Welcome to Straight Up Outside!

Hello, we’re Annie and Nick! Minnesota farmers and teachers that believe slow food and outdoor experiences are the keys to happiness

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In this day and age, it’s easy to become anxious and depressed by societal demands. After a week of working 40 hours, it’s pretty near impossible to find the time and motivation to change your life.

Last year, Nick and I spent all of our spare time researching happiness and passions until we discovered what we truly loved: SUSTAINABLE LIVING.

But that doesn’t mean we sacrifice modern comforts.

Sustainable living always seems to get a bad rap, we aren’t telling you to quit your jobs and move to the country (unless you want to, because it is a blast).

We are saying experiencing nature and eating slow food WILL make you happier and healthier.

On this site, you’ll find resources for everything from off the path recreation to growing your own garden because we want to help YOU experience bliss, too.

So where should you start?

Check out our post on a hike you can take TOMORROW and get out there! Each trip doesn’t need to be perfect, so load up and go with what you got and take that first step.

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