Spirit of Dragonflies

Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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WPC – A Moment in Time

This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

“Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” ~ Corita Kent ~

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Zip lining in Juneau Rainforest Canopy in Alaska

While on a Miracle Cruise to Alaska with my sister, I had the opportunity to zip line through the Rainforest Canopy in Juneau. I experienced zip lining once in the Adirondacks however it was a small line set up to help build self-confidence in foster children visiting the retreat center. In the Rainforest Canopy, as I stood on the first platform, my legs quivered under me as I have a fear of heights. Tears of joy filled my eyes and it became difficult to breathe – I was witnessing a dream manifesting before my eyes. I took a deep breath, pulled my shoulders back, and prepared to fully experience a special moment. Three of my favorite things coming together – a rainforest, zip lining, and Alaska.

As we continued through the forest with the platforms increasing in height and the lines stretching further through the trees from platform to platform my fear lessened. By the time we reached the last line I released my hold on the safety bar and allowed myself to sail through the trees unencumbered by fear.

The cruise allowed me to experience new adventures and allowed me to release some of the fears that held me back. It was truly a miracle cruise.  An adventure captured in a photo and forever in my mind.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius ~

If you would like to view additional photos or would like to submit your own for this week’s challenge, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/delta/

Love and Light!


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Transforming Lives One Day at a Time

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If you are ready to step into that river and transform your life, make a decision that today is the day!!

Mindful living and gratitude journals are not just something that I talk about, it is a daily part of my life now. Let me share how living this way has changed my life.

Two weeks ago I participated in a challenge to post 100 things that I am grateful for. Some people said it would take too much time, they needed the whole day to think of 100 things to be grateful for. It took me around 15 minutes. It didn’t take any time to think of things to be grateful for, just the writing it down took some time. Once started I could have continued on beyond the 100 things. This is due to my waking with gratitude every morning for almost a year now.

After that challenge, I decided once again to transform my life. I facilitated a Vision Board class at the library and the women who had participated two years prior brought their Vision Boards from the previous class to show how they had accomplished their visions. My boards (I have three) have visions of at what my life will look like in six months, a year, five years. A week ago Sunday I felt a little sadness floating over and around me. At the time I wasn’t sure why I was feeling that way however by the time my evening walk ended I was feeling great, like walking through a new door.

Tuesday morning I met with two women whom I thought were meeting with me to share our experiences with the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking course. My class was in 1985 with my sister. When we first stood up to introduce ourselves to the 42 other participants I had no voice, couldn’t even share my name. My sister stood and introduced me. During the weeks of training I began to speak and was able to give one and two minutes speeches. At the end I was nominated as the most changed over the course. From shy introvert, to someone who could give speeches in front of a class. The red face, racing heart, and embarrassment were no longer a part of my experience. Speed up to 2016, sitting in the coffee shop with these two women chatting and laughing as we learned of each other unaware of what was to transpire. The one woman, was the owner of the Dale Carnegie franchise, asked if I would like to join their team. A dream since 1985 just came to fruition. Starting in September I will join the Dale Carnegie team of motivational trainers. I prefer – inspirational leaders.

During the last two weeks I was approached by a coach from the Quantum Success Coaching Academy regarding this upcoming opportunity for coaching those suffering from PTSD. I missed two of the informational calls and then last Wednesday listened in and spoke with the woman from the Academy on a Zoom conference call. By Thursday my flight was booked and a roommate found for our Seattle, WA training.

Two major changes in one week and there is no looking back.

But wait, that isn’t the end. On my vision board there is a group of people with children in the woods. They are dressed in long flowing dresses, flowers in their hair, a bon fire, tables with candles, little twinkly lights. Saturday I was invited to a Summer Solstice party. I wore my dress that had been sitting in the closet for two years awaiting such a party. While walking along the trail in the woods it felt magical. I had no idea what to expect, they just said wear a dress if you would like.

When I saw the candles on the clothed tables, little girls in dresses with flowers in their hair, white clothes hanging between the trees lit by twinkling lights, it felt like I walked into my vision. Quite a magical week.

