It’s been a while since I shared a post focused a bit more on pictures I’ve taken so I thought I’d take some time now to do so. Of course, there’s more here than a few pictures that I want to share.
This past holiday weekend trip marks the first of our trips scheduled this summer season. We have several on the calendar and we’re looking forward to all of them. Most of them are to state parks that are about an hour away from us in a variety of directions. We also have one scheduled for Treasure Island Casino in their campground because we are seeing Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick there in June. I’m not much of a casino person otherwise. The other is in Danbury, Wisconsin and is truly a hidden gem. I believe it’s also connected to the local casino there but you have to drive to get to the casino and it’s right along the river and absolutely beautiful. Our time there last fall was really wonderful. When we pulled into our spot and I looked out at the river that would become our backyard for the next few days, I actually found myself getting quite emotional.
Our trip this year on Memorial weekend was not only our first one of the season but also the first one in our new camper. It’s a huge, and I mean huge, step up from anything we’ve had before. Complete with fridge, 2 stoves, an oven, A/C, a bathroom and more…this one has us camping in style.
This doesn’t come without a cost. You see, it’s the first loan I’ve taken out in many years. I’m not nervous about the loan as it’s well within my budget but it marks a shift in how I’ve done business and the idea of owing someone money is pulling up some old shit. I want’ to just enjoy this and yet, every so often, I feel my stomach turn at the idea that I might be making poor financial decisions again as I have in the past. I feel my heart racing as I find myself wondering what if things change and I can’t afford this.
I know it’s all BS. I’ve done so much work over the last few years and I’m not the same person…well, I am but I’m not. I’m more me than I’ve ever been and that’s a good thing. I know what I value and I live my life by those values. I make no decision lightly and always take time to consider the big picture. I love this space I’m in.
I’ve come to appreciate the finer things in life…and I don’t mean material possessions. While I do think it adds a little to my life to have a few nice things, I have acquired them over time and view money in a different way. I am mindful of how my life flows and what adjustments I need to make along the way so my life can be filled with indulgences…again, not necessarily the material ones. To me, indulgences are the things that make my heart sing. They are the things that make my eyes light up. They are the things that capture the all of my being…every little bit of it…and hold me captive in that special moment in time.
And that’s what these photos do for me. The moments I experience as I’m seeing life through a different lens. And I want to share them with you today with the hope that you are truer to you than you’ve ever been before. That you are indulging in life’s pleasures and seeing the world through your own special lens of love and beauty.