Counting Your Blessings

Saying Thanks!

Take a moment to reflect on how much you have to be thankful for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly!

Being Grateful

Think about how you feel in being grateful! Health and Happiness. Good and Positive. How does your mood and attitude change for the better, right!

The people you love. The experiences you are grateful for. The memories you cherish.


(Photos by RSheridan)

What Are You Loving Today? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Out & About

Exploring at Brooker Creek Preserve

Finally able to explore more of this preserve. Due to the rains this Summer this part of the preserve was not accessible.

Welcome to the Swamp!

Like a Jungle Out Here


Unique Ground Cover

Now In A Pine Forest

Floral

Fungi

Maple Leaf

Tree With Many Branches

This tree was massive with many, many branches.

Air Plants


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


Creating

Imagining,

Visioning

Do you treat the New Year as a Starting Line or a Continuing Line?

I treat it as a continuing line in journeying along and creating my story!

2016 is a leap year, so there are 366 days to open up and gift to YOURSELF! Let’s make it count by conquering today and making it happen each and every day!

2016 Word: Create

In 2016 I am . . .

  • Ready to put down roots and nest for a bit.
  • Much clearer about the path I want to walk; slow and steady.
  • Going to experience major growth with smart, hard work.
  • Thinking quality versus quantity.
  • Needing solitude and serenity as well as dream and create time.
  • Looking for adventure of course and newness.

2015 Word: Hope

I made the time for myself and my whole being to reset in 2015! I am taking risks and learning to come from a place of love. I am challenging myself and gaining life experiences. I am continuing to enjoy more, play more, laugh more, love more, live more . . .


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Creating Abundance and Gaining Life Experiences! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


Sharing

Your Smile

Have you shared your smile with someone today? Maybe even made them chuckle or laugh!

I know I feel better and my mood lifts when I smile throughout the day! People want to approach you and to be around you. Having that positive, inspiring and happy approach. It is the best share!

There are many ways to share! A smile. A compliment. A small kindness.

Here’s to a Good Day – Enjoy!


(Photos by RSheridan)


On the Island

Exploring

Hello!

Observation Tower Area

The Bartow Plant

Flora

Crabs

For some reason these crabs were scurrying up the trees.

Lizards

Water View


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Getting Out For A Walk About!


Reaching Out

To Stretch Yourself & Expand Your Life

My journey of self in 2015 made me more aware of who I am; being true to who I am and being myself!

Practicing . . .

  • I practiced releasing and letting go, especially the perfection and rightness.
  • I practiced being present and mindful.
  • I practiced resetting and creating the newness again.
  • I practiced to progress to learn, grow and experience.

I focused on how my life feels versus how it looks! Talk about a freeing experience. I can either practice balancing, holding on or letting go! 

Everything is a process as well as everything is connected! Practicing . . . Learning . . . Growing . . . Experiencing . . . Accepting what is in order to know I am where I need to be right now, especially in who I am!


Creating . . .

Learning . . .

  • I learned about humility.
  • I learned to dream and desire.
  • I learned to come from a place of love.

I do not have it figured out and I do not want to have it figured out! I am okay with taking it one step and one moment at a time. I am right where I need to be on my path journeying along! There does not need to be a destination. Conquer Today because each and every day is a TRUE GIFT to unwrap, revel in, cherish, and most of all celebrate!

Another lesson in humility is learning that getting what I wanted was not what I always needed! MIND BLOW & MIND BLOWN!!!


Journeying . . .

I learned to get out of my head and follow my heart! Coming from a place of love is better than letting my fears override how I live my life. Believing and trusting in myself again. Nurturing and nourishing my whole being. Tuning into and tapping into my emotions, feelings and thoughts. Learning that my head and my heart need to collaborate instead of pin one against the other! Share the wisdom with my heart and that love with my head and my mind. Let my whole being discover, play and have fun!

My greatest someones are my greatest gifts of love! Family and friends are the most important piece of journeying along and experiencing what life has to offer. The care and the support. The true act and expression of unconditional love! 


Experiencing . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

What Are You Practicing and Learning? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Matters of the Heart

Your Love Life

Over the past few months I have really delved into the heart of the matter!

  • Discovering my passions.
  • Coming from a place of love.
  • Following my heart.
  • Giving from the heart.
  • Following my path.
  • Journeying along.
  • Creating my story.
  • Doing more of what I love to do!

Yes making money and getting ahead is great! Yes attaining status and financial success is rewarding.

For me lately when I live and love from my heart am I truly happy! Pleasure and health. Fulfillment and joy. I communicate, interact and connect with my whole being in discovering my passions and strengths! 

It is exciting and energizing! The inspiration and creativity. The possibilities and opportunities! The collaboration and connection. It is actionable, impactful and most of all powerful!

The sharing of your gifts and talents with yourself and others! You interact and connect to others. It is motivating. The power of one becomes many people working together to build relationships and form a sense of community! 

You realize your potential and strengths! The learning and developing. You realize your passions and what you love to do! The growing and experiencing. You go after what you want and desire! 

The nurturing and nourishing of my whole being is a true blessing that I am grateful for! It helps me delve deeper within myself to learn more about who I am. It makes me want to reach out to share with others and learn more about them. The love, belief and trust I have in myself is such an intimate and bonding experience with my whole being! Then taking that one step further to communicate, interact and connect with others is a whole new experience in love and trust. The building of a relationship and bonding with another person is a true act of giving from the heart!


(Photos by RSheridan)

 Are You Getting to the Heart of the Matter? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Largo Central Park Nature Preserve

A Mixed Hardwood Swamp 

Largo Nature Preserve. Located at 150 Highland SE Avenue in Largo, Florida. Hours:  6:30 a.m. to 1 hours before sunset daily.

