Weekend Coffee Share – Zen


Welcome to our weekly coffee date! How are you doing? How did this week treat you? I hope it’s a good week so far. I love Friday’s! 

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! 


If you just happen to see some random blog posts here, it might not be obvious that I liven in a city with 2 million people. I’ve lived here for close to a year now. I often feel like the city is slowly killing me, so I’m sharing photos of the things that means something to me. My zen strategies that keeps me reasonably sane. (Still debating the horse strategy I wrote about last week.)




Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.




If I could remove the city itself I would. LOL. Now that might not be possible at the moment..This week I’ve shared photos from Death Valley National Park (CA,) and of wild horses in Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest (NV.) All photos are taken the past two weeks. I hope that the photos give you the exhilarating joy that the experiences gave me. The photos in this post are the last photos from Death Valley.



Is spring in full bloom where you live? Do you have a garden? If you do, how is it doing what are you growing?  Can I get you a refill on that coffee? Or maybe some tea? I hate the thought of sending a friend away empty handed. 

I’m not 100% sure what this weekend have in store for me, but I’m praying that it’s going to be filled with love, laughter, and happiness, mixed with some kind of nature experience. Have a fabulous weekend!


Ms Zen

PS.Thanks to my grandma, I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. You can find prints of the photos in this post, and my favorite photos from other adventures, in my online gallery. (Safely purchase prints with any credit card, via Fine Art America. World wide shipping.) My gypsy soul have taken me to 48 US States, and I’ve explored most countries in Europe. My mission as a photographer and blogger, is to share zen strategies; and encourage a healthy lifestyle, with a close connection to nature and animals, using my photos and stories as the medium for inspiration. 

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. Above everything else is my daughter. 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

20 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Zen

  1. Beautiful photographs! I love that beautiful dog in the first photo. I think photography is a great way to remind ourselves that there is beauty and calmness outside the bustle of the ant hive otherwise known as the city.

    Great coffee post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! Yes there sure is a lot of beauty to be find outside the city limits 🙂 I’ve spent most of my life outside the city limits. Thanks for having coffee with me today. Enjoy your weekend!


  2. I would feel the same way living in a city, which I did for 19 years before I moved back to the country. Our souls need land to roam, free of people and full of nature’s beauty. Maybe a tabletop fountain might help, giving the illusion of living near a mountain stream. I love the sound of moving water, so soothing.
    I’m planting seeds today– my plan is to use up all the seeds I’ve stored. The really old ones I threw out…I had some from 2008 – goodness me!
    Wishing you a beautiful and relaxing weekend.

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    1. You did it for 19 years! Wow! I should be able to handle a couple more then 😉 it’s all about perspective, right? 🙂

      I love saving seeds of my favorite plants, and then plant them again, Have fun with your seeds!


      1. Just like you, I would long for escape into the country, which I did as often as I could. My soul was so happy when I finally returned to ‘my roots.’ 🙂
        Only about half my seeds got planted, more left for another day.

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  3. So good to see these scenes of Death Valley-still very much a future destination of mine (most likely, in February of 2020). I can readily relate to the feeling of slow death in the city-Phoenix all but choked the life out of me. Then again, it was ten years spent as my dying wife’s primary caregiver. Not even a completely bucolic environment would have made a whole lot of difference. Advice: Revel in Red Rocks, Mt. Charleston and the North Shore of Lake Mead, as much as possible.

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    1. So glad to share the photos with you my fellow Sagittarian friend. You will enjoy Death Valley immensely when you do go.

      I live minutes from Red Rock, and spent a lot of time there this winter. It’s starting to get too hot now. Mt Charleston is lovely year round 🙂 I could live there. I think. I went there last weekend. The most recent post of the mustangs are from that last visit. I still have other photos to edit from that trip. On my list off things to do today 🙂 A fun thing.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend !

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  4. Wow, I hadno idea the city you live in has a population of 2 million people. That sounds hard. I”m so happy though that you’re able to surround yourself with what matters through photography.

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  5. Hi Maria, I missed you last week when I ended up working instead of visiting. I love almost anything about Death Valley. Been there a couple of time and always left awed by the place. Remind me to tell you some time how I almost died there once. Hint, my belayer yelled duck at the last possible moment. I always enjoy your photos.

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    1. I just read your coffee share, It’s never too late for coffee Gary. It seems like comments are disabled? Anyways, I do thank you for the coffee. We’re having some interesting weather here as well, I appreciate the unusual cold spells we’ve had.


  6. As I read this, I’m sitting at my dining room table with the windows open listening to traffic roar past! I live on a semi-main road. I long for the peace and quiet of out west. Death Valley is on my bucket list. Thanks so much for taking us there! Amazing photos…

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