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Heal

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It takes time to heal.  Let’s heal together, and see to it that our experiences make us stronger, wiser, and more compassionate people.

We can do this.  You can do this.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Winter Blue

winter blue exterior photography There’s a special feeling of calm and wonder to feel when you open your eyes to the beautiful colors and textures of the world.

The blue paint and cracked wood felt quite wintry.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Eating When The Lights Go Out

dark candle flame photography Sometimes the power goes out.  It happens.

Maybe someone was driving too fast and hit something, or maybe there’s a bad storm.  The fact is, the power is out.  So what are you going to do?  Or, more close to point, what are you going to eat?

As of late, I’ve been working to eat more minimally.  I’ve been cutting back on meat and dairy, as well as looking for food I can eat raw.  That means lots of oatmeal, fruits, veggies, and leafy greens!  Just settling into my new diet expedition, some snow started to fall and, well, the power went out.

Again, it happens.

As my family bought extra food and the fridge began to smell a special kind of funky, I sat with my bowl of oats and thought.

I thought of all the meat, all the cream, half & half, and cheese that would be (and was) thrown out later.  I thought about the food my family would eat now that there was no way to cook or defrost food.  That included granola bars, chips, bread, fruit cups, and more granola bars.  I think my mother was the only one to have some leafy greens.

As the household hippie, I had the oatmeal, fruit, veggies, and leafy greens that I’d been munching on for a while.  Though I did miss my cheese.

Our family pantry and fridge are stuffed with a lot of uncooked pastas, canned soups, frozen instant snacks, dinners, and meat.  Lots of things that require cooking, or at least a quick defrost in the microwave.

Sometimes we can be too dependent on microwaves, ovens, and frozen food.

I’ve been working to lessen my dependence on these.  I want to save energy, eat healthy, and maybe even one day, not own a microwave, oven or fridge.

Give it a try.  Make overnight oatmeal, eat more fresh fruit and veggies, make salads and wraps with leafy greens (and try not to buy those bagged salad mixes.  Get your own head of lettuce and cabbage.  They’ll keep MUCH longer.), and try no-cook recipes.

Even if it’s just one night a week, give fresh and raw meals a try.

Next time the power goes out, you just may find you have all the food you need, and none of it will smell funky.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Roots

fall ground tree roots photography I love coming across trees with exposed roots.  It’s like getting a peek under the earth.  When you’re surrounded by trees taller than you ever thought you’d see in person, it’s nice to see the roots run deep and that they stand strong.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Anxiety

icy snow winter sunset trees I’m sure some of you living with anxiety know what this is.

It’s getting late, shadows have grown long and the sky is turning gold as the sun prepares to set.  Or, maybe it’s early, and the sky is turing a pale turquoise as the sun nears the horizon to rise.

Whether sunrise or sunset, you definitely know what time it is.  You start to feel a tightness in your chest, shakiness, and the panic and rush of adrenaline that we all know too well.

Personally, I have a love/dread relationships with sunsets.  When I’m at work, I enjoy taking in the beauty of the golden glow and the clouds dotting the sky.  I feel renewed peace, calm, wander, and hope.  Other times, when I’m home, I dread the lowering of the sun and the slowly growing darkness.

Anxiety can be tricky to beat, I’m still trying to figure it out, myself.  I do, though, recommend that you explore the possible reasons behind your anxiety.  For me, it’s the fear of tomorrow, the unknown, and the fear of a panic attack.  Tell yourself some positive affirmations like,’Tomorrow is going to be a great day,’ and ‘I welcome calm into my life.’

Another thing I recommend is to keep yourself busy.  I don’t panic at work, because I’m working.  It’s a treat when I notice the changing sky and take a moment or two to enjoy it.  It’s not a fearful half-hour that I’ve been consciously dreading.  Also, talk with your doctor.

Keep busy, think positive, and give yourself something to keep your mind and hands busy.    We can beat this.  You can beat this.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Old Ladder

ladder fall trees photography

Remember when the air was warm with a touch of cold in the breeze, the trees were bare, and the ground was covered in leaves?

This old wooden ladder is now being covered by a good foot of snow.  Very fluffy snow, at that.

Before long we’ll be sitting in the sun and remembering the cool air of winter.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

 

Sweets

candy candies photography Oh, candy… Sweet, sour, crunchy and packed full of sugar, you can make us sick but we eat you anyway.

If you know me even a little, you know I’ve got quite the sweet tooth.  Recently since I’ve started my mission to eat healthier and more eco-friendly, I’ve noted that candy is definitely my weakness.  When grocery shopping I search for minimal packaging, which is something candy isn’t prone to.  Candy tends to be individually wrapped, or at least come in an un-recyclable plastic bag or wax-coated cardboard.

In addition to being full of sugar and artificial ingredients, its environmentally unkind packaging has made me start to steer clear of it…. unsuccessfully at times as you can see by the garbage pictured above.

In my quest to eat healthy and eco-friendly, it’s clear to me I need to find a substitute to please my sweet tooth as I try to crack my love for sugar.

I’ve been eating a lot of sweet apples lately, which has definitely helped, as well as experiments with cocoa & oatmeal cookies and cocoa & raisin oatmeal.  And tea.

Lots of tea.

Lucky for all of us looking for something healthier and kinder for the planet, the internet is full of recipes to try!  Should I come across something sweetly astounding, I’ll be sure to share.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’