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.

Wild Green

Peaceful Wild Green

Some wild greenery at Garden of the Gods.  If you’re ever in Colorado Springs, I definitely recommend a visit.  It’s known for the gorgeous towering rocks, but there’s beauty to be found all over the park.

Let’s get out and enjoy nature parks when and where we can.  Big or small, there’s sure to be beauty to admire and some peace to enjoy!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Seeds Eternal

The Weight of the World

Nature photograph of a rusted watering surrounded by green sprouts.  Blog post about minimalism.

It’s not always clear how much weight we carry around on our shoulders.  Things get a little clearer those weekends when we clean out the garage/closet/basement/what have you.

Things get crystal clear when we empty our home to move.

When we’re clearing out part or all of our homes, it becomes very clear how much we own, and we get a glimpse at the energy and time they take up.  Things have to be cleaned, repaired, stored, moved to fit more things.  If they’ve reached the end of their lives with us, we must decide where they go next.  A friend, buyer, thrift store… the dump?

We own so much stuff, and how much of it is really necessary?  If not necessary, how much actually contributes to our lives?  Do we really want those posters we keep rolled up in the closet?  Do we really enjoy those DVDs we only watch once a year?  What about all the pots and pans we never use, the clothes we never wear, the blankets that never get snuggled?

If we were moving on short notice, how long would it take to get our things together?  Would we need a moving truck, a cab, or a few friends willing to carry some boxes?  It’s not necessarily how much we own that’s important.  It’s how much we need, use, and truly appreciate.  If our homes burned down, what would we miss the most?  What’s really important to us?

Trust me, I’m terribly guilty of keeping things that don’t actively serve a purpose.  Even after sorting through already reduced possessions to prepare for the move, there were still a lot of clothes, jewelry, props, etc. that were packed to be used one day.

It’s a hard habit to break.  We like to collect.  We like to be prepared.  But once in a while, let’s look around our homes and ask ourselves how much weight we’re carrying on our shoulders.

Let’s take the time to let go of what we don’t want or need, and to appreciate the things we do.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Thrifted Decor Wall Flowers Close-up

Peaceful Green

Peaceful Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                  300mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6

The vivid greens of nature are always calming, though they have an energetic feel as well.  They’re a great reminder of life, slow but steady growth, and renewal.

Definitely great for inspiring ourselves to get productive on a slow day!

Whenever we’re feeling less than our best and need a calming moment to relax, let’s consider turning to whatever nature we can before turning on the TV.  Nature is far more relaxing.

Anyone else feel like watching The Lion King, though?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Buds Spring Forest

Bliss of Solitude

Solitude is a wonderful thing.  It gives us time to relax and be content, and it brings us back to the present.

To me, solitude is watering my plants, preparing a healthy meal, walking outside, reading a good book or three, learning, and creating.  It’s refreshing, rewarding, calming, peaceful, and always feels like time well spent.

Solitude isn’t watching TV for hours or aimlessly wandering the internet.  These things don’t ever make me feel better.  They bring about fatigue, anxiety, guilt, and a sense of time wasted.  Let’s limit our time spent before the screens.  When we’re bored, instead of browsing channels and shows, let’s read a book, learn a new skill, or watch the clouds.

Habits are hard to change, but the benefits of solitude are much worth the effort.

Let’s enjoy more solitude.  Let’s walk, read, meditate, garden, practice yoga, paint, whatever it is that brings us peace and a sense of time well spent.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Purple Wave Clouds and Hope

Remember Our Reasons to be Grateful

Look for Luck

Health issues can take a lot out of us.  It’s important to recognize and remember our reasons to be grateful, especially when illness leaves us feeling less then our best.

Even amid health issues, there is plenty to be grateful for and beauty to be appreciated.  There is always beauty to be found if we look past the weeds.

Let’s remember all the things we have to be grateful for, and spend time appreciating the beauty in life.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

fallen tree earth photography Summer Leaves Like Lace

Hope

Vivid Green Leaf

Having hope for the future is incredibly important.

Happiness can definitely take work, and I feel that having a positive outlook, hope, and dreams for the future are necessary.

With no hope for the future, we feel stuck, stranded, trapped.  We feel like nothing will ever change, that happiness will always be out of reach, and that nothing has purpose.

Hope is so important.  When we feel down and trapped, let’s remember that we can be anything.  We can go anywhere.

Let’s remember to dream and hope for the future, and all the happiness and positivity to come.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Summer Leaves Like Lace Cloud Perspective