May 29, 2012

Behind the Lens: Minnesota Farmland

Yesterday I took advantage of some blue skies, dirt roads and an extra day off to break out the camera. When you get far enough into the countryside you can stand in the middle of a dirt road, turn 360 degrees and see nothing but fields and farms. It's a pretty neat sight.

Being in the middle of nowhere is calming for the soul. It's nice not to feel the hustle and bustle that even a small town can hold.

May 25, 2012

Every Day Life Goals

From now on I will:

Laugh a bit louder
Smile a bit more
Work a lil harder
Be curiouser and curiouser
Think outside the box
Be confident
Listen a bit closer
Always say please and thank you
Stand a bit taller
Pay attention
Complain less
Dance a bit crazier
Give 110% to everything
Stop over thinking and just do
Have a little more faith
Take a few more risks
Focus on the positive
Run longer
Be happy with what I have
Love more
Never give up

And above all - Simply enjoy the moment

Happy Friday, everybody!

Image via Pinterest

May 22, 2012

Living in the Moment

Photos taken at the Pioneer Farm in Roseau, MN and on the drive back to southern MN.
I have joined the Instagram bandwage with my new iPhone I treated myself to this weekend. I no longer have what we refer to at work as "a dumb phone."

I think I can count on less than one hand the moments when I know I have truly been living in the moment. Rarely do I recognize it at the time. This weekend was one of them.

I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid in a good friend's wedding this past weekend. It was full of cowboy boots, line dancing, country music, and two-stepping. I met some pretty awesome people who know how to get down and have a good time. Even the clean up after everybody left was made into a party. We spent many hours dancing, laughing, taking photos and making some great memories.

The Saturday of the wedding I had no worries about my 6 1/2 - 7 hour drive back to reality the next day. I had no worries about the pile of work that would be waiting for me on Monday morning and all the projects that needed to be finished. No worries of how my paycheck I had just gotten the day before would disappear quickly into my gas tank.

Of course, it wasn't until that 6 1/2 hour drive that I realized all of this - when I put on some good ol' country tunes and watched the Minnesota farmland blow by me for 330 miles. I had a smile that just wouldn't seem to budge...


"Days like these - they go by way too fast. Days like these - you wanna make them last."

May 13, 2012

Behind the Lens: Twins Territory

(Marlon took this photo)

I got to go to the Twins vs. Blue Jays game on Friday night. After a 2 hour rain delay, we beat them 7-6. By the  last couple innings it was almost a run for run game. Thankfully we were able to hold them off! We had some pretty fantastic seats too. It was the closest I've sat to the field in a game yet.

Looking forward to hitting up a couple more games this summer!

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