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Life, Photography


So.. I scheduled today’s other post like a week and a half ago.  Nothing tells you how much of a big whiner you are than your past self whining at you today!  I’m doing a lot better now.  I started the rapid fit program with Dez this week.  I have one word for it: brutal. The diet is totally doable, and I enjoy it for the most part but the exercise requirements are a bit crazy. It’s only day 3 but I’m worn out.  I’m not going to stop though, mostly because I feel like I am capable of doing anything and having the energy to do so after this kind of day. Yesterday was pretty typical. I woke up, went to work, did one pretty harsh workout at boot camp, and then went to the park for an additional hour of  running/walking. Then even though I thought I’d be destroyed, I found myself with the energy to run to Barnes & Noble, JoAnn Fabrics, Publix and back home to cook myself dinner and be in bed by 10pm. I even plowed through a book until 2am or so and then went to sleep. Rousing myself by 8am was actually kind of easy.  I even spoke to my mom about wedding finances over the phone yesterday without wanting to go outside, lay on the asphalt and have a tantrum.

This is the power of an amazing workout.

For some reason God only knows, I keep forgetting that adding 1-2 hours of P90x type activity + time alone in the calm solitude of nature  adds nearly 4-6 hours of energy to my day. The days I’m most useless and letting my emotions dictate how I feel are the days I haven’t gotten my workout in.

I need to cling hard to my exercise time. It’s the only time during the day that I can clear my mind of everything. The extra hour in the park is like time with God. I am alone, with the birds and the trees and the wind as my only companions and I am drawn easily into a spiritual communion with God. I lay my fears, worries, anger, and solitude out in front of him. I don’t get answers or anything, but I definitely feel a sense of relief, and my sense of aloneness  in these situations dissipates.  It’s been pretty great. It’s solidified my day so far.

I took this picture with my phone walking up a hill at McDaniel Farm Park, where I was Monday. Seriously, thank you Gwinnett County Parks and Rec.






It looks like my friends and I are planning another cabin trip coming up in February. This time it’ll be a ski trip. I’ve never gone skiing before so I’m getting pretty excited already! I think I’m getting over my post travel slump. I even took a shower this morning and didn’t pass out! The illness made me never want to travel again… but you guys know me. That feeling wasn’t going to last! I’m a traveler at heart! I am ready for you, next illness/travel challenge!

Also I am down a pants size because of this sickness. ONE SMALL WIN at a time!


More Fall Goodness

Another series of images I took last weekend and the weekend before of fall glory! :)


The leaves are like an inch deep in some parts.


Fall can be even more stunning with some serious blue sky.


I think looking up is one of my favorite things to do this season.


As well as producing bokeh. Hehe.


Everything’s littered….


And the sun washes across the lawns in warm colors.


And of course the forest becomes suddenly more magical.


AND NO BUGS! Woo hoo!



I was at Jones Bridge Park on Friday for a work function. The river was full its colors  looked like the colors of the surrounding trees. On closer inspection, it was a mix of  some reddish rocks and patches of sunlight. Nature is beautiful in so many ways.


I guess fall is technically here! :)





It’s not often the forest invites you in to sample the secrets of a road past the bridge of tines.



A helicopter flies over a beach near Ft. Myers.


Military stuff has always intrigued me.