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The title pretty much says it all. A blog all about positively promoting nudism/naturism, body acceptance and social nudity, and showing how simply being nude is not porn, sexual or anything shameful.

#YourNudeOnStory: Santana’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another edition of #YourNudeOnStory, where we sit down with fellow nudists/naturists, and share their stories as part of our mission of positively promoting naturism and body acceptance. Today, we say hello to Santana in the Netherlands and get to hear her story on getting introduced to the nude life, Santana thanks for joining us.

So Santana, I understand you are still fairly new to the nudist scene—how did it all start for you, what drew you to try naturism from the start? My boyfriend Harmen already was naturist when I met him. He talked with so much enthusiasm about it that he triggered my interest more than I imagined in the first place. So much that it was me that asked him if he could take me to his favourite resort one day.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist? My family reacted pretty calm. They were expecting it I think, because they knew what Harmen meant to me. My father wasn’t happy with our use of personal photos on the internet though. But he’s okay with it now. My best friend didn’t accept it. She was afraid Harmen forced me in to it and that it wasn’t a choice made by myself. Because of this we went seperate ways, but after Jaxson was born we got back in contact, but not as much as before. And then people we don’t know, like some of our readers, they still keep confusing naturism with sex or with the swingers community and randomly ask for ” more “. Something we obviously don’t do.

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? The feeling of total freedom. No annoying clothes when you try to relax on the couch or wet shirts when you’re doing the dishes. Also the wind outside directly on your skin feels amazing

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? A lot. First of all it really gave me a lot of body confidence. It also showed me how to respect other people in a different more natural way. It showed me that everybody is the same and it helped me communicating with people.

So I know you and Harmen have a blog together called Bare Thoughts, and I know you have written about some of your experiences as well as Harmen—how did you decide to share your life as a naturist along with him on this blog? Harmen already started his blog and also used photos with my permission in them. He was so full of joy about spreading the message that I was getting excited aswell and shared my story on my personal facebook in dutch. He asked me if it was okay that he was going to translate it to english for his blog. I agreed and that’s how it all started for me.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Swimming.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? Flevonatuur obviously. I also like to discover and explore new nude beaches all across the netherlands. And we have a lot of them!

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? For me personal more confidence. And the people that know me are very positive about how I’m living my life now. Some of them even inspired enough to maybe join us in the future.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism? Just try it to get a correct judgement about it. Being nude isn’t always sexual. You’ll see that when you try it. Don’t judge without trying it out first. You’ll never go back.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add? New comic this week, so stay tuned.

Again Santana, thanks for joining us today. It’s great to hear your story about getting introduced to the nude lifestyle, and really coming to love and embrace it! It’s also great to see how you’ve gone from a non-naturist to inspiring others to try naturism, especially from a female point of view! Again, to see what Santana and our buddy Harmen have been up to, check out their blog–and as Santana mentioned, a new It’s a Naturist Life comic is coming!

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

Good Naked Morning: It’s a Body, and Everybody Has One

Good naked morning, friends!

It’s almost the 4th of July here in the United States, and I know many of us will be going to our favorite resorts to celebrate—I, as a matter of fact, plan on going to my nearest club, Spruce Hollow, later today. I’m just prayin’ the weather cooperates, it showed it being in the 70s (earlier in the week it said high 70s, now it’s showing lower 70s with rain in the forecast, either way I still plan to go and hope it’s not a washout—I’m lookin’ forward hopefully to playin’ some water volleyball and catchin’ up with another old friend of mine down there.

Anyway friends, I know we’ve been hearing quite a bit lately about textile backlash towards media nudity…even accidental. Recently, a girl made an uproar about seeing a bathing suit with Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in which her shell bra wasn’t printed on it and she felt as though the sight of her breasts “ruined her childhood”—seriously, what is the matter with some people’s thinking? It makes me also think of the classic horror film of “Carrie” (one of my favorite horror films), in which Carrie’s preparing to go to prom, putting on her makeup and her dress, and her inhibited religious fanatic mom says she could see Carrie’s “dirty pillows” and everyone else would. Carrie of course tells her mother they’re just breasts, and that everyone has them. Very true. Why are people afraid of even words describing natural parts of the body?

