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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.

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Standing Still

Jlynn Frazier

What did you do today, this week, and this month that mattered? Defining what matters is something that starts from within each of us. It is not something that we do once and never need to do again. Rather, it is an ongoing process that requires repeatedly asking ourselves 'what matters' in order to realign our focus and move forward to carry out the work we know we want to do. We need to do. We MUST do!

It's not easy work, but it is worth every minute of struggle. Why? Because once you declare your intentions you can focus your time, attention, and talent on doing what you need to do to make what matters most a part of your everyday.

I will admit I struggle with this at times as the ebbs and flows of life. I think the struggle is shared by many who strive to carve out time to do great work that brings meaning to your life and to the lives of those around you.

This time that I carve out for myself is what I call soulful work. I know that when I do soulful work, I am able to bring my best to all areas of my life. A big part of this soulful work is about taking care to nourish my mind, my body, and my curious spirit.

A quick trip to a nearby ridge was just what I needed to be still, to see the beauty of the earth, and to just enjoy being right where I am.  

Solo Sunset

Jlynn Frazier

I remember how quiet it was. Just me, the mountain, and the setting sun. #OptOutside!

On a solo hike this fall I enjoyed a sunset from the West Peak of Tumbledown Mountain. It was a warm autumn day with clear skies and vibrant leaves on the trees. Sometimes going outdoors means going it alone.

Solo hiking is such a wonderful time to connect in a different way. My senses are all awake and taking in the details of the day.  

I remember hiking past a mother and her college-age daughter. As they reached the pond in between peaks I could hear them laughing. The big belly, tears rolling down your face kind of laughing. It made me smile too. Laughter is contagious! 

After soaking in the sun at the pond, I slowly watched as the final group of hikers began their return trip to reach the parking lot by dark.

I had different plans. I hoisted up my pack and headed in the opposite direction from the hikers.  As the sun crept quickly toward sunset I kept on climbing toward the westernmost peak. It is not a wide open space, so I quickly found a location where I could see the series of peaks in the distance. I found a spot to set up my camera on a tripod just a little ways off the end on a rock just big enough for me to stand on with bushes surrounding me. 

Then I stood still eyes glued to the west. As the sun sank down toward the horizon the sky turned an intensely stunning reddish-magenta.

I remember how quiet it was. Just me, the mountain, and the setting sun. #OptOutside 


Join me & choose to #OptOutside on November 25! Don't miss my daily photo and "I #OptOutside because" thought on Instagram