Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
“When you face your fear, most of the time you will
discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation,
for it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” ~Les Brown
I was reading an article in an old issue of Readers Digest that said 97% of the world’s population has a phobia. Whether it’s spiders, closed spaces, germs, or what have you, it seems that we all have something that gives us a case of the “heebie geebies”.
From the time I was a little boy I have had a paralyzing fear of heights. I'm not sure where it originated, but it's been there as long as I can remember. I’ve never even ridden a roller coaster in my life due to this fear. Crazy eh?
Lately, I have become determined to conquer this fear. I am thinking of conquering my fear of heights by participating in one of the following three activities: zip lining, rock climbing, or parasailing. Of the three, I am leaning towards parasailing since it’s offered where I will be vacationing this summer!
I think it’s very important to conquer our fears, and I feel that by conquering this fear I will be able to engage in activities that I have previously missed out on.
What are some of your phobias?
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
“Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” ~William Penn
Leisure time. Such a commodity these days isn’t it? One of my good friends is a single mother with two children, works as a waitress, and is also taking college classes. I remarked to her how impressed I am that she’s able to manage those three endeavors simultaneously. She spoke of how it’s all about time management.
As someone myself who works and goes to grad school, I am no stranger to the difficulties of time management. However, my responsibilities pale in comparison to hers! This has inspired me to work on my time management skills.
What about you. Do you have difficulty with time management skills and/or carving out leisure time?
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Creating a winter wonderland in my living room.
I am a “Christmas nut”, as many of my co-workers and friends call me. In late September I begin counting down the days until my favorite time of year. In October I began playing Christmas music in my office on Pandora. I love everything the Christmas season – the songs, the weather, the spirit, the scents, the atmosphere…everything.
After arriving home from work Monday night, I decided that I was going to decorate earlier than ever. So I put on some Christmas music, went across the street to get me a peppermint mocha, and pulled all of my Christmas décor out of the garage. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night decorating my house from top to bottom. Tis the season!!
When do you usually decorate for Christmas?
Thursday, November 8, 2012
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” ~Aesop
We left the restaurant feeling inspired and on top of the world. So my friend and I made this vow: Each and every day, we are doing a small, random act of kindness for a complete stranger. Whether it’s paying for the car behind us in a drive-thru, helping someone put groceries in their car, or even just opening doors or holding the elevator for people.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
In 24 hours I leave for Cape San Blas, Florida for a week! I've been looking forward to this trip for months so I am incredibly excited. There will be sun, sand, the ocean...and there may be some rum involved :-)
I wish all of my blogger friends a great week and I will definitely update with pictures when I return.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
In 9 days, I leave for annual summer vacation in Cape San Blas, Florida. It's a secluded beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. I cannot even begin to describe how much I am looking forward to this trip! There’s something so amazing about the ocean. From the pristine waters, to the sound of the waves, to the feeling of the sand under your feet, it’s simply one of the most amazing things on earth. The sunsets are absolutely amazing…the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen. In short, I love everything about it.
Something I'm contemplating doing during vacation is sending out a hand-written message in a bottle. There's something so poetic about the idea of a message in a bottle. It makes me think of the days when people would send letters across the endless seas. I love the thought of not knowing where it will end up, who will read it, or when it will be discovered. It could be discovered in a week, a year, a decade, or more. I feel that there's something inescapably romantic about "not knowing" the destination.
What are your thoughts on this idea?
Monday, June 11, 2012
There's an old saying that I like: "The past is a good place to visit, but certainly not a good place to stay". This quote is so very true. We have a tendency to let the past take up too much of our thoughts. We spend so much time looking backward that we prevent ourselves from looking forward.
Here's an analogy I like to use: Imagine trying to walk forward while turning your head over your shoulder to look backwards. You'll stumble, wobble, and quite likely run into something! You're spending so much time looking backwards that you have severely hindered your ability to move forward. Make sense?
Let yourself let go of the past. It doesn't mean you have to forget it or pretend it never happened. But it does mean not allowing yourself to be defined by it. It's called the past for a reason. Look forward...move forward. Who knows what magical possibilities could await if you just allow yourself to see them!!
Do you have problems moving on from the past?
Monday, June 4, 2012
The horses at our college's horse farm
The college that I work at has an equine program. It's actually the program that we're probably the most known for. Because of our equine program, we have a beautiful horse farm adjacent to campus. Sometimes, on my lunch break, I walk over to the horse farm and enjoy these amazing and beautiful creatures. I started doing this back in the fall and it really is one of the most wonderful parts of my day.