A 31-acre nature park. Over 130 species of birds, otters, alligators, foxes, rabbits, wild turkeys, and bats. A nature preserve that is like a smorgasbord to the local wildlife! Over 40 interpretive displays to educate visitors on the wildlife in the nature preserve.

I was hoping to see an otter or two. No gators to be seen either. Next time!

A 5-mile kayak/canoe route begins at the park and ends at Park Boulevard.

  • Boardwalks
  • 3/4 mile asphalt trail for walking, biking and skating
  • 2-story observation tower
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic tables

No dogs are allowed in the nature preserve.

I enjoyed being able to walk on the boardwalk that goes all the way around the pond in the nature preserve.

The Anhingas were pretty active in swimming about as well as taking flight and landing in another part of the pond.

I was startled on one part of the boardwalk when I turned and there was a heron pretty much face-to-face with me – a little too close to nature – the wild need their space! 


Hello!


Preening Here!

Water Flora & Fauna

Birds

A Unique Plant

A Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd, Balsam Pear

A bitter vegetable. Not a pear, but a fruiting gourd and vine. Smells like an old, well-used gym shoe – Gross!

LOOK, but do not TAKE!!! Edible when green and cooked. TOXIC when orange ripe! It then splits into three parts, revealing red arils or fleshy seed covers.

Found Connecticut south to Florida to west to Texas. Also Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands.


Closed & TOXIC!!!


Opened Up & Still TOXIC!!!

Wander On! Love to Hear About Your Explorations & Adventures, Please Share!


(Photos by RSheridan)


Blessings

Being Thankful

The act of practicing as well as maintaining gratitude!

  • How do you place the hurt, the angry and at times the hate on the down low?
  • How do you find the love and kindness as well as the support and compassion?
  • How do you change your mindset from temporary to practicing gratitude?
  • How does one be thankful for the good, the bad and the ugly?


DO NOT Burst Your Own Bubble(s)!

It is hard to see the possibilities and opportunities through the challenges! Finding the optimism and being resilient versus making complaints and excuses. It is not easy to see the good when you are experiencing the bad, the negative and the worst!

Think about . . . is it happening to you or for you?

  • To practice and improve. 
  • To learn and develop.
  • To strengthen and support.
  • To grow and experience.

Do you still have the power even if it is something out of your control?

I hope to think so! To make those decisions and choices even if it means releasing, letting go and moving in a different direction. To change perspective to see it from all sides. To change mindset to process and work through it. You can a) accept and embrace it for what it is, b) change it or c) leave it!

We have no control over what life throws at us, but we get to make the decision on how to react to it! Hang tight and hold on!


The World Is Out There Waiting . . . Grab It & GO!!!

What Do You Need?

I find gratitude to be a great inspirer, motivator and energizer!

  • It pushes me to look for the good and the positive instead of the bad and the negative.
  • It pulls me to come from my heart and get out of my head.
  • It tunes me into my emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • It taps me into nurturing and nourishing myself and my whole being.
  • It makes me more appreciative of how I live my life and with what I have in my life too.


Taking Care of the WHOLE BEING . . .

What Works Best for You?

Do you think practicing gratitude makes you a happier as well as healthier whole being?

  • Mindful Optimism
  • Positive Thinking
  • Open Mindset
  • Being Grateful and Thankful
  • Self Love and Sharing that Love
  • Sense of Well Being
  • Rest and Relaxation

Ask yourself what you want to attract more of in your life?

  1. Being more aware and present.
  2. Finding your calm and balanced self.
  3. Making mistakes to strengthen weaknesses and experience growth.
  4. Learning and developing.
  5. Discovering your path and journeying on!
  6. Practicing gratitude as well as forgiveness.
  7. Believing and trusting in yourself and who you are.
  8. Discovering your strong!
  9. Cultivating patience to practice to progress.
  10. Dreaming . . . Going for what you want and LOVE!


Get Out There!!! (Photos by RSheridan)

Adventure On! Here’s to Gaining Life Experiences and Making Lifetime Memories!


Shifting How

You Think

I recently read an article by Eric Zimmer titled “The Surprising “Good” Habit That Could Be Holding You Back”.

  • There is positive thinking. There is optimism.
  • There is negative thinking. There is pessimism.
  • There is realism.
  • There is black and white. There are gray areas.
  • There is the big picture. There are the details.

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist thinks that it will change, and the realist adjusts the sails.” ~Oliver Burkeman

Zimmer talks about there being a middle ground that he calls constructive thinking! Strategic thinking. Then look for the actionable opportunity to change it! He talks about acknowledging the potential for things to go wrong in order to strategize a solution. 

I like it! Do I focus only on the positive in a negative situation? Do I weigh only the pros and not the cons in dealing with situation? I find it hard to find that balance at times.

I find at times releasing “this stuff sucks” stress relieving! It is natural to be anxious and tense. It is natural to worry and have fears. Is it better to deal with it, dwell on it, bottle it up, etc.? 

I find myself going into problem solving mode and at times that involves making lists to come up with solutions! How does this affect me or not? It is about perception and interpretation. How does this affect my quality of life? Some times focusing only on the negative or only on the positive just keeps you stuck! 

Do you approach it one way or can it be approached in a combination of ways? For instance, looking at the gray areas of the big picture while having inclinations toward the positive.

It is thinking about the best strategy that works best for you! If you deny or deceive yourself will you have the chance to find your way out of the situation to move forward again. For example, you are faced with a wall. Do you go around it or over it? OR Do you just go through it?

“It’s not always easy to find this perspective in life, but it is always valuable.

When the next storm hits your life, adjust your sails, and you’ll have a much better chance of making it through.” ~Andrew Zimmer


(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!


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