Whimsy & Wilderness

A Colorado Adventure Blog

This is a Story

As long as I can remember I've had a lover affair with writing, and it started with love notes. When I was about six I would take a piece of note paper, and after applying mom's lipstick, would kiss it and scribble I love you. I'd hide them in the pocket of my mom's coat, her apron, and occasionally my dad's briefcase. My older siblings might have even gotten one, but I can't be sure. I don't know why I wanted to do it, but I do recall the joy of when they found them. That's why today I still send notes to friends, even if they live nearby. The art isn't lost on me. It's also the reason why I still have a blog, and why I started the series "Why I Wild". It's my virtual love note expanded.

I love stories, whether I'm creating them or sharing journeys of others. I love the connection it brings, because right now I've never felt more disconnected. Sure, there's social media, but it's a false sense of unity. A "like" doesn't have value, yet so many view it as worth currency. The younger generation thrives on follows and clicks where I am more thrilled to meet in real life for coffee and conversation. In person you have no filters, nothing you can hide behind. The internet is your highlight reel, but I'm more interested in what you don't post. Somehow we've become more interested in the showmanship of life than the actual man. 

I encourage everyone to connect more, chat with your neighbor, the person behind you in line at the grocery store, the cashier, etc. It's through these connections, even if brief, we learn more about the world. Let them be a part of your story, and not only a post. And if you ever want to meet for coffee and tell me your story, I'm your gal.

When in Doubt

I'm not a fully confident photographer. I question my skills, albeit they are still developing (pun intended). Family and friends offer praise, but I take their kindness as an arm of support rather than a testament to my competence.  No matter your passion you can probably relate to this state of uncertainty. We all want to excel at our craft, but it doesn't mean we are constantly secure in our path or talent. What drives me forward isn't the need to be perfect, but my fondness for creating. I started blogging, rather selfishly, for the benefit of releasing meandering thoughts. Then came my fitness blog, where I changed my reach and extended it to those seeking encouragement. The feedback from it was positive, and I enjoyed making a difference, no matter how small. I am hopeful my latest blog will follow suit, perhaps in a different way. 

Drinking water or taking a photo?

Drinking water or taking a photo?

On a recent photo post I received a lovely comment stating my pictures of Colorado make them feel like they can always see a piece of home. This made me a smile. Under a spring snow scene another wrote how it made them "feel all the feels". I was elated I passed on the emotion. In times of doubt these sentiments are a soft push to keep going. I may never make a living as a blogger/photographer, or win any awards, but if I did the sum wouldn't be greater than the impact. If I can touch someone even in the tiniest way, it's worth continuing doing what I love. Will all my work be well received? No, but it's not a requirement. Therefore, wherever you find yourself on your journey, keep creating. Pursue your art, as it's worth the gift you may not even know you are giving.