I probably won't get a full day off work again for the next two weeks to snap any pics (going on two weeks already).. good thing I have a couple hundred shots from vacation I have yet to break into. 😊
Don't downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny. 🌄
This may be a bit lengthy but oh well I'm long winded and accept it... Yesterday Hurricane Michael hit my hometown and surrounding cities making it onto shore as a category 4 hurricane. I snapped this shot the evening before it hit on my way home from a meeting in Bimingham to come prepare my hotel for an influx of evacuees. How ironic that through something so devasting, there's still some beauty that can be taken from it. I've worked 60 hours in 4 days making sure guests who I've witnessed learn they have nothing to go home to were as comfortable as possible. I've petted dogs and hugged strangers and told them that we care. I've seen people forfeit things to provide for people who took a higher priority. And I've seen sunshine after a very cloudy, windy, scary day. I'm beyond blessed and ask you to pray for the people affected in my area. The second picture is my yard. The green tree next to the fallen one sits in front of my bedroom window. I could've easily lost part of my own home if the wind had just simply blown the other direction. Others aren't so lucky. I've seen hundreds of pictures in multiple areas of houses and business completely cleared, trees resting in the middle of homes, and flood waters high enough to require a boat. I'm continuously proud of our continued Southern hospitality even in the midst of the devastating conditions. People are out working tireless helping others. I hate that tragedy unites us at times, but will never be happier than I am when I see the genuine, kind human nature we are all born with. Choose kindess everyday. Not just on days that are tough. And please don't forget the people in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. They need a hand and it's time to be kind and help. #HurricaneMichael 🖑
Who says having your head in the clouds has to be a bad thing?
It happens so suddenly. We are going about our own mundane tasks when a phrase of music, a shafts of sunlight on a snowy roof, a handful of yellow butterflies, or the arc of a bird diving to the Earth, pierces us. For one brief moment, we are lifted out of our daily routines into the untold realms of light and beauty. Then the moment is gone and we are back on Earth, but we are not the same. 💚
Calling up the weekend like.. 📯📯
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. #RalphWaldoEmerson
Good Morning Grammers! I'm up and exploring the Smoky Mountains today... what's on your Wednesday agenda?
Back in my element. 💜
So excited to be able to take some much needed vacation time starting Saturday. I really need a battery recharge and I can't think of a better way to do it than to go spend a week in the mountains. 💜
Spider Lilly Sunsets
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. #normanmaclean
Only ten more days and I'll be back in TN to catch the Titans v. Eagles at Nissan Stadium in Nashville then I'm off to hike and explore for 5 days in the Smokies. So excited to be watching sunrises and sunsets at elevated angles again. Who's ready for some fall mountain pics?
Spent my afternoon alone in the woods. It's funny, I feel like that's such a normal thing to do. Then I start really thinking about it and how I take for granted having the ability to sneak away somewhere quiet to reflect. I think there's something perfect in being able to feel comfortable alone. It's a strength and confidence that can't be taught instead found and is immediately apparent to those around you. It's strength knowing that no matter what, you have the perseverance to overcome all obstacles placed in your path because of who God has designed you to be. "The Lord is greater than the giants you face." 1 John 4:4
If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do everyday what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer your goal.
Just a perfect afternoon. No disputing why they call it Alabama the Beautiful.
So excited for misty mornings and foggy sunsets. Excited to head back to one of my favorite places, the Smokies, right as the leaves are changing and spend a week hiking, exploring, and trout fishing. Have you ever been? Name your favorite spots so I can check them out! 📍