Tag Archives: weekly photo challenge

Shedding the winter blues

Last week I went on vacation and was able to escape the prolonged winter weather that has been sweeping most of the country.

For the first five days, I was by myself in one of my favorite places, Sanibel Island, Florida.  I took off my watch, shut off my phone, ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired.  Every morning I walked on the beach and was blissfully alone with my thoughts and my camera.

The Pelicans provided endless entertainment:IMG_2434IMG_2438IMG_2574IMG_2414An overnight storm washed mounds of shells onto the beach, ready to be dug into:IMG_6386IMG_6384IMG_6387Every day I found a new sand sculpture before it was swept away with the tide.IMG_6342IMG_6368IMG_1102IMG_6366

Each day I felt lighter and stronger.  I could breathe easier and my thoughts seemed more clear.

Since saying goodbye to Annie in January, I’ve had a hard time writing but after a few days in the sunshine I started to get excited about it again and began jotting down ideas to post.

It’s always hard to leave, but I felt awakened with new energy and a fresh attitude ready to take on whatever may come my way!

via Photo Challenge: Awakening

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

IMG_0178IMG_4659IMG_0187

One year ago my best friend passed away.  The last time I walked through these woods, I was with Maisie and Annie and she and I had just finished a phone call.  I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know that I would never see or talk to her again.  I haven’t been back to these woods since then because they remind me of her.

Today I went back.  It was time to see this beautiful place again.  This time with Maisie, Annie and Winn.  My daughter also came with me and as we walked I was able to breathe the air, smell the leaves and think of my friend and enjoy this place once again.

I’m so thankful for this transformation in my heart.  The passage of time helps, but being with my three dogs and my lovely daughter made it easier to venture in and embrace the  natural beauty that surrounded us.

Enjoy other pictures of transformation here.