I love traveling, and have since I was a child. My parents made road trips exciting with little stops along the way and games to get us looking out the window, camping was always adventurous, and selecting a local restaurant over the highway hotspots would take us into the heart of new places. I’ve definitely been discovering and experiencing the world for it’s artistic potential since I was very young. . . long before I started carrying a camera with me everywhere I go. It’s as if my brain frames the scene from the moment I notice something interesting. I appreciate light and texture, old and new, majestic and barren; and I get lost in the moment of discovery. When I’m taking pictures everything else fades away, and I’m on an adventure to capture and create something special. In that moment I’m fearless, lighthearted, and free. The world around us is truly magical when you’re paying attention!
I’m daydreaming of adventure and travel right now. My heart was created for exploration, and I love experiencing the energy, heartbeat, and pace that makes every destination unique. From the mountains and beaches to little towns and big cities, they all have a special power over my imagination and appreciation for life! Because of the current “social distancing” orders, I’ve become VERY familiar with my small neighborhood and nearby hiking trails. I’m thankful for the moments when I’m able to leave the house, and also recognize a growing desire to see something new, feel a different energy, and experience the imagination and enthusiasm I feel when exploring a new area.
When social restrictions are lifted, I’m going on vacation! In the mean time, I’ve started compiling a list of local adventures that honor social distancing, and plan to go out with my camera more often to enjoy my art while creating opportunities for adventure and excitement. This restless heart just needed a new perspective!
What is it that your heart is urning for? Is there a creative, outside-of-the-box way to add it to your life? When everything changes and it’s outside of our control, life can feel heavy, unfair, and overwhelming. I encourage you to listen to your thoughts, feel your feelings, and take special care of yourself right now! Do something to honor, love, and care for yourself – either something you’ve always done and let slip because of this pandemic, or maybe something you’ve wanted to try or learn but haven’t prioritized yet. The other side of this situation is coming, and I think it would be wonderful if we all got through this feeling excited about the future and proud of how we handled this crisis. So I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery. Will you identify something that will ignite your imagination, create enthusiasm in this particularly unique season of life, and find a way to add it into your daily routine? Together we can create a sense of pride and accomplishment in ourselves that I’m confident will act as momentum to drive us into the next season of change with a stronger sense of self love and self awareness. A new normal is right around the corner; let’s make it amazing!