Misty Autumn Forest | Resistance

Resistance can have a big impact on our lives.

It keeps us in a rut, automatically following the same well-worn paths we’ve been walking for so long.

When ever we want to change for the better (which is hopefully often!), resistance is there to meet us.

Do we let it stop us?

Hopefully…no.

Realistically…it’s at least going to put up a fight.  And that’s our cue to acknowledge our resistance to change, and push forward anyway.

The first hurdles are always the hardest.  We need to jump over them anyway.  We’ll slip, we’ll fall back into our old routine, but each time we need to get back up and move forward.

Habits take time to dismantle and recreate, but it can be done!

How do you want to change yourself for the better?  What goals are you working on, and what new habits are you trying to instill?  How do you overcome resistance?

Let’s keep our goals and values in mind, and keep moving forward!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Deer Trail

Landscape photography of foggy mountains.

Bloom | Take The Leap

“Leap and the net will appear.” -John Burroughs

We may desperately want change, but still cling to what we’ve known because it’s safe and predictable.

We tell ourselves want a new job, but then convince ourselves we can’t change careers now.  The bills will never get paid, the job market is too bad, and that we should just stick it out.

Things in life are always changing, but to make the changes we crave and need, we have to be willing to let go and take the leap.

Things will work out one way or another.  Be smart, and be prepared, but let’s not be too afraid to take the leap.

Let’s be courageous.  Our net will appear.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Floral photography of a tree covered in small pink flowers.

nature photography trees pink purple flowers

Recharging in Nature | Dragon’s Tail

Life can have a way of tiring and stressing us out sometimes.

Although junk food and other such indulgences have their place, blowing off steam in nature tends to have the best and healthiest results.  Not that eating a whole cheesecake is that bad…

Let’s do ourselves a favor and take time to recharge, relax, and let go of stress out in the big beautiful world.  Let’s take a hike, watch the clouds on our lunch break, or walk around the block.

If we still need some cheesecake afterword, we’ll probably be less tempted to eat all of it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of a single tree under a moody sky.

Bliss of Solitude

Queen’s Canyon

A view of the beautiful Queens Canyon and Glen Eyrie area from a trail in Garden of the Gods.  Definitely hoping to spot some bighorn sheep this Spring!

Still working on improving my landscape photography while enjoying more jaunts out in nature.  For some reason, the concept of including a foreground, mid ground, and background hadn’t occurred to me…  Neither had taking shots from a position closer to the ground..

Let’s keep learning and trying new things.  You never know when something simple will help you improve!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Foggy Hillside Silhouette

Landscape photography of foggy mountains.

Blue

Winter Garden

Dead Blue

When we find ourselves stumbling into a dark hole, it’s important to remember the positive.

Easier said than done, of course, as when you’re in the bottom of a hole, it’s hard to see much light.  Instead we’re in a pretty dark place, where it’s hard to see and even remember all the good we currently enjoy and all we have to look forward to.

If we can’t find ourselves able to remember the positive, we should try remembering that it will pass.  Everything is always in a cycle.  Dark before the dawn; rain before the rainbow, you know!

Happiness is a journey.  It’s a path we choose to walk, and can get rocky sometimes.  Whenever we find ourselves falling off the trail and into a hole, let’s pull ourselves up in time and continue on our way.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feeling Blue

Purple Buds

Sunset | Expectations

Sunset | Expectations

Life is consistent in its laughter in the face of expectation.  Sometimes things go better than we anticipated  Sometimes, they don’t.  They really don’t.

We’re certain our boss wants to talk because we’re being promoted, only to learn we’re being let go.  We start babysitting, only to find out kids make us crazy.  We open our first show at a local gallery, and no one shows up.  Or something similar…

Sure enough, whatever we had planned and jumped into with confidence didn’t go as expected.  When we’re pleasantly surprised by how much better things turned out, fantastic!  Glow with confidence, run with it, and see what else unexpected happens!

When things don’t go so well, however, we should do the same.  Plus a little extra.  Laugh it off, embrace the embarrassment, and let it go.  Get back into the creative work you, or at least invest in some creative down-time.

Perhaps we could use the egg on our face to make a fancy omelet?

If our ego is bruised, that’s perfectly fine.  It could use a bruisin’ every once in a while.  Just don’t let it hurt your self-esteem, and don’t make assumptions as to the whats or the whys things didn’t go as expected.

Keep moving forward with confidence, and keep your expectations high!  Don’t forget to grasp the lesson, though!  If things were an explosive mess, perhaps we should use less fuel in the future, if things didn’t take off at all, perhaps we haven’t been using enough.  Pick from the wreckage what lesson you can, and keep it in mind during future endeavors.

Things rarely go as expected.  Whether we soared above our dreams or are wiping egg off our face, let’s continue to smile, laugh at life’s turns, and keep moving forward with our sights ever higher.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Snow Dogwood Flower- Stay Positive

Burn

Photography of nature affected by wildfire.  Blog post on compassion.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”  – Buddha

Kindness, compassion, and love are always an option.  And definitely one far better than clinging to anger and judgements.  Let’s always do our best to walk through this world with compassion, and shower each other with kindness at every opportunity.

A smile to a stranger can make such a difference; as can a word of kindness.  Love and kindness serves everyone; hatred serves no one.

Let’s keep compassion in our hearts, and let go of anger.  Let’s keep moving forward, and do our best to be better every day.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sky photography of clouds after sunset. Anger Grows on You