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Biggest little city

Reno is known as the biggest little city in the world and it has been home for the last 16 years. I’ve always been in love with the night sky and the lights of downtown. The lit up billboards and casinos that are a part of the skyline and come to live at dusk wake feelings of nostalgia and perhaps a memory of a prior life. 

This picture dates back a few years and was taken strolling through downtown, tripod and camera in tow while experimenting my first nighttime shots. The Silver Legacy is one of the main casinos in town, home to the many buffets, restaurants, slots, table games as well as nighttime entertainment and concert venues. 

Unfortunately, things have changed over the past 16 years and not all things are favorable and welcomed. Vandalism and crime has increased as well as the amount of the less fortunate, transient traffic and pan handlers during the summer months. I have always been the first to help anyone in need, but sadly many take advantage of the traffic in the hopes of a life without work, which makes it difficult to walk through downtown without some sort of encounter. I share one thing in common and that is the dream of someday being on my own time, a life without work, free to do the things I please to do and moments filled with wonder and amazement about this beautiful place we call our home. Until then and without knowing their stories, I am grateful being able to support myself even if I dream of a different future. I work hard for everything I have and we all pay a price. It’s just a matter what matters, of how much and how long we pay to be at peace with the life we envision for oursleves. 

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I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

12 thoughts on “Biggest little city

    1. I live 25 minutes on the outskirts of Reno and the sky gets really dark there. I guess I have the best of both worlds, bright lights and sky full of stars that is always breathtaking to see.

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