My daily musings week…so far


Since I’ve just finished up the files for the 2015 Daily Musings Journal, and sent them to the printer, I thought it might be fun to share my musings for this busy week with you. The Daily Musings Journal allows me to have some journaling fun and create memories — even when I’m super busy.

MandalaPg-2015DailyMusingsJournalHere’s a sneak peak of the special mandala I created for the 2015 Daily Musings Journal, too.

If this journaling looks like it might be fun for you, I hope you’ll check out the 2015 Daily Musings Journal. You can learn more — and buy one HERE.

My week has also included some incredible autumn weather! Below is a picture of sunrise from my studio on Tuesday.


Have a beautiful weekend friends!



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The Perfect Storm


After several years of drought, this fall has been one of the most scenic I can remember.

It’s barely mid-October and there have already been a few storms where the peaks emerge from the clouds looking like winter. It’s beautiful alongside the trees that are still turning all shades of gold – and a stark reminder that winter seems to be on her way!

One such storm that I was keeping my eye on was in late September. I was watching in hopes that our long planned mountain biking weekend with friends could still take place as planned.

It turned out it was the perfect storm…

Camp looked like this


and thisSunset_frCamp_web

and this


And our pedaling looked like this


and thisGroupValleySaturday

and this


and thisSnackBreak_web

Oh yeah – and that image at the top of the post, too.

I’m so used to the Tim & Lisa show that group dynamics while camping felt a little intimidating at the outset. I feel grateful for the fun group, great pedaling and beautiful scenery that mixed together to make the perfect storm.

What’s your perfect storm?


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Golden Aspens to Grape Stomping

Aspens in St. Elmo

Aspens in St. Elmo

This season has definitely been feeling like autumn in my neck of the woods – warm days, cool evenings mixed with some chilly days and chilly evenings. We’ve had the range — including precipitation.

Fortunately Tim & I have had the opportunity to get out and enjoy some of this range, with this adventure bike ride to experience the golden aspens and the high country in all their fall glory.


Pedaling along the Continental Divide Trail

The weather showed us something different as we pedaled along the Double Rainbow trail, closer to home, the next day.


The colors in this rainbow were so intense, and the rain held off until we were back at home.

Later that day we participated in another fall tradition around here.


Grape Stomp at Vino Salida Wine Cellars is one of my favorite traditions. I love knowing my feet were in the grapes of the wine I drink the next year. We got to pick up our case of 2013 Stomp Syrah and order our 2014 case, too!


Oh Lucy…

And there was also the silliness as we were hard at work making wine…


While I love the beauty of the fall, my body is not quite sure. My soul is feeling tender as the weather changes towards winter and the nights grow longer – as I begin to reflect on the year that is coming to a close. I am trying to learn to be gentle with myself during these transition times – adding layers when I head out to play even if it feels a bit silly; wearing my fingerless gloves as I start my day in the studio; making tea in the evening;  (trying to) take time to allow the reflections to wash through me.

The view across the valley on yesterday's solo jaunt into the Arkansas Hills

The view across the valley on yesterday’s solo jaunt into the Arkansas Hills

The weather is supposed to be warm & sunny this coming weekend, but I know the tenderness of reflection will persist.

How do the changing seasons affect your tender soul? Reflecting on all that life has brought this past year – remember that you are beautiful, you are enough! And thank you for being part of my life.




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Ebb & Flow


Earlier this month I spent a few days in Taos – at the Playful Pages art retreat. Ebb & Flow is the name I gave to the piece I created (photo above).  Ebb and flow applies to a river –  which I see in my piece. I experience this ebb and flow as I watch the Arkansas River near my home – through the seasons and through the years. Ebb and flow is also a great metaphor for how I often experience life. I even felt this ebb and flow during my days at the retreat.

At the retreat not only did I get to create my fun stand-up journal along side ten beautiful women, we also experienced a variety of Taos culture together – visiting Taos Pueblo, Hacienda de Los Martinez, the Millicent Rogers Museum and the St Francisco de Asis Church. There were also quite a few laughs shared – oh and a little bit of exploring Taos and shopping:) It was a jam packed few days – with space to breath.


Taos Pueblo


Ink bloom demo by Judith (sorry — kinda blurry)


Sketching during our ‘field trips’ on my ‘chalk pastel’ prepared pages


A funny found poem, created from a photocopy of a page from “The Classic Myths” that Judith gave each of us, is also included on my stand-up journal piece.

glittered with diamonds
splendor of the scene
more beautiful
celebrate thee,
sunrise in purple
the Sun.
the light
memory of the idea

We each read our poems aloud to the group. Each poem was unique and so beautiful, like the women that created them.

Thank you Judith and all the beautiful women of the Taos retreat! I am missing you all, and look forward to creating together again one day. (Click here to see Judith’s awesome slide show of our weekend, and learn more about her work.)

How do you experience ebb and flow in your life?

Have a beautiful weekend friends!





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Celebrating in Sunshine & Rain


Dinner at McPhee Reservoir

My hubby and I share the same birthday month – our birthdays are just five days apart. The best birthday present we can give each other is to get away and play. This year we snuck in a few days before our birthdays. We planned the days and the meals — but held open where to go depending on the weather and how we felt.

When the weekend arrived – the weather forecast for the state was typical: chance of showers. We decided to head southwest — partly because our original destination was hosting a big event over the weekend and we wanted to avoid crowds.

On that Sunday (a few weeks ago now:) we pedaled on a new (for us) trail called Boggy Draw, near Dolores.

Looking towards the San Juans from the Italian Canyon Loop -- at Boggy Draw

Looking towards the San Juans from the Italian Canyon Loop — at Boggy Draw

It was a beautiful day – downright hot, and we were sweaty and dirty when we were done. We headed to McPhee Reservoir – for a dip and to find home for the night. We had a lovely dinner (see the photo above:), and then settled in to watch the lightening flash in all of the clouds that had amassed  in the surrounding mountains.

It was a beautiful show – and we listened to rain on and off throughout the night. When we woke to a drizzly wet morning we debated what to do. We wanted to pedal, but not in the rain. If it was raining in the desert, it would certainly be raining in the mountains.

In the end we decided to head back towards Durango (higher elevation & closer to mountains) anyway. We figured at least there was a movie theater if all else failed. But by the time we reached Durango the universe had sent the rain clouds packing for us, and we pedaled in the sunshine on the Telegraph Trail system, just outside of Durango.


After our ride we headed towards Wolf Creek Pass to find home for the night. We found a beautiful spot to camp at the western base of the pass – and watched the sunset as we ate our dinner.


The clouds began to gather again as the day turned to night. And we were again awakened by raindrops pattering on the roof of the van. The next morning the rain was still falling – and we watched a herd of elk disperse as we drove along the dirt road back towards the highway.


By the time we reached Salida the clouds had again dispersed, and we spent a sunny, and relaxing, day at home. Just around sunset we took this fun self timer surrounded by the bounty of our garden, before heading out to dinner – on my actual birthday:)


How do you like to celebrate with the ones you love – in the sunshine and in the rain? You don’t really need a birthday to celebrate – so I sure hope you’ll find a way to celebrate beautiful you soon!



P.S. I even snuck in a little journaling play during our getaway – it resulted in a fun commemoration of our birthdays getaway 2014.


P.S.S. Speaking of celebrating – I’m also going to be celebrating the launch of my 2015 Daily Musings Journal this month. I’ll be sending info on pre-ordering (= early bird special) next week.

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