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Changing times

It was during my birthday hike and exactly one week from the first sighting that the snake made yet another appearance. Sitting on the rock, our feet in the water, we unexpectedly gazed off into the distance to breath in the landscape of one of my favorite places. Huh, wow, a quick startle, pulling our feet swiftly from the water, a water snake was right around our feet. It got startled as much as we did as it shot off to get some distance between us. Our eyes still peeled on the water, in the direction it had vanished, we saw it make a comeback. Head out of the water, red tongue flicking it’s body appeared coiled as if in striking position. Strange and eerie, this was now the second time that I felt pursuit by a snake. Another one came straight for me down a hill last year which was just as eerie and weird. Shouldn’t they just hush away, shy of humans, go hide and avoid contact and conflict? Not that one, and it came ashore on the rock right next to me, strange. It slowly slithered up on the rock, all while watching me and me not taking my eyes off of it, it soaked up the rays. It could have gone anywhere, on any other rock, but no, right there next to me it had to sit. Weird right? 

Two weeks in a row now that there has been a snake sighting and a reminder that more change is yet to come. The last time all the snakes made an appearance, was in 2014 when I almost stepped on one, fell and dislocated my elbow and left the ugly beauty store. I know it will be something big again and let’s hope it’s not in the form of bodily harm.  

Change does not have to be a bad thing if we can embrace it. 



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

28 thoughts on “Changing times

  1. I’d be really scared if I saw a snake next to me. I’ve never seen them in any of my hikes and would probably freak out if I did! Maybe the one in the water was angry because it was startled or something…

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      1. Yikes! Sorry to hear you dislocated an elbow in the past because of a snake. At least you’re trying to warm up to them – I’m not that brave!

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      1. Oh it’s long past and I almost stepped on one in 2014. It was near a waterfall and slippery so I feel on top of the snake and granite and dislocated my elbow. I’m ok again just trying to overcome the encounter and experience

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      1. This made me smile big time and thank you so much for going the extra mile to help me understand this sighting. I think we might have explored some of the same research. 🙂 thank you so much.
        Here is the link to a post I did and I hope its the right one because I did a continuation and part 2. Have a great night and thank you so much. Hugs

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      2. What a wonderful, scary, symbolic story. Recently my husband came looking for me to tell me there was a snake in the barn. We don’t have animals, it’s more of a garage now. Anyhow, I gave him a “that’s nice” look. “Don’t you want to see it?” he said. Bill is not a snake person. He’s not afraid of them, but he’s not one to go out of his way to get closer, so this suddenly became interesting. We got there and he pointed to the wall. I got my face down to peer in between the beams. There was a snake in there alright. He was folded over and over in an effort to avoid detection, but he was probably 3-4 feet long. The snake and I took a good look at each other, I smiled and walked away, much to Bill’s consternation. “That’s it?” he said. I said “Yes, and that was enough. He’ll be fine in the barn.” To me, the presence of a snake is reassuring. I’m not sure I’d want to fall on my face on rocks to acknowledge that presence, though!

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      3. Wow what a neat story as well, thank you so much for sharing Linda. I might have one to share with you for a guest submission. Of course you decide, but just a little hint that I had a colonoscopy today and the story would be somewhat on the lines that no matter how shitty sometimes, there’s always got to be humor. Lol

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      4. I will have to write it up, tonight hopefully after work and the plot is already growing hahaha. I send it to your email right? Just wanna make sure since it is my first submission of many to come 😉. Have a great day

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      5. Hey there, I’m finishing the editing tomorrow and I know you publish tomorrow. So don’t wait ok. However I should have it to you sometime tomorrow for next week perhaps and you decide if you want to post it. It’s kind of a shitty subject lol.

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