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Tunnel vision. We’ve all been there…done that. Sometimes good. Sometimes, not so good. Focus is important. We all need to stay focused on what is important in our lives…but what if that tunnel vision creates such a blindness that we only see the light ahead, and not those who are helping us along the way. Then what good is the goal?

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I Took a Walk


I took a walk. Among all the fallen leaves on the ground,  I found these to be the most visible and beautiful. One orange. One yellow. It wasn’t the size. It wasn’t the color. It wasn’t even the shape that caught my eye.  It was their beautifully embedded veins within.

I picked them up and held them toward the light. Their old age displayed a work of art. The veins which once held life were now empty. But even in its emptiness, the leaf continued to breathe life within me.

Nothing stays the same for very long. The deluge of transition shifts with the seasons leaving us with new surroundings. If that’s not happening, then life is not being lived to the fullest.

Like the veins in the leaf, I believe we’ve all been given the same life giving source to a pure life. These leaves, once green and dancing on branches, giving shelter…have now fallen in the shade of a vibrant warmth where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.

Much like the fallen leaf, we face trials and triumphs.  And while giving all it had to give, even until its last breath of fresh air…it still brought out a sense of life within me, with all its exposed veins and distress.

Beauty comes in all forms. Even in death. For me, life is a series of revelations. Every aspect of life, the good and the not so good, is an awakening. The more I look within my soul, the more I see who I was, who I am, and who God still wants me to become. Sometimes, we have to believe in something before it can actually be seen. I believe God has given me a purpose and it’s for me to seek and find.

When all is said and done, and much like the leaf, I have breathed my last breath…my prayer is that I have been uncompromising in my dignity, integrity and my deep faith in God. There’s nothing more valuable than the veins to the direct blood line of my soul.

 

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Are We Connected?


Hello Friends and Fellow Bloggers,

I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and enjoying life in all that it brings you.

After spending some quiet time away from my blog, podcast and other social media platforms…I’ve come to realize I’m not really connected as I once thought.

It’s been over a month since my husband and I left for our #route66 adventure and although it’s good to be home, I’m still missing that sense of freedom of the road. Freedom from the electronics. Yes, I did post my journey on Facebook only because I did have friends and family who wanted to experience the journey with us. Other than that, I was free from all the noise from the internet, television and all the connections. Unplugging made me realize how unconnected I really was.

After returning home, I felt a sense of loss. I found myself looking through the many photos taken on the road. I found myself reminiscing and wanting to go back. I found myself realizing that social media had stolen way too many of my glances and what my real connection should have been. So my question is, “Are We Connected?”

The link below is my most recent podcast episode which was published last Friday. If you click on the link, you will hear the view from my window, a.ka.-thoughts, of what  I think true connection is all about.

Below the link are the podcast notes to read, as well. If you have the time, please click the link and listen in on the ten minute episode. Feel free to share any or all thoughts. Do you ever feel you are over-connected to the wrong source? Life is so short. Are we using technology as a tool or is it using us?  Please listen and share your thoughts. 

Hello Everyone and welcome to The View From My Window Podcast where life is explored through positive thoughts. Everyone has a window and each window has a different view. I’m Laura, your host and this is the view from my window.

Hey there my friends. It’s Friday and I’m here to say I’m back on the air and I have truly missed you all. I have been gone for a while traveling and it was amazing. I wish I could have taken you with me on my Route 66 adventure. You would have loved it. From the breeze of the Pacific Ocean to dusting the desert dirt from my boots and everything in between…was absolutely amazing. Although I couldn’t take you with me, you are so capable of awesome everyday experiences, as well.  You can see, touch, smell, taste and hear everything God gave you in this magnificent place we call earth. Which leads me to Episode #25: Are We Connected?

Now I will be the first to admit I am socially connected to many platforms. There’s Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Google Play, LinkedIn, IHeart Radio, Itunes, Spotify, Pinterest, and the list just keep on growing.

