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Still Learning

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Over the years, I've been told many (SO MANY) times that I'm 1) too trusting 2) gullible and 3) put too much faith in believing that people are kind at heart.



I don't consider those negative traits.  I'd rather be trusting and be disappointed than go through life not trusting people.  And yes, I am gullible and that goes along with believing that what people tell me is true.  I truly do believe that "most" people are kind at heart.

Recently, I've added the "most" due to our current POTUS.  Then not long ago, I was at a social event where I had a huge realization.  This was one of those "We are going to hit you over the head so you will finally get this message".

What I finally grasped was this.  For some people, image is the most important thing in their lives. It overules relationships, kindness and integrity.  They must find a way to appear in such a way so others view them as successful, loved, and socially valued. Money seems to b…

Tell Your Stories

After a month of some serious introspection, therapy, deep discussion with friends and family, more therapy, starting a new business and enrolling in a college photography program, I am back.

Much more to say and write about but for now, I'll just leave this here.

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”  Anne Lamott

Oh?

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                  I've been quiet about what's going on with me lately.  Sharing a bit of it today.




.The past few months, I've gone through a difficult episode of depression. Previously, I had several years with Seasonal Affective Disorder that began when we moved to Asheville six years ago.

 The worst time of year for me is January through March. This year, I was ready to tackle it again with light therapy, exercise, even travel to a warmer sunnier place if needed. SAD kicked in just about the same time as some unfortunate extended family drama occurred and the depression that hit me was unlike any I've experienced before.

Until recently, I haven't felt on solid enough ground to share this with anyone but close family and friends. Speaking out about depression is difficult.  It's easier when it's a physical health issue like a broken leg.  There is still so much stigma to acknowledging and dealing with mental health.   I share in the hope it may help othe…

Millenimalism

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I'm loving Brenna's new blog.     Millenimalism.  Say that three times fast!

 It's definitely a grown unschooler's perspective and I have enjoyed every single week of it so far.

It's about this:

WORK LESS, LIVE SIMPLY, AND USE YOUR FREE TIME TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS
And it's written by this woman.  My daughter.  I adore her.  She has good stuff to say and says it well.




Enjoy!  And Thanks for Stopping By!  

Breathing Room

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This has been a long stretch of crazy for our family!  We were not yet recovered from the springtime trip to Texas when my dear Uncle Jim had a stroke at his apartment in California in early May.

Our extended family has been taking turns in Los Angeles and San Diego as we worked on getting him back to health and moving him and all his belongings to Florida so he could be closer to family.  I was first in Florida to help take care of my Mom and then flew directly to California for over 2 weeks to help with my uncle.  It has not been an easy couple of months but I'm finally home!
On Saturday, Broc and I had our first day in weeks to do something together and we took full advantage of it.  We hit up the Farmers Market, then High Five Coffee, and an afternoon movie, The Fits, at the new Independent Theater in downtown Asheville. While the movie has some good critical reviews, neither of us liked it that much.  I give it 3 stars and Broc would probably give it 1 star.  However, we wer…

Two Views

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Hooray for Spring!   As fans of fair weather hiking, Broc and I have been lucky enough in the last month to hit up some gorgeous trails with very contrasting scenery.

In late April, we were in Texas and hiked at Enchanted Rock which is close to Fredericksburg.  Then, in early May, we headed out intending to hike Table Rock in North Carolina and somehow ended up at Linville Falls.  After both hikes, we said, "This was the best hike ever!"  That's always a sign of a good hiking day."





My last few posts have been heavy on the writing and not very uplifting. This one is all about the images.

 We are so happy to be back in Asheville but our hike to Enchanted Rock was definitely the highlight of our Texas trip.  Here's a whole bunch of photos of our amazing day there.
































We hiked for hours and in addition to the great trails and beautiful wide open scenery, we also saw a roadrunner, a very long snake that I almost stepped on and an animal that looked like black squirrel.

Legacy Hideaway

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We were in Texas, Y'all!  Yes, we were.



In spite of some bumps while we were there, we were so lucky to spend time with people we love, stay at an amazing vacation home and enjoy an enchanted hike on a warm sunny day.



A little history.  I lived in Austin for 14 years and loved it so much.  Both my kids, Brenna and Logan, were born there but this was my first time to stay in the Hill Country.  We were there at such a beautiful time of year.



I've known my sweet friend, Anita, since we started a playgroup when our grown up kids were toddlers. She recently made a dream come true and bought a gorgeous piece of property not far from Fredericksburg, Texas. She's been remodeling the lovely ranch home as a vacation rental and getaway retreat for her own family called Legacy Hideaway. She graciously offered it for Broc and I to have our own much needed Texas mini-vacation.









The interior is gorgeous and I can't believe I didn't take any photos! When she goes live on her webs…