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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Be Still…Final Post

Each Sunday, for the past year, I have written a post titled “Be Still”.  It is so important to slow down and JUST BE.  I feel passionate about living in the moment, breathing the fresh air of Mother Nature and just BEING STILL.

With that being said, I will no longer be posting on the weekend.  I am going to take my own advice and unplug!  After reaching my personal goal of writing daily, for the past year, I am giving myself permission to JUST BE. 

Has this decision been difficult for me? YES!  I admit that I am an all or nothing person. I give everything I do 110%.  But, finding balance and a middle ground is a great challenge for me. With Spring right around the corner, my nature photography will be knocking at my door and I will be answering that call!  I also have some wonderful photography and art projects currently unfolding, which I am so excited about!

I remind myself of a quote, by Clinton Kelly, that has saved me numerous times…

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I think those are pretty powerful words!  Read it…say it out loud…live it!

Have a fabulous weekend! See You Monday!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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