But the question is: What am I connected to? What is the source of this connection? Well, it’s people. People like me and you who have something to say, something to learn or something to share with each other. But how personal and in touch are we with each other? Is it meaningful?

I can remember the days when I talked to my friends from a rotary phone which was attached to the wall. That seems so long ago, but actually it really wasn’t. Time and technology just keeps moving forward and stops for no one.

I remember that phone on my bedroom wall. The longer that stretchy spiral chord was, the better. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Right?

There were no voice mails. No texting. Just the ringing or busy sound on the other end. If they didn’t answer…no biggie. I just called back later. Funny how things change. Not only can we call, text and leave voice mails, but we can also take pictures of ourselves with that very same phone in the palm of our hand. Google can show us the world with a simple swipe of the finger.

But, Are we really connected? I don’t think we are. We can have all the new shiny gadgets of technology at our fingertips, but it won’t give us the satisfaction of watching the sun set fade into tomorrow and rise the next morning. Breathing in the air while standing on top of one of the seven wonders of the world knowing who created it all, doesn’t even compare to that recent post with over a billion views. No hashtag measures up to releasing laughter and sharing a memorable moment with those we love.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media is all well and good and it serves its purpose but it’s not the connection we truly need to sustain life. The real connection is living life through God and all His amazing creation.

The older I get the more I realize that my days are numbered and so are yours. We won’t live forever, folks. But our legacy can. Our connection we have with God can be handed down through generations. Our true source of happiness, peace, joy, contentment and comfort does not come from gadgets but from God.

Hebrews 4:12 says that His word is alive, active and powerful and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God. It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for instruction in righteousness that we may be complete. Be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

That my friend is what we need to be connected to. That is our source.

We, as a people, a nation of families, as parents, as individuals…need to find God. And I promise you, He won’t be found in the noise of the world-wide web.

I have been so blessed to be able to wake up each day and communicate with people in so many ways with technology. But nothing communicates better than a hug, a kiss, a smile, a friendly wave, a word of encouragement, a prayer, a pat on the back or just with a listening ear.

With that being said, I want to take this time to say “THANK YOU” to all of you have been so encouraging to me through this podcast. You have been generous with your “likes” and comments. I appreciate you and your feedback. You are more than welcome to share the view from your window on any topic or subject. I am eager to hear what’s on your heart and mind. Don’t be shy. Share your thoughts. Do you think people are connected to the wrong source?
In the mean time…

I hope and pray that in all your life adventures, you find God. You find the beauty of His creation. You find the comfort of His promises and you find the true source of life in His Word.

I’m going to leave you with a song I found on the internet…of all places. Too funny. Right? But this song is called It’s A Beautiful Day…And it leaves me with a happy, upbeat feeling of appreciating all of my God-given blessings.

I hope it does the same for you.

Until next time,
Love you guys.

My Wan*der*lust


Hello Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog and I must say, I’ve missed you. But I have a very good reason for being gone.

I’ve Been On A Road Trip

My husband and I packed our bags with no plans other than traveling west on the Historic Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Road, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road.  The only things we took were our clothes and our eight maps which led us through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. We flew into Los Angeles, California… rented a car and drove the route backwards into Illinois. 

Adventure.Redefined.

As a child, I grew up in a small town with limited traveling with my family. We took our yearly vacations to visit grandparents and would enjoy a day at Sea World, with which I still look back on with fond memories. Now that I am older, I want to do more. I want to see more. And so, I am.  A.K.A.- my Bucket List.

In search of all the #route66 road signs, we gassed up the car and drove. We had no idea where we would stay each night because we had no idea where we would actually be come nightfall. This was all part of the adventure and because of that… I was able to capture a few amazing sunsets along the way.

