New Steps, Fresh Perspective


It’s been a little over five weeks since arthroscopy on my left knee. I’ve been doing physical therapy exercises, a modified yoga practice and pedaling my bike around town…and oh how I’ve missed the dirt. This past weekend I finally took to the trails in the Arkansas Hills just outside of Salida.

Come along on my hike with me…
You always have to cross the river and look up at Mt Princeton (photo above) as you head to the trails. New snow coated the peaks and everything felt crisp.

Venturing onto the trails felt like new steps – a fresh perspective on the beautiful valley, ringed with peaks, where I live.


I love looking across town to Mt Ouray and Chipeta who protect the Valley (Sawatch Range)


Clouds still hang near Mt Shavano while peaks north have only a big blue back drop.
The historic smelter tower is a stick in the foreground:)


Looking east the Twins Sisters (Sangre de Christo Mountain Range) shine on this glorious day.


Turning south again Mt Ouray looms as I descend back to town.

I love the fresh joy I felt with each step on the dirt trails and each vista that caught my eye. I try never to take for granted how my body can carry me over the river and through the woods, but after my reduced mobility from surgery I really have a fresh perspective.

As we move into Thanksgiving week here in the states, I am grateful for this body I call home. And it’s weekend again — I hope to go play on the dirt once again :)

What helps you gain a new perspective and fills you back up with gratitude?

I’d love to hear from you!




P.S. I’m filled with gratitude by all those already loving their 2015 Daily Musings Journals. Here’s one heartwarming response — unsolicited and it goes so perfectly with my previous post :)
“At times, I’ve gone weeks without using it (travel/work) but then when I come back to the doodling part (and I’m ALLL about stick figures), it feels so comforting. Like having a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and a dear friend to share it all with. Thank you for creating it. You can tell it came from your heart.”

The 2015 Daily Musings Journal is still available, but quantity is limited and they’re selling quickly. Yay! Get yours before they’re gone, and join the 2015 daily musings journey.

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Don’t be afraid of the “D” word

Daily that is!

AugSprd-4_smIf you want to take a wander through my daily musings journey check out my video here.


I am honestly not good at doing much of anything but eating, sleeping and brushing my teeth on a daily basis. All those daily challenges that are shared online intimidate me – make me feel not enough!

I don’t even  create daily in my Daily Musings Journal!

But it is regular enough that it feels like a solid, beautiful practice.
I make it play to capture a bit of my day. And I try to make it every day, but I’m not perfect.
Some times it is the next morning and some times I have to play catch-up.
Some days, some weeks feel more inspired than others (isn’t that the way life goes, too:)
Even if I leave a square blank, that is still OK. I can always go back and create a doodle that has nothing to do with that day. I will certainly remember, probably with a chuckle, that this is what I did!

And there is more to the Daily Musings Journal than just musing daily.


You can play any time on any of the musings sheets, and for 2015 I’ve added a few more of them,

and also some fun color-in pages…


I hope you’ll join the 2015 daily musings journey. Or gift it to a friend :) Click here to learn more and to get yours today!





P.S. It feels funny to be writing “salesy” copy on my blog, but I realized as I was creating this post that getting the Daily Musings Journal, my baby, out into the world is a big part of my creative adventures right now! And I hope you feel the daily musings love come through. Thanks for being part of these adventures with me, whether you decide to join the daily musings journey or not :)

P.S.S. Exciting News: The 2015 Daily Musings Journal is now available in a few fine retail establishments in Aspen, BoulderSalida, Colorado

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My Daily Musings Journey (a video)

I had fun creating this little video that shares my daily musings journey for 2014 – and invites you to join me for 2015!
Click here for more information and to order your 2015 Daily Musings Journal!
And I’d sure appreciate it if you help me spread the daily musings love!




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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?


2015DMJ-cover-3D_smFinal Reminder: The 2015 Daily Musings Journal Early Bird Special end this coming Wednesday! Click here to learn more.

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