Fall – A Time To Play

There is a time for everything. Even the good book says so. I think fall is a time to play. I so love this beautiful fall weather we have! It’s been 78-80 degrees almost every day. After a hot hot summer it’s a wonderful relief. My body appreciate this weather. Even the cold, chilly evenings (don’t laugh my northern friends. I mean chilly for here.. lol.)

Last Sunday I was sitting outside, relaxing by the pool for several hours. Something that would of given me a heat stroke a few weeks ago. I’m so enjoying this amazing fall weather.

I can tell that my dog enjoys it as well. She is more comfortable, eating better, and her coat looks better as well. Her coat didn’t really like swimming in the pool 20-30 times/day….(her coat was the only one having an objection.)

I am filled with gratitude for the life that I feel returning. The cooler weather sooths my soul. I can’t tell you enough, how wonderful it is. My viking blood can never really get used to the desert heat. That said, now, this time of the year, everything is perfect. It’s beautiful, the air is crisp. I’m inspired to get out, and stay out all day long. I’m itching to explore some more hiking trail. I have several that I’m hoping to explore within the next few weeks. (The only thing keeping me from doing so is the fact that I’m in between vehicles. I’m looking at trucks every day. So I will find one soon. The right one.)

I’m both eager to explore the trails for the sake of exploring new territory, and enjoy nature, but also because I want to experiment with my new camera. (If 3 months old is still new? It’s still new to me, since I don’t know it inside out yet.) I got a new bookshelf yesterday. It’s a short one, shaped like a cube, with four shelves within. Just perfect for the corner between my bedroom window, and the closet. I put my most precious, inspiring books there,  and placed my camera on top (safely away from little curious hands..) but still in the open, where I will see it all the time. I’m thinking that it’s going to both remind me, and inspire me to take more photos. Something I usually do every day, but because of the heavy work load lately, I have almost forgotten my love. I already used it several times. Picked it up, experimented with the settings, captured some moments here and there. I’m starting to get more and more excited about the camera, just like I knew I would be. I’ve also decided to order a big print of one of my favorite photos from Grand Canyon (I’m thinking of this one. Or, I might have to go back and capture a sunrise?) To remind me of more adventures, and how I refuel my batteries. Do you have a strategy to refuel your batteries this time of the year?

I hope your week is everything good you can imagine.

Love,

Ms Zen

(Ps. The photos in this post are simple photos taken with my old iPhone 4… I know, it is time for a new phone..that will be sometime after a 4×4 vehicle, and a telephoto zoom lens, unless it breaks before that. I’m not a material girl, I just want things to work, for their given purpose. The right tools, that will do the job, allowing me to focus on the important stuff. LOL.)

Our Most Valuable Asset

If I put a question mark after the statement in the title of this blog post. What would your answer be? What is our most valuable asset? What do we really need? If we have shelter, clean water, air to breath, food to eat – what else do we really need after that?

My mom taught me that time is our most valuable asset. I believe that to be true, along with good health. Good health, so that we are able to enjoy that time. To be able to learn, thrive, give, live, and love. What do you think? The memories we make with our loved ones, the time we spend with them, there’s no price tag on that.

This morning as I was meditating over all the good things I’m grateful for, time with my daughter came up. It always does. I’m so eternally grateful for that little voice that told me work part time when your daughter is little, and spend as much time as you possibly can with her. I’m grateful for my moms example, that showed me what’s possible, and truly important.

My daughter is 6 years old, and in school now. She has her own connections, friends, interests, hobbies, and opinions. I know she won’t remember the 48 states we visited, all the adventures, the books we read, the conversations we had, the horses we rode, and experiences we shared during her first years. Deep down in her subconscious, I know it is making a difference in her life. It sure had a huge impact in my life, still does. I’m so much more humble, grateful, and thankful now. But being a single mom in a new country, also taught me to stand up for myself, on a completely different level.

I’ve started to put together a book for my daughter. It’s not a book I’m planning on publishing, for the public to read. It’s just my thoughts, and photos from our adventures. It starts right after her birth, and ends when she starts school. I’m hoping to have it in print for her this Christmas. Her first years was as far from traditional that one could have, and I don’t think she realizes that. I think she is big enough now to appreciate a collection of stories, and photos of her first years. I’m thinking that it might help her, maybe now,  but also later in life, to understand who she is, and where she comes from. I’ve just started this project, but working with it fills me with gratitude.

