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Exploring the endless possibilities: how Jordan Rebello connects with nature

Just a quick glimpse at photos of Poppies Vintage, Jordan Rebello’s vintage store in Ventura, California, reveals a whole curatorial smorgasbord of colourful, eclectic delights. Jordan, a model, actress, business owner and, with partner John Thomson, a joyful parent to Wynter Poppy, 10, and Bodhi Magic, seven months, says she always wanted to open a shop. This dream has now been realised—more than once—on the east coast of the States, far from where Jordan was born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Passionate about how being in nature interconnects with health, happiness and wellbeing, Jordan tells us what she loves doing most in the great outdoors:

What’s your favourite thing to do in nature?

My favourite thing is to sit still, taking in the smells, the views, the sounds and the overwhelming feeling of inspiration. Secondly, finding time to be active in nature. I love walking, riding bikes, hiking and exploring the endless possibilities. 

Describe your connection to nature: what positives does it bring to your life? 

I have a give-and-take relationship with nature. Don’t we all? We love its offerings but could always find more ways to give back. There’s way more positives than negatives when it comes to indulging in the benefits of being outside, both mentally and physically! 

What are your fondest memories of spending time in nature?

Being a child on Martha’s Vineyard, riding my bikes around the island with my brothers. The freedom that comes from being a kid, exploring. Back then things were just different. There’s no greater gift.

Many of us are time-poor and might not get out into nature as much as we’d like. Any suggestions for a quick nature-based pick-me up? Something sensory, experiential…? 

I hear you. Many of us are raising children, working, on a deadline or just plain tired: you name it! I love my mornings, drinking my coffee outside before everyone else wakes up. It’s my quiet time.

If you can, walk to the park after you get home to catch the sunset. Find a waterfall in your backyard. Take your dog for a walk a few blocks. Find solitude in the wind blowing through the trees. Next time you’re running an errand, maybe park a little further away from where you’re going, and walk that extra bit outside. 

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