DANCE as though no one is watching,
LOVE as though you have never been hurt before,
SING as though no one can hear you,
LIVE as though heaven is on earth.
- Souza


Today was one of those days that left me seeking peace, quiet, and solitude.  The last few days I have been finding it a challenge to see through the crazy haze we've been living in. 

A few months ago a dear friend did a photo shoot for my sister and I. When we were finished she was kind enough to take us to this 'secret' spot where she comes to clear her head. I've been to a lot of stunning places in my life but this tiny piece of earth is truly heaven!

As I sat on a rock smelling the flowers, listening to the crickets, and the birds, I felt calmer than I have in days. I'm not sure I can find the words to describe how it feels to be able to capture a photograph of what touched me so deeply! It is a true blessing that I am so thankful for.

I am looking forward to sitting on that rock, taking in this little piece of heaven on earth, and thinking about all the things I am so thankful for.

 
 
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You're going when??? I honestly don't think my husband believed me when I told him I was going hiking at 5:00am.  In fact, if I'm being honest, I didn't really believe it either but I had set a goal and the only way to achieve it is to bust my butt at whatever time I could get out to do it.

In May of 2013 I had the amazing opportunity to do a photography workshop with one of the best photographers I have ever seen... in Hawaii no less!

That single experience has been life changing for me.  I have gone from having a constant 'I can't' voice in the back of my head to just knowing that I can do anything if I work hard enough. 

What do I do with all this new found vim, vigor, and confidence?  I decided I'm going to hike Mt Cheam.  It's a very challenging, especially for someone of my fitness and hiking experience, but it comes with some of the most epic views you can find in our stunning corner of the world. 

The only way to get the epic shots I want is to work my hindquarters off, literally, and build the endurance needed to make this challenging hike.

So at 4:30am when my alarm went off and I got a txt from my sister asking if we were still on I took two seconds to think about why I was willing to leave my nice warm bed to traipse up the side of a mountain I quickly decided that I had to JUST DO IT!

I am determined to achieve my goal and get those epic shots.  I am also determined to enjoy every second it takes to get to that challenge and conquer it :o)

A very special thanks to my little sister for being 'up for it if you are!' I wouldn't have been able to go without you!


 

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    I am blessed. I am the mother of two of the cutest little monkeys on the planet, I have the most supportive, indulging, and loving husband a girl could ask for and I get to wander around doing what I love... taking photographs of some of the most beautiful places on earth :o)

    I am living a happy, productive, and adventurously passionate life :o)

    This is my journey...

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