Mountain Ranch | Self-Care

This ranch-style gate was photographed this Fall as we drove through the Colorado mountains.  

 

Getting away can be incredibly healing and calming.

Take a train or car ride somewhere new, enjoy nature, and spend time out in the open air with no obligations or time restraints.

It’s amazing how long days seem when we’re out in the world with only nature and our thoughts for company.

 

Let’s get out to enjoy some quiet solitude and recharge, whether we take frequent hikes in local hills or long excursions through the mountains.

We’ll be much better for it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Stay Bright | Summer Leaves

It’s not always easy to look on the bright side of things, but happiness isn’t always easy.

And yes, a positive outlook has a whole lot to do with how happy we feel.

Life is so much brighter when we choose to see the beauty, positivity, and possibilities around us.  We can’t always control our life circumstances, but we can always choose how we see and react to them.

When sadness, anxiety, or anger start to flair up, it’s helpful to take a step back, take a breath, and look for the positive.

 

Let’s practice seeing and looking for the beauty in the world, and spend more time on the bright side.

We’ll feel much better for it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dogwood Flower- Stay Positive

Calm

Pink Buds | End of a Season

The end of the warmer seasons is here, and as the colder weather blows in, it’s helpful to think back on our goals and priorities.

Why wait until New Year to think about how we’re doing and where we’re going?

Life has a way of flying by, so let’s take more opportunities throughout the year to do some serious contemplation on our lives, what they are, and what we want them to be.

Big goals are best broken down into smaller, more manageable goals, so why not consider checking in with our biggest dreams four times a year?

However we go about setting and monitoring our goals, let’s be sure to take the time to reflect on our lives.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Pink Spring Flower

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

Pikes Peak | Road Trip

Today was the first real road trip in what feels like forever, and it was just what was needed!

Fresh mountain air, bright sunlight, and tons of gorgeous new views to take in was a wonderful treat!

It was great to see Pikes Peak from a different perspective, and I can’t wait to get back up in the mountains to take advantage of dusk light and extra time to get out of the car!  Perhaps this Fall?

Let’s enjoy our everyday views, but remember to get out and travel once in a while, if only for a few hours.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Rolling Mountain Path

Landscape photography of Colorado mountains under dark clouds.

Move Toward Passion

Going through the motions is no way to live our lives.

Life and emotions are always in flux, but the pattern of ‘work, eat, sleep’ is a guaranteed way to lower our mood and ensure we feel stuck.

It’s so incredibly important that we live our values, enjoy a passion, and make progress with our goals on a daily basis.  Even a few stolen moments and a small step forward can help keep us from feeling stuck and improve our mood.

If we’re feeling trapped and suffocated, let’s not dig ourselves deeper by mindlessly watching tv, surfing the web, drinking alcohol, or the like.  Instead, let’s see this as a wake-up call and turn to a passion or a hobby, and ask ourselves what we can do right now to align ourselves closer to our values.

Yes, we have to work, eat, and sleep, but that doesn’t mean we have to just go through the motions.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

dirt earth macro photography

Spring Seeds

Positive

Summer Leaves Like Lace

Thinking positive isn’t always easy.

When I get down, it’s easy to reject positive thinking.  For some reason, when I’m allowing myself to be consumed by anger and sadness, I prefer to wallow in it.  Rejecting negative thoughts and emotions is hard work when you’re drowning in them.

It’s important to latch onto whatever positivity we can, be it hopes for the future, or gratitude for what we have now.

Let’s do our best to remain positive, and not spend too much time wallowing in the negative.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feelings fallen tree earth photography

Patterns in Nature

Pattern in Nature

Pattern in Nature

Let’s take time to breathe fresh air, feel the sun on our shoulders, and see the beauty and patterns in nature all around us.

Let’s also take time to give to others, and to bury ourselves in whatever craft tugs at our hearts.

My photography brings me joy, and reminds me of the limitless beauty in the world.  Hopefully, it does the same for you.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feeling Blue 2 Grow