Free to wander and wonder…


I just finished a good solid 15 minutes of stretching and meditation.  I was driving home from my niece’s track meet this evening and was feeling incredibly tense from another heavy work week.  Once I arrived home I immediately changed out of my day clothes and into my comfy men’s button down shirt and pink and yellow pajama bottoms…aaaahhhh.  I love sleeping in men’s dress shirts!  Quirky???  They are just incredibly comfortable!   Next, I put the kettle on and cut myself a thick slice of juicy lemon to put in my hot mug of water.  So simple and pure and so good for an after yoga/meditation session.  

Refreshing hot lemon water :)
Refreshing hot lemon water 🙂

It never ceases to amaze me how only 15 minutes of stretching and meditating can rejuvenate your mind and body and erase all the tension.   

Yesterday evening I was suppose to attend night two of the  Banff Mountain Film Festival.  


Night one left me so inspired to do even more than I already do and have done over the last several years.  The above video is definitely worth watching so…CHECK. IT. OUT!  But yesterday I left work with a second wind and called my mom to see if she wanted to go mosey around Marshall’s for a bit.  I needed a few things for the apartment and I still have gift cards to use.  So I picked her up and we went for a bit and she kept saying to me (because I couldn’t stop yawning and closing my eyes intermittently), “Why don’t you just skip the film festival tonight and get a good nights rest?”  I said no, and that I really wanted to go.  So we left the store and she suggested we grab a bite to eat.  We grabbed a small pizza from Zeppe’s in Avon along with two Diet Cokes and headed down to the lake.  

Lake with my momma :)
Lake with my momma 🙂

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As my mom and I were sitting there listening to the waves wash up on shore and watching them splash upon the rocks, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures because I get so inspired by Lake Erie and really just water in general.  On the last backpacking trip that I went on and the one before that actually, I sat on a dry rock in the middle of the creek and silently meditated.  I am a water gal and I am soooo happy to be living within walking distance to the lake.  It was such a beautiful evening… the sun was bright as it was setting in the far distance and it cast a glow on the lake that my iPhone couldn’t quite capture.   I kept looking at the boats still docked on land and kept thinking about the stillness of winter.  I can’t wait to see the Lake Erie alive with boats of all shapes and sizes!   And I really can’t wait to get out on the lake and kayak again this summer!  The grass was so vibrant and green and it provided a beautiful contrast to the rest of the landscape.  I was so thankful to spend a very peaceful, soothing and beautiful evening with my mom.  And I would have rather been right there soaking her and the lake in than be at the festival.  So my quest for awe and inspiration came not from night two of the festival but rather from my mother and our sweet, delicious and beautiful nature filled evening watching the sunset over Lake Erie.  Thanks Momma 😉

A zany zesty friend of mine who is always in a fine frenzy sent me a link the other day to a website that has just completely resonated with me.  So much so that I feel that I want to be a part of it.  If I have ever felt “connected” (hahaha…get it?  connected!?) to this crazy world wide web it is definitely to the the site She Explores .  I feel connected to the people who have written and shared these stories and I don’t even know them.  They just speak my language!  The site is about traveling, artistry, and exploring.  What I loved most about this website are the stories of women, some single and some traveling with the husbands, boyfriends or partners, in vans of sorts across the country and world and making it a lifestyle.  I have road tripped several times across this vast nation but I have always come home.  But what if the road were my home?  The vehicle that I was traveling converted to a portable home?!  Can you say DREAM?!  I was lucky enough in this life to fulfill one of my dreams.  Now it is on to new ones.  Of course living a traveling life on the road would take monetary planning but it is not impossible to do.  People do great things everyday.  I set off to California with $500 and a yearning for the outdoor life.  Mission accomplished.  How, you ask?  Because I wanted it THAT bad!  You HAVE to make life happen for you.  You can’t force things but you can put hard work and dedication towards your dreams and accomplish them if you want it bad enough.  The Zac Brown Band has a song titled Free.  It’s about living in an old van and traveling all cross the land.  Just being together traveling through life.  

With that I say goodnight friends and may you have blissful vibrant dreams,


“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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