Tag Archives: nature

Road trip!

1 Sep

I had a pretty awesome weekend with some great people. I’ve been looking into  graduate schools and Florida State is pretty high on the list. I was invited to their Lit open house, so I thought it was a good time to hit the road and see what’s what. It’s hard to believe that it’s a almost a 7 hour drive up to Tallahassee (Florida is a crazy huge state!) But with a short stop in Tampa to visit my lovely college roommate, ( and a visit to my favorite tea store) I was ready to roll.

Tallahassee is a really fun city with a lot to do. I got to channel my creative side with Painting with a Twist. It’s a painting studio with great instructors that dole out a lot of helpful instruction and much needed moral support. After 2 hours I was able to make this:

I’m no artist. But it’s a good time.

And you can drink wine! It’s encouraged actually.

Now, that’s my kind of art :)

I also went to Maclay Gardens. Unfortunately, it’s August in Florida so naturally it’s hotter than the 7th circle of hell. But on the bright side I was the only one there and it was really beautiful.

Anna and I ventured a short way off to Wakulla Springs.

We went on a boat ride through the spring. I’ve always lived near the ocean, so it was pretty neat to see a different body of water. (It’s absolutely freezing!) Here are just a couple things we saw.

Kinda looks like my painting, huh?

Alligator!

Enjoying the view

Manatee!

Poor "Old Joe"

It was a fabulous weekend adventure and I hope to get back up to N. Florida again soon.

Claiming My Happy #41-50

21 Aug

41) The beach after 5 p.m.

42) Jumping Hugs

43)  Footprints

44)  Classic Telephones

45) Who doesn’t love Disney?

46) Forts!

47) A storm rolling in

48) Skywriting

49) Glitter

50) Traveling anywhere and everywhere

(All photos courtesy of weheartit.com)

Claiming My Happy #31-40

20 Aug

31) Chocolate :)

32) Gratitude

33) How morning air is richer than the rest of the day

34) A full moon {Howl}

35) Happy Tunes

36) Organization

37) Snail Mail

38) Berries

39) Birthdays

40) A nice walk

(All photos courtesy of weheartit.com)

Claiming My Happy #11-20

17 Aug

11) A great sunrise

12) Family love

13) Reading a great book that you just can’t put down

14) Sunflowers

15) Tea can solve everything :)

16) Kitty Kisses

17) Adventure!

18)  A surprise compliment

19) Changing seasons

20)  Having really crazy friends that know you better than you know yourself

(All images courtesy of weheartit.com)

The North Wind and the Sun

2 Jun

As a firm believer in all things literary, I am sure pretty much every life lesson can be learned from a book. Chances are if it’s happened, it’s been written about. As a writer searching for a new idea, this can be insanely frustrating. But as a young adult, a certain level of solace can be found in characters that have “been there, done that.” Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite fable, “The North Wind and the Sun.”

“A dispute arose between the North Wind and the Sun, each claiming that he was stronger than the other. At last they agreed to try their powers upon a traveller, to see which could soonest strip him of his cloak. The North Wind had the first try; and, gathering up all his force for the attack, he came whirling furiously down upon the man, and caught up his cloak as though he would wrest it from him by one single effort: but the harder he blew, the more closely the man wrapped it round himself. Then came the turn of the Sun. At first he beamed gently upon the traveller, who soon unclasped his cloak and walked on with it hanging loosely about his shoulders: then he shone forth in his full strength, and the man, before he had gone many steps, was glad to throw his cloak right off and complete his journey more lightly clad.”

I’ve always loved this story because I find it really relatable.While it is clearly about the power of persuasion, I think there’s a different aspect to it. We are often taught to fight hard against the grain, keep going, never give up. Those are all excellent qualities, but when is enough, enough? Sometimes we get so caught up in winning and getting “our” way that we forget to shun the tunnel vision and see the other options right in front. Similar to a riptide, don’t fight and struggle to reach the shore. Take your time, swim a little out of the way and reach your goal anyway.