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I am grounded in nature and here I will stay...

Nature Speaks to Me

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Autumn’s Here

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Sitting on toilet
Looking at the bathroom sight
I see Autumn’s here

Fall Too Soon

It’s only mid-September. Summer didn’t come ’til  late June. I’m not ready for fall already! But, look at those orange leaves. They are speaking to me. There’s no denying it. Autumn is here!

Get Ready

Get ready for four-wheeling trips on our favorite mountain trails. I’ll let you go vicariously with me as we revisit this season of change in the Rocky Mountains – the Tobacco Root Range to the west of us and the Gravelly Range south and southwest of us.

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What speaks to you during this season of change? Add your own thoughts to the following prompts:

  • the beauty of the _
  • the softness of the _
  • the fragrance of the _
  • the rhythm of the _
  • the faintness of the _
  • the freshness of the _
  • the strength of the…

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Less is More

Minimalism is about unburdening your life from unnecessary possessions, obligations, and distractions.

But it’s about much more than that. It’s about freeing up space and time for the really important things.

Clear your clutter, clear your mind. We’ve all heard that before, in one form or another. But it works. (I’ve done it. More than once.) Not only for your mind and your space, but for your time and your finances as well.

Your excess “stuff” requires a much larger investment in money, time, commitment and peace of mind than you may realize. I’ve been practicing simplicity for some years now, but for me it’s a question of survival.

Growing up, I always felt that something was wrong with me, but I didn’t know what. Only that I was tense, restless, and unhappy 90% of the time.

Growing up in a family of nine children was extremely painful for me. To protect myself, I spent as much time in my room with my books and hobbies, or outside with my animals as I was allowed. I didn’t do as well in high school as I could have (my full brother and sister were both valedictorians), and though I had girlfriends, I never dated. I was always my own best friend.

When I left home and began a life of my own, I began to see that too many people, too much noise, too many obligations and too much clutter would trigger feelings of anxiety in me and block my creative voice.

Wanting to do more, to know more, to be better allowed my activities and commitments to snowball until I was overwhelmed and something had to give.

Practicing minimalism is work, sifting through each area of one’s life until the dross is separated from what’s necessary and important. But what is gained in the process is invaluable.

Craft me a List

I’m a consummate list maker.

It’s not so much a compulsion as a need to categorize the vast amount of information stored in my brain.

It is done with pen and pape. Firm and soft. The feel of these two items in my hands comforts me, while the simple act of combining their functions is pure magic. It stills my rracing thoughts and brings order once again when life turns chaotic.

The first list is an outline for goals in every area of my life, with steps to accomplish them. Other lists include passwords, phone numbers, books I want to read, movies I want to watch.

I even have a list of the next few knit or crocheted projects I want to make. This keeps me from getting distracted or over- whelmed by the myriad patterns and designs I view online each day.

All of these are kept in a spiral notebook with 3 sections. The last section is entitled “finances.” The first page is a list of the current month’s expenses, which lets me know if I’m sticking to the 50-30-20 budget plan or not. Next are the proposed expenses for the following month where I can make adjustments and hopefully do better. And so on…

These are only examples. A list can be practical or fanciful. It can have whatever purpose you choose, or no purpose at all. Your favorite words or your least favorite foods. A brain test or a brain tease.

The important thing is that it makes you think. And you have complete control.

I keep my to-do list in a 3×5 inch notebook, small enough to have at my elbow or to take along to an appointment. Big enough to jot down blog post ideas, quotes that inspire me, a pattern, a recipe, a dream…

Now go make your list, and I’ll make mine.

How to keep your to-do list short and still be insanely productive.

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A to-do list forms the basis of every life skills, personal development, or productivity enhancing course.  Self improvement, self help, and time management advice always begins with a list. Blog posts, articles, audio and video life coaches all emphasize the importance of a to-do list. A list of goals, aims and objectives is considered a pre-requisite to organise your day and your life.

In the 21st century, a to-do list does not require paper and pencil. It can be made on a desktop or laptop computer. You can make it on the go on your tablet or smart phone. In this digital age, surprisingly, there are people who prefer to map their day on paper. Special printed notebooks and notepads, journals and planners, are even more popular today than they were before the advent of electronic devices. People (especially young people) love to fill them with monthly, weekly and…

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On Writing

I’ve always loved to write. First it was poetry, stories and writing assignments in school, interspersed with a need to journal. Now I’m writing a blog.

Blogging is different from journaling. Writing for others forces you to think seriously about your subject as well as your audience before you publish. Is it factual, entertaining, educational and/or thought provoking?

