Victoria Lise Sits in Wildflower Field Colorado Color

About me, The Long Version

I cringed when I started to write my ‘About Me’ page. As I sat there I thought over and over again “Well, what do I want to say?” “What about me?”  I looked over how others described themselves and their blogs but still found myself struggling to type, even just a starter word. When I began this blog nearly a year ago my intention was to express myself without a filter and also share different lifestyle choices that have worked for me all while making genuine connections. But as I started to dive into the blogging world I found there…

Winter in West Colorado

We woke up to 11 inches of fresh snow yesterday. It is always so magical after a storm,  before the new snow melts off of the southern facing peaks, everything blanketed in a glistening, dazzling white powder, while the clouds begin to vanish giving way to winters blue sky. As I mentioned in Cross country and back again my husband and I have been staying off the grid for the last week, at a farm we sometimes tend to. It is completely reliant on solar and wind power, so I dashed out early morn to clear the solar panels of snow to…

Adopt Don’t Shop

 ADOPT DON’T SHOP!  There is an influx of puppy and kitten and bunny (and animals of all kinds) sales around the holiday season and most of those animals purchased end up in high kill shelters or as strays on the streets and many won’t make it to see the end of their life in a loving home. Pets are not presents, they are sentient beings, they are a responsibility and they require a commitment. If you have chosen to invest in the life of an animal please take responsibility for your choices and understand that by rescuing an animal you…

Cross country and back again

Well, we have driven across country 5 times now. Twice we were moving, first to Delaware and then back to Colorado, next we had picked up a car (for a friend) in California, and this time we were visiting my family. I am originally from Delaware and my husband is a Colorado native. So we drove 32 hours to Delaware which actually took about 40 hours because of the heavy snow fall in Colorado and then 32 hours back. Many people ask how we could stand to sit in a car for that long, especially when we tell them the…

The Struggle Continues

You may have finally seen a bit of media coverage with the latest news in regard to Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline. On December 4, The Army Corps of Engineers stated they would not grant the easement for DAPL to bore underneath Lake Oahe and will require a full environmental impact statement (EIS) before construction can progress. As you can imagine this was welcomed news, an answer to the people’s prayers and heightened voices but it certainly does not mean this is over and we can now wash our hands of this. DAPL still has their construction equipment…

Your Reflection in a Stone

We often speak down to ourselves when we see our reflection in a mirror. We point out lines, rolls, uneven textures and we allow ourselves to feel lesser because we consider these to be blemishes not beauty. We think if we could just change these undesirable flaws we would feel content, we could accept ourselves because we look what we feel is acceptable. What happens when we look at a mountain with its rugged lines and jagged cliffs or when we look into a body of water and see a ripple? We observe in awe, the wonders of nature and the bounty of…