Monthly Archives: September 2015

Natural State of Being

For the Whole Being

A place to breathe.  


A place to unwind and slow down the pace.

A place to relax, reconnect and recharge. 

(Photos by RSheridan)

A Great Place to Become One With My Whole Being!

A Healthy Lifestyle

What Does A

Healthy Lifestyle

Mean To You?

I am thinking about . . .

  • What I Eat (mindfulness, moderation, making good, healthy choices).
  • What I Do (motion, movement, activity, exercise).
  • What I Need To Release and Let Go Of (reducing the anxiety, pressure, stress, tension).
  • What Choices I Make (about health, fitness and wellness).

Practicing . . .

I am actively practicing to live a healthier lifestyle. It is a process of making gradual changes over time. It is a lesson of self; self confidence, self love, self respect, self worth. It is learning, growing and gaining experiences.

I am communicating, interacting and connecting with my whole being again. I am listening to my inner voice. I am following my heart and coming from a place of love. I am learning to believe and trust in myself.

Connecting . . .

I am discovering . . .

  • My Strong.
  • My Health and Happiness and Feeling Good.
  • My Love of Doing More of What I Love.
  • My Sense of Self In Being True To Who I Am.
  • My Sense of Humor.
  • My Goodness and Positiveness.

Discovering . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

I am inspired, motivated and energized in living a productive lifestyle.

Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!

The Roseate Spoonbill

No, Not a Flamingo!

I finally was able to photograph a Roseate spoonbill while exploring Gulfport, Florida! I have spotted a few Roseate spoonbills over the past few months. A wading bird of the Ibis and Spoonbill families. The Spoonbills bright pink coloring leads people to think they have seen a Flamingo! 

  • Immature Spoonbills have white, feathered heads, and the pink of the plumage is paler.
  • The bill can be grey, pink or yellow in color.
  • The Spoonbill’s spatulate bill allows it to sift easily through mud.
  • The Spoonbill feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it walks through the water.
  • The Spoonbills pink color is diet derived. The colors can range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on age and location.
  • The Spoonbill feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts, and very small fish.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Watching the Bird Action!

Lettuce Lake

Where the “Wild” Things Are

Driving into the park was quite the experience! That feeling that you have truly left the city life behind in taking a left off the main drag and entered a unique space (aka the swamp). Such a special place to explore and adventure within. You just want to take your time here and look for the special and the unique as well as the wild and the exotic!

Lettuce Lake Regional Park. A 240-acre park just outside the city limits of Tampa. The park opened in 1982.

Location: 6920 East Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Admission: $2 per car. Hours:  Spring/Summer 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fall/Winter 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Do not forget to pack!

  • Good walking shoes.
  • Sunscreen and cool clothing.
  • Bug spray.
  • Water.

A Hardwood Swamp Forest

  • Oaks
  • Cypress domes

Park Features

  • Visitor Center (an interpretive center with natural history and wildlife exhibits). Education programs available.
  • The Audubon Resource Center (ARC) is operated by the Tampa Audubon Society in the visitor center.
  • Trails and boardwalks – walking, hiking, biking.
  • Picnic areas with picnic tables as well as shelters (some shelters are reservable). Barbecue grills.
  • Playground.
  • Fitness course.
  • Fishing with a dock/pier.
  • Canoe/kayak launch with rentals.
  • River access.
  • Birdlife and wildlife watching.

Pretty much something for everyone that visits!

I loved exploring the fauna and flora as well as the birdlife and wildlife from the boardwalk! The boardwalk is 3,500 feet with an observation tower. Pets are not permitted on the boardwalk.

On the Boardwalk

Water is Key to this Environment/Habitat

More than half of the park’s property lies in the natural floodplain of the Hillsborough River. A natural storage reservoir for floodwater and improves water quality, which acts like a biological filter to remove excess nutrients from the water. Due to the recent rains and flooding some of the boardwalk was under water. The water was pretty clear and could see water plants, bugs, fishes, etc.

Gator(s) – Plural

This sign needs to say, “Beware of Alligators”!

Can you spot the gator?

Taking a Nap

This one was just hovering in the water.

Popping the head up.

Swimming towards the people on the boardwalk.

A Favorite Photo (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Exploring Natural Environments – Enjoy!

You Got This!

