Live at the Indigo Acres farm with… SURPRISE!

Good morning! Please adjust your computers, laptops, phones, and any other device you use to read the posts from the GrowingSelf blog. It’s about to get interesting over the next week… why, you ask? Well… maybe you should start by asking “who is this?” especially when the last post you read from here mentioned something about Momma Roda going away for a week on vacation.

I’ll answer that last question first. My name is JJ and I was named after my supposed doppelganger, mom’s brother, my Uncle Jay, probably better known to you as that guy who runs the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog. In case you’re curious what I look like, here’s a recent photo. I’m not looking my best (mornings are rough with that other rooster starting at the crack of dawn!) as she was busy when Uncle Jay asked for a new photo. Oh well… I’m still quite the attraction here at Indigo Acres.

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If you’re now wondering how a chicken could be writing a blog post with feet like those, well… that’s for another day. The better question is… who’s helping me? For anyone who may not have noticed a little something peculiar exactly one month ago today, the wonderful woman who runs this blog had a little fun with my namesake and took over his blog for 2 weeks while he was away on vacation. Here’s the post where she diabolically planned the evil. Since Momma Roda’s fond of little phrases like “when the cat’s away…” I thought I’d help Uncle Jay exact his own revenge, after all, they say “payback is a…” Right? Psst… don’t tell her I almost used a bad word. She won’t give me enough feed when she returns.

So… for the next week while Momma Roda is away relaxing, I’m going to help Uncle Jay wreck havoc on GrowingSelf… or as I like to say… peck it to death! I’ll be kind and give the weekend a little quiet time, especially since she is just leaving in a few hours. But stay tuned and check in again Monday. I’m gonna dish on what really goes on around the farm that Momma Roda conveniently forgets and/or leaves out in her posts! But first, please enjoy a friend’s latest new dance crave…

Ramblings From Roda

img_4328Something happens to my brain, when I am preparing to go on vacation. I clean everything, to the point that the kids ask if the Pope is going to be visiting Indigo Acres. My very “Type A” personality becomes type AAA.  My normal busy days quadruple with tasks and chores.  I could give the energizer bunny a run for her money! I’m tired and filthy, to the point that if I were a bath and body scent, it would probably be titled,  “Weedy Poo”. Welcome to my life!  I love it!

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To my defense, an amazing lady stays at our home and runs Indigo Acres while we are away. She is a saint! I want to make her stay here as smooth and relaxing as possible. I don’t leave our “Staycation” very easily, and honestly ask myself if the work to prepare for a vacation is worth it.  Knowing she is here, taking care of our critter family, does set me at ease. But why the serious push?

Honestly, I know the answer to my own question.   By the time I am on vacation, finally relaxed, it’s time to get back on the plane and return home.  The last thing I want to do is hit the ground running, as soon as I return.  Reentry can be painful!  I am determined to keep balance. Although going on vacation means family time and lots of photography time for me, it also is a time for renewal and restoration. When I return home, knowing that the human and animal houses are clean, means that I don’t hit that brick wall of reentry. I ease back in, with balance.

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This is probably the last family vacation we will take for awhile. My oldest leaves for college next summer. (Let’s not talk about that right now) This is one of the many reasons why I’m going to embrace this time and enjoy every moment. I know that once I’m sitting on that airplane, my mind will clear and, although I will think about the animals, my main focus will be on my human family.

As much work as it is to prepare for leaving over 100 critters, I will embrace the gifts I receive from the journey.  I can honestly say that I am always filled with gratitude, when I return home to Indigo Acres. Our little farm is truly magical. Returning with a restored state of mind and balanced attitude, creates even more daily bliss. What a precious gift!
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We’ve spent the past four years creating our “Staycation” here at home. But, I have to admit, taking a break from daily life allows me to appreciate it, even more, when I return.   So, while I am unplugged and enjoying an amazing adventure in the Rocky Mountains, I will rest.  My blog will rest, too.  But, I will have lots of stories and photography to share, when I return!

Over the next week, remember to take some time for you. Unplug and Just Be. It will be the greatest gift you can give to yourself…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda
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Mark Your Calendars!

One week from today, the fabulous four will, once again, celebrate the beauty of fashion and nature!  You won’t want to miss the June addition of When Fashion and Nature Collide, next Wednesday, June 20th!

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June is going to be incredible!  But, while you are counting the days until next Wednesday, why not check out our past editions!

March Edition

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April Edition

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May Edition

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“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.”
~ Roda

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*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…
Nature’s Lens

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