Also, not that long ago, I found an article online about a bunch of homophobic backlash about guys seeing the cover of latest ESPN Body Issue when the network leaked the cover on Twitter, featuring Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys. Guys didn’t like seeing Zeke nude on the ad, saying they’re blocking ESPN and don’t want to see athlete strippers…WTH? Somebody else even called it “straight garbage”. Reminds me of my old best friend from college (if you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may remember this a couple years ago), who got uncomfortable when he found out I was a nudist, and it almost ended our friendship because he thought I was gay because seeing the sight of other casually naked guys doesn’t bother me. WHY SERIOUSLY HAVE WE LET OURSELVES BECOME SO AFRAID OF THE BODY? SINCE WHEN HAS THE SITE OF A NAKED MALE OR FEMALE HAD TO CAUSE SUCH A HUGE UPROAR? Big thing—the sight of a casually naked male does not bother me. I also know I am not gay and I’m not bi, but the sight of other males stark naked doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, seeing other guys naked has helped me better accept my body—and it doesn’t affect my thoughts on whom I’m interested in romantically at all. We really need to drop that misconception about nudity being sexual, because NUDITY REALLY ISN’T SEXUAL AT ALL, but too many people don’t realize that.

I think it’s also great Ezekiel Elliott’s reaction to the Body Issue shoot, saying how he feels taking part in the body issue has shown just how much he’s matured from a boy into a man. That’s all it’s about, not any kind of sexual statement. Those stupid, insecure homophobes really need to grow up, they’re not being “manly men”, they’re just turning into more and more big babies.

Going back to that girl who complained about the mistake on the bathing suit with braless Ariel—“The Little Mermaid” was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, matter of fact I always had a secret crush on Ariel. This girl says seeing this mistake ruined her experience of a movie she loved as a kid—let me tell you something, I’ve seen Ariel more naked than that in the film, how about when the sea witch Ursula transforms Ariel into a human in exchange for her voice? After Ariel signs Ursula’s contract, the sea witch transforms Ariel’s fins into human legs and feet (NAKED, no less), and it’s all shown there, nothing objectionable of course, just legs and feet…and don’t forget her famous hair flip as Ariel approaches the surface…and she’s still bottomless. How seriously has that girl never noticed? C’mon people, it’s just a body, not a sexual situation to cause such an uproar about. How about Disney’s “Fantasia”? In “The Nutracker Suite” for instance, the fairies in the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers” sequences, they’re naked too. In “The Pastoral Symphony”, the female centaurettes are commonly seen braless. All the centaurs are topless, male and female, and the women are bare-chested! And both of these movies are both rated G, isn’t that amazing? And I haven’t really heard any uproar about it, there’s nothing sexual about it—SO THERE’S NOTHING PEOPLE NEED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT! It’s just a body, and everyone has one. Oh…and let’s not forget, the old 30s Disney cartoon “King Neptune”, and there are bare-chested mermaids there too! Again, nothing to cause an uproar about. Seriously, there are worse things we could see. If it was a situation where there was some kind of erotic fondling or something, that’s crossing the line and should be properly dealt with—but in this case there’s nothing sexual going on, so there’s really nothing to cause an uproar about!

There’s no reason we need to spark such an uproar over the naked body, regardless of gender. Too many “manly men” out there, if you think about it, really are deeply insecure with themselves—it’s just like a lot of men are afraid to show emotion in public, and are afraid if someone does see them cry it makes them a wuss or again, the “gay” myth. Don’t get me wrong, we all have our insecurities, man or woman—I have mine too, but we should not be afraid to express our emotions, just like we shouldn’t be afraid to be who we really are in our own skin without it having to be sexual.

Men seeing other men naked in a casual, non-sexual light is not something to be made a scandal about, same with females seeing other females naked. Even guys seeing girls naked casually, this shouldn’t have to resort to lustful thoughts going through guys’ heads, no less (in my opinion) I don’t think guys should be lusting like this publicly as much as they are, because when other females see it, it commonly makes many just more uncomfortable if they’re body isn’t as perfect feeling as someone else’s, and that just isn’t right. In my opinion, every man and/or woman should have the right to be comfortable in their own skin, if they so choose and shouldn’t have to get backlashed about it. People shouldn’t be afraid of breasts, because everyone has them. Likewise, society shouldn’t have to be afraid of just seeing somebody in their true, natural state without artificial clothes to hide behind.