Now as I move forward to work with those suffering from PTSD – many who feel that there is no reason to move forward in life, those stuck in their minds due to a trauma that they can’t let go of  – another door is opening. This is a dream career – to guide them along the path of mindful living, helping them find the way to living full and productive lives. Prolympian Coaching will provide methods for ending the cycle of harm starting with the individual and working with families without blame or shame. What a wonderful opportunity to guide others along their path to freedom, joy, and hope for a better future. Once they enter in the new waters there will be no looking back, they will be changed forever. If you know anyone suffering from PTSD or are a coach looking to join a team please check out this website: http://prolympiancoaching.com

Life is something to be grateful for and guiding others along their path to love, joy, and living mindfully is where I have found myself. Stepping into the flowing river of change, I shall not look back and will continue to be at peace knowing that I am transforming lives along the way.

If you are interested in private coaching sessions, please complete the form below, leave a message, or email me at spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Life is a river and sometimes we have to flow around or over obstacles to get to the place we wish to be. When we decide today is the day, we open the door and transformation becomes possible. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That will make all the difference.

Love and Light!

 


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Living In-Between Past and Future

Living in-between our past and future is where we can find our peace and love of life. This moment is all we have. This post is in the past as soon as it is written down. This means I should focus in the here and now. Hold this writing in a place of love and gratitude so as I send this out to the world beautiful energy is shared with all those reading.

When writing my story, I could focus on the drama of the past or fear I had of the future but that is no longer my story. My story has been rewritten and I am forever grateful to live lovingly in-between.

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What story are you writing about your life?

Every moment of your life is a blank slate. You can release, redefine, and refocus the story of your life at any moment. Are you ready to release the drama and focus on what isn’t working? You can redefine your life by deciding to shift and find ways to enjoy every moment. You can refocus on the things in your life that bring joy. How you ask?

  • Decide today is the day: Say out loud, “I have decided today is the day to create a new future.”
    • Just acknowledging that you are ready prepares the way
    • Action is needed – it’s not just the saying but by deciding on what steps to take
    • Take a small step or action every day – change your morning habits, your food choices, add in a daily walk or stretching, smile more, laugh a little more, do one thing a day to help you enjoy life more
  • Stop and visualize what life you want to live
    • You know what you don’t want – we all know when we aren’t comfortable with our lives and what we don’t want any more of – switch to focus on what you do want more of and put all of your energy there
  • Create a vision board, creative future box, gratitude journal, idea journal, script of your life
    • Watch for my video of creating a vision board in a future post
    • Find a small box, decorate it and write Creative Future Box
      • place items in your box that give you joy and love
    • Pick up a journal that brings joy and write down everything you are grateful for every morning or evening, write down ideas that come to you during the day (without judging), write a script of how you want to feel about your life

Remember, life is not a destination it is a journey. Everyday is part of that journey.

One of the most important new habits you can start is to learn to appreciate wherever you are today. There is always something in your life to appreciate. If you are alive and breathing, you can have gratitude. A gift someone gave you that brings you joy – appreciation. Food on your table – appreciation. Running water and clean drinking water – appreciation. If you have your health, employment, transportation — all things to appreciate. Start small and allow your appreciation to grow.

A gift you can give to yourself is to wake every morning and before getting out of bed take a few minutes, ten if possible but there is no actual amount of time needed, and think or say out loud all the things you are appreciative of or give gratitude for. This has changed my outlook on life and the day that is to unfold before me. We can always be grateful for all of our blessings in-between. That is in-between where we were and where we are going. If you are not appreciating and giving gratitude for where you are at any given moment, then how will we ever appreciate today, tomorrow or next year. You will have to remain in-between no matter where you are, there is nothing else.

