Work to Live | Creek Waterfall

“Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong line of work.

Then someone reminds me that life isn’t about being happy, it’s about paying the bills.”

 

This is of course, just a joke.

Life isn’t about paying the bills.  Life is about making time for what you love, while doing what you need to keep yourself well cared for and fed.

Even successful artists may need to supplement their income, so don’t feel that your day job is a life sentence.  Although we may need to work full-time, it’s important to remember that there are options.

Let’s try to find a day job that feeds our interests and adds to our family.  If work leaves you feeling drained on a regular basis, try to find something else.

Even when we feel like we don’t have options, let’s remember that we don’t have to give our two-week’s notice just to look.

We never know what we’ll find.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of pink flowers. Une photo de la nature et des flleurs roses.

Fallow Your Path

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

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.

Tranquil Stream

Nature photography of grass after rain.

Nature photography of a steam.

An overcast day is perfect to for a hike close to home.  Not only was the light diffused and temperatures cool, but the recent rain and persistent fog brought out the colors of nature beautifully and beaded plants with dew.

Due to the weather not being as sunny as usual, the trails were quiet except for a few visitors.  Fresh air, solitude, silence, and cool temperatures?  A wonderful way to start the day!

This immensely tranquil stream passes through the trail, though a small side path takes you along it for more serene and photogenic views.  The sound of running water is so relaxing, especially when you don’t accidentally startle any predatory wildlife.  (Although I did have the pleasure of seeing a gorgeous bobcat on the hunt last week.)

Let’s enjoy nature, rain or shine, and not be afraid to wonder off the beaten path once in a while.  (So long as we can find our way back.)

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Stream Waterfalls Floating Leaves