I think it is easy to say “this year was harder than any other year”. Why does it always feel that way? I think when we reflect, it can be easy to think about the bad stuff... that’s the sh*t that sticks harder, because it hurts harder. I challenge you to challenge yourself in that negative type of thinking. I’m absolutely guilty of feeling and thinking in that negative manner, even if it only lives in my head. I’ve been really trying to shift my thoughts and focus everyday on the good lately, even when it’s really, really hard to do so. I’ve been practicing mediation this last year, and I have trained my brain to not focus on anything at all. Ten minutes, everyday. I sit, in silence (if my dogs allow me to haha), and just breathe. Thoughts will inevitably try to come in and occupy that space, but shifting those thoughts into breaths sends them away. I usually leave that practice feeling calm, clear minded and best of all, happy. Remember, you get to choose what you allow to take up space in your head, I recommend choosing happiness.
I should have begun with this: the sky.
A window minus sill, frame, and panes.
An aperture, nothing more,
but wide open.
I don't have to wait for a starry night,
I don't have to crane my neck
to get a look at it.
I've got the sky behind my back, at hand, and on
The sky binds me tight
and sweeps me off my feet.
Even the highest mountains
are no closer to the sky
than the deepest valleys.
There's no more of it in one place
A mole is no less in seventh heaven
than the owl spreading her wings.
The object that falls in an abyss
falls from the sky to sky.
Grainy, gritty, liquid,
inflamed, or volatile
patches of sky, specks of sky,
gusts and heaps of sky.
The sky is everywhere,
even in the dark beneath your skin.
I eat the sky, I excrete the sky.
I'm a trap within a trap,
an inhabited inhabitant,
an embrace embraced,
a question answering a question.
Division into sky and earth—
it's not the proper way
to contemplate this wholeness.
It simply lets me go on living
at a more exact address
where I can be reached promptly
if I'm sought.
My identifying features
are rapture and despair.
by Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh
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When the fog settles and the sun rises amongst the giants...
Cheers to the upcoming weekend and endless possibilities for adventure
The last couple of years, late summer and fall have been a whirlwind of ticking off objective after objective of getting out to explore every nook and cranny of the Kootenays, and unfortunately, winter is where that usually comes to an end. Determined not to let that trend continue, @baldwin_nudies
and I toured up to another one of the fire towers in the area and were rewarded with a spectacular break in between snow storms. 📸 @baldwin_nudies
Wishing this was the view from my office. Accepting suggestions on how to get my boss to set up an extension office at this location. I think he'd be into it, just need to put together a proposal.
Fire look outs. I really want to check out a more, and possibly camp in one. Who’s down?
Even during winter, Oregon never disappoints.
I love my husband. He takes such good care of me in every way possible. I love how intimate these photos are, and I am so happy @krystarowndphoto
forever captured this fun trip we took back in October 📸 I treasure all the memories I have with my hubby- We’ve had so many good times in the past, and we have a lifetime more of happy times to experience together 💗
Probably one of my favorite memories of this year has been sleeping under the stars with Marie.
tent is an absolute beast and has been our home on the road 🤙
Why do I post pictures of fire lookouts on Monday? Fire Lookout Friday sounds better. But Monday is typically the start of the work week. Nobody ever has "a case of the Fridays!" Monday is a good day to remember time spent at these special places.
Spotted Bear Lookout on an autumn morning.
Reclaiming old structures and giving them a new life gives way to some incredible places. This old #firelookout
has been converted to be a fantastic weekend #cabin
. You can’t beat it! If you want to do a project like this get in touch with us! We would love to do a project like this! Link in the bio! 🙌🏻
Onset of a central Oregon winter
Set up camp on an icy lake...that’s legit, right?
FUN FACT FRIDAY: The highest mountain in the known universe is Olympus Mons, a giant volcano on Mars, almost three times the height of Mount Everest. ☄️