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I HAVE AN EASIER TIME reflecting on my life when I’m outside of my everyday setting, whether that’s travel far from home, or just stepping into nature for an hour or two. It’s a gift to allow — even encourage — ourselves to be swept up in such reflective contemplation.

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Carrie Clark

Carrie is an outdoor enthusiast and lover of nature. She tries to incorporate art, music, colour, and movement into her daily life and believes in keeping things simple and being in the moment.

  • World Wide Adventurers – Wandering the World

    Just fabulous!

  • Jamaica My Way!

    This is INCREDIBLE. Love these photos and so fitting for the end of the year.

    • Vera Berezuk

      Yes they’re amazing!!

  • Marsha Williams


  • Chelsea Frankel

    This was SUCH a beautiful gift! So many beautiful photos and FANTASTIC food for thought! Thank you for creating!

    • Chelsea Frankel

      I posted some of my favorites below but I would definitely recommend checking this out. It’s super beautiful.

  • Val DeWitt

    The quotes and the photos are simply magnificent!

  • Marc Lynton Latham

    Great folding mirror images and quotes, thanks. Will reblog on and

  • Eileen Browne

    A glorious holiday to all.

  • Eileen Newman

    wonderful! thanks!

  • Brett Jacobson

    Great collection, here is a favorite I can’t get out of my mind. Maybe because I spend too many days on my mountain bike…lost, finding, enjoying, reflecting every minute of it.

    “Contrary to what we usually believe…the best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times-although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something we make happen. Such experiences are not necessarily pleasant at the time they occur, yet those could have been the best moments of life.” – - – - Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.

  • Candice Walsh

    That first photo. Good gravy.

  • Στέλλα Καναβού

    quote 11.. (Mavrovi Anovi, Macedonia)…..the name of the country is FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), not simply “Macedonia”.

  • Στέλλα Καναβού

    quote 11.. (Mavrovi Anovi, Macedonia)…..the name of the country is FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), not simply “Macedonia”.

    • Carlo Alcos

      Thanks for the correction.

  • Sandy Buffie Designs

    I really enjoyed this post and will continue to reflect on it throughout 2013. Thank you.

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