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January 30, 2016

As I See It

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A month into the new year already and this is my first blog post of 2016. I’ve been full of inspiration for blog posts and they just haven’t come to fruition. My favorite bloggers have been inspiring me and I’ve seen some really great things that have been making me go, “Oh I should do something like that!” Amy over at PlainMama has started blogging regularly about gratitude – I loved what she had to say in this post. Two bloggers came back from semi-retirement recently as well: Scott at Views Infinitum was first to re-enter explaining about a challenging 2015 and then Gerry, of Torch Lake Views, much to my delight popped back on the scene. Sybil, up there in the north, moved from Eastern Passage to Sacksville and has started sharing the romps of her and her fourlegged friends once again. Katie the princess sheltie and her mama Dawn at Change is Hard, have had all kinds of adventures to report on in recent weeks. Despite being harrassed by Winter Storm Jonas, Robin has kept a steady stream of beautiful photography and well wishes and thoughts over at Breezes at Dawn. And who can forget Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind – blogger from the other side of this country, but with whom I so often agree with her sentiments, sometimes I feel like we must have been related somehow in another life! Then there’s Mike at Picture Day – carrying on with the things I always say I want to do – get out there with the camera and get better at photography.

Look at all that inspiration! So many ideas, so much lack of blog post writing.
In the context of a walk I took today with Teddy, on a fairly mild January day, here are some of the thoughts that have been meandering through my mind. I took the Rebel with my 50mm lens attached on this walk for two reasons – its a nice lightweight lens so I didn’t feel burdened on the walk and they say 50mm is approximately the view of how we see with the naked eye, so you’ll see my walk as I saw it, for the most part.

our stop
Teddy at the first place we always stop on our walks. Missing Daphne here as no matter the weather she always wanted to lay down in the water

Gratitude. Joy. Confidence. These are concepts I’m doing my best to focus on for 2016. Time to really put the work into discovering and taking care of me. Does that sound selfish? I hope not. It isn’t meant to be. The joy of having my girls home for their winter break from college, and their subsequent returns to school, have redoubled my determination to find my true happy place, who I am outside of being a mother – motherhood defines me, but not every part of me.

"Daphne's" creek
“Daphne’s” creek (how I will think of it from now on) not frozen over

Heartache happens but it doesn’t stop the world from going on around us. Like this creek, we continue flowing with time. My wishes are to keep progressing and getting better in a holistic way as I flow through time.

the tunnel path
Along the “tunnel” path

This is a familiar sight, that feeling of a natural tunnel – the feeling is intensified when the weather is warmer and the green fills the scene, but this is a piece that feels unchanging and constant to me, that part of life that gives you the foundation you need to deal with….

cleared out
Formerly filled with brush, this section of path has been mowed down

…change. Change – some of us try to fight it, some of us welcome it, but it is inevitable. I’m learning to welcome it. There was a time I dreaded it, but I think I’m seeing things more clearly now. Don’t simply accept change – create it. Take the new circumstances and make them your own.

Doggy blink
Blinking against the wind

No closing your eyes and pretending whatever the problem is will go away. We all have those days when we’d rather just pull the covers over our heads and tell the world to leave us alone. A good friend recently said to me, the obstacles we encounter are just bumps in the road. We will get over them and move on to bigger and better things.

Shadow of Teddy and me – connected by leash and by heart

As I continue on my journey, I have a sense of authenticity in my mind-body-spirit connection; it is becoming real and tangible for me. I’ve been calling it a fitness journey but it is really so much more than that – it is a journey to who I’m meant to be!


  1. Thank you for the shoutout. Yours sounds like a wonderful journey, that “journey to who you are meant to be”.

    Comment by Carol — January 30, 2016 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • My path is surely twisted, Carol, but I’m learning to enjoy the ride!

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2016 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  2. I wish you all success in your journey to be who you were meant to be. It’s not easy…but so worthwhile. I’m sure the walk was bittersweet without your Daphne. I’m guessing, though, that she was with you, just around that next bend.