Oh, how ‘bout this new Cottonelle commercial I saw on TV recently where the Cottonelle lady asks schoolteachers to talk about how they feel after going to the bathroom using Cottonelle toilet paper? The teachers are speechless and just laugh—she then asks the “experts”, the kids! And they’re not afraid to voice their opinion—I like the one where the girls says it makes her feel like “a shimmering mermaid”! Ha ha, that’s great. Why seriously can’t we think more like our kids? I think too many grown-ups think too much (I’m guilty of it myself, and am working on trying not to worry so much, it kinda runs in the family), but there’s really a lot we can learn from our kids. Kids are natural-born nudists for one, many love to run around naked, and there’s nothing sexual about it. They haven’t developed those hormones yet, so they don’t even think about it—kids are commonly happy and carefree, why can’t we grown-ups be more like this too? Why must we overthink things like we do? Why must we put nudity on a pedestal, and always classify it as dirty and inappropriate when it really is not? It’s like the late country legend Patsy Cline sings, “If I could see the world through the eyes of a child, what a wonderful world this would be.” And believe me, I feel strongly about keeping our kids away from age-inappropriate sexual material, but big thing, naturism is a true family affair, and kids should be encouraged to participate. Lot we can learn from them.

Big thing—today’s society needs to wake up, and find there’s nothing to fear of from the body, regardless of gender. We all have a body, and there’s no reason we should be afraid of it or hide it, just because of how society has emphasized bedroom activity too much onto it. Casual nudity is OK, and should be much more widely embraced, not scorned.

So friends, forgive me for the long rant. Just felt like talkin’ this morning and had a lot to say. Anyway, I hope you have a great Saturday friends, and to all my American friends out there, have a great Independence Day! And don’t forget, #NudeOn if you can.

Talk to y’all soon,
David B

#YourNudeOnStory: Björ’s Story

Hey friends, welcome to another edition of #YourNudeOnStory. Today, we talk with our friend Björ, a lifelong naturist from Germany. I’ve been following his #TeamNaturist page since I joined Twitter a couple years ago, so let’s sit down with Björ and learn about his experience with the clothes-free lifestyle.

So I understand you’ve been a nudist for quite some time—how did it all start for you, what drew you into nudism/naturism in the first place?
I don’t think I was ever drawn to it per se. I grew up in an era and in a place where naturism – or rather Freikörperkultur (FKK) – was an acceptable way to spend one’s school holidays and weekends.
If you’d like to know who I think “introduced” me to the lifestyle, I’d have to say that that was my maternal grandparents. They were in their twenties in the years leading up to WWII, which was a period in central and northern Europe that was open to new concepts in society, and naturism was one of them. Although I don’t think they would have ever labelled themselves as “nudists” or “naturists”, they took part in naturist camps and events until it became impossible to do so; that being said, when they rediscovered it for themselves in the 1960s/1970s, they did so with gusto. Couple that renewed feeling of natural freedom with my mother’s unconditional love and understanding and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a childhood spent outside with nothing but air between the kid and the sunshine.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist?
Like I said before, it wasn’t too uncommon for people to spend their holidays on the Baltic Sea or the North Sea clothesfree, so I don’t have too many “coming out stories” of my own to tell.
One of my first real memories of encountering “textiles” in their own habitat as it were was when I was in the second year of school. If I recall correctly, I was invited to spend the night at a classmate’s house because The Wizard of Oz was being broadcast that night and we wanted to watch it together. This was particularly important for me because his family had a big colour set and we didn’t. [Yes, I know. I’ve just dated myself.] After the film (and some reassurances from his parents that the evil witch was truly dead) his mother took us upstairs to my classmate’s bedroom and she told us to get ready for bed: I took off all my clothes and he took off his jeans, shirt, and socks, but left his underwear on. We looked at each other semi-perplexed for about fifteen seconds and then he asked if I usually sleep that way. I answered in the affirmative and that was the end of the discussion. When his mother came back to tuck us in for the night, she noticed I was nude but hardly reacted at all; I believe she just raised her eyebrows a bit and then she kissed us both on the forehead before switching off the light and leaving the room.
It was by no means a negative experience, but it did teach me that not everyone does things the same way we do at home.

