7 Ways to feel good instantly, part 3

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I started a series of blog posts in October, about choices that continues to have a positive impact on my life. You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here.

I wish that I’d had somebody telling me ten years ago that I could choose happiness. That I should choose happiness every day. That living a more mindful life contributes to balancing out the negative stress, that most of us are exposed to one way or another.

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This Thanksgiving I had to make the most out of celebrating it without my daughter, that normally lives with me 100%.  When I said yes to letting her spend Thanksgiving with her dad I honestly didn’t think that it actually was going to happen. I made the choice to be happy for her, that she gets to see that part of her family (2700 miles away…) I had to convince myself to make that choice every morning since she left, and I am happy. Because I choose to be. To occupy myself I’ve had plenty of pleasant distractions. One of them being spending time in incredible nature.

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The photos in today’s post is from Castle Lake Trail, one of the trails that I explored. (I did this hike the day after Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Day hike will be another post.)

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I’d been wanting to explore this trail for a few months now. Castle Lake is located in Siskiyou (CA.) It’s a glacier lake in the Trinity Mountains. The surrounding wilderness with various mountain tops made for an incredible scenery. Part of the trail was covered with snow, I love snow!

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A few years ago I would of probably stayed at home in a pity party for myself, for not being able to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter. I am so happy that that is not the way my life is anymore. I can’t really say when the transformation happened. I believe that peace of mind comes peace by piece. Right now I’m just so incredibly happy and thankful for all the good things in my life. My family by choice, my friends, my sweet dog, my good health, the amazing nature that surrounds me, and the gift of waking up happy every morning.

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On the + side, because I did eat a lot of yummy food, is that all the hikes refueled my energy levels. I’m going back to work today feeling strong, on top of my game.

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

– Anthony J D’Angelo

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I hope YOU had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. What are you thankful for this year?

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I saved my favorite picture from this hike to last, the view from the ridge above Castle Lake, overlooking the lake, and a snow-covered Mt Shasta. It reminds me about my choice to live a mindful, happy life, no matter the circumstances. Because both you and I can choose to react to things that happens to us, in a way that contributes to our happiness. Make that choice!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Sunrise At Sundial Bridge

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Watching the sunrise is one of my greatest pleasures. It’s my favorite time of the day. This is my morning experience last Sunday, at Sundial Bridge, Redding (CA.) The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is the worlds largest working sundial. The bridge runs across the Sacramento River. The mountain in the background is Mount Shasta.

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I love the cold mornings this time of the year.

Nothing burns like the cold. –  George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

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The Sundial Bridge is designed by my favorite architect Santiago Calatrava. The bridge itself is spectacular, and amazing to experience in person. It’s a glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge, reaching 217 feet into the sky.

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I am always searching for more light and space. –  Santiago Calatrava

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The bridge was actually closed to pedestrians last Sunday morning, when I took these photos, due to ice on the glass floor of the bridge. When my friend and I entered the park, where the bridge is located, we met a kind police officer that took one look at my camera, smiled and said; be careful if you’re planning to cross the bridge, it’s very slippery. We crossed the bridge holding hands, taking baby steps. It was definitely worth it! It was an incredible sunrise. One of the best I ever experienced.

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I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art. –  Santiago Calatrava

This was the first time I experienced the bridge without lots of people around. The Sundial Bridge of Turtle Bay is a popular meeting place for both locals, and tourists alike. It’s a warm and inviting place.

If you’re interested in prints of these photos, feel free to visit my new gallery. Have an amazing day, and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your love ones ❤

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

Experimental; Equine Macro Photography

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Since before my first memory I’ve been obsessed with the beauty of horses, not only their physical beauty, but their beautiful spirits, their wisdom and intuition. Since photography also is a long term friend of mine, I’ve done a lot of experimenting photographing horses. I have a collection of photos, (that may, or may not become a book one day,) with equine macro photography. When I see unusually beautiful details on a horse I can’t help myself, I need to take capture it with my lens. It can be extraordinary eye colors (like the mustang above,) a coats unusual color combinations, or texture, or swirls on their body.

 

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Above is a close-up photo of an Icelandic Horse’s muzzle, with an abundance of facial hair, and you can see a hint of a thick winter coat in the background.

 

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A horse coats have swirls, just like our hair. Since a horse have a lot more hair than we humans, many also have more swirls (sometimes called whorls.) The most common places to see them is on their face, neck, chest, and flanks. There’s many theories, and even legends about their meaning. To some degree I believe there’s something to them. Having swirls like the Arabian Horse above means prosperity to its owner, according to the Bedouine beliefs.

 

Swirls are hair rooted in brain cells; the rest of the hair is developed from hair follicles in the skin. The forehead swirl hair is the most influencial because it is the first hair to develop and grow on the body in the embryonic fetus. – Charlotte Cannon

 

Here is an interesting article if you would like to know more about swirls. All my personal favorite  horses through the years, had two, or three swirls on their foreheads. A coincidence?

 

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An older mustang with a beautiful, long, two colored mane.

 

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An Arabian Horse with big, clear, expressive eyes. I was called out to a ranch to take pictures of another horse, while this guy decided to hang out with me. His company was very pleasant. It was a cold, windy day, and I spent a good couple hours taking photos of his friend. The owner disappeared into her warm house after  a few minutes. I didn’t quiet get the shot I wanted of the crazy horse I was supposed to take pictures of, but I’m kind of happy with this one. (The owner was happy with the other ones too.)

I hope you enjoyed these experimental photos. I just realized that the horses in this post happened to be my three favorite horse breeds; Icelandic, Arabian, and Mustang.

Looking forward to see other entries in the weekly photos challenge. Have an amazing day!

Love,

Ms Zen