Why we need to make this SUMMERTIME the best of our lives!!!

How old are you? Have you had a summer you would proclaim the best of your life? If you think back can you proclaim ONE to be THE BEST?

Sunset at loser Jims cabin in the summer
Summertime sunsets are simply the best!

What would that summer season need to be filled with or look like if it WAS THE BEST? If you have had an amazing one I would love for you to share. Tell us! What made that summer the best of your life? If you haven’t it’s time!

So much has changed since fall of 2019. The world has changed. The world has made the most drastic changes in my lifetime and I am almost 50 years young. Our politics have torn the nation and our state apart. They have divided us like we have never been divided before. The virus has taken away our freedoms to hug, be close to people, share with people, and just feel safe. It has taken so many lives that it’s hard not to be socially and mentally affected by how it has changed us. The global pandemic, no matter what you believe scientifically, has changed how we live as human beings and Wisconsinites!

Summer on the Beach with huntwer
My favorite beach buddy a few summer’s ago….time goes way to fast!

Summertime is a time of freedom! From work, our homes, layers of clothing, and sometimes from our families. We take time off, spend time outside more than ever, and live lighter. We go to camps as teens and children, spend time with extended family, and we also do things we would not normally do, socially and physically.

It is a time to stay up late. Watch the sun set, eat outdoors, take long walks, be in the sunshine, and dance in the rain. It is a time of adventure. A time to take risks and a time to work hard! It is a time of peaceful solace and a time of rest.

Summertime smells so good. The fresh cut grass and the growing wild flowers bring memories back and soothe the soul. The tree’s sing with the breeze and even the hummingbirds wings make sound. You just have to listen closely.

The day is just beginning and anything is possible in summertime!

So many of us have had bouts of depression and had to get through tough times throughout the past 18 months. We have re-evaluated what’s important and made changes. We’ve had to get new jobs and have tried new hobbies. We’ve all buckled down but have also taken risks for our families and our future.

It’s time to make plans. Enjoy the little things. Be outside. Live lighter and bigger and bolder. Do what makes YOU happy and do it OFTEN! Stop worrying, leave it with Him! Go get that puppy or kitty, build your dream patio, or purchase land for your second home or cabin. This summertime is the time to take the risk and be happy! The only thing stopping you from doing what YOU want to do is your own fear. Don’t let your fear get in the way of making this summertime the best one of your life!

You guessed it my favorite forest and favorite lakes! This is a vintage postcard I treasure!

Make a list! Check it off! The season goes way to fast. We all know that! What do you want to accomplish by Labor Day? Plan it out and do it! How will you feel if you can check it off your list on September 1st? What memories do you want to have by then?

Whatever you do, I wish you success and happiness! This summer I am risking it all and diving deep into my creative passions and we’ll see where it takes me. I am going to find my balance again and live for today. Each day is a gift and, unfortunately, we never know when they will stop coming. I wish you the best summertime season you have ever had. Filled with love, laughter and good health. I’ll be here giving you tips on place to go and things to do and encouraging you along the way.

Golden hour is 100% my favorite time to reflect on the day and the sun soon to be setting…

I hope you enjoy the updated website and all it’s tips and photographs. Photography has been a labor of love and passion of mine for almost twenty years. Pictures make me happy and sharing them with you somehow validates my life here in Wisconsin. I have lived all over the country and came back in my early thirties. I feel fortunate to know a lot about our state and beautiful places to spend my time. My goal is to share those places with you so you can do the same. Life is 100% about balance. We were not put on this earth to work. We were put here to be kind and reap what we sow and help the earth flourish. To share and to support each other and it’s animals and forests. I encourage you to do the same and to spend more time outside. I can tell you from experience it will make a huge difference in your life!

Coffee cheers Wisconsin! Make this the summertime of your dreams! I’ll see you in the forest…….


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