If, on the other hand, you mean “how do people react when they find out now that I’m a nudist”, then I have to say it depends on who I’m talking to. My students and colleagues occasionally let me know that they’ve come across my twitter feed or I see them at the lake and nothing has ever come of it. Once in a blue moon I’ll run into people who will say things like “I never would have guessed!” or “Really? But you look so normal.”/“You’re not the way I pictured a nudist!”
I should add, though, that I own and operate my place of business, which, in turn, means I don’t have to worry about the boss finding out. 🙂

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? I can’t say I find much enjoyment in it because it’s a pretty natural thing for me to do. In fact, it’s usually the first thing I do when I get home after work.

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? That is a difficult question to answer. On the fly, I don’t really know if my life would be any different if I weren’t a naturist with the exception of one aspect of naturist life: self-acceptance. Judging merely by the naturists I have come into contact with over all these years, I’d have to say that the one thing nearly all of us have in common – apart from our lack of attire! – is that we have all come to accept who and what we are. We all eventually get to a point where we say “yes, I have flaps and folds… yes, my hair is thinning rapidly… yes, I have scars up and down my body, but all of these things are part of who I am and these things have led – and continue to lead – to my becoming the person I am today.”

So many of us naturists know your #TeamNaturist memes, what really intrigued you share your naturist lifestyle and start Team Naturist on social media?
#TeamNaturist was born of a number of things, not the least of which was my dislike of what I’d been seeing portrayed as naturism on the internet – twitter in particular.
I joined Twitter at the behest of a Welsh acquaintance of mine years ago and over time I started noticing that a lot of people who had “nudist” or “naturist” or “FKK” in their profiles or in their tweets were not necessarily dyed-in-the-wool naturists as I tend to define them; on the contrary, the spectrum seemed to range from swingers and porn mongers at one end to really superbly talented artists displaying their nudes at the other. I felt I needed to “commune” in a manner of speaking with people who think and act as I do.
As time went on and I made the acquaintance of other naturists both here and “in real life”, #TeamNaturist evolved. If I were put on the spot, I’d have to say the intention behind it now is twofold: we should portray naturism and its many facets – whether it be home nudism or free range naturism – as realistically as possible *and* we should lead by example, i.e. actions speak louder than words: if people actually see the way we work and live, we can dispel some of the misconceptions about our lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? I live my life as clothes-free as possible, so nothing really jumps to mind. I can tell you there are a few things I really hate doing in the buff: ironing, hoovering, and washing windows come to mind immediately – but I think I’d dislike doing those things just as much if I were a textile.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? There are three FKK lakes not very far from where I work and live, but the one I seem to go to the most is outside the German village of Heuchelheim. I’ve been going there for years now because there’s a really nice mix of ages, ethnicities, and so on. If I don’t have that much time, I usually go to a lake just outside Marburg.

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? I don’t know that it really has apart from the points I mentioned above. I think that answer would most probably be different had I grown up under different circumstances or if I were living in a different, less accepting country.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism?
• Be cautious, not fearful.
• Discover your own pace and operate according to that pace.
• Don’t be too easily dissuaded by well-meaning friends and relatives who have never tried it themselves.
• Don’t stare at anyone! People’s eyes tend to be up on their faces.
• If you feel most comfortable starting off as a “home nudist” alone or with a small circle of friends, that might be the way to go. Some people need to learn how to accept themselves in their own four walls before they’re ready to venture outdoors.
• Lead by example. If you don’t want people to think of the clothes-free as “pervs”, don’t give them any cause to.
• You will meet many naturists in your travels – and you’ll encounter probably just as many different definitions of what naturism or nudism “really is”.

