Tranquil

Tranquility can seem immensely difficult to find and enjoy, but we should remember it’s actually quite simple.

Step outside. Get some fresh air. Enjoy a cup of tea. Watch the clouds.

If only for a moment.

But let’s remember to be present and really enjoy it.  Let’s engage all our senses, center ourselves, and feel gratitude for the moment.

No matter how busy life seems to get, let’s take a deep breath, soak up the present, and make tranquil moments for ourselves to recharge.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dragon Valley | Ute Valley Park

Spring Seeds

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

When just going through the motions, we’re bound to make progress, but things can progress so much faster when backed by the force of passion and enthusiasm.

Let’s find the time to foster our passions, and spend less time with what completely sucks not only our time but our energy.

Let’s keep pushing forward with passion in our hearts and progress on the horizon.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

nature, photography, photograph, leaf, ground Beauty

Health for the New Year

Beauty

A new season is about to begin, as is the shortest day of the year!

Winter has officially begun and the days will start getting longer.  Soon enough, warmer weather will be on the wind, and the greenery of the new year will start to appear!

Although the new year hasn’t started, it’s always the perfect time to consider our lives, habits, new goals, and our progress on ones we’ve previously set.

It’s also never too early or too late to make a point to take better care of ourselves.  Ideally, health shouldn’t cross our minds only when we’re feeling horrible.  Health is something we constantly have to work for.  Filling up on junk food, too much salt, and entertaining horrible sleeping habits are definitely not ways to maintain health.

There’s so much easy stuff we can do to better and maintain our health, and these often leave us feeling immensely better than the alternatives we may be used to.

  • Eat healthy, real food.  Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, berries, and the like.  Try to cut down on the Yellow 5, artificial flavors, and other unnecessary chemicals and additions.
  • Prepare your own food.  This way you control what you eat, and enjoy the calm bliss that comes with making something yourself!
  • Have healthy snacks on hand and ready for when you get hungry.  Be sure you stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods you actually like.  If you enjoy what you eat, eating healthy doesn’t seem like a chore, but a joy.
  • Stop bringing unhealthy food into the house, and avoid it in your travels.  It’s harder to binge on cheesecake at 2am if you don’t have any.  If the fridge at work is often stocked with cake and soda, stop looking in it.  Don’t tempt yourself if you don’t have to.
  • Make healthier versions of your guilty pleasures.  Make cake and cookies with reduced sugar, or use agave or honey instead.
  • Create and maintain a regular sleep schedule.  Not the easiest one, especially if we have  irregular work schedules.  Try to find a general time to go to bed and wake up that will be flexible enough for our usual work hours, class time, activities, etc.
  • Drink more water.
  • Exercise.  Even if it’s just walking farther to work, jogging around the block, or dancing around your home.

Definitely so much to look forward to this new season and new year.  Let’s work to make health something we enjoy!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Mushroom Gills Unique

Blue Reflections

Blue Reflections

As we push forward and work towards our goals, it’s good to keep in mind what speaks to us most.  What we enjoy doing, and what we find unnecessary.

Sometime soon, Roman Leaf will be moved back exclusively to WordPress, as having the blog and website together in the same place will cut down on time spent keeping things up to date.  The more time freed up, the more time there will be left to play, practice, experiment, and hopefully improve.

Take a look at your own goals and what you’re currently doing to meet them.  Are the steps you’re taking ones that make a difference and that you enjoy?  Do some activities seem unnecessarily repetitive?  Are there ways you could make following your goal more time-efficient?

Let’s keep ourselves focused on our goals and where we’re headed, but remain open enough to see when things aren’t working and could be improved.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bridge | Cheyenne Cañon Park Pinetree Dew

Cobblestone Bridge

Photography of a stone bridge in a nature park.

Another gorgeous bridge at North Cheyenne Cañon Park!  This cobblestone bridge is the first in the park, sitting right before the visitor center.  It crosses over a stream lined with healthy greenery, some of which was changing colors at the start of Fall.

Bridges are always gorgeous, but there’s something magical and timeless about those made from stone.  With the carefully placed cobblestones and surrounding vivid colors, this scene is definitely reminiscent of fairytales.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of trees surrounding a metal bridge in a Colorado Springs Park. Nature photography of a steam.

Serene Bridge | North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Nature photography of trees surrounding a metal bridge in a Colorado Springs Park.

I found myself at North Cheyenne Cañon Park a few weeks ago, and although the visit was brief, it’s clear to see that this is a stunning park.  Near the entrance were a few bridges crossing the stream, which looked particularly lovely among the trees as the sun started to set.

Bridge | Cheyenne Cañon Park

Although I like parts of this photo, it’s another great reminder to better pay attention to what shows up in the frame at the time of shooting.  Too preoccupied with this serene bridge and the interesting perspective, I didn’t notice that the cars in the opposite parking lot made it into the shot.

With so much beauty around just the entrance of this park, both natural and manmade, further exploration as a day trip is definitely warranted.

Let’s keep practicing our craft, and remember to not let the beauty before our camera blind us to those aspects we would rather hide.  Like cars, dumpsters, or our friend Tom who snuck in the shot.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Valley Nature photograph of a sunlit hillside.