Finding That Ease

With Your Whole Being

I know I talk about trusting yourself, but how does one do that! By testing and experimenting and practicing. By learning, growing and changing. By experiencing the world you live in each and every day!

Traveling . . . Adventuring . . . Exploring . . .

Baby Steps

Do you take baby steps, giant leaps or something in between?

I know I baby step in order process a situation! I feel in control and use my energy to the best of my ability. It is telling myself that I can do it! Getting out there, stretching my comfort zone and trying new things. I do not have to be good at it and with patience, practice and time I will improve!

That building of self confidence, self knowledge and self trust! That ability to communicate, interact and connect to your whole being. Being ready as well as prepared to cope, change and transition. You see that transition from a big picture view point as well as in detail by taking it one step at a time! 

The hardest part is not necessarily taking that first step, but finding the inspiration and motivation to go and to move forward in what you need and want in your life!

Taking Baby Steps . . .

Adding Steps . . .


Do you practice and test and practice some more?

Some things I am good at while other things I need to practice to be good at! I have to try new things to see what interests me. I have to test it out to see if it is something I want to continue to do. I do not want to waste my time doing things that do not interest me or that I do not love doing either!

By practicing and testing it out you can process it and take it step-by-step! There will be self doubt and fear. There will be improvement and growth. One try at a time and practice doing it over and over again!

When practicing think about putting the self judgement on the down low and focusing on your curiosity! 

Practicing . . .

Testing . . .


The greatest lessons come from the mistakes and the failures we make! There is nothing wrong in that. It is okay to practice and test as well as mess up and try again. How do you think you got where you are at right now!

Making mistakes and having failures is part of the process in getting to where you need to be! It does not necessarily mean that it was not meant to happen. It happened in order to keep you going and moving you forward. These are called learning opportunities or life lessons!

I know I think about why is this happening to me and what does it mean! Words like could, should and would pop up in my head and stop me in my tracks. I need to think in terms of I can and I will instead. Take a step or two, practice, test, and repeat! 

You will start believing in yourself and eventually even trusting yourself more! 

Learning . . . Growing . . . Gaining . . .

Making Strides . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Getting Curious! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!

Rainbow Skies

A Natural Canvas





(Photos by RSheridan)

Savor the Sunsets!!!


The Exotic


Finally found the gators at Sawgrass Lake Park!




(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!

Pinch Me!

Must Be Dreaming

I see a pattern forming in my life with the numbers 4 and 5! The 4’s seem to be major life milestones while the 5’s are major life transitions. Have you experienced this? For instance, my birth year ends in a 4 and I married in 2004. For instance, moved Out West in 2005 and then moved Southeast in 2015.

What gives, right! There are patterns and changes. There are milestones and transitions. Life and living life is very much a cycle!

Why do we wish to be somewhere else when we are right where we need to be? I know I am guilty of this. That mindset of bigger and better. That mindset of upgrading and advancing. We forget to BE in the step we are currently in! 

Do you think about the stage you are in right now living your life each and every day? I know I do, especially in being in a transitional phase in my life. It is amazing how quickly time passes by when you are busy making plans and living your life! 

  • What are you hoping, wishing and dreaming about?
  • Are you where you need to be?
  • Are you being present and growing as a person?

Being present as well as comfortable right where you are! Do not get me wrong it is great to aspire and hope as well as wish and dream. It feels great when you reach a goal successfully. To pause and revel in that contentment. Celebrate each and every day!

Do you think about what already is in your life? I think about the abundance and the richness that I have in my life right now. I think about the life lessons, the personal growth and the gaining of life experiences. I think about overall health and well being as well as happiness and doing what you love!

  • Are you appreciative as well as  grateful of what you already do have?
  • Are you absorbing and reveling there?
  • What about the joy and the happiness that you receive?

There is no greater freedom then letting go and being in the moment! Not worrying about the next thing, the next step and the next stage. Reminding yourself not to take life so serious and have fun, laughter and play time. Taking it minute by minute and just being in that moment!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Being Completely Present and Letting TODAY Just Unfold! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share!

Enough Said

LOVE This Quote!

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~Wayne Dyer

(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Being True To Your Whole Being!

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Living the Beachy Life

Seashells by the Seashore

The Pier

A New Perspective


Waiting for Fish

Standing Pretty



aka the Poser Pelican – Get My Good Side (Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Traveling, Adventuring and Exploring!!!

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