It was the times in my life when I had gratitude for my blessings – children, warm clothing, warm home, food, car, employment – that no matter how little we had I always felt love and joy. I remember once when I didn’t really like my position, or company I was working for, but enjoyed the staff that I was supervising, the location, and hours. Focusing on my children, nature, health, education, and simple pleasures like hugs, laughter, playing games, picnics allowed me to remain in a good place. There were times when I focused on what I disliked and those days were long and hard. When I received notice that I was being laid off – remember I was a single Mom of three – I thanked my employer. Without any knowledge of how we were going to survive I was truly grateful for being laid off. I knew in that moment a door had opened and we would be fine. Not sure where that knowledge came from but in my heart I knew. That door opened so that I could attend college full-time. Seven years of study at the Community College and when that door closed another opened so that I could complete my Associates degree the next year. Was it easy – no. Was it worth it – Yes!

When I share with you strategies, techniques, processes, ideas – take what appeals to you and give it a try. It can’t hurt. I’m not saying to quit your job, change relationships, relocate – unless that is what you need to do. What will work is to learn to appreciate where you are because you are always in-between. That is where life is lived. Not in the future or clinging to the past. Release the past – it no longer has any control over you. Be grateful for those loved ones who have died but don’t allow yourself to give up on your own life. Be grateful that you had the time with them and send them love. If someone from the past angered you or did something to hurt you, release them by forgiving them with love and kindness. Then love yourself by living in the here and now. Learn how to be grateful for every moment of life – sometimes we have a bad day or bad week. Truthfully, when you learn how to live in daily gratitude those bad days become bad moments that you can easily put behind you.

Everyday will not be filled with laughter however everyday can be filled with peace and love. The only person who can control your thoughts, actions, and emotions is you. You can become drama proof because drama will no longer have a place in your life once you live in the in-between with gratitude.

I hope you have decided to try some of the ideas that were shared. They have helped me and many others on our life journey, I know they can help you as well. Please let me know if you try them and what shifts you make in your own in-between journey.

Love and Light!


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Transformation is Part of the Journey

As with life, transformation and growth are necessary parts of existence. So it was time to transform the look of this site. It has been over a year since the inception of this website and as a life coach transformation is part of our journey. Taking time to create a new look and color revitalized this site, in preparation for what is to come next. Creativity allows us to be open and ready for what life has to bring. and brings a breath of fresh air.

In our daily life it is important to take a different road, read new books, learn new ideas, grow, experiment, network, get out of our comfort zones. It is also important to get up and move – walk, dance, run, stretch. Adding in time for meditation brings a sense of peace as well. This makes life interesting and allows our brains to expand through the creation of new synaptic connections.

Just like water we too can be in flow and shine as we transform our lives. Sometimes tragedies or even constant worry can make people hard and unbending. Aging has a way of doing the same for many people as well. Let’s not allow this to happen in your life.

Remember we are all light-beings and can let our light shine at any time along our journey. Just as the light glistens in this piece of melting ice, you too can reflect your inner light out to the world.

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Glistening Ice

In case you haven’t heard, science has discovered a flash of light that occurs at the moment of conception. Yes, we are truly light-beings:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/26/scientists-witness-flash-light-during-conception-say-discovery-could-aid-ivf.html

In my own life shining my light and transformation are allowing me to awaken every morning in a state of gratitude. Everyday I wake knowing that I will learning something new, take a different road, visit a new location, read at least a chapter in new book or check out a new website.

Blogging was new to me over a year ago. I had no idea how to set up a website but was intrigued after viewing my daughter’s site. I watched a YouTube video, read a couple of books, and then took the plunge. I purchased domain names from GoDaddy then discovered that I didn’t need them on WordPress however I am still glad that they were purchased. Then after drawing some dragonflies and playing with words – Spirit of Dragonflies was born. A little more creativity with words and Guide to Awakening Your Inner Self: Begin Your Creative Journey Today was ready to go. Since that time I have learned to add widgets and tags, post weekly, became part of the The Daily Post photo challenge. Now that I have a quality camera I am sure you have noticed some changes in my photography although using my cell phone as a camera was very easy. I have taken classes at Apple to learn how to categorize photos, create iMovies, music on Garageband, and a presentation on Keynote. The goal being to upload an iMovie on this site with my own music.

