Weekend Coffee Share…… All good things


Yesterday I went to Target to pick up a few things for my daughter, and saw this cup that screamed my name. I love it when my everyday items reminds me about my dreams, and priorities. This cup does so in two ways; One, the good things in life aren’t material things (even though I appreciate all the money that keeps coming to me. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.) Two, I definitely need more wild horses in my life.

The other night I was talking to one of my friends, who out of the blue claimed that surfing is better than sex. The statement took me by surprise, but I’m not a surfer. My mind started to go haywire, and the first thing I thought about was the adrenaline I experience the first time I go into the round pen with a wild horse. It’s an unearthly experience, every first time, with every new horse. First the horse is scared, and a scared horse is dangerous. Some horses are in a fight mood. Fight, and flight moods are equally dangerous, if you ask me. 1000lbs of uncontrolled, raw muscle power. The magic, the feeling of oneness, happens the instant the horse understands that you want to communicate with them. It often happens in the blink of an eye. That’s when the dance begins. The part I enjoy the most.

Naturally I’m talking about those unfortunate, former wild horses, that have lost their freedom. When they already lost their freedom it’s directly connected to their quality of life, that we can figure out a good system of communication with them. (Just like we humans learn new skills in different ways, so does horses.) I prefer seeing them running completely wild and free on the range, but when that isn’t an option anymore, the beauty of that new dance is enchanting. When they are wild and free, it’s one of my favorite things to watch them play, and photograph them, to be able to share their zest of life with anyone not fortunate enough to experience it first hand. The spirit of the wild horse can teach us so much about living in the present. For me, that is the most intense form of zen, of oneness, that I ever experienced.


I’m sure you understand why I was thrilled to find this cup! What could be better than starting your day with a reminder of that thrill?

So how would you like your coffee today? How was your week? Is life coming back into normal now after the holidays?

I’d say that it’s been very busy since Christmas. I love having my daughter full time, and I’ve paused most of my regular activities, temporarily. I want to enjoy every second with her. Easing her into her new life, new routines, new friends, and on Monday a new school. My daughter is sweet, kind, and somewhat sensitive to changes. I’ve been focusing on making her feel that she’s at the right place, and surrounded by love. I’d say it’s going very well. 

What’s the weather like where you live? Do you have snow? We don’t have snow, but there was some flurries, softly singling down from the sky on New Years Eve. It is cold for Las Vegas. Early Thursday morning it was 29 degrees, coldest so far this season. As long as the strong sun is shining, it’s lovely, just perfect.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m actually having lunch with one of my blogging friends today, Terri from Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. Terri is from Sacramento (CA,) but currently on a road trip with her husband. I’m so excited about our lunch today! Funny that we’re having lunch in Las Vegas, we never did when we lived a couple hours from each other (in California.) LOL

I need to get out of town at some point this weekend, to recharge for next week. I also have a new pair of hiking boots to break in. Very important business. I have a hike, not super far away, that I’m very curious about. We’ll see.

I’ve ordered a new bed from IKEA for my daughter. It’s a loft bed, and It’s supposed to be delivered today. I’m guessing that I will spend a fair amount of time putting it together tomorrow. I imagine making a magical forte under the loft, with some beautiful textiles, a chair, a desk, and some of my daughter’s personal things. The theme will be unicorns…she’s totally into unicorns.

Did you make any New Years Resolutions? I wrote about mine in my last post prior to this one. My workout routine have changed slightly since I moved to the city, and have less space for my everyday exercise, and no horses to ride. You know I miss my horses terribly, but I do my best to embrace the change.

The difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn’t what they have-it’s what they choose to see and do with their resources and their experiences of life.
– Anthony Robbins

I’m lifting more weights now, since I moved to the city, and I do feel stronger. I know without stepping on a scale, something I haven’t done in years..that I have gained weight, muscle weight. I feel that my body is changing. I like feeling strong and I’m definitely keeping that part up. I do need to add more cardio. Something new. Walking in the closest city park is getting boring. I’m looking into different alternatives. Are you planning on trying some new type of exercise this year?

I hope that your weekend is getting off to an amazing start! Feel free to grab a refill on that coffee on your way out!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

31 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share…… All good things

  1. I get the sense that city life has been difficult for you MJ. And how much you miss your equine friends too. I came from Michigan, living in the woods. The first year or so was tough for this country boy. In time I’ve come to love this city, I hope you too will warm up to the Las Vegas life. I like your new mug too! 😎❤️

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    1. Both yes, and no, I guess. Different for sure. A challenge. There’s definitely things that I like, like the convenience of being close to everything you could wish for. Thank you for having coffee with me John. Have an awesome day!


