Super cute Western Spotted Skunk (#Spilogale gracilis) near Durango, Colorado. It was my first time seeing one, and from what I’ve read, it’s pretty strange that this lil dude was out and about during the day (it was about 3pm). #spottedskunk#smammals#sanjuannationalforest
Nine of my favorite moments exploring nature in 2017. So much beauty in 365 days!
Join me in 2018 by choosing to spend the #yearoutside 🙂 There’s so much goodness waiting for us, beyond our front door.
repeat after me
> i will choose intention. i will adapt as life shifts, learn as life teaches. observe when my conscience compels me. i will lead by letting go. letting go of my past, of any unknowns, of what others think unless it serves me to do otherwise. i will be with my rising chest and beating heart. i will practice patience and presence and pause. i will not resist setbacks, but embrace them as part of my path, part of my legend.
> i will not live in a perpetual state of divided attention and stimulation if my cognitive and emotional bandwidth are nearing their limits. i will lead with balance to stay soulfully energized. l will coax out my truths and align what is right for my life. my. life.
> i will define my fears and attack them with vigor. or softness. or both. i will bring a smile to each plight and every fight.
> i will make my mind my priority. i will make my body my priority. i will approach each moment with openness and compassion instead of impulse and fear and resistance. i will make space for my partner’s needs, how i decide to fuel my body, my creative aspirations, my mental wellbeing, and time in nature. i have a responsibility to own these tenets with conviction.
> wherever i’m headed, i will not turn away from or avoid struggle. i will not pretend that struggle does not exist. i will not feel shame for experiencing struggle. i will simply notice struggle as a chasm, and expose and explore it. i will not attempt to eradicate struggle but will give it room to breathe, acknowledge it, hold it, understand and care for it. i will remind myself that struggle is rarely an inherently bad experience, that it is a chance to evaluate and realign. i will let struggle be part of my composition, allow it to center me. i will remind myself that life flows, it all will come and go so learn to hold rather than grasp. that from time to time i will emotionally react to struggle, and that’s fine, but also recognize the need to be understanding of the consequence.
love to you. slay in 2018, peeps
A few months ago, we made the decision to exchange safety for uncertainty, and we did so without waiting for "the right time" because I knew there was never going to be a "right time". Living for yourself is important and the risk has been so, so worth it.