Looking behind the lens of the camera has opened my eyes to a new perspective of the environment – micro and macro. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. You may have noticed the change over the last year. Life is a canvas to create the world you want to see.

So that brings me to you and your own creative journey. Is there anything that you have learned or expanded on over this last year? If you have been following my post you might remember that jewelry making has also been part of my creative journey. Have you been finding time for writing, drawing, dancing, singing, exercise, jewelry making, photography, or other endeavors? If not, what’s holding you back?

If you say “I don’t have time. I don’t know how. I can’t . . . I shouldn’t . . .” Then please leave me a message or complete the form below. We can discuss how you can become the creative person you are meant to be and bring some excitement and joy into your life. If you have read my Meet Sandy post you know that I was a single, working Mom of three. Having children does not have to be an excuse for holding you back from creating the life you dream of, neither does working. Life is short and we are only given a certain amount of time to share our gifts with the world. Your children will be better for your creativity and happiness.

Remember, learning something new, being creative, and enjoying life bring not only happiness but increase your health and over all well-being. I hope to hear from you.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Future

The past and the present might be open to interpretation, but are still constrained by the reality of what was and is. The future? It’s tremendously intangible, brimming with possibility.

This week, share an image that represents the potential of things to come.

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Finding my flock/tribe to fly with

At the beginning of every year I prepare a Vision Board. One or two on a paper boards and a couple (health, career, finance, adventure) on MindMovies. You can check out Natalie Ledwell’s MindMovies site by clicking on this link:

http://www.mindmovies.com

So many people in my community speak of retirement – can’t wait until they retire. Many are in the thirties and forties. This is sad because they have years ahead of them focusing on a day in the future that may never come, or if it does, they will miss the days and years of adventures in-between. Using a mindfulness approach to the future, I focus on this moment, this day, next month, six months, and a year with a long-term goal of what my accomplishments will be over a lifetime.

Below is a Vision Board created in 2013. It was after I left my husband and his house. I had a new career, new apartment, and was beginning anew. At the time I wanted to find a rental home and live in a place similar the memory of my deceased Aunt Betsy’s home which was filled with love items/memories and sunshine.

Vision Board from 2013

Vision Board from 2013

Within eight months I relocated to a rental home closer to work. The home filled quickly with loved items – not all of my liking but loved by someone in the past. This happens when you try to become a minimalist – friends and family think you are lacking and share items with you. Out of love of course. When my niece came to visit she walked around the house and said “You have created your Vision Board.” Not the exact items but the energy of the board. Amazingly many of the physical realities of this home were included in my MindMovie. The house, although mine is brick-red, it is exactly like the yellow house in my movie. With the front yard, trees, garage, and swing.

This year, my current Vision Board was no longer serving me or representing the direction I want my life to flow. It was an AHA moment. My view of the future has changed – not just a little but quite a bit over the last three years. The colors that have followed me for over a decade no longer suit me, neither do the clothing style or material possessions. While reviewing some of the magazine pictures that were cut in January, it surprised me that I no longer had any feeling toward the houses, clothing, colors – mainly reds and golds. It looked like a lot of clutter. I am now drawn to sky blue, turquoise, jade, mint green, white with pops of yellow and red, although the colors of autumn do still hold a special place in my heart. A minimalist lifestyle spent in nature whenever possible is where I find myself today and in the future.

Female friends are taking on a new role in my life – finding my tribe of women to fly with is a priority. I am not sure if this is a part of the whole aging process or not, I yearn for that connection and closeness to female friends similar to my youth. I remember sitting on my friend’s front porch talking about our future and how we would still be friends in our ‘old’ age. We lost touch over three decades ago. Creating the vision board has brought me to this place – not a place of sadness but a place of knowing. Knowing exactly what and where I am heading to a life filled with love, friendship, camaraderie, laughter, creativity, and nature.

