Photo's tell my story best!
I am a nature-lover. Hiking, gardening and reading are some of my favorite pastimes. My husband and my rescue dog, Pax, are my best friends. I'm sensitive and enjoy connecting with life and people on a deep level. As an introvert, I prefer meaningful one-on-one conversations over social chit-chat. Travel helps me grow - it opens me up to new sights, sounds, experiences, people and attitudes. Someday I'd like to get on the road without any destination in mind and just enjoy the ride. Good food makes me happy! Embracing my inner kid makes me happy, too. Yoga teaches me that I am stronger than I think - both on and off the mat. It's important to me to live my life with intention and not on automatic-pilot; to make time for contemplation & to listen to my soul's guidance.
“Life is messy. Grit and grace come at us fast, side by side. Sometimes the grit becomes overwhelming and diminishes our spirit. What’s good seems lost and gone forever. This is a story about the pathway back to what’s beautiful, when the way back seems impossible.”
― Sharon E. Rainey, Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life
For much of my adult life I have struggled with depression and anxiety. Until my early thirties, I mostly ignored my physical symptoms, as well as the abuse and trauma that lay beneath their surface. Then, in 2004, I experienced a nervous breakdown that up-ended my life. Suddenly, I was forced to confront all the ways I had been living in denial. I had to make a honest assessment of my life, my relationship with myself and others, and begin to make the changes that would lead to healing.
I began to experience a growing awareness of and connectedness to a deeper sense of myself. I began to find my own voice - my true, authentic nature - buried beneath all the layers I had accumulated to meet the expectations and demands of others. I learned that I can trust my own inner guidance and follow where that leads, and although that doesn't make life easier, it allows me to live a more genuine and meaningful life.
Every day I continue my wellness journey. I work on accepting both the light and the dark sides of myself and of life and I find sanctuary in nature and through my photography. Particularly when I am lost in the dark, capturing nature's beautiful messages through the lens of my camera heals me on every level. It brings me back to the light.
Nature reminds us of the beautiful light and love always present deep within us, beyond the reach of any external circumstances!