preferences.

January 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it’s easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.” – Cecilia Ahern

 

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Canyon-of-the-Ancients

https://www.gocolorado.com/off-the-tourist-track-the-quieter-side-of-southwestern-colorado/

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“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.” – Julian Barnes

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Canyons of the Ancients aerial view

Canyons of the Ancients aerial view

https://www.colorado.com/national-monuments/canyons-ancients-national-monument-anasazi-heritage-center-blm

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“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/colorado/canyons-of-the-ancients

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“Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.” ― Dean Koontz

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awareness.

January 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

“you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemmingway

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Manti-La Sal National Forest

Manti-La Sal National Forest

https://www.wheretraveler.com/play/america-beautiful-14-spectacular-national-forests

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“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

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Wasatchcache National Forest

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“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.” ― Lao Tzu

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Arches National Park

http://www.discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

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“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” – Dan Brown

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Near Escalante and Boulder

https://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=44848051&nid=1268&title=utahs-top-5-motorcycle-rides

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“It’s worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

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Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

http://www.scenicusa.net/080211.html

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” – Martha Graham

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Sardine Canyon

Sardine Canyon

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/utah/uinta-wasatch-cache-national-forest

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“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” ― Janis Joplin

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Fishlake

Fishlake NF

https://utah.com/fish-lake-national-forest

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“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” ― Dolly Parton

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Fishlake National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/utah-national-forests/

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“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” – Bell Hooks

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explorer.

December 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” – Edward P. Morgan

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Pine Creek Cookhouse

http://pinecreekcookhouse.com/

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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” – Ansel Adams

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http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/

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“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” – John Steinbeck

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Boulder Winter Farm

http://www.arrowphotos.com/Colorado/Panoramas/

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“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.” – James Kavanaugh

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winter-park-colorado

https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g28927-Reviews-Colorado-Vacation_Rentals.html

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“Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.” ― Jason Mraz

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wild-elk-and-mountains

http://salida.com/salida-best-of/best-of-salida-wildlife.html

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“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” ― Gene Roddenberry

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colorado winter

https://thebigchilicookoffevergreen.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/a-rocky-mountain-winter/

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“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” ― Pema Chödrön

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Rocky Mountain National Park

http://www.natezeman.com/photo/dawn-of-winter/

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“I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.” – Pat Conroy

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Continental Divide Alpenglow in Winter Park

http://www.playwinterpark.com/top-things-see-do-fall-winter-rmnp

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How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness.” ― Daisaku Ikeda

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rocky_mountain_holidays

http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/rocky-mountain-holidays-in-colorado/

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“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” ― Sophia Loren

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colorado

https://colorado.ourcommunitynow.com/2016/11/04/colorado-winter-activities/

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“We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe” ― Stephen Hawking

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pioneer.

December 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” – Albert Einstein

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Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/sharing-a-beautiful-sunset-with-the-summit-of-box-elder-peak/572181

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“remind me that woman must be still as the axis of a wheel in the midst of her activities; that she must be the pioneer in achieving this stillness, not only for her own salvation, but for the salvation of family life, of society, perhaps even of our civilization.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Moab Utah Mountains

https://roadslesstraveled.us/

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“Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow. We dream all night of those mountain ridges in the horizon, though they may be of vapor only, which were last gilded by his rays.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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Red Mountain

Red Mountain

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/travel/utah-desert-spa-happy-red-article-1.320517

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“Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.” ― George Takei

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ripples.

December 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You may not see it now,” said the Princess of Pure Reason, looking knowingly at Milo’s puzzled face, “but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in the pond; and whenever you’re sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.” – Norton Juster

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Flagstaff

https://nau.edu/sbs/politics/

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“He found himself thinking that maybe stories don’t just make us matter to each other – maybe they’re also the only way to the infinite mattering he’d been after for so long.

And Colin thought: Because like say I tell someone about…….even if it’s a dumb story, telling it changes other people just the slightest little bit, just as living the story changes me. An infinitesimal change. And that infinitesimal change ripples outward – ever smaller but everlasting. I will get forgotten, but the stories will last. And so we all matter – maybe less than a lot, but always more than some.” – John Green

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Lake Powell

http://www.arizona-leisure.com/northern-arizona-koopsen.html

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“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” – Dorothy Day

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Monoliths, Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah

Monoliths, Monument Valley

https://travel.mapquest.com/2016/06/20/five-mysteries-to-read-while-in-northern-