    Comment by dawnkinster — January 30, 2016 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Dawn. Your comment brought a bittersweet tear to my eye.

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2016 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  3. I wish you luck on your journey. I know I will have just as strong a reaction when all my babies are off on their own paths. You have so many things to pursue and be successful at, I’m certain you will be able to broaden your definition of yourself.

    Comment by plainmama — January 30, 2016 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Amy – I want to explore all the possibilities!

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2016 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for the mention Karma! I really like this post. There is a lot I can relate to. I look forward to following along on your journey.

    Comment by Mike — January 30, 2016 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mike! I hope the journey has things to say in a blog post more often than once a month! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2016 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

      • When I started this latest version of my blog a tried real hard to post everyday. I finally realized I didn’t create the blog to be tied to it. I created it as an outlet for this newly discovered creativity. Now I blog when I want to let that creativity out into the wild and hopefully someone will like what I did. I also discovered, thanks to my blogging friends asking questions, that I like to share how I do what I do. Friday’s post is part of that as well as a few other posts I have done. I guess this long answer is basically to say, just let it happen and don’t try to meet a schedule that doesn’t exist. You find yourself writing more posts like today’s… 🙂

        Comment by Mike — January 30, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

      • Thanks again Mike. I thought about promising myself I’d post at least once a week or something along those lines, but like you said, I don’t want to feel tied to it. A long time ago I named this blog “when I feel like it” and I thin that concept has served me well!

        Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 8:27 am

  5. YAY!! Glad you’re back. Stuff happens. Then we pick ourselves up and go look for a band-aid. Or a tourniquet, depending. It’s good to have company. Especially if it’s that tourniquet thing – is that how you spell “tourniquet”? I forget everything.

    Comment by Gerry — January 30, 2016 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know how to spell tourniquet either so that looks good to me. Missed half of my duo a lot on this walk today, but Teddy and I are adjusting as we must.
      Thanks Gerry.

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2016 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  6. Very inspiring post Karen. So sorry you were missing Daphne today. That first picture of Teddy is interesting. His eyes look almost human. Love the “tunnel” picture.

    Comment by trish49 — January 30, 2016 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

    • It will probably take a few more walks through that particular path before I stop missing her on them, but I think it will always be good to remember her on them. Thanks.

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  7. Nothing like a walk with a dog to put things into perspective. One foot after the other. We owe it to ourselves to make the most of this journey we are on. It’s OK to miss Dephne a bit every day but only for a minute or two and then enjoy your time with Teddy.

    Thanks for the mention.

    Sending hugs from the great white North. Sybil

    Comment by sybil — January 30, 2016 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. This was the first time Teddy and I had been out on this particular path that we used to enjoy rather often with Daphne since her passing. I’m sure I will move on from missing her to remembering her.

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  8. This is such a beautiful and inspiring post, Karma (I know I should call you Karen, but I will probably always think of you as Karma). You have been going through a major transition in life, and it looks like you’re on the road to finding yourself. Yay! You’ll be amazed at how many paths there are to explore. I don’t think it’s selfish at all that you are taking the time to redefine yourself. Wherever that leads, enjoy it to the utmost if you can. 🙂

    And your photos! So wonderful. I’m looking forward to more walks with you. When you feel like it, of course. 🙂 Thank you for the shout-out.

    Comment by Robin — January 30, 2016 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. Karma, Karen – either works here in the blogosphere. I’ve considered a couple times changing my posting ID to Karen but then I just don’t bother, lol.
      I’m enjoying the journey so far, hoping it leads to some wonderful new places!

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  9. Awww…Daphne’s creek.

    Comment by Renae — January 30, 2016 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, that will always be her place! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  10. *Obstacles we encounter are just bumps along the road*. I like that, Karma! Love that you are really feeling your mind-body-spirit connection. As also like how you highlighted so many of your blogging friends. I don’t even READ many blogs these days, so you’re doing well!

    Comment by Kathy — January 31, 2016 @ 9:07 am | Reply

    • Thank you and thanks for popping in and saying hello, Kathy!

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2016 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

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