, stuff that the “rest of us” chat about all the time.

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I had the chance to ask Trista a few questions- I was curious to hear what activities the family likes to enjoy most outdoors together.  Biking, hiking, walks, playing… the Sutters just really seem to enjoy being outside all of the time. They even go camping- and yes, I asked. They do tent camping.  (Clearly she’s braver than I am, I’m an RV camping girl I think…but I can hang in a tent. I’d just prefer not to….) It was really clear that Trista really values family time, together time.  Being outdoors with the family is important and part of their family on a regular basis. :)

 

Given that Trista’s partnered with OFF! brand to help get everyone OUTDOORS and enjoying all that mother nature offers, together, with our families, we had to find out some information about what her favorite OFF! products are. The Botanical Wipes came up several times, as did clip on repellents.  I haven’t tried the wipes but we plan to get some this week- my kids are really fair skinned and that pale skin is very sensitive to insect bites.  We’re looking forward to trying some wipes to keep the bugs OFF! the kids!

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I want to read Trista’s book: Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart.  Why?

“The most important time to find gratitude is in those most difficult times because that’s how you get through them. Realize they are a blessing, even when it’s hard.” (Thank you for remembering that quote, Janel!)

Because showing gratitude every single day is immensely important.  It’s SO easy to get caught up in stuff- the big, the small, the daunting, the simple, and lose that gratitude.  But it matters. It’s important.  Trista shared with us that she committed to sharing gratitude on social media daily.  Every day. Part of being happy is choosing gratitude.  I’m pretty sure that I’ve heard that message many times in church sermons through the years.  I just have found times in my life where I almost forget to choose gratitude.  I’m recommitted to choosing happy…choosing gratitude…choosing positive.

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One of the best ways I have found that helps me to choose positive, choose gratitude, IS to get outdoors and BE with my family.  I actually wrote a whole post about the last minute decision on Mother’s Day to head to the beach knowing it’d not be warm enough to swim but feeling that strong urge to just get AWAY from the every day and connect with the family outside, exploring, appreciating, finding gratitude.  Choosing in those moments, planned or unplanned- those are the moments that turn into reasons for gratitude. We had one of the best days we’ve had all year and my cup was just overflowing.

As a mom, hearing Trista share how she says Magic Words to her children every night and has them repeat them really touched my heart. The biggest?

You are important” (yes, from The Help). What a gift to give your kids to remind them every single night they are important to you. I’ve decided we need to start using Magic Words in our family too.

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Oh, and one last thing? National Get Outdoors Day is June 14th. Cities all across the nation will be participating and you can join in on the fun or plan your own outdoor activities for that weekend. Check out NationalGetOutdoorsDay.org to see what’s planned for your area. Whatever you decide, do it outdoors!!

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

62 comments… add one
  • We love going geocaching

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  • We love to go hiking!

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  • Besides our family bbq’s we enjoy long walks in our local park.

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  • We love to play horse shoes and hike.

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  • We love to go hiking.

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  • We enjoy grilling out and setting around the fire pit talking.

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  • I love playing tennis with my fiance in the summer!

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  • I like to garden with my son.

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  • My favorite outdoor activity with family and friends is swimming or bike riding!

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  • We love hiking!

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  • My favorite activity to do outdoors with family and or friends is having outdoor meals and relaxing.

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  • we go biking, as often as possible

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  • I love to go to the duck pond as a family. We always feed the ducks and then have a picnic lunch under the trees.

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  • Go to the park and play on the swings. In the summer it is definitely swimming!

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  • I love to go fishing with my family

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  • my favorite activity is to walk around the lake.

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  • i like going to the beach with family/friends

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  • I love spending the day at the lake have a picnic, riding on the boat, water skiing and swimming with my family.

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  • we like to go mountain biking

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  • we liek to play soccer and go to the beach as much as possible

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  • Oh we love to go to the different parks in our area and explore! Love to bring sandwiches and have a little picnic!

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  • I like going camping.

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  • We love to walking out with our 3 rescue dogs and they so enjoy it as well.

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  • /joy-right-pet/

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  • Just relaxing.

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  • We like to go biking on trails.

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  • We love to go to Chicago and go to the zoos or beach.

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  • I love Trista Sutter. I’m glad she found her happiness.

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  • What a really neat opportunity to get to interview such a down to earth woman and mother! We’re a BIG outdoor family so if it’s a nice day (and even if it isn’t) you can find us outside hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking…Anything to get us out into nature :)

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  • I don’t think I could ever go camping! You’re both braver than me!

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  • I love spending time with my family at the beach: playing in the water, building sandcastles, going for long walks!

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  • We live in Florida so we go to the beach any chance we can

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  • I am so not a camping mom!! But, I will do outdoor activities, like swimming and the zoo.

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  • We need to get out more, but get attacked by bugs.

    (I think hers was the only show I watched because my college roommate was obsessed!)

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  • we really enjoy a day of fishing

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  • we love using the trees that need to be cleared out to build furniture and junglegyms for our kids!!! and my toddler loves to help! other than that we love hiking and cooking out!

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  • we love to go hiking

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  • We love hiking

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  • I love walking along trails with my children. I also love to go camping.

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  • We love the beach!

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  • I love to go garage saleing with my sister & mom. I know that’s not real outdoorsy but we’re not real outdoorsy.

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  • I love to go garage saleing with my sister & mom. I know that’s not real outdoorsy but we’re not real outdoorsy.

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  • I love to go hiking. I used to do a lot of hiking when I lived in Arizona but there isn’t as much open space where I live now.

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  • I like to go walking on the trails at our local park and swimming when weather permits.

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  • we have a pool so we love to swim whenever we can

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  • I like fishing. We have a pond in our backyard and we fish in it often.

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  • We love to go hiking.

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  • we love to go camping at the beach!

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  • We love going to the beach and the lake.

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  • We like to go late late in the afternoon to the beach. We swim and play in the sand. We take sandwiches and snacks and stay till the sun sets.

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  • We love to go kayaking. Swimming at the beach. Walks and hiking. Gardening.

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  • We love to ride our bikes.

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  • I like to go on family bike rides

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  • Thanks for this opportunity to win! Very excited because the hubby, children and I LOVE the outdoors! Especially picnicking! Very excited about this 1! Thanks for all u do!

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  • love going to the beach, fishing, walking, and cooking out.

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  • We love to go camping and go on long walks.

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  • My favorite activity is camping. We love to fish, hike and go to the beach while we are there.

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  • I love to go to the lake and play in the water with the kids

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  • We like to go hiking and geocaching. Thank you

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  • I love to go to the park with my kids. It gets us all out and we can get on a slide, swing or just kick the soccer ball around.

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