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    Photography,  Travel

    Photo Challenge: Mirror

    We made it to Friday! This has felt like an incredibly long week, but we’re almost to the weekend. The past week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post was “Mirror“. I’ve always loved the nature photos you see of a cool reflection in a body of water. You know those pictures of a perfect mirror image of trees and/or clouds or what have you on a lake or some large body of water. When I was in Alaska in June/July I was on a riverboat ride down the Chena River. Of course, I took a lot of photos as evidenced by previous photo challenge responses and all my travel posts! When…

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    Birthday Reflections

    Today is my birthday and honestly I’ve been dreading it all summer. Whenever people would kindly remind me that my birthday was coming up, I would either begrudgingly agree or completely disagree and say I didn’t know what they were talking about. I used to enjoy celebrating my birthday, but those were back in the carefree days of my youth (here I go talking like I’m ancient). Honestly, I think once you hit a certain age, it’s just not the same. No offense to those people who are my age or older that still celebrate their birthdays like there’s no tomorrow – I wish I shared the same sentiment! Maybe…

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    Wrapping Up 2015

    It’s hard to believe that it’s actually New Year’s Eve today. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that a whole year has passed since I wrote my reflection on 2014. Now tomorrow will be 2016. In some ways I feel like 2015 was the same as 2014 and in some ways I think things have changed. I guess that’s how life is sometimes – you feel like you’re taking steps forward, but then there are inevitable setbacks and it’s hard for you to see the progress you’ve made. I’m happy that I’ve stuck to this blog in 2015. It’s so easy to just give up…

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    Reflecting on 2014

    2014 is coming to a close and I hope you all have had a good year. Most people experience ups and downs throughout the year, but I hope that the good has outweighed the bad for you. I find it difficult to write about feelings and reflections without sounding too cliche, but I’ll try my best! I started this blog back in May after toying with the idea for a very long time. I had a very vague idea in my head of what I wanted to do and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Would it be a total failure? Would I be the only one reading…