 

It may be that as I journeyed into my fifties there was a shift as most people share however my view on life and what is important has completely shifted. It might be a return to the adult me I visualized myself being in my teens. Sometimes I find myself in turmoil between holding on to where I have been, my idea of what this stage of my life should look like, and the direction that my new self wants to venture. Material possession have less hold over me. When I think of the home I want to live in or the car I want to drive – the actual material objects disappear. What has replaced this is a feeling/energy of what I want a home, car and other possessions to provide. When with family, friends, co-workers, interacting with people in general I want to be able to remain at peace, filled with love and compassion. My home is my sanctuary, a peaceful place to return to reenergize.

Many of my past vision boards have come to fruition and this surprises some, not me. I know what we think about and place our energy on comes to fruition. We are manifestors of our realities. As we think about our futures, we should pay more attention to our words and actions. Even if we think we don’t have everything available to us now, paying attention to our feelings about this moment will change our reality of how we think about life. By researching, networking, stepping out of our comfort zone we expand our realities and gain a better understanding of how far we can reach. Regular meditation, life coaching sessions, energy healing, and self-assessing have changed my life and preparing a Vision Board provides visual direction.

If you are interested in participating in this week’s daily challenge or would like to submit your own photos please click on this link:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/future

We all posses this inner power to be who we are meant to be. If you are unsure how to shift and would like guidance, please contact me. I am a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, Therapeutic Touch practitioner, and facilitate meditations. If you need some guidance we can create a plan to guide you along your path to living a mindful life to reach your goals and dreams.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Life Imitates Art – 2

This week, find inspiration in a piece of art. Then, imitate it.

While visiting my son, Joseph Yetto, a painter, on the easel I noticed he was painting a self portrait. Of course I made him poise next to it and he accommodated me.

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Joseph Yetto’s self portrait in progress

This isn’t his first self portrait. When my daughter, Allison, and I shared an apartment in Irvine, CA I placed a life size self portrait of Joe in the hallway near my room. This is Joe staring out at you. Actually when you move in front of this painting it feels and looks as if he is following you with his eyes. I love it! It currently hangs in a guest bedroom in my home.

Joe's self portrait from the early years

Joe’s self portrait from the early years

When Allison went to the bathroom in the night I would hear her scream and then say, “Joe you scared the crap out of me.” It would always make me laugh because she never remembered it was hanging there until she was exiting the bathroom. Still makes me laugh!

In my youth I had wanted to become an artist and loved drawing, especially with India Ink. Having my son become an accomplished artist has been a wonderful experience. I live vicariously through him as he engages with the art world and networks with some of the great artists such as his recently deceased employer, Ellsworth Kelly. One day, I shall return to drawing and might even try a little painting myself. One never knows what they are capable of until they try. As a parent I always told my children to do what they love and the money will follow. Luckily, Joe listened. Isn’t life grand!!

If you would like to see more of his work click on this link:  http://josephyetto.com

If you would like to see more entries for this week’s photo challenge or would like to enter your own, click on the link below:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/life-imitates-art/

Love and Light!


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Living in a State of Gratitude

Today as you rise and start your day take a moment to look around and give thanks for all of your blessings. If you think, what blessings then you aren’t looking close enough.

Message of the day.

Did you open your eyes? Can you see? Did you have a bed to sleep in and were you warm during the night? Some people did not wake this morning, some did not have a bed to sleep in or warm place to rest. Do you have clothing to wear, warm water to bathe in, soap, breakfast, coffee? Those are things to be grateful for. Is there a supply of air to breath? Take two minutes to be grateful. Slowly breath in and out three times. Look around the room where you are sitting. Is there anything in that room which makes you feel gratitude? You might have to start slowly and that is fine.

Here are some examples:

  • I am grateful for the breath that I take.
  • I am grateful for the trees outside the window that provide shade and homes for the squirrels.
  • I am grateful for the light on the end stand that lights the way when it is dark.
  • I am grateful for the painting on the wall that lifts my spirits.
  • I am grateful for this cup of tea.

