I left my corporate job on 7/21/17 in order to help showcase Nature for Mother Nature fans online. I did not arrive easily at this decision since my corporate job paid extremely well and included amazing benefits. Alas, the one benefit I was not easily allowed was the time to immediately pursue any and all wild events happening any and all moments of every day throughout the world. I know it would have helped me greatly to see more Nature during the work week, so that is what I’ve set out to bring to you. Stay tuned!
YOU putting YOU first is absolutely important. If your challenge is in finding a way to make time for yourself, find a successful mentor who you can trust to show you heathy and realistic ways to accomplish this task!
Remember, we can trade simple things for our goals to be realized. Trade one hour of routine television for one hour of streaming a Ted Talk to your big screen. I regularly watch informative videos shared by people like you and I, for example, and I am entertained just as much as I was before with the tv shows and sports that I used to watch... Only now I am learning and interacting with and supporting my communities in more realistic ways more often.
Seems crazy, but it shouldn't. It should seem logical. Why continue struggling? Put yourself first, even if it takes making two different meals to accomplish your own individual fitness goals in comparison to that of your family. Feed your body, mind and spirit all at the same time when you put yourself first. Only then can you realize the weight of caring for someone else... Because you realize it takes effort to properly recognize and care for your own self...
Strong words? It might take that for someone. It took strong words to get through to myself... Even when I was the only one doing all of the talking ;)
By the way, if you do have an hour or more to spend on a big screen with YouTube/HD or 4k capabilities, I strongly encourage taking some time to just watch my below video from the couch, maybe with a snack even. AND a drink too! The point is... Change HOW you see... At first you may think what you are watching is boring or just unusual, but you will most likely come to recognize a sense of peace that is unmistakable. You may even come to realize just how much you ENJOY peace... Click the following link with this in mind, it will change your entire life!!!
Follow Your PathOn the day we watched this bear, he was walking away from the convenience store in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. He was walking towards the Window View junction. It just goes to show you that we ALL share the same paths in life.
Like this leaf, my own journey is suspended in place. My journey is captured here in time as often as I am able to capture my adventure in free-fall along with the images and words that are carried on the winds that speak to us today. We can spend time seeing so many things because of the limitless possibilities that exist in time today, so I thank you for choosing to spend time reading what I wanted to share today. My belief is that we can actively choose between quality or quantity. The cost can be the same in the long run, but the outcome is wildly different in both cases.
Yes, it is possible to enjoy amazing quantities of television and phone related searches and threads like this... For eternity even... But when it comes to quality, there is nothing like having felt a sunrise in person. There is nothing like having been looked over by an adult bull moose in person. There is nothing like having a real conversation with one another in real life. Now ask yourself... When was the last time you felt like you opted for true quality over quantity?
The choice is difficult, but by comparison the decision should be easy. Why then is it so difficult to move into a new direction? My theory is not even a theory... It is truth... Change can be scary. Let me be the first to continue to resonate the same thoughts you've had before in a new way for you... Scary is JUST a mindset. Many have succeeded before us, yet many more have failed... Only the ones who put in quality time will demonstrate quality results. Not even a gifted artisan can produce quality results without putting in quality time. When put side to side for comparison's sake, quality will always win over quantity.
If the QUANTITY of things we are actively and even inactively tracking in our minds is reduced (quick, where are your car keys?), our CALM can be increased. Only fear can thrive when quantity is achieved. Have deadlines? Feel pressured in your position over time constraints of any sort? Compromising your family's quality time over quantities of work that seem meaningless when you look back on those opportunities that are currently being missed and overlooked? That is what quantity drives. For this reason itself, we should never purchase items that are produced in vast quantities without imagining that they are driving the specific work hours we are working right now. Pay more for the sustainably sourced alternative and pay yourself to work at a job where the hours are not compromising your own quality of life in exchange for the quantity of work you are producing.
BECOME the change you wish to see.
NOW is the time to opt for quality each and every time you spend anything on yourself. Remember, treat your neighbor as you would like to be treated. Share QUALITY each and every time. Nurture yourself first and in doing so you will nurture your own personal goals into reality.
Have a great day!
Rey : )
Falling Into PlaceI took this image many years ago. It is that of a leaf incomplete in its fall. It is suspended by a single spiderweb in this moment in time. I took many photographs of this scene in order to present this leaf appearing to be in free-fall against its fall backdrop with a blue sky.
Happy New Year!
For 2018, let me present you with a "Clean Slate"! This photo captures both the prior fall of a stretch of forest and also the future regrowth habitat for a variety of plants and animals in nature. In the distance is an approaching winter storm. I've seen in nature that as long as its inhabitants can weather the storm, the bounty that awaits as springtime approaches is always worth allowing wintertime to wipe the slate clean.
If you aren't where you thought you'd be at the beginning of this year, that's ok! This is a NEW YEAR. This is the perfect time to start with your very own clean slate! If you don't have a plan other than to enjoy nature more, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel! I will continue to bring you inspiring content across all of the channels I present, and they will all tie in together using the central topic of nature where in many cases the video content itself will showcase the accompanying video content from the photos shared on this page. Let me start you off with a quick and easy trail found in my neck of the woods in West Texas:
US385 - Sam Nail Ranch - Big Bend National Park
Rey : )
Clean SlateThis photo captures a December day during the cold and quiet approach of a winter storm in the middle of Yellowstone National Park. I call it "Clean Slate" because I can imagine the beauty and growth that will one day replace this otherwise leveled area of forest.
Whatever day it is when you read this, I hope you are having an amazing day and that you are looking forward to spending some amazing time with your friends and family as the holidays approach! I am definitely looking forward to continuing to spend time with friends and family as the year winds down here. No matter where you are in relation to your family and friends, remember... You can spend TIME with each other without even being in the same physical place!
Imagine that, huh? Think of all of those amazing meeting tools we use at work... Don't be afraid to incorporate some of that technology into the personal flow of things IF it helps you to achieve something amazing! Anyway I thought this tree was amazing. I took this photo just a couple of weeks ago after spending time with some distant adventure loving friends and family. Here I am sharing this with you electronically and now I'm virtually spending time with you even though you may not be seeing this when I'm seeing it. Imagine that, huh? Hopefully I still helped bring a smile your way even though I am not in the same physical location as you.
If you haven't been to Yellowstone National Park and have been looking for an excuse other than the wildlife to get you to finally give this park a look, how about this tree? How about me asking you if you are interested in visiting the park and suggesting that I can pick you up at whatever airport you want to land at so that we can get you to see this amazing place? Whatever it takes, make sure you take some time to enjoy this spectacular National Park when you are next presented with the opportunity to do so. Meantime, enjoy your day and I hope you enjoy this tree-t!
Rey : )
Today I'd like to start out giving thanks for all of my friends and family! Especially those who have stuck by me as I have continued to remove myself from the corporate world. That change alone has started me down a path where I can really ENJOY time with friends and family, albeit with some juggling since removing myself from the corporate stream of money.
Corporate or not, make sure to spend time being THANKFUL for each other. What does that mean to me? It means turning the TV off, listening to what those special people are saying to us, and enjoying LIFE with them. This is a fleeting event we are all a part of each time we open our eyes in the morning. Some will fly longer, some shorter, but none will be truly appreciated if we are not there with each other appreciating each other's journey as we pass through this stage called life.
Happy Thanksgiving from me to you, and thank you for coming along to watch our journey as well!
Rey : )