Alright, thanks for joining us, Björ, I really admire your points on naturism. Like I’ve told a few before, you have been a major inspiration for me in my journey as a naturist for the last 2 ½ years. Keep it up man, and keep up the great memes—it’s great to see how much you’re devoted to the clothes-free way of life and promoting body acceptance.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

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#YourNudeOnStory: Larry’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another edition of #YourNudeOnStory. In this installment, we chat with Larry, a former public safety officer, military veteran and lifelong nudist/naturist residing in Florida. Larry has been a friend of our page for a couple years now, and today we’ll sit down and learn about his experiences and points of view on nudism.

So Larry, I understand you’ve been a nudist for many years—how did it all start for you, what drew you into nudism/naturism in the first place? I have been a nudist my whole life. I just never liked wearing clothes. Even though I did hide it for several years.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist? When I told people I was a nudist most people accepted it, some didn’t but that their problem, and some were shocked about it and asked several questions.

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? I enjoy the freedom and peacefulness that being nude gives me. I also enjoy the feeling of the sun and wind on me and having no restrictive clothing on me.

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? I have PTSD from my military time and from when I was a law enforcement officer and fire fighter and nudism/naturism helps me cope with that. The journey has been tough at times, divorce, friend and a job loss due to it but mostly it has been great and would not change a thing except hiding it go a long time.

Also, I’m curious, what really intrigued you to share your lifestyle as a naturist and your opinions on naturism on social media in the first place? I feel like anyone that wants to live the nudist/naturist lifestyle should be able to. I know it is not for everyone but for us that do should be able to no matter where we are at without being afraid of being arrested, as long as no laws are being broken. I truly believe that if people were more educated about our lifestyle it would be more accepted. Nudism/Naturism is not about sex and somehow the porn industry uses the title nudism/naturism for their purposes and this needs to change. I hope by talking about our lifestyle on social media will help educate people on the lifestyle and maybe help someone to maybe try it.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Some of my favorite things to do nude? Well just about everything! But if I had to break it down to the top 5 it would be this: Tanning, Woodworking, Fishing, Working out and Swimming.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? I don’t really, have an island I like to go on when I’m fishing to just to lay out and relax on. And I sometimes go to Paradise lakes in Land O’ Lakes, FL.

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? I really do not know if I have really made much of an impact but I have gotten a few of my friends into the lifestyle and I try to help others by answering their questions about it.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism? If a non-nudist comes to me for advice I usually tell them to try it a home first, then go to a place like a nude beach or resort. I also tell them if possible it’s better to go with someone who is a nudist and to read up on the lifestyle and I will always try to answer their questions about it.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add? I only hope that one day we as nudists/naturists, will be able to go anywhere and do anything we want to nude and our society excepts it. It is a great lifestyle for as I’m concern and people should at least give it a try. Who knows, you may like it and adapt as your lifestyle.

Thanks for joining us Larry, you have actually been a big inspiration for me as part of my naturist journey. Learning your story has really helped me realize how much I have truly been a lifelong nudist at heart myself. It’s great to see how much you truly care about freedom and equality for nudists, keep it up man.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

Good Naked Morning: Just Shake Shake Shake It Off

Good naked morning, friends!

June is upon us, and finally in full swing! It’s warm enough to be nude indoors and out—unfortunately I can’t be outside as I live in town, but it’s good to be nude inside with a breeze coming in and not have to worry about catching cold. I hope your day’s a good one—the sun’s shining, and later on I’ve got chores to do and gotta get a chance to get out for a swim, it’s gonna be in the 80s today (unfortunately gotta wear a bathing suit, but at least it’ll be nice to take a dip in one of our many nearby lakes).

So last night, I was filming a high school graduation—and I’ve been watching the weather on TV and my phone to determine which work shirt I’m wearing on assignment for the next week or so. Anyway, a few days ago it was nice and sunny (and hot) when I got out of work, so I decided to go take a swim at nearby Ocqueoc Falls. Since it was still early in June and it had been cold for a while, I wasn’t sure how warm the water would be, but when I got there, the river water was nice, especially when the sun was out. I went and dipped my feet in the water and it felt great—felt kind of silly though I didn’t have my bathing suit, there were a couple college-age girls nearby (not much younger than myself) and asked if I was goin’ in for a dip, and I told them I forgot my bathing suit, I felt so stupid! So I decided to run 10 minutes home and get my suit, of course by the time I did get back the girls were gone, dang it all! Either way, I planned to go for a dip even if they weren’t there though, so I finally did get my suit on and made my way in (I didn’t jump in, the rocks are kinda slippery, especially with the little waterfalls around), and the water felt great!