Think about everything you have in your life at this moment to be grateful for. Start small and then grow from there. Are you blessed with:

  • Health even if you have illness there are areas in your body that are working such as being able to walk, breath, use your hands/fingers
  • Friend(s) – you don’t have to have several because one close, trusting friend is a blessing
  • Family – even if they live far away can you be grateful for cell phones or FaceTime which allows you to remain in contact
  • Job or income source that allows you to eat and have a place to live, transportation . . . provides you interactions, creativity, new ideas
  • Dishes to eat from and possibly share meals with others
  • Books to read and learn, a library or book store to connect with others
  • Shoes to protect your feet from the elements
  • Blankets to keep you warm and a pillow to rest your head

We all have so small things to be grateful for everyday of our lives and it starts with waking in the morning, opening our eyes, and being able to breath. That is a gift!

Be the light and share that light with others. If you wake in the morning and have what is needed to survive the day you have been truly blessed. Is your heart beating, is your body digesting, can you see, or hear, or feel? Even if you need others to help you make it through the day, you can be thankful whether that be family, friends, community, government. If there is someone providing care and essentials then be extra grateful that you were blessed with this assistance and those who work to provide this for you whether it be rental assistance, food subsidy, heating or electricity assistance, subsidized health insurance. I remember when I received food stamps and heat assistance for a couple of month when I was laid off. For my children and I, it seemed we hit the lottery and we were grateful for the ability to purchase food and heat our home. One year my family was adopted at Christmas and the college students supplied presents for the children and a couple for me, plus food. It felt as if Santa was real that year. Now my sister and I purchase Christmas for a family every year and we feel grateful for the ability to share even though we will never see or know the families. If you are grateful for all of your blessings, one day you will find yourself on the giving side of what was given to you. Life is a beautiful thing!!

As you can see, we all have something to be grateful for everyday when we wake and each evening when we go to sleep. The more you focus on what you have and be grateful for whatever that is, the higher your energy will rise and the more you will attract to be grateful for.

Sending you love, light and abundance to carry your through your day and into your sleep.

Today I am grateful for my life and everything that I will be able to do during the day to guide people and for all those people who come into my life to guide me. This life is reciprocal and we get in return what we give. So give all that you can, even if it is a beautiful smile to a stranger passing by. That stranger will have something to be grateful for today as well.

What are you grateful for today? I would love to hear from you so we can be grateful for sharing with one another and sharing a high vibration.

Love and Light,
Sandy


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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Victory.”

 

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

Releasing fear behind as I zip through the forest

This week’s challenge reminded me of a personal victory I had while visiting Alaska. First it was a personal victory to even visit this massive state – it was a dream since my youth.

Zip lining is something I was familiar with and had an experience with once when I brought a foster child I was working with to Adirondack Experience for a reunion visit. There were a dozen girls who were at the reunion, many from the urban areas and attending the week in the Adirondacks was taking them out of their comfort zones. Add in the rope courses, zip lining and climbing poles was even further out of their element. The youth I brought wanted to climb up the tree ladder and experience the zip line but fear overtook her. I, with my fear of heights, hadn’t planned on participating but decided to show her that to overcome her fears she had to experience this, that day, for she may never have this experience again.

I slowly climbed the ladder, looking upward for fear if I looked down I would freeze. While in BASIC training with the Army I froze when climbing the various obstacles along the obstacle course but pushed forward because I wanted to lead the young girls who were in my company. I was 32 at the time serving with girls as young as 17 year olds old. So, climbing this tree with this young girl’s future in mind put enough pressure on me to climb to the top but this time I was in my late 40s. Once at the top, I sat and slid over to the guide. He locked me in to the harness and I scooted to the edge – feet dangling as I continued to look out and up at the trees. I leaned back and whispered for him to shove me off because I would never willingly jump off. He said lean forward. I asked for him to repeat. He did and added that I should look at the trees and lean forward. The girls were shouting encouragement from below and then I leaned over to look down at them and, I was flying in the air down through the trees so quick that it was all a blur. At the end the rope snapped tight and my feet continued onward out in front of me, then back behind me a few times until the weight of my body and gravity brought my body to a slow swing. The guide met my feet with a ladder and once my feet were secure I released the lock of the harness from the rope. The girls were cheering and I was still in disbelief. It was a wonderful feeling but my body continue to shake in response to the experience.  I wasn’t ready to try again.