We're a rural college to begin with, so the combination of our rural location and the horse farm makes for such a beautifully serene experience. When I am at the horse farm, all the sounds of mankind (cars, people talking, machinery) are nowhere to be heard - save for the occasional tractor in the distance. It is medicine for the soul, as I like to say.
I really want to learn more about horses. One of the things on my "2012 bucket list" is to take horseback riding lessons. Do you like horses? Have you ever ridden?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
This morning I saw one of the most beautiful sights that I've ever seen. I was at a stop light while driving to work when I noticed two birds sitting on a fence wire. They were perfectly silhouetted aganst the bleeding orange of the sunrise behind them. I believe they were a couple, for it felt like they were wildly in love...
It was truly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I could feel the waterfall's mist on me from here!!
After the event, I decided that I wanted to see the Park's main attraction, Cumberland Falls. Known as "The Niagra of the South", Cumberland Falls is the largest waterfall in the southeastern United States. It measures 70 feet high and 125 feet wide. It's truly a beautiful and amazing sight. It's not only amazing visually, but the sound is amazing as well! Mother Nature is truly an amazing thing. The most interesting fact about Cumberland Falls is that it's one of only two waterfalls in the entire world (Victoria Falls in Africa being the other) where you can see a "moonbow". A moonbow, or lunar rainbow, is created when light from a full-moon refracts off of the water from the falls creating a prism of light in the mist of the falls. Doesn't that sound amazing??
I am going to check this summer's lunar calendar so that I can witness a moonbow for the very first time.
Have you ever seen a waterfall? If not, would you like to?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
"What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?" ~ Robert Schuller
I have always loved this quote because it stirs the dreamer within me (admittedly that's not a difficult thing to do). We've all had a dream profession...something we began thinking of in childhood or adolescence. Slowly, over time and into young adulthood, many of us begin to see our dream as unattainable. Was it truly unattainable or did we just begin to view it as urealistic? Don't get me wrong, not everyone lets go of their dream. But somewhere along the way, a lot of us do. From the time I was a child, my dream was to work with endangered wildlife. I even had it narrowed down to four specific areas haha!!
- Working with endangered wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil
- Studying the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef off the Northeast coast of Australia
- Working with the endangered wildlife of the Serengeti National Park in Africa
- Or working with the Mountain Gorilla population in the Virunga Mountains of Uganda
What was your childhood dream? Did you or are you currently pursuing it?
Monday, April 30, 2012
“Some things are destined to be -- it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.” ~J.R. Ward
I was watching a television show Sunday afternoon in which one of the characters was explaining why her and her ex never got married despite being seemingly perfect for one another. She said that, in essence, they "missed their moment". According to the character, every couple has a specific time frame...a moment where they can either catch fire or fizzle out...a moment in which the stars are aligned. If they miss that window, it's almost impossible for the stars to align the right way again. Such couples have missed their moment.
This was very thought provoking to me, as I am a big believer in fate, destiny, and serendipity. To me, if two people are truly meant to be together, the stars will re-align themselves again and again and again if that's what their destiny has in store. But then again, maybe that's just my idealized vision of love.
What do you think? Do some couples miss their moment? Or can fate overcome that?
Monday, April 23, 2012
The view from the west pinnacle
Saturday morning it was rainy, overcast, and foggy...the perfect day to take a nature hike! I like to hike in this area called "The Pinnacles" in Berea. It's a 3 1/2 mile hiking path that gradually ascends to some of the most spectacular scenery in Kentucky. What made Saturday even better is that I knew hardly anyone would be there. For some reason, people don't like to hike in the rain. It should come as a surprise to none of my regular readers that I actually find that to be the most beautiful time to hike.
When I first entered the base of The Pinnacles, I was greeted by a very rambunctious yellow lab mix. I named him Socrates haha. He followed me literally everywhere...traveling step by step beside me on the entire 3 hour journey! He did concern me a couple of times by getting perilously close to the edge of some of the cliffs, but I'm sure he is a seasoned hiker.
The hike was simply amazing. The forest was was a very rich and lush green color throughout. The fog made the scenery absolutely breathtaking. It not only hovered in the tops of the pinnacles, but it also nestled in the lowland valleys, creating a view that I don't think I've ever experienced before. The sound of the raindrops hitting the treetops was something to behold as well. The fact that the birds were also singing at the top of their lungs made this experience every bit as powerful to the ears as it was to the eyes.
The hike cleared my senses and put me in an incredibly good mood for the rest of the day. Do you get a chance to nature hike very often? If so, what type of area do you hike to?