So then in the forecast it says it’s supposed to rain and only be a high in the low 70s yesterday, so I iron one of my red button-downs, and have it all ready for work—when I took a break at 4:30 the weather was still decent, not too cold but not too hot, had to be about 70 or so. But once my co-worker and I got in this school gymnasium, I was sweating up a storm, especially at the end as everyone was leaving and crowding the hallways. It felt great to have the window down a bit driving home to let the breeze come in through the work van as we chatted the entire 45-minute drive back to town. Along the way, this jerk in an older truck was goin’ slow and I waited for the right time to pass him—yeah he gave us the bird as we drove by, but my co-worker and I laughed it off and enjoyed the rest of the drive. If he had a problem with us passin’ him, that’s his problem, and I wasn’t going to let it ruin my day. But when I got home, it felt great to be back—thermostat said 77 (it’s warming up and I don’t have air conditioning), but it was perfect nudist weather so it was great relaxing before bed and even this morning when I woke up without a stitch of clothing on…and obviously still nude as I write this.

That guy flippin’ me off reminded me of goin’ into one of our local bars to watch football on a Sunday night last fall, I was wearin’ my Packers gear and here in Michigan, there are obviously lots of Lions fans, and some guy was harassing me about the Packers, saying “they suck, and you know it”, and I just calmly said “No they don’t” and walked out before anything more brutal went down, the guy had been drinking and was much bigger than me and the last thing I’d want to get involved in is a bad bar fight with some self-centered a**hole who thinks the world revolves around him. I just shook it off, and told myself I don’t care what people think of me as I called my parents to chat and ventilate, and afterward I felt so much better.

Finally, I’m gonna get to go to my nearest nudist club, Spruce Hollow, first weekend of July before the 4th (I have to work on the 4th, but at least spend a couple days there, hopefully for some water volleyball and ring in the start of National Nude Recreation Week)—I’m saving up and doin’ all I can right now to still get over there at least a couple more times this summer, at least one more time in July or August and then Labor Day Weekend. ‘Til then, I’m enjoyin’ the weather and enjoyin’ at least a little time nude and warm at home, such as blogging like I am now.

Big thing I’m lookin’ to focus on in this blog post–**it happens, but don’t let it get ya down. People give you the bird when you’re tryin’ to get around them, people want to start fights when rival sports team fans are in the same bar, the weather doesn’t want to make up its mind and work and money don’t always agree with ideas of recreation, but hey you gotta just shake ‘em off and move on. Not everyone will always agree on everything, but don’t let it get you down from being who you are. It’s one thing we naturists commonly come to realize, because in our daily lives we all lead different paths, but when we shed them off and be who we really are without clothes as societal barriers we can much easier see eye to eye.

Have a great day friends, and I hope you can get your #NudeOn today, even if only for a few minutes. Even if you have to work or whatever, I hope the best for you today. Cheers!

David B

Health update Harmen

Sad to hear, it’s good you’re keeping positive though, hope you can still enjoy life in the nude! You’re in my prayers.

Bare Thoughts

Today we got the official confirmation that I’m diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. This is something that can’t be cured, only controlled with the use of medication and some drastic life changes. From what I was told I have a pretty heavy form of it so I have to change a lot of things that I’m used to do for years. I have to stop smoking, change the way I eat and what I eat, take medication and take more rest ( sleeping hours ). Also there is a chance I have to go to the hospital some times or in the worst case, get an operation. Luckily I’m still able to do my job, the medication I’m going to use is allowed in traffic.


And even though this will stay the rest of my life an ongoing thing, which will effect not only me, but also santana, we are thinking…

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trekking through a biodiversity hotspot in Costa Rica

I miss these stories, always great adventures in the buff! Gotta catch up on you guys’ adventures!