A decade later, my sister and I were checking out the excursions on the cruise ship and I decided zip lining in Alaska would add to my experience and fulfilled a few dreams – Alaska, temperate rain forest and zip lining. My sister declined the invitation so I went off on my own.

We road a boat across the bay to the island. Having an island of trees was pretty amazing to begin with. There were several zip lines throughout the adventure. The first wasn’t too long or too high – higher than the Adirondack Experience but compared to what was to come in hindsight it wasn’t. The trees were further apart as well. When I climbed the platform tears of joy filled my eyes – I was in Alaska, in a temperate rain forest zip lining. It was overwhelming. My knees were not quite as excited as they wobbled under me and my heart joined in with a little extra thump now and then. I was not going to let this stop me.

They buckle you up and off you go into the trees, sometimes not even knowing where you will land but I continued onward with others in my group.

Getting ready for my turn

Getting ready for my turn

I received my certificate and medal to show that I was victorious. Might have even stood a little taller and straighter that day. What better way to experience Alaska!!

Love and Light!


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Challenging Ourselves One Step at a Time

 

This is the year of challenges and taking chances – one step at a time. If we don’t try we will never know what we are capable of accomplishing. Recently, while in Barnes and Noble, I picked up a copy of Digital Photo magazine and found the 2015 Landscape Photo Contest. I have submitted four photos and was surprised to discover that two of the four have 200+ and 100+ votes. All four have with 5 stars ratings with the third totaling over 90 votes and the last entry with 8.  I was excited and grateful just to have the opportunity to enter the contest. All four photos were taken prior to receiving my new Nikon camera. If you like my photos I would be very grateful if you would visit the sites I have attached below and vote for these photos.

Peaceful

Peaceful setting at Nelson House in Saratoga National Historical Park

The red house has been visited by my children and I for many years. We would take long walks in the park and stop to for a snack and drink of water. When small, my children would play on the porch and pretend that they lived in this home. As adults we stop by and take a rest on the porch. The tree is beautiful in the autumn and I have plenty of shots of this with the reds and orange leaves. In the spring there is a beautiful lilac bush in bloom and walking past the fresh scent of lilacs greats you. From this porch you can see for miles across the Hudson River to the mountains of eastern New York. It is a breathtaking site especially in autumn and when dusted in a winter snow.

http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/landscapes/gallery/862171-saratoga-national-park-stillwater-ny#.VeHxFayPYPk.facebook

Autumn at Adirondack Lake located in Indian Lake, NY

Autumn at Adirondack Lake located in Indian Lake, NY

Adirondack Lake is the perfect spot for kayaking in spring, summer or fall. It is a nice place for fishing and hearing loons. Last year while kayaking we met upon loons and their nest in the far off area of the lake. It is a very peaceful setting. This photo was taken on an overnight at Binder’s cabins located across the street. If you ever get the chance to visit upstate New York and travel on Route 28N stop by and take a little rest at Adirondack Lake.

http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/landscapes/gallery/862181-fall-adirondack-lake-in-ny

If you have a chance and would like to vote for my photos I would be very grateful for your support. If you have photos that you would like to enter you still have time to enter the contest.

When we take small steps eventually we reach our goals. What steps are you taking to reach your goals?

Love and Light!

 


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The Artist – Taylor Rose Yetto

My granddaughter just posted her site and I would love to share her artistic talent with you. She is reaching out and sharing her light and love of art, creativity, and life.

Check our her site and let me know what you think of her art. As you probably can tell, I am very proud of her. Hope you enjoy!

http://artforthefaylover.weebly.com/other-fun-stuff.html

Love and Light!