Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasonal Transition

autumn leaves, Arizona

autumn leaves, Arizona

Arizona is a bit funny when it comes to the transition of seasons. Even though it feels like winter (well, Arizona winter), there are still beautiful autumn scenes to be found, especially down in the valleys. Instead of Black Friday chaos, my friend and I happened upon this peaceful picnic spot and had a nice trek through the canyon. It was perfection… (smile)

This week’s photo challenge is “transition.”

Be Thankful

thanksgiving, thankful quote

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I’m not gonna lie, this has been a much harder year than I anticipated. Just this last week both my grandfather and my cat were admitted to the hospital (not the same hospital mind you…). Both have been sent home but it’s touch and go. The similarities between the two worry me for some inexplicable reason, almost as if they’re tied together somehow. It doesn’t feel as though it bodes well.

Needless to say, when I first sat down to pull this post together I had some trouble finding a grateful attitude. Sometimes it’s hard to stop focusing on the negative in order to focus on the positive.  I usually feels silly when I first begin, but I find that I never feel worse for reflecting, with a grateful heart, on all the good things in this life. We all have something to be thankful for, be it small and seemingly insignificant or major and life-altering. We just have to remember to stop and acknowledge.

Whether you’re in the U.S. celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday or somewhere else in this world, may you have a genuinely wonderful day full of the positive things in life. And know that I am thankful for each and every one of you reading this post – you guys make such a difference :)

Life Lately: Birthday Edition

If I had to choose one word to describe life the last month, I’d probably go with hectic. I feel like I haven’t had time to breathe over the last six weeks and while some of that is self-inflicted, a lot of it has been beyond my control. It’s definitely been a push/pull, love/hate vibe. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to make some amazing memories though, so I’d say that overall the good outweighs the bad. (smile)


The Morocco trip was amazing. Fabulous. Perspective-changing even. I learned a bit about photography, got to see and experience an amazing country, and (perhaps most importantly) remembered a few key things about myself. Namely, that I am always happiest when I’m out of my bubble. And really, isn’t that the best kind of trip?? I’ve been posting a few teaser photos here and there, but I will definitely be sharing more soon!

I had just enough time to re-adjust my time zones before my dad and grandma flew out for a long weekend. I was so excited that they were able to come out and explore! The Grand Canyon has been on Gran’s bucket list as long as I can remember, so to be able to take her there and see her face as she first walked up to the edge is a memory I will treasure forever. We had a busy few days, but I hope think know she had a great time. I will admit, though, that I was more tired after that adventure than Morocco. Keeping up manners around grandma is hard work! Just goes to show that I’ve become a total heathen I guess. (smile)

Marrakesh Morocco

Work has gotten so busy! I believe there was a time a few months ago when I was complaining about not being busy enough… I hope this is a good reminder to my future self to not jinx such things! It is nice to be busy again, but of course it comes right when I have other avenues I’d prefer to explore. That’s life I suppose… It just means I have less time with my Kindle and more time with the laptop!

And, because I don’t want mean to be intentionally vague, I’ll just say that I’ve been discussing other work opportunities in other locations. I’ve been toying around with this for a while now, but it’s finally getting a bit more serious! I’m sure I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops and headlines if/when something finally pans out, but for now I just don’t want to jinx anything. Fingers crossed people!

Sedona, Arizona

Looking at my calendar the other day, I realized that it’s not reasonable to think about coming back to this space in any meaningful way this year (aka the next 6 weeks or so!!!). I think it’s better if I just continue on casually for a bit and come back with a fresh perspective in the new year. I’ve kind of enjoyed being a bit sporadic in my posting truthfully, but there’s also something to be said for a schedule! I am a land of contrasts. Ha.

Speaking of contrasts, the weather in Phoenix has finally reached perfection. This time of year is the reason I enjoy living here – it’s absolutely gorgeous! (Not to brag or anything…) I’ve been on a hiking kick lately and have really enjoyed marking a few peaks off my list. I recently discovered that Phoenix has an annual Summit Challenge and I’m hoping to participate next year (if I’m still here!). The idea is to climb a certain number of the local summits all in one day – so time to get training!

I’ve also been taking a lot of photos the past few months. I haven’t ever really considered a full time career in photography, but lately I feel it shaping into something more than recreational therapy. I started a shop of sorts, which has been fun, but I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to really make it more than a random page. I’m really excited to work with that space more as I try to figure out where all this is headed. No matter what, I want to keep it fun though – photography has been such a positive activity for me, I definitely want that to remain it’s priority.

In other news, today’s my birthday! It does not seem like it’s been a year already… People really weren’t kidding when they said time seems to speed up as you get older! I like to think I’ll get the hang of this adult-ing thing eventually. In the meantime, I’m breaking out the bike to pedal over to my birthday brunch and bottomless mimosas. Adult-ing can wait another day. ;)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Victory

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Victory with a view :)

It took 83 years, but last weekend my Gran finally got to see the Grand Canyon. It was only her second time on an airplane and the first trip since my grandpa passed away in January. She handled it like a champ. (smile) I felt so lucky to be able to help her check this one off her bucket list – I can only hope I have half her spirit at that age! So this “victory” goes out to Gran – may you have many more! (big smile)

This week’s photo challenge is “victory.”

Happy weekend everyone!!

Wednesday Wisdom (11.4)

Some of the most life shaping decisions , quote

I’ve had reason to really ponder these words lately. Now that I have a clearer idea of what I can’t live without it makes me both excited and incredibly impatient to make the necessary changes. But I’ve also learned in life that sometimes it’s important to give the “good enough” the respect and gratitude it deserves for getting you where you are.