This beauty was captured along a route66 road in Arcadia, Oklahoma. We could see the sun setting behind us through our rearview mirror, so we pulled over along the isolated road. A farm-house was just across the road so I pulled out my Canon and walked over to wait for the sun to set. The driveway reminded me of when I was a child. The path of rocks had been beaten down to just dirt with a line of grass growing in the middle of the path. Some memories will never grow old. 🙂

Beautifully shaped trees lined the driveway up to the house. I stood from afar taking shots of the sunset as it lowered behind the trees. But then, I looked over and saw a field aligned with a fence of barbed wire. As I knelt down, the sun was setting perfectly creating a beautiful silhouette. The barbed wire fence served its purpose without obstructing my amazing view.

Liberating To The Heart

There’s something very liberating about doing the unexpected. We had become very fascinated with the Mother Road, but there were times we veered off to another destination, and it was well worth it. One of the stops not on the route was the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This is the only one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World located in Northern America and I was blessed to stand in awe of it all. It was breathtaking with all its layers of red rock stretched out all of 277 miles and 2,600 feet deep. 

Life Is An Adventure

I have come to believe that life is meant to be enjoyed and not just lived. We must go on adventures to truly find where we belong. And my adventures can be anywhere from my own living room with my grandchildren to God’s beautiful creation in the great outdoors. 

My Bucket List

The older I get the more curious my heart and soul becomes which is what sparked my thoughts of a bucket list. And that’s when I realized adventures are the best way to learn.

As I  have said…I lived a small life, in a small town and raised my children in that very same small town. As they reached adulthood, they began to experience new adventures as they traveled the world in various countries. I was excited for them. It wasn’t until May of 2013 when my son plunged from an airplane in a tandem skydive, that I was inspired to explore my own adventures.

My wanderlust for new experiences kicked in the year 2014 when I got my very first tattoo. Every June 1st, I smile when I look at my small -Faith- tattoo with the infinity symbol encircling it. My faith in God is what always gets me through life’s struggles each and every day, so what better way to openly express it for all to see.  

March of 2015, I flew for the very first time EVER! I was 52 years old before I had ever flown. Some of you may be thinking…Wow! Really? Well, that’s okay because as you read further, one of the things I checked off the following year makes up for all those flights I had missed.

My love for music charts the top of the list along with my passions for photography and writing. I’ve been to many concerts of various genres over the past 35 years.  My top two artists to see are Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. I checked Sir Paul McCartney off my list in June of 2015. Watch my video here. I’m still in search of those Clapton tickets.

April 24, 2016 was the year I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane of 10,000 feet. I do believe this makes up for all those times I didn’t fly. LOL! I will never forget the experience of free-falling for the first thirty seconds before the parachute opened landing me onto an open field of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Which leads me into this year, June 2018, of my adventure of an open road of the historical road of route 66. What a journey it was of meeting so many friendly people along the way.

We traveled through ten states in nine days with a total of 3,484 miles. Spontaneously finding lodging for each night, we stayed in three hotels and five Airbnb’s and enjoyed food from various amazing restaurants along the way. One of which, was featured on the show Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. Dressel’s Restaurant of St. Louis featured the Porchetta “Louie” on the show and I had to try it. It was delicious. Check out the video here.

This brings me to the end of this post but definitely not the end of my journey. I will be posting many more photos of my incredible journey in the future.

My Insights

Until then, I want to share a few thoughts of what I’ve learned from these amazing opportunities I’ve been able to experience.

I read a quote once which said…”A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” I truly believe this. 

There is nothing like getting out of your comfort zone while traveling, to make you realize you are a ‘newbie’ in so many of life’s experiences…no matter what age you are.

God has given me something that I will forever be thankful for and always appreciate. All of us have experiences that become memories, but more often than not, while living the experience…we don’t realize what a great, and possible bittersweet memory it could become.

I have grown fond of this thing called –wanderlust. Just when I think my life couldn’t get any better, God gives me one more thing to be thankful for and I give Him all the glory of all my many blessings.


Even when I’m not posting, I am always writing a story in my heart. 

 

What are some of your adventures? Do you have a bucket list? What are your future dreams/goals? Please inspire me and share your thoughts and stories.

 

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