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Finding beauty!

Monday, January 07, 2013

I havenít posted a blog here for more than a month! Too many ideas, so little timeÖ And even though I have many health, weight and fitness-themed blogs in mind, Iím going to start the year in a different way. This blog is about beauty. The beauty of winter, the way we saw it during our new yearís trip.

We had decided to start this year in a very different way. No big festive dinners, no guests, no fireworks. Just us and nature in the peace and quiet of our isolated village in the mountains. We were all hoping for snow. The kids were hoping for lots of snow, actually! But when we got there, the mountains around looked like this:



It was actually a beautiful sight. Looking at the evergreen fir trees, slightly touched by the white snow, mixed with the last remaining fall colors, awaiting the thick fog coming down from the mountains. Breathtaking!



But we wanted more snow. So, we set off to find it!
Soon, the green color of the trees became difficult to find.



And after we had driven for less than half an hour, the landscape had been covered in a white, fluffy blanket!



The forest had surrendered to the power of the snowflakes. Sticking together, they had transformed everything in sight! And in such a quiet way!



A small hotel in the middle of the forest was waiting for those who were looking for adventure.



A small cabin, half-buried in the snow, and a little white church, fighting to remain visible.



Soon, we reached the skiing center. The peace of the forest was disrupted by joy! Kids feeling free while playing in the snow and laughing, grown-ups finding the kids inside them and becoming even more playful than their children!



We stopped and made a snowman.



And my girls tried snow-sledding. But they soon realized that it was more fun without the sleds!!



I saved the best picture for last. Nature got jealous of humansí Christmas tree decorations and decided to create a star made of snow on top of this fir tree:



I hope you can make it out in the picture. It truly was amazing!!

Iíll end this blog with a wish. A wish for all of you to find the beauty around you this year. As my good Sparkfriend Claire pointed out in her last blog, there is beauty in everything around us.

I hope you all find it. Connect your eyes with your soul and everything will look different. Find the beauty in your surroundings. Find the beauty in the people of your life.

And above all, discover your own beauty.
You don't have to look in the mirror.
Itís always been inside you.
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BLOOMINGLENA 1/22/2013 5:58AM

    Such beautiful photos and so beautifully described! I couldn't agree more with you and claire! Beauty is in everything around us and we should take a look with the eyes of our soul to see it! Love you my friend!

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/10/2013 1:58AM

    This is such a gorgeous blog, Elle! Thank you! I hope we can inspire all our Sparkfriends to look for beauty... You are right, it makes everything look different!
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TINAJANE76 1/9/2013 7:40AM

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely blog to kick off the new year. It definitely provided me with a much-needed dose of serenity.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 1/8/2013 9:39PM

    Perfect.
I love what you were in search of, I love that you found it, and I am very thankful that you shared it with us. You are very good at inspiring!

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GODIVADSG 1/8/2013 2:50PM

    What a wonderful blog... thank you. And I could see the star! WOW

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NASFKAB 1/8/2013 11:33AM

  beautiful thanks

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BAKER1009 1/8/2013 10:10AM

    What an awesome blog, Elle! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
That star is amazing...truly beautiful!

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Beth

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KANOE10 1/8/2013 7:37AM

    That was a lovely blog..both words and photos. Thanks for sharing a beautiful day in nature.

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AEROBISAURUS 1/7/2013 6:30PM

    Awesome! The star was rad. I'm jealous. emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/7/2013 5:45PM

    Beautiful place. Glad you've enjoyed it. emoticon

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MADAMES 1/7/2013 4:17PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your photos, your blog, and your wishes for the new year!

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FITFOODIE806 1/7/2013 1:20PM

    This blog immediately made me take a deep breathe and feel a sense of calm. Thank you for the reminder of beauty.
All those pics, especially the girls! are such beauty.

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VIXSTERLU 1/7/2013 11:22AM

    Love it Elle! Thanks for the reminder that beauty is all around us. I see beauty in this blog :)

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/7/2013 11:13AM

    What a lovely blog--and focus!

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-AMANDA79- 1/7/2013 10:36AM

    Beautiful! Cold, but beautiful.

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THOMS1 1/7/2013 10:27AM

    emoticon Sounds like a great trip. HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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MILLIE5522 1/7/2013 10:26AM

    How lovely! What a stunningly beautiful place.... I love the star!!

A great way to start the New Year emoticon for sharing.

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DIXIECAP79 1/7/2013 10:22AM

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WALKINGTHETALK 1/7/2013 10:19AM

    A perfect first blog of the year! So beautiful!

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