Neglecting…

My blog, my camera, my journals (including my art journal), my family... Which is to say, I've been neglecting just about everything that adds meaning to my life. Sitting in my office the other day after a particularly contentious "discussion" with my boss, I asked myself "what am I doing here?" My mind immediately whispered to me, "Neglecting your soul" And there it is - in the year of listening to my soul... So yes, it's been a bad week - and that's okay - we all have them now and then. And while I've been foolishly optimistic with my "there's a light at the end of the tunnel" mantra, I feel confident that there is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel - because, well, I say so. I am listening to my soul. Getting away - food for the soul Life is good, though - truly. As I sit here gazing at the mist on the mountain, writing this post and sorting through photos, I am grateful for all I have. Greg and I managed to get away for a few days, meeting two of his brothers and wives in Las Vegas. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the desert? As in, zen. Hiking in Red Rock Canyon heightened my appreciation. And then - Death Valley - WOW! This particular spot is called Badwater Basin, and at 282 feet below sea level, it is lowest point in North America. Cool - right? (or maybe it's just me) I had so much fun with this adventurous crew! My sister-in-law and partner-in-crime when it comes to exploring all that must be explored - even when it means dragging our husbands behind us. Breathe... An afternoon boating on Lake Mead - and a pretty-darn-cool-view of Hoover Dam. Appreciating life... And then - back to minimizing Minimizing has been on hold for a short time, but nope - I haven't given up. Greg has even joined in the fun; we are in full tilt minimization mode. Really - our home isn't terribly cluttered - so where has all this stuff been hiding? And yet, I think Greg is now on a first-name-basis with the kind folks at our local Goodwill. I feel lighter with each and every box that leaves my home. We're getting there. Ummmm - photo challenge for the month of March? Oh yeah - stillness... to be postponed until I am able to find a little stillness in my life. Or - maybe I should choose a different prompt - like maybe - chaos. And with that - I'll leave you with one of the benefits of my bad week. Feeling the need for a smile, I got the heck off the subway and walked through the Boston Public Garden on my way to work. Make Way for Ducklings never fails to…

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Procrastination

"There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this." Running behind - again. It's not that I have been putting off writing this post, or that I didn't want to do the things I haven't been doing - I did, and I do. Someday, maybe, I will learn how to fit it all in - ummmm, maybe... Our trip to the upper peninsula was fantastic! Beautiful weather and cycling through beautiful farmland, along the shore of Lake Superior, and wow - the western edge of our time zone - where the sun rises and sets an hour later... watching as day broke over the misty lakes and fields, savoring the slowness of morning while warming myself with a cup of coffee. Traveling to new places always brings new sights, new experiences, and new people. We cycled with a wonderful, eclectic group of cyclists from all parts of this country. As touring cyclists, these trips are all about enjoying the outdoors, camaraderie and lots of laughs. We also had a lot of fun meeting local residents, excited and proud to show off their neck of the woods. This pair of construction workers on their lunch break, teased us from the window of their truck as we struggled up the hill - but then, enthusiastically pointed out all there was to see from the vista at the top. I was so happy to be carrying my new point and shoot in my pocket - making frequent stops to click - mostly leaving it in "auto" mode. I will learn more about its other features another day. Happy, also, to be unplugged from the outside world - although I did post on instagram a few times :-) Our last day took us to Mackinac Island. Which is quaint in a touristy sort of way, but then, this is only to be expected from an island whose natural beauty speaks for itself. I'm pretty sure the main industry in northern Michigan is fudge. But don't quote me on that one... And not that we minded this - at all. If you have never tasted Mackinac Island fudge ice cream, I strongly suggest you click on over to  expedia.com - asap. I kid you not - it is that good! So yes - I am back at home and back at work, vacation ending all too quickly. But during this stressful time in my office, this trip was exactly what I needed to gain some perspective - take a step back and allow my thoughts to sort themselves out. And now I am catching up - so many things I know I have missed during my little respite from the "real world". I hope you have all been well - I'm slowly making my way through my blog feed; enjoying your photos, your stories - and excited to…

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