Walking in the dark.

There was a time you could have blindfolded me and I would have known where every root and stone was on the campground. Now that is not so much the case. Tonight I walked in the dark and felt like I was going to trip and fall. I still love every moment I get to spend here, but so much has changed.

Many of the cottages where friends once lived have changed hands and are now occupied by strangers. Where the creek was once deep it is now shallow. It sad to see the things I once did no longer happen, but it is equally wonderful to see new traditions being made.

Although I am sad I can no longer walk fearlessly around in the dark, I am glad the best parts of this place continue to live on generation after generation.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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Go with the flow.

I went for a hike today and I had an interesting encounter. The trail I did is what I like to call a “tourist hike”. Lots of pretty views on a mostly stone bock trail. Every uphill climb was a stair case, and some paths were even carved through the walls. With all that being said it truly is a beautiful hike.

Because this trail is populated by mostly non-hikers it can be difficult to pass by slower people who don’t always realize they are blocking the entire path. At one set of stairs I was blocked by two groups going horribly slow. When I saw an opening to pass I took it. I was polite as I wiggles in between them, but I heard one of them say to me “just go with the flow”. At the time I was slightly embarrassed, but did not say anything and zipped on up the stairs.

For the next mile or so I thought about the encounter. I did not feel like I was rude, if anything they were being rude not allowing space for faster hikers to pass without trouble. What bothered me was the fact that I was expected to slow down and limit myself.

Going with the flow is great in some situations. It is a rule of thumb I use when driving all the time, but I feel that too often we are expected to move with everyone else instead of pushing forward on our own and stepping out of our comfort zone. In this case I could have slowed my pace to stayed behind these two groups of people, and then my legs would be slightly less sore and it would have taken me a little longer. But how would that do anything to make me stronger?

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Expectation.

The months this year have flown by. Maybe it is because I have so many projects going on that there is no time to watch the minutes pass by slowly. Sometimes it scares me that I forget what day it is. There are Tuesdays that I thought were Saturdays and Sundays that were Mondays. Once I wake up enough I realize my mistake and sometimes settle back into sleep, other times I am forced to be awake.

This short break in reality will hopeful serve not only to reset my motivation, but also my internal calendar. A week with few alarms and lots of adventurers is something I am very much looking forward to. Hopefully it will surpass all my expectations.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

My 2018 Empire Pass.

With beautiful weather on the horizon I am excited to have my 2018 Empire Pass in my hand! I am one lucky girl, because my aunt and uncle actually bought my new pass for me. They are huge outdoors people and I am hoping that this year I will be able to do a little hiking with them at some point.

Since my last hike in the fall, I have been looking forward to sunny days on the trails. My snowshoeing adventure was fun, but nothing beats a nice day when I can set up my hammock and relax on a hike. Honestly, I am tempted to get my bag packed today so I can be ready to go the first chance I get! Unfortunately, the first few hikes might be a little too cold for my hammock, but I have a feeling I will take a chance have it in my backpack anyway.

img_5522.jpgMy inkDori is all set and ready to record my new hiking adventures  as I visit my favorite trails, and maybe find a few new ones. There will be pictures, leaves and other odds and ends to add to the already full pages of my hiking journal. I wonder how full it will get by the end of the year…

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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Double the happy mail day!

I got two packages in the mail today, one was expected, the other was not. One alone would have been amazing, but the combination made today that much better.

img_5483At the end of February I put a call out on social media asking for someone to send me Cadbury mini eggs from Europe. The ones I can get state side I am unable to eat because they use artificial coloring in them, but in Europe it is all natural! It was amazing how quickly I got a response of someone willing to take the time to send them to me. In exchange I sent out a package of American candy to them. It took weeks for the package to arrive, but today was the magical day that chocolaty goodness was delivered. Now comes the tough part, rationing.

img_5482My second surprise delivery really was a surprise. A while ago I asked my aunt if she would make me a leather pencil wrap case that had a pocket for my travel watercolor set. I was excited when she took up the challenge because I knew it would be amazing, but after having it in my hands I can now say it is absolutely beautiful. I already have it stocked and ready to go in my purse for on the go journaling and watercolor adventures.

For a week I was dreading it had a wonderful start.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Time.

Once upon a time I welcomed quick days. The hours felt never-ending and all-consuming, but slowly my perception of time speed up. Currently, I find myself at the end of the day wishing I had just a little more time. Time to read, create, sleep, relax. The hours pass too quickly and are gone before you know it. For example, some Sunday evenings I feel ready for the new week. This is not one of them. I had a busy weekend and got a fair amount done, but it never seems like enough.

Right now I feel like I am missing some kind of spark, a motivation that gives me something to look forward to. Maybe the winter blues have finally settled in my brain and with the hope of spring weather on the horizon I will be ok. This time next week will be a new month with new adventures and a lot of letter writing. Hopefully whatever spark of motivation I am missing will come back soon.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Move forward.

Sometimes it is the little things that help us to move forward through a rocky week. An evening with a friend, hoping for warm days in the distance and the anticipation of a long-awaited adventure. I feel fortunate to have these wonderful things in to look forward to. I am not sure when the snow will melt to bring warm days, but I know that day is closer today than yesterday. Time with a friend is already planned. I am so lucky to have a wonderful person in my life who likes to do crazy movie nights with me. As for an adventure, my next one will be on Saturday, but there are so many more to come.

So far spring may be full of cold and snow, but I know that this is just the beginning, there is so many good things coming my way.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.