Does spring encourage you to get out and smell the roses? Or enjoy the flowers and beauty all around? I am so grateful for spring blooms in the Arizona desert! Spring flowers are always my favorite because, to me, they signify new beginnings… new life.
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Every year the Arizona desert sparkles with beautiful blooms. I’m talking in the mountains, on the side of the road… literally everywhere! I enjoy taking the time to appreciate them. This year I decided to get in them and pick them. The flowers are at their peak for a short moment and then it seems with a blink of an eye they are gone. We captured the moment so I can look at these beautiful blooms all year round and remind myself of the spring beauty and that beauty is all around if we open our eyes to see it.
You may say, “Angie, what do you mean by opening our eyes to see it”? I mean taking a breath and a moment to sit in it and be still. To listen to the birds singing their happy song, watch the bees seek nectar and pollen, hummingbirds zip overhead, butterflies with their paper wings soaring in the breeze, and allow our eyes to focus on this beautiful place we live in.
I am guilty of not slowing down and taking a breath and am trying to do a better job of it myself. As a matter of fact, I have wanted to take photos in the sea of yellow for over 7 years now. I finally did it. In the past, the thought was, I will do it before they stop blooming… 7 years, and, that time never came. This year was the year to do the thing I’ve been wanting to do for years. It was magical and fun.
Slowing down reminds me to remember one word. Every year I pick one word to focus on. This year my word is gratitude. I believe the word gratitude is showing me to be grateful for all things big and small. But to also capture moments so I can remember them and the goodness that comes from a grateful heart and mindset.
So, this may represent silly photos of myself to you, but it signifies the joy I felt in my heart. It only took me seven years to get outside and capture this moment. I breathed in the fresh air while laughing and cherishing the desert blooms. I was so happy to capture this joy in a photo.
I’ve also been writing in a five-year: one-line-a-day journal that a good friend recommended. I don’t write much, just a snippet of the day. It helps me to slow down and reflect. I hope in the five years when this journal is complete – I will remember this moment like it was yesterday.
Would you do me a favor today?
Will you stop for a moment to slow down and write a comment below?
I would love it if you would comment below one, or several things, you are grateful for – something that brings you joy. Is it blooming flowers, your children, or hands to create art? Anything… it would be so fun to see all the comments light up with gratefulness.
Thank you for being here!
Until next time…
Every. Single. Moment.