The mere act of writing a post makes me look deeply within myself, examining the experiences and attitudes that make me who I am today as well as those which have been holding me back.

For me, writing is both cathartic and life affirming. It clarifies my passions and nourishes my spirituality.

I would love to hear your own perspectives on why you write.

On Blogging and what Inspires me

A few years ago I had a blog called Dreamworks Photo in which I featured my photography and wrote about my life in Montana. The WordPress dashboard was different than it is now. I had no trouble setting up my site or navigating the creation of pages and posts, making edits, changing fonts, or inserting photos and quotes.

With the current dashboard, however, I am constantly stumped and frustrated every step of the way. Part of the problem is that I am working on my cellphone instead of my computer and am not able to access all the tools required to adequately format the words, phrases and paragraphs that express my meaning.

I realize that learning is a process that requires patience but I have been at this for a couple of months now and feel I am no closer to understanding it than when I began. Just when I think I’ve made progress in one area(such as creating a custom header) the rules don’t seem to apply.

Through my growing community of readers and followers I have met several like-minded bloggers and have learned allot about myself in the process. I appreciate each and every one of you.

I hope you are enjoying the reblogs I have posted as I work to improve my skills. I promise you will see a new post from me as often as possible. If you’d like to know a little more about me, please read my About page as a place to start.

“Figure out what you’re better at than everyone else and take advantage of it. Become obsessed with it and everything else will fall into place.”

Christian Mahai

My greatest passion is Nature- protecting and preserving the Earth and all it’s iinhabitants. Next after that are books, writing and horses, my cats and knitting. My spirit requires all of these elements to be whole.

Nearly 80% of my working life was spent in the outdoors. I used to accredit this to good fortune. I now know I was merely listening to my intuition and following my heart’s desires. Whether I worked alone or with others, on a crew or with the public, I was where I needed to be. My most favorite postings were the two summers I worked as a fire lookout on the Kootenai National Forest Northwestern Montana. There I was able to peruse all my passions except for my horse, which I wasn’t able to haul or ride up 11,000 foot plus Blue Mountain.

Blue Mountain Sunset

At present I am taking a home study course in Conservation and Environmental Science through the Stanford Career Institute. I am a member of the ASPCA, the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and WWF

I am deeply troubled by the continuing degradation of our environment, the extinction of so many species in the past century and the plight of numerous threatened and endangered plants, animals and insects.

You can learn more about these species and programs by reading Theresa Heineken’s post Endangered Species Affect our Ecosystem at The Message Pub.com.

It seems the very act of writing about my problems with formatting my posts has brought about some of the solutions I was seeking. I was able to insert a second photo and highlight the quote.

May you never be afraid to follow your passion.

More Words Please!

I’m in love with books. And the words that make up the stories, facts and inspiration within.

Big words, small words, each has a meaning.

Each has the power to evoke a memory or feeling.

Increasing my vocabulary has always been a game to me. I challenge myself each day to find at least one new word in the articles, novels, inspirational, motivational, or fact based books and yes, blogs I consume.

I love crossword puzzles. They help keep my brain sharp, exercise memory skills and teach me new WORDS!

Today’s new word is: Sumismatics, the study of change.

And I love to write. With words. Words that hopefully work some magic for the reader.

I want them to see vivid, colorful images, smell wonderful smells that bring warm memories to mind, even bring a tear to the eye, or a smile to the lips.

My curiosity is insatiable. At times I am unable to shut my brain down to sleep. That’s one of the times when meditation comes to my aid. I focus on my breathe until my mind is quiet. I practice compassion for myself instead of judgment and soon I am asleep.

Usually with a cat wrapped around my head or tucked behind my knees and all is right with my world.

Big Sky, Blank Paper

Being a writer as well, I couldn’t help sparing some of the trials and rewards of writing with you…

The Message Pub

I don’t feel like writing. Creative writing, I mean – the novels and short stories I write that bring me such pleasure. It’s not writer’s block, at least not how I understand writer’s block. I have plenty of ideas floating around in my head that I’m itching to write down. I’m not avoiding or procrastinating. There are plenty of days when I don’t feel like writing, yet I sit down and do it anyway. This is different. I. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

As I’ve struggled to find my way back to my happy writing place, I read a blog post that helped. It’s titled “Motors” on “Andrew’s View of the Week”. He has a clever writing style using metaphors interspersed with engineering terms. Anyway, I think I’ve run out of creative energy and I need to recharge my batteries.

How do I recharge? People. I’m an extrovert, so social…

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