  2. Love the mug, and everything that is wrapped into those few words. Great coffee post, thank you for sharing. We have a fair amount of snow here in northern Alberta but it hasn’t been as cold this year. Hoping to take the boys sledding this weekend and then prepare to get back into the work/school swing. Have a great rest of your weekend.

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  3. Hi Maria, Here in Sonoma County, Calif, we have scattered showers. Needed, but rain always annoys my wife. As soon as I saw you new mug and your intro I was ready for you to make a Free Range Viking joke, because that would fit too. I never got deep into horses. That was my sister’s world. I was out in the open trying explore spots many others miss. Did you see my two stories: (?)
    1) https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/learning-to-scuba/
    2) https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/considering-the-fear-of-heights/
    These were lots of fun – wrestling with the wild outdoors and all.
    But I break too easily now. Old age has other adventures to master.
    Blessings to you and your daughter.

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    1. Hi Gary! I did see your stories. I tried to leave a comment on your original coffee share post, but maybe the comments were closed? We actually had a lot of rain here yesterday. Causing a fair amount of accidents. I heard sirens all night. I hope you’re having a great weekend despite the rain showers. Great time for writing 🙂


      1. Hiya again Maria. Thanks for raising a flag on my comments not being turned on. This “feature” in WordPress makes me nuts. For all new pages, be they blank new or copies new, the default setting for comments is “off”. I have to remember each time to go to a certain window scroll to the bottom and click two boxes and save. Perfunctory things like this grind at me. If I were to use blog posts instead, they would default to “on” but they also go out to followers much quicker than I want. I file this all under “still learning WP”. Have a great week.

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  4. I really enjoyed how you talked about your experience with wild horses that are unfortunately not in the wild. Yeah, I can see that the mug is for you 🙂 Cool that you are meeting Terri. I hope your weekend is going weel and that you have a great week ahead 🙂

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    1. Thank you Trent! Terri, her husband, my daughter, and I, had a fabulous lunch yesterday. It was so much fun talking about our adventures. The whole weekend have been great. Despite a slight mishap with the bed that was supposed to be delivered for my daughter. It’s not here yet. Well well..not a big deal. Have an awesome rest of your weekend!

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      1. I know I’m sounding like my father when I tell my kids “When I was a child it snowed every winter.”
        We don’t get much now. Guess it’s climate change. I try to get my other half to move north to Scotland (with us of course!) but she’s having none of it! Scotland always gets some.

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  5. Nice cup! I’m always on the lookout for great new coffee cups. The weather here is…funny. It was cold for a while, then this past week it’s been in the 70s and raining. Today was a little cooler. We’ll see what next week holds when it gets here. Have a great week!

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  6. Definitely an inspirational mug! I love your description of dancing with the wild horses, and especially loved talking about in person at lunch with you yesterday, Maria! Your daughter is charming, (as are you), and Hans and I had a great time chatting and eating! Hooefully, her bed will get there soon! We’re heading down to Boulder city with the dogs today for some shopping and strolling, I’m still hunting for some turquoise jewelry (no luck yesterday). So glad to have met in person and hope to do it again someday!

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    1. Thank you Terri! It was awesome having lunch with the two of you yesterday. I hope Boulder City was fabulous, and that you found some unique turquoise’s. I haven’t been to Boulder City in ages. We went up to Mount Charleston today. There was so much snow!! We had snowball fights and my daughter built a snowman. It was a blast! Drive safe tomorrow ❤️

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  7. Glad you had a great lunch visit and that things are falling into place! We visited the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, SD and we plan to go back this summer, I can’t wait! It was an amazing experience. I wish I had a loft bed now! 🙂 Have a great week!

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  8. I hope there is a way for you to get around horses again in 2019, since they have such a hold on your heart. Glad to hear H is settling in. BTW, did you see the 15 year old Swedish girl that addressed the UN about climate change? I thought she looked a bit like an teenage H!
    My weather is fabulous because I am in FL for a week – woohoo! 🙂

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        1. Yes, I did. Intelligent little girl. Very Swedish. the importance of our environment has high priority, the environmental education starts in preschool. It does makes a difference in how our young people think, and the decisions they make. I talked to a business owner a couple weeks ago, that didn’t know that batteries needs to be recycled, and can’t be thrown in the regular trash. I thought she joked at first. A preschool kid in Sweden would never do that. It was slightly shocking. On the other hand, I think there’s other areas that I’m much rather prefer the way they are here. I don’t see myself ever moving back to Sweden.

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  9. I Love your mug!! And I enjoyed sharing coffee with you such a great post! I’ve never been with a wild mustang but I feel your passion. I hope someday soon you will be able to get a horse again or help take care of one as I know that would be something I’d find hard to live without. I’m so excited for your daughters loft bed, they are so cool. We bought one for my daughter from Ikea too years ago! I hope you have a wonderful week, am looking forward to mine. ❤️ Diana

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