I took the photo in the beginning at a 7000 acres ranch I worked at for almost a year, when she was 2-3 years old. It was in the middle of nowhere, in Nevada’s desert. We lived in a very comfortable RV, just my daughter and I. It was very peaceful. Once a week, or every ten days we drove in to town for supplies, and that was a big happening! Looking back at that time, I’m so happy we had it, challenges and all. I learned a lot about myself, what I’m capable of, and what I need, to be able to be my best. I felt that I had all the time in the world, to breath, to feel, to just listen to my daughter, and follow her explorations around the sage brush.

Just some thoughts for your Saturday 🙂 I hope you’re having an awesome weekend so far!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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Monday

It is 6am, and I have already finished my morning coffee. There’s still plenty left in the pot, can I get you some? The truth is that I have my shoes on. I’m waiting for my ride. I’m on my way to the gym. For like the first time in ten years, literally. I’d say that I’m in good shape, from doing ranch chores, hiking, playing with kids, and riding horses. I also had some weights at home, when I lived in California, but I have not set my foot in a gym in probably more than ten years.

Have an awesome Monday!

Tuesday

In all the excitement over going to the gym, for the first time in ten years yesterday morning, I forgot to tell you a couple important things. (The gym was a lot of fun, and I went again this morning.) Like the fact that I sold my car on Sunday. Yes, the one I bought two months ago.. I wanted a fuel efficient, reliable vehicle to drive from northern California, to Las Vegas, when I moved. I sold my old truck, and bought this car. In my head it was going to be convenient to have a car in the city, instead of a truck. However, I don’t really drive around in the city. I miss being able to take the backroads, and go play in the mountains. Therefor I sold the car, and I’m going to start looking for a 4×4. I’ll probably try to find a good deal on a used truck.

I also forgot to tell you that I had a conversation with the family I work for, about working less hours. It just doesn’t make sense for me to work 60-70 (or more) hours/week. Starting November I will only work 40 hours/week. Very happy about that! …and I’ve started to look into ways of working towards my PhD via an online University. I found out that I need to get a Masters first… I’m totally clueless when it comes to various degrees. I’ve looked at a few different universities. I would like to study developmental psychology with a focus towards younger children, which is my area of expertise.

I love school, always have, and I want to learn more. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education. 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. I would love to add more knowledge about the psychological side. I’m hoping to find a curriculum that allows me to study at home for the most part, at my own pace, while I am working. Some universities required an in depth English test for students, with another native tongue than English. I took one of those tests, that had one reading part, and one listening part. After the test your score put you in one of six categories, from beginner (lowest level) to proficient (highest level of understanding.) Honestly, I was clueless as of which category I would land in. I did end up with a score that put me in the highest category. That felt good. I understand that I would have to work a little harder than native speakers, but I’m up for that challenge, when I find the right program. I’m not going to rush this. I’ll just follow my intuition. Like I always do.

Alright, time to hit the shower before the work day begin. I really enjoy this new thing of going to the gym in the mornings. It feels great! Grab another cup of coffee if you like, and have an awesome day!

Thursday

Yes, I missed writing yesterday, morning, and it’s already Thursday! I had a wonderful day yesterday. I slept in (to about 6ish..lol,) did not go to the gym. I am going to the gym today though, in a few minutes. Which I’m pretty pleased with, since it’s the third time this week.

I actually got off work early yesterday. The little angels I’m taking care of had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon. I started to look at trucks. Had a nice dinner at a restaurant, and spent the evening watching scary ghost adventures on TV. It’s almost Halloween…

Friday

It is Friday, and almost 7am. It’s going to be an awesome day today, right? Today I’m going to do my exercise outdoors, but I did go to the gym yesterday morning. It was the third time this week, and it feels fabulous.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. 
– Ian Fleming

I’ve been trying out some new contacts this week as well, and they are so much better than the ones I had before. All in all, this week have been treating me really good so far. How is your week?

I’m hoping to see my daughter this weekend, read some good books (I have several new books waiting for me to devour them,) and definitely going to look at some trucks this weekend. I’m hoping to do some photography as well. Before my move to Vegas I upgraded to a full frame camera, but I have barely used it. I’m very excited to be working a little less from now on, because working so much definitely affected my photography. It feels like a piece of my soul is missing there. Do you know what I mean? I’m very excited about this cooler weather, and all the opportunities it brings (spending more time outdoors without risking a heat stroke..lol.)

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! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?

 Have a wonderful, fabulous, fantastic weekend! Relaxing if you need it 😊

 

Love,

Ms Zen