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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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Advice from a Tree on Working Together

Jlynn Frazier

Each wander in the woods is a day of discovery. Each time I stand with the trees of the forest I am off on another magical adventure. Each moment provides me with the chance to see wonders great and small unfolding.

The trees talk and communicate in ways that I am just beginning to understand. They communicate to their tree families and they talk to us. I have so much to learn (I think we all do). Through my growing love for trees, I find I am bringing a greater awareness to each moment of my woods wanders. I get to see and experience the ways that the trees hold so much history and have so much to share about what it means to build strong communities that survive for hundreds and thousands of years.  

I have been spending a lot of time outside and try to share daily words and images of the magic of it all. I can never bring the wonders of the forest to you in its entirety, but I find so much joy in trying to give you glimpses into the world I experience. And to share nuggets of what I am learning along the way. 

Just this week, I joined Peter Wohlleben author of "The Hidden Life of Trees" (published September 2016) on a magical journey. In the first chapter of the book, I was completely immersed by this wisdom from the trees:  

But why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and sometimes even go so far as to nourish their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together. A tree is not a forest. On its own, a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather. But, together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old.
— Peter Wohlleben author of "The Hidden Life of Trees"

WOW! I immediately started thinking about our strained communities this week. At least that is what I see on the limited news clips I consume, the signs popping up on front lawns as I run through my small town, and the constant barrage of social battles. 

There must be something about getting a little older that makes me pause more and listen. I am ebbing and flowing between seeing the beauty of the day, the stark reality of the shit going on in the world, and the lingering hope of what could be. Time spent away from it all being more connected to myself and the natural world provides a space for my lingering hope. 

As Wohlleben shares in his book, a tree is not a forest. A thriving forest is created and maintained when each tree takes care of itself, and their tree family, and the forest community. Let's think about this and substitute with the word people: A person is not a community. A thriving community is created and maintained when each person takes care of themselves, their families, and the people of their community.   

Pathways & Possibilities: Van Living and Travel

Jlynn Frazier

Summer is flying by and I am loving every minute of it even though it is getting very busy. I must admit it is busier than I would like but it will pay off in the long run. I have been work on my kayak roll, which is a tough physical challenge. I think I dare say that I have got it down and can now work on improving my skills and hitting up a river to run later this month. This is very exciting since I have not been on the river since I got a bit banged up in the spring.

I am also in process of moving again (my third move in three years). With each move life becomes more simplified and I am headed down a great path so it is worth the short term work of it all. Don't want to move it- sell it or donate it! Works every time. 

Finally, I am headed to Iceland for 2 full weeks in October. Want to guess my accommodations? A van. I CANNOT WAIT! I have plan tickets books and reserved the van this week so the big financial planning/ reservation side of things is done. The rest can be emerging and will remain pretty fluid. I am not someone who likes to have a planned itinerary just a list of a few "must do's" with tons of room for random exploration and suggestions from locals I meet along the way. 

Here are a few of my favorite links that brought inspiration and thought to my week. Let me know what you think and send me links to what you have been reading and thinking about. I am always excited to hear from you!

  • I have made it through a third of the book and highly recommend for those who are looking to improve their creative process in photography. Why this book? It starts with questions he asks and questions to consider asking as work through listening to your inner beast telling you that 'something is there.' The book along with two companion pieces (a video and short pdf guide) is on sale through August 12 for $20. Find out more about the book here. 
  • I shared a more creative piece to accompany and image I captured this summer in a piece called Come and Sit With Me
  • Enjoyed watching the video The Wanderlust of #Vanlife. A great message about spending time together, getting out on the open road (and how van life isn't for everyone), and get thoughts for all those with kiddos.  
  • "You are The One. You are the only person in the world who can complete and fulfill you, and ensure your happiness. Everyone else is a potential, hopefully wonderful, addition to that fated situation. You are born complete, you die complete, and you decide whom you spend your time with in between." Read more in recent blog post The One by Colin Wright 
  • I was busy writing and updating my website this week. Check out a personal post on Family Moments and a few thoughts about why I Work to Live

Seeing a van parked in Acadia National Park, Maine feeds my wanderlust for #vanlife.