Relaxation and Ferns

Finals have come and gone, finding a new place to live, deposits, studying, packing, finals, moving, my last final, unpacking and getting settled in.  Hectic — right?  So what am I doing today?  Spending the day relaxing and having me time.

Me time.  Does that make me sound selfish?IMG_20140510_144049_258  It’s not meant to sound that way.  Everyone should take time for themselves.  It doesn’t mean you have to be alone.  It can be a relaxing or doing a fun activity with the family, going to a dinner and movie with a friend or spouse or a group of friends, or maybe what I did earlier today?

I did quite a few things today actually.  I clipped my fern and took some pictures.  I sat outside for a while this afternoon and evening and watched the clouds roll by.  I let my mind wonder and my imagination take over.  I saw animals and objects within the clouds and it made me think of childhood and growing up.  Thought about Sara and Tonya, dirt roads, songs from “back in my day” and lots of other things that make me who I am.  I watched TV shows that 

Whatever you are going through or experiencing:  own it.  Don’t let it own you. Remember to take time for yourself and those you love. 

Relaxation is a good way to start and is free of charge. Nobody can make you pay for the relaxation you decide to experience.IMG_20140510_144256_354

The things we feel; overwhelmed, not feeling appreciated, moodiness, sadness, loneliness, and countless others are what life throws at us.  It’s been called the adventure, the ride…life.   It’s up to each individual person to take care of him or herself and make things you enjoy doing a part of your life.  It may just be once or twice a year that you may do it, such as baking cookies around the holidays, or raking leaves in the fall with the family.  Whatever you decide to do for yourself make sure it makes you happy.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Hiking Mount Nebo

This past Saturday I decided to take the afternoon off from homeworkIMG_20140426_154107_268 and blogging and go on a hike.  My neighbor Adam and I headed over to Mount Nebo for the afternoon to get some exercise, some fresh air and so I could take some pictures, which I also love to do.

Mount Nebo is 12 miles southwest of Russellville, the place I’m calling home for the next few years as I complete my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and 7 miles west of Dardanelle.   Mount Nebo is located just south of the Arkansas River and rises 1350 ft above sea level.  Atop the mountain on the north side there are great views of the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle.

Mount Nebo is one of the Arkansas state parks system’s two parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. IMG_20140426_155703_010 The other park offering launch sites for hang gliders is Mount Magazine State Park located high atop Arkansas’s highest mountain, Mount Magazine, near Paris.

If you’ve never visited Arkansas, or this particular area of the state you really should.  The beauty and wonder of Arkansas is waiting and I’m excited for the summer ahead.  Check out the Mount Nebo State Park website here to learn more about the park and why you should plan on visiting.

Now for some pictures.  I enjoyed taking them and I hope you enjoy looking at them.

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