Blessed with the Best

I am a firm believer that home is wherever your heart happens to be. Home can be a place, a feeling you get when you are with the people you love, or state of mind you are taken to when you are doing things you are passionate about. All of the blessings in your life…

Life with the Sound Off

Life can be loud at times. It can be so loud that we get distracted, lose sight of where we are going and what we are trying to do, and soon find ourselves completely off course. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could press “mute”? What if we could just turn the sound off and…

Choose Joy

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas being only days away, I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to be reminded that joy is not just a season. It is a way of life.  Although it is good to feel joyful during the holidays, experiencing joy year round is something we…

Leave Failure Behind

It is hard to believe that early November could feel like this. The sun is shining and I am walking through the woods with my music and my thoughts, trying my best to make sense of what is going on in my life. I think about these things daily, but walks alone in this weather…

Talk About It

In a world where we are more connected than we have ever been, real communication feels like a lost art. We continue to hide behind a virtual reality of texting and social media to say what we are really feeling inside, often saying things we would never say to someone’s face/admit ourselves or portraying to…

Keep The Door Open

This picture was taken during the last week of March on an early morning drive back home. I was heading south on Wilson Road and I had the best view when I looked over my left shoulder. The scene in the picture is of Long Lake, which is part of the Chain O’ Lakes. I…

Fear

This picture was taken today on my night drive. For those of you who know me, I am obsessed with sunsets and take advantage of every opportunity to capture them. As spring approaches, the days are getting longer, so I know my best chance to view these sky paintings in all their glory is around…

Trust

This picture was taken last Friday on my way to work in the morning. The route I take, which largely involves Fairfield Road, is very scenic. It cuts through a few towns and I see many wonderful forest preserves, wooded areas, and wetlands on my trek. Seeing everything covered in ice and snow makes me…

Roadblock

This picture was taken in early January on my hike through the snowy woods of one of the many trails belonging to the Lake County Forest Preserve. Winter may not be my thing, but there is nothing quite like bundling up, strapping on your boots, and hitting the trails in search of a beauty you…

Distance

This picture was taken in early January on my walk through the woods and off the beaten path a few miles from my house. When you have a sense of adventure, are wearing boots and warm clothes, and are going stir crazy inside your house, you will do things that do not seem normal to…

What If

This picture was taken today on my walk through the forest preserve that runs throughout my neighborhood. Most would not have slated a walk through the woods in the dead of winter on their calendar, but I have a knack for adventure, and possibly a screw loose, so getting outside sounded like a good idea….

Work Through It

This picture was taken at the beginning of the month of December on the last bike ride I took. It seems like some of the great weather I experienced that day has carried over, because it is now the 27th and it’s darn near 50 degrees outside. I could be a fan of a winter…