Here are some more pictures from Saturday's hike:
The fog added to the beauty in ways that I can't even begin to describe
I sat down and enjoyed this particular view for about 30 minutes
My new hiking buddy :-)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Although I was thankful to Ruby for making me aware that there was a mouse in the house, I was nonetheless concerned because she had never previously exhibited homicidal tendencies. In fact, aside from the occasional psychotic moment that all cats have (chasing imaginary objects, randomly pouncing on your leg as you walk by, running sideways through the living room for no apparent reason, etc.) she was actually quite docile.
On the plus side though, isn't she cute?!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
My job at the college usually requires me to work about 47 hours per week. That, coupled with my 45 minute commute, leaves little free time on any given day. So what I have gotten into the habit of doing, and it's made such a world of difference, is setting aside a little time each day to myself. Yesterday, for instance, I took an afternoon stroll on my lunch break and walked down to a beautiful meandering stream that runs adjacent to campus. Once there, I sat on a large stone next to the stream and enjoyed about 15 minutes of nothing but the sounds of the birds and the sounds of the stream flowing over the rocks. I returned to work refreshed and re-energized.
Sometimes, usually about every other Saturday, I will go to the cinema by myself and catch an afternoon matinee. It’s a good way to escape from the world for a couple hours and the popcorn’s not bad either. I also hit the treadmill at the gym for 30 minutes every night after work while getting lost in the multitude of 90s songs that I have on my MP3 (don’t judge). It’s a great way to wind down the day and also some great thinking time.
I think it's so important that we make time for ourselves. We often get so caught up in making sure that we're not neglecting other things (work, school, family, etc.) that we end up neglecting the one thing that we should not neglect...ourselves. Perhaps it's because it's in our nature to view devoting time to ourselves as selfish...but nothing could be further from the truth! Think about it, the stress-relieving benefits of a little time to yourself each day will actually make you that much more effective when attending to family, work, and school.
Also, time to yourself is healthy! Make some time for yourself...even if it's 15 minutes per day. It's essential to have some "you time" every once in a while. Will you have to sometimes get a little creative to accomplish this? Of course. But it's manageable...after all, if you can successfully devote yourself to other activities/responsibilities then surely you can successfully carve out a little time for you.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I came across this picture a week or so ago while searching for thought-provoking quotes and images - which I like to do regularly. This particular picture, and the quote within the picture, resonatd with me. Take some time to look at this image. Look at the hand of this faceless, famine-stricken child reaching out to be comforted by this faceless stranger. Take some time to think about the things that we take for granted each and every day...the things we complain about. This child would give anything to have our complaints. In the grand scheme of things we're much more fortunate than we realize.
Secondly, I ask you to share this picture/thought with your friends today. We should never forget that there are people in this world who are literally starving to death...it breaks my heart. Let's work on being grateful for the blessings that we have...the roof over our heads at night...the food and water that we have in abudance. Simply being aware of these things can do wonders for the soul, for it allows us to keep our everyday problems in perspective. So today, my friends, let's all take some time to truly be thankful...
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
There's something inescapably romantic about being a part of something greater than oneself...and I think that's the essence of what true love really is. It’s like taking a leap of faith...surrendering yourself to a power that is greater than anything known to us here on earth. So if you’re someone who has recently experienced heartbreak…or even if the heartbreak has not been recent but is still affecting your belief in love, heed the words of the late writer Peter McWilliams: “It is a risk to love? Sure. After all, what if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it does?”
Thursday, March 8, 2012
'We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are..."
It’s always fascinated me how reality differs depending on one’s perspective…
How my view of a person, a situation, or an event can be perfectly clear to me
Yet seemingly just as perfectly clear – albeit completely different- to another
When we talk to another person about the person or situation it’s as if
we are looking through two different windows yet with the same view…
I suppose that it’s rather that the window is the same
but it’s actually the view that’s different…
It’s as if each of us creates a different reality
a different way in which we make sense of the world we notice
in how we process what we see, hear, and feel
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
I love the color of a rainbow as it's shining through the rain...
I love the sound of a bird when it is singing just before dark...
I marvel at the amazing colors of the evening sky - Mother Nature painting her masterpiece...
I can appreciate life's tears, broken hearts, smiles, contentment...
I love seeing flashes of the "big picture" in the middle of confusion...
I find peace in the color of autumn leaves, the scents of spring flowers, and the fireflies of the summer nights...
I recognize more than ever that it's the little things that make up the big things...
Vivid is the perfect way to describe life...our beautiful, wonderful, ordinary life...
I love peering into the horizon not knowing where the road will take me, yet looking forward to the journey...
To be honest...I wouldn’t trade "not knowing" for anything else...
I love life...and I intend to live it with a purpose...