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I Hiked, I Saw, I Conquered

Saturday, December 29, 2012

When I got up this morning I looked out my bedroom window and buried my face in my hands. I had promised myself that today I was going to stop being such a wuss and brave the cold for a brisk hike on my trail. (The treadmill was not cutting it. I dearly missed the solitude and peace that I always felt outdoors, that "no-feeling-like-it" feeling as I merged with nature.) I pulled my robe tighter around my waist and headed for the kitchen to make a warm cup of tea. The house was quiet, except for the hum of the refrigerator and the gentle breaths of Brian and Bre as they still floated on the wings of their dreams. Looking out the window, however, I felt the gentle tugging of my spirit.

Yes. I had to go. Bundling up in three layers of clothes, I found myself going deep into the woods, my boots walking alongside the prints left behind by a deer who was foraging for food and warmth. I was hoping to find him, not taking my eyes from the trail, but then I looked up. Such beauty. Raw and untouched.

No, I am not a "cold-weather" girl, preferring to dig my toes into the white sands of a beach, feeling the sun warming my face and legs. But today...

Today I decided not to define myself as that girl.

Today I saw a different stroke of God's paintbrush. It was gorgeous. It was peaceful. It was what my soul dearly needed...

We so often define ourselves as something we are or are not. By doing so, what are we missing? By not being willing to branch out and explore new things? What are we not learning about ourselves by limiting our experiences? No. I do not like the cold. I don't like spinach either but I eat it because it is good for me. And this was good for me.

As 2012 draws to a close, rethink your "ideas" about yourself. Burst into 2013 headstrong, willing to open yourself up to new thoughts, ideas and experiences. You will grow from it. I promise.

God bless you all abundantly. You are loved and I will see you next year. :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHY4ME 1/20/2013 8:25PM

    LOL I am back cos read the blog about husband and he said noone would want to see them. WELL I DID and am glad I DID cos Dear BRIAN they are very beautiful pics and really well done. SO THERE LOL

now to go read the blog LOL

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 1/14/2013 3:05AM

  I find it ironic that your challenge to us is to find a new truth for ourselves in 2013 and My One Word for 2013 just happens to be ... TRUTH! I am seeking God's truth including HIS truth for and about me this year.

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SHARON10002 1/4/2013 11:47PM

    I love sitting by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate, curled up with a soft luxurious blanket, and just watching the snow come down outside. But on the flip side, I am a snow girl - I LOVE SNOW, and the cold weather! Grew up not far from the Canadian border and most of our winters were cold and snowy. My dad even built me my own skating rink in the front yard! Many days were spent on a snowy hills for hours sledding down, and trudging back up. Can you imagine the calories that were burned?! Your pictures reminded me of those days in the country. . . beautiful and serene. I especially loved the barn and the bush with the berries on it. Thanks for sharing such a lovely moment in your life.
I got to share my first snowfall of the season, which was my granddaughter's first snowfall of her life. I've posted some snapshots of us in my photo gallery on my page. Hope you'll stop by!

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SNOWSNAKE 1/2/2013 9:45PM

    Are you kidding?? Us Outdoor people all love SNOW dont we? Im talking about the white cold stuff on the ground and falling from the sky....Its such a miracle to see, and's gone! That's why the photos are so special!! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 1/2/2013 9:26PM

    Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing.

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KIMCOLLINGS 1/2/2013 5:50PM

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful message, and what a beautiful gal you are! Love your blogs!!

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BRADMILL2922 12/31/2012 1:32AM

    Ok, I have to say that I love this blog! Now that we have the obvious out of the way...

You got some really great shots along your trail! I'm glad you got out of the house and were able to reconnect with nature. I am also really glad that you got some great pictures and were willing to share them with everyone!

I actually don't mind the cold and that looks like a fun hike! I wish I had somewhere like that around here that I could go! Good for you for not defining who you are by your do's and dont's! Hey, sometimes we need to expand our horizons a bit and see where we can fly. You did that. You could have just packed it in and said, "no, not today" but you didn't! You got out of the house and were able to give yourself something. You got to enjoy God's paintbrush and then shared it with us!

Beautiful pictures of beautiful scenery taken by a beautiful person! Love You!


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KING_SLAYER 12/30/2012 6:45PM

    What a lovely blog and so right on point. We do define ourselves by our "do's" and our "don'ts". What you said here makes perfect sense, to open ourselves up to new possibilities, to say "yes" more often.

I do need to say however that the scenery looks beautiful, but Good Lord, I don't think I would last long in that cold!!

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a magnificent 2013 my dear :)

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JADOMB 12/30/2012 12:30PM

    Awesome blog and pics. If I had that kind of outdoor beauty to behold, I too would stuggle with the treadmill. Sadly, my immediate view is sidewalks, pavement, houses, stray dogs and stray people. So I will remain content with my treadmill and FOX news. LOL May next year be a very blessed one for you and yours.

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EPIPHANYANGEL 12/30/2012 12:10PM

    thanks for sharing - such beautiful pictures emoticon

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WOODHEAT 12/30/2012 8:23AM

    Well said! A treadmill doesn't compare with the real thing and it looks like you have an absolutely perfect place to walk! Continue to "get out" and enjoy it!

Life is good!

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GNOTJUSTG 12/30/2012 7:37AM

    thank you for sharing your hike and your words.

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ANDYLIN90 12/30/2012 2:55AM

    Ahhhh, the pictures are wonderful and how I miss a winter walk in such pristine beauty. I rarely see snow as your pictures dicpict as I now live in Scottsdale, AZ. This week I will be hiking in bright sun with temps in the 60's to low 70's.

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ARUNNINGKAT 12/30/2012 1:39AM

    Love your photos! I love a good walk in the fresh snow! There is just something so peaceful about it.

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USFBULL 12/29/2012 11:40PM

    Nice photo's and nicely done, way to get off the assets and go for a beautiful walk. Wow I had to get some hot coffee before I finished your blog. emoticon Isn't it amazing how much effort is required but once you get going its something your glad you didn't miss. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/29/2012 10:36PM

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CARTOONB 12/29/2012 10:11PM

    I am not a cold weather girl either, but there is something about walking in a winter wonderland that just makes me happy. Gorgeous walk! You have a lot more snow than we do.

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JACKIE542 12/29/2012 9:51PM

    Glad you went out for your hike, thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 12/29/2012 9:42PM

    brrr and breathtaking! Thank you so much for this!

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DOVESEYES 12/29/2012 9:42PM

    What a great blog I love trees in winter but my fave has to be the post with the layer of snow.

I agree about how we define ourselves and if we (dare) to look deeper it can be what others have 'put' on us that limits us.

I'm with you break out in 2013.

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KATRINAKAT23 12/29/2012 8:34PM

  Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures.
Wishing you and yours all the best in the New Year.
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WALLAHALLA 12/29/2012 8:24PM

    God does paint a beautiful picture. Wish He would paint one like that here, soon. Meanwhile, I feel blessed that you had your camera and shared your pics!

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K1TT3N 12/29/2012 8:12PM

    Awesome blog ... Thanks for sharing the pics.. the are beautiful..keep up the great work

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