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.
Summer Recap: Celebrations, Creativity, & Connection
Summer was more chill than a typical year addressing some health things and such. We did go on white water rafting adventure on the Kennebec which was awesome. I highly recommend North Country Rivers for your Maine rafting fun.
If you read one blog post from me this year, I hope you’ll read this one: Hold Space For Each Other. Create Art.
We’ve finally creating our indoor bouldering space and been getting into climbing. I loved the book The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path by Tommy Caldwell and the film that came out about it called The Dawn Wall.
We are also super stoked to see Free Solo later this month created by filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The New York Times said that "Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever. Find a screening near you!
I recently updated my reading list with books i’ve enjoyed so far in 2018. Whether looking for a good book for yourself or a gift for someone this holiday season. You can never go wrong with a book.
Inspired by Portland, Maine based photographer @ChrisBennettPhoto. His work capturing the people behind the adventure is worth checking out in New England Today’s article Appalachian Trail Hikers | Featured Photographer Chris Bennett. (Follow him on Instagram or check out his Website)
Words of wisdom from this Chinese Proverb: "When sleeping women wake, mountains move."
Enjoyed this 22 min. documentary film Balance by Team Altra. It felt different than other films and to me was both relatable and inspiring. I guess I should also share, that I run in Altra running shoes. They provide zero drop with a natural toe box that nourishes my feet and keeps me doing what I love to do!
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.