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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

Monthly Photos of Wild Places [Oct 2018]

Jlynn Frazier

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
— L.M. Montgomery

This is a monthly photography roundup of images captured while out exploring our wild places. It has been a wet, foggy autumn month. Some trees shed their leaves long ago, while others linger on thinning branches. It was such a wonderful delight to get out for a fall hike to soak in the color, the aroma, and the fog.

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Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
— Emily Brontë
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Still I Rise

Jlynn Frazier

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Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I Rise, I have written my own poem of the same name.

Still I Rise

You may laugh, mock, and maim
With your language of hate
Twisting words, bending truths
But still, as my sisters before me
I rise.

Did you want to silence me?
A woman better to be seen, not heard?
I do not recognize the submission you seek
My whole heart aches for a better tomorrow
My voice echos a hopeful rally cry.

You may abuse, assault, harass, and shame
I’ve been given many reasons to hate
My eyes wide open
Face turned toward the sun like a sunflower
I choose to soak in the sunshine of love.

Does my courage offend you?
As the song in my body radiates confidence, kindness, and strength
I have felt the bitter cold, bone chilling winds of winter
Springs renewal will come again
Change is just over the next mountain

Just as the sun rises and sets
I am awakening, growing stronger each day
Because I walk, head held high
Truth pumping through my veins
And, again, I will rise.

Does my strength surprise you?
That I might dare to hold my ground
I rise
Feet planted deep in the earth
Sturdy like roots of a tree
I rise
I am my father’s daughter
I am my grammy’s girl.

To all my sisters, my brothers too
I hope you’ll comfort me, as I will for you.
I rise
Heed the warning of Mother nature,
The wisdom of our ancestors
I rise
Leaving behind the darkness of violence and fear
Together, the dawning of a new way forward
Rise
Keep rising
I rise.

Inspiration, Summer Reflection & Fall Forecast

Jlynn Frazier

I began the year thinking I would write a monthly recap and share what I’m working on, books i’ve enjoyed, and a few links that have inspired me. Well, that didn’t happen. Perhaps I’ll rethink this next year for something more seasonally. Now felt like a really good time to check in, a lots happened. And as life goes its been a mix of good and not so good moments for me personally and for the world.

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Summer Recap: Celebrations, Creativity, & Connection

Welcome Fall

You may call it fall, fourth quarter, the season of color, sweater weather, or the season before the snow comes. I’ve been loving the beauty and vibrancy of colors. I’ve been running and hiking to soak in as much as possible.

Its been an emotionally charged time here in the US (and around the world). I feel it too. My remedy is to focus on what matters most and that begins by taking care of myself. Only once we care for ourselves can we care for others. And so many need your love and kindness.

If you’ve been rocking it, awesome! If its not been a great time for you, don’t lose hope. As I always say, remember that today is a new day (and a new season) to begin again. 

As I have mentioned at the beginning of the year, I no longer set new years resolutions. I am, however, a big believer in doing work that matters. Ive been slowly working on a new photography book and doing a lot of writing too. As much as I want to put it all together into one piece, I think its going to be two separate, connected projects. I’m pushing hard to have the photography book, my first Maine photography book out as an ebook before the holidays. I’ll share more soon on Instagram, so follow me @jlynnfrazier .

To wrap this up, I leave you with Strala Yoga’s recipe for when you are lost.

Slow down. Slow down a bit more. Sway a bit until you find your perfect centered place. Let yourself settle. Notice. In your stillness notice the action. Happening on the inside. Soften. Take a big inhale. Long exhale. Settle here. Welcome back.
— Strala Yoga

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