Active Naturists

view 0000 Corcovado, Osa peninsula, Costa Rica

In the previous blogpost from Costa Rica, we teased you with a prospect of a naturalist report, so here it is: we had quite a remarkable expedition in one the most biodiverse locations in the world! And well, you guessed it – most of this trek was done by me (and to a less extent by my friends) in the buff – so once again, we were mixing naturism with big interest in natural history.

Costa Rica is a favorite for nature enthusiasts, with the highest percentage of protected land in the world; but even by Costa Rican standards, Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is very special. There are simply not many places left in the world where tropical rainforest meets the sea, and this park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline. For better or worse, visiting this park is highly regulated, e.g…

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Every color of skin is good and beautiful…

#YourNudeOnStory: Harmen’s Story

In this edition of #YourNudeOnStory, we talk to our buddy Harmen from The Netherlands, a good friend of this page for a good couple years now. Many of you know his “Bare Thoughts” blog or may have purchased one of his naturism-positive shirts or coffee mugs from his 2Bare2Wear store—well, let’s actually get to know Harmen a bit and learn about his experience with nudism/naturism.

What drew you into naturism in the first place? The mutual respect and harmony that’s connected with this lifestyle. It’s one of a kind.

What reactions did you get when people found out that you were a nudist/naturist?
Most of the people that are close to me like family and friends reacted surprised but respected me for doing it. Most of them did mention “as long as you don’t confront me with it “. What I obviously respected. Some colleagues laughed and made jokes about (which tells more about them then about me). But all and all the reactions were all pretty positive.

What do you enjoy most about taking your clothes off? The feeling of freedom and being connected with your surrounding. It always feels like a punishment to get dressed after a full day being nude.

How do you feel your life journey has really excelled since you’ve made the decision to become part of this great lifestyle?
Oh, for me it really was a life changer. If I didn’t have naturism in my life, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. It’s hard to specifically say “that’s the thing that made it all happen”, because naturism has so many great things to add to your life. But that it changed my life forever in the best way possible…that’s a fact for sure.

Now you’ve had a store in the past called 2Bare2Wear, which you’ve since closed due to other life commitments, and I also think it’s great how you have a blog now called “Bare Thoughts”, and have openly shared your naturist experiences through words and pictures about your life as a naturist at home and out, and have done a great job at it so far, I gotta say. I’m curious to know, what made you decide to start these pages in the first place?
First of all, let me say I’m happy to see that you appreciate the blog. When it comes to the web shops, I was looking for a cool shirt referring to naturism so I could express myself in the textile world. When I couldn’t find one that I like I decided to design one myself. I already had a webshop before for my GTA online crew, so I knew how easy it was to set something up. So I did. That it would expand to 8 shops total was a surprise for me as well. Never did it for the money though. Always did it for the message. To show what naturism is and try to delete the taboo and misunderstandings around it. I owned them for 1.5 years, but when I started my blog in August of 2016 I realized that the message was getting spread way faster that way. So I decided to put all my focus on the blog and close the shops. The message was too important for me and for the existence of naturism.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? I love to swim, I could do that all day. Also simply relaxing in the grass or doing the normal stuff at home. Actually I like to do everything I the buff haha.

Where are some of your favorite special places you like to go in the nude? I’ve visited naturist resort Flevonatuur in the Netherlands for 10 years now. We also discovered a nude beach near our home, which I described in my latest blog, which could be a great candidate for a second favorite place.

How do you feel sharing your naturist way of life has impacted you and others around you? I think it did a lot. Every month I get messages or emails that our blogs helped people with opening up about this life style. It gives them strength, courage and self respect. I’ll keep this doing for as long as I can only because of those messages.

And finally, what advice would you give a non-nudist curious to try nudism/naturism? Just do it. You won’t regret it.

Harmen, thanks for joining us—I’ve said it before, you’ve been a big inspiration for me as well in my naturist journey. Keep it up. If you’re interested in following Harmen’s blog, you can check out his blog here.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter or Team Clothing Optional on Tumblr, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

happy and free harmen

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