We are on the road for about sixteen days, traveling and living in our Fifth Wheel Grand Design, we have christened her “There and Back Again”. We headed west out of Grapevine toward Carlsbad NM, with a overnite in Le Mesa, Texas. Up and out of there the next morning, heading for Carlsbad, stayed in a KOA campground outside of Carlsbad. It was a very nice campground, however the smell most mornings from the petroleum refineries in Artesia, not so good. We had a great time despite the smell. We went to Carlsbad Caverns , which were amazing, they are so magnificent and have weathered well despite the intrusion of humans and all that we have brought with us over the years as we entered these magnificent spaces. I was filled with awe at the beauty and wisdom that speak from these caverns beneath the earths surface.
From Carlsbad to Sitting Bull Falls , located in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. Such a treasure running through the canyons.
We took a day trip to Cloudcroft New Mexico, snow on the mountain, not as much as they would have liked, but still beautiful!
From New Mexico we headed back into Texas to the Davis Mountains. Wide open spaces and beautiful mountains, we are have such fun!
I have so many beautiful pictures, can’t wait to get some painting done. More adventures to come!
Image taken from our RV looking out at Lake Grapevine
Living life simply, what does it really mean? Down sizing, by going through all our “stuff” and getting rid of all that “stuff” , that we never really used and then selling our house. Making those big changes, have given us this wonderful opportunity to simplify our life. We bought a fifth wheel, a Grand Design Reflection 33 ft RV, it is our new home and we love it. Not saying it hasn’t taken some getting use to, but it’s an adventure. We are staying at Lake Grapevine. Enjoying being here on the lake, walking a little lighter with our overhead reduced by leaps and bounds. So our simpler life has begun. We have definitely taken the path less traveled. I don’t believe that everyone has to take that particular path to simplify their life, the path for each person trying to bring this state of being into their life will be different. For me it is less worry, I haven’t quit found a way to get rid of all my worries, and there are always worries popping up in my life, but I think living a simpler life means learning to worry less about the “stuff” that comes into my life. How to do that; well, I spend time each day acknowledging the feelings that come into my life, both good and not so good. I am thankful for the people, events and memories that fill me with those good feelings. I identify those negative feelings, where does that energy arise in my body, I acknowledge the feeling, bring love to it and then let it go. Now I’m not saying doing that one time, vanishes those negative feelings. Some days it works really well, other worries and unhappy feelings that bubble up, take more work, but I’m committed to putting in the time to clear that negative energy from my body, mind and spirit, it’s all part of living my life more simply.
I believe it’s a God thing. When your life is suppose to change, things start falling into place, a door closes and another opens; direction from above, a little nudge to take the left path not the right , down that road that is your life. I believe good change has come to our life, we have sold our house, wow that’s crazy, our home for ten years, and I truly loved it, but it’s the right time and I know that home is not the house, but the people and love that you bring into it. It’s time to let go of things, embrace a simpler life, choose the path less traveled. We are going to be a little, OK a lot, more unconventional, for a while. What shall we do, where shall we go, lets see which door opens.
I’m going to start by saying that being present in the moment, is no walk in the park. It’s hard to stay in the moment, to not let your mind wonder to what’s on your to do list for the day, what bills you have to pay, what will you be doing next week, next month, next year. To just be present in the moment, to pay attention to the here and now, this moment, to be joyful in it, to find that moment to breath, take it in. Most every morning, I rise and sort of shine, I do a few exercises, mixed with some yoga, if I get 30 minutes in, things are looking up. I then move on to my meditation, I may do 20 minutes with Deepak and Oprah or I may read a poem, or just sit quietly practicing my being present, not letting my mind wonder, just concentrating on my breathe. Sounds like I’m on the right path, right, not so sure. I think my “wandering mind” muscle is much stronger than my “just live in the moment” muscle. I have a really hard time not thinking about all the little stuff and big stuff that I allow to clutter my mind, however the fact that I acknowledge that stuff, then let it pass on by, does make me more aware and perhaps that’s the first step to being present each moment of my day, my week, my life. Becoming aware, now there is an “ah ha” in the moment for me!
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” Eckhart Tolle
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Peace and Love, Sharen
Today was a beginning for me, the beginning of this journey to simplify my life. Well, it is really Carter, my wonderful husband and my life, that is being simplified. I probably have the most work to do, because I find I have become overly connected to my stuff, Carter is good with just being with me, ahhh, so sweet, but it makes it much easier for him to simplify, in terms of stuff. I found this quote in the book “Simple Truths” by Kent Nerburn; it hit home with me, spoke straight to my heart:
“Most of our possessions arrive in our lives almost by accident. Gradually like falling snow, they accumulate around us until they form the basis for our identity. We do not intend this to happen. Most things we acquire are meant to increase our happiness and sense of fulfillment. But their uniqueness is quickly subsumed into the ordinariness of daily affairs. We wake up one day and find ourselves surrounded by possessions that mean nothing to us. Our freedom is gone; our lightness of being is gone. In their place is a sense of responsibility and ownership. We have become curators of our own cluttered reality.”
So, I am on a journey to regain my freedom, my lightness of being. First thing, a good cleaning of my closet, really I have clothes in there from ten years ago, if not more. It was truly liberating to toss all those things I haven’t had on, in forever, shoes, clothes, purses, into the box to be given away or sold at a garage sale. I feel lighter already.
Being born in the late 50’s, I’m one of those late baby boomers who grew up with television that we pretty much watched only on a Sunday evening “The Wonderful World of Disney”, ahhh I loved it. We built barbie a house out of boxes, bricks and stuff we found, and it always looked beautiful when my brothers G.I. Joe came to pick her up in his Jeep. We played outside all day during the summer and didn’t come in until dark, Coca-Cola made the commercial “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”, which I can still sing today, the Vietnam war (so much going on there), no such thing as a computer in every home (what the heck was a computer) and mobile phones where huge! I loved and still love, the music of John Denver, yes I was somewhat of a tree hugger, high school H.O.P.E (Help Our Problemed Earth) club, you will always be in my heart. Give me a little “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and that “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (thank you Eagles) and my life is lookin’ good. So why call myself a Hipsy Artist, because I am a creative, not with just paint and brush, but in my life, I have peace in my soul, I surround myself with love, I’m making changes, each day is my opportunity to move toward a simpler way of life. Here at Hipsy Artist, I will document that journey, with my art, images and words. This is my time to express who I am and my journey to a peaceful, fewer worries, fewer things, more loving way of life.
Side note: OK, so I don’t exactly look like my drawing, but I do have blue in my hair, pretty much that hair cut, I have blue lenses in my “prescription” sun glasses and my face is not that skinny, but it’s me on the inside.