Mt.Shasta (CA)

I launched this blog in May 2017 as an inspiration for mindful living. With the intention of sharing the unique beauty of northern California, while connecting likeminded souls from around the world. However my life changed in August 2018, and the only right thing for me to do was to move to southern Nevada. Said and done. I made the decision I had to, sold my horses, and moved to Las Vegas. Now this blog turned into “country girl facing big city life” for the first time. I’m mostly excited, and very curious about how this is going to play out. I hope that you’ll drop in for coffee as usual. It’s still the best coffee you can get 😉

I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food. I’ve spent a few years in California learning about organic gardening. My ultimate dream is to have a small homestead, and be as self sufficient as possible, producing the majority of my family’s food myself.


This was part of the big organic garden I had 2018. 

I believe that life is about choosing happiness. To actively be in charge of how you react to any given situation. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education. I love books, and read a lot, but believe in learning by doing. Making learning fun for my young daughter is a high priority in my life. In fact I believe that part of my mission in life, is to encourage young children, and gently guide them while they are discovering their world. To guide them towards asking the right questions, and learning how to look for those answers, in our ever changing world. In a fun playful way, spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Thanks to my grandma, I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. You can find prints of my favorite photos 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. In the process of giving me wonderful memories, traveling, have definitely taught me to be more humble as well. I was not born with a silver spoon, I’ve worked my way around.

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My German Shepherd, Gretchen, is a faithful partner on road trips, and she loves hiking. Gretchen is 4 years old, and of German working bloodlines.

Horses is an important part of my life. I love every aspect of life with horses. I’ve been around horses all my life. There’s no better teacher in mindfulness than the horse, since they always live in the moment. That is one of the things I love the most about them. I’m not a horse trainer, just a girl who loves horses. One way or another, there’s always horses in my world.

I place the highest value on time with my loved ones, and a close connection to nature, and animals. One of my zen strategies includes visiting National Parks often. I love  interacting with photographers, and likeminded bloggers, around the world. Sharing blog posts, and giving feedback is appreciated, and encouraged!

I started to use the pseudonym Ms Zen in the blogging world, when I started this blog, and the blog title was NorCal Zen. I am always striving towards finding that zen in my life. Being in balance with everything. I think I’ll just stick with that name for a while. My friends call me Maria. You’re free to use either or.


Ms Zen

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A word of caution. All your adventures are on your own risk. Anyone participating in an activity mentioned on my blog is responsible for their own safety. I am not responsible in any way, if you choose to explore any of the destinations, or activities mentioned in my blog. 

110 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. Now this is exciting! I really love this new venture of yours and especially the zen/minimalism connection, way cool….no, super cool! I have been personally working towards minimalism in my own life, not just things but a new perspective on life and all it entails. Looking forward to seeing where this blog will take you, and us! 😉


  2. Hi Ms. Zen, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. What a great idea for a blog and I wish you lots of luck. Looking forward to reading more posts about NorCal zen life!

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    1. Thank you Jane, I have been following your blog since you started blogging, with my other blog (that I no longer have.) I love your inspiring photography. You always keep improving yourself, it is very inspiring. Maria

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  3. Dear Maria, thanks a lot for following my blog. Hiking is so relaxing, especially with the beautiful landscapes that you can observe. California looks great on your photos. Hopefully one day I can visit it as well.

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    1. Ooooh yes, hiking is very relaxing 🙂 It makes me very happy to share the experiences, and the beautiful landscapes with you. We went to McClouds Falls today. It was the first time for me, and they were marvelous. Going to share the experience in my next post. Looking forward to learn more about your adventures as well.

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  4. Its great to know you!! Even i believe in minimalism! And also growing my own food. We still live in a city. I grow a few Veges in my apartment Balcony. Haven’t moved to a countryside yet! Your Blog Inspires me! Thank You for visiting my Blog! 🙂

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              1. Har själv bott utomlands – Seattle, Victoria … UK och Irland. Vet att man måste liksom leva in sig på vissa platser. Mitt hjärta är mycket blå-gult, så välkommen till mitt värld.


                  1. Ja, man måste ta seden dit man kommer … håller fullkomligt med dig. Man måste anpassa sig och ibland kan det ta sin lilla tid. Glad att du trivs nu och har funnit din plats där över.

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  5. This seemed like the best spot to leave this comment. I really like this new theme you have chosen, it’s very clean and not at all cluttered, which I think works well with your content. Also, I really like the purpose statement. The one thing I would suggest is looking to see if you can have links open on a separate page. For example on your art print page, it links to your work, but the viewer would have to click the back key to get back to your blog. If it was to open on a separate page, they would close your prints, but still have your blog open.

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  6. I’m so envious of your horses. I always wanted a horse but have never done anything about it. I think it’s great to connect with those beautiful creatures. As for a hot air balloon ride, I highly recommend Bagan, Myanmar or Cappadocia, Turkey! 🙂

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    1. I’m so terribly sorry that I missed your kind comment! I do appreciate every comment so much. Now I got reminded about your beautiful site, so that is a good thing. I hope you are doing well, and living life full of splendid adventures 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! Your blog is very inspiring, and I can relate to a lot of the things you write about. A simple lifestyle closely connected to nature and animals truly brings happiness. Keep up the good work!

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          1. I think you have your angle right there. That would make a great Youtube Channel. Horse lovers would love it. You just show your work and the horses process of healing and trusting a human again and so on…


              1. See, you have a show right there!! Then you could get funding and support if more people know about you and the work you do. I have no idea what I’m doing and my camera is a cheapo with 5 minutes recording time. I’m having fun! I’m helping others, inspiring, playing. Doesn’t have to win the Film Festival. 🙂 We don’t realize how important what we have to offer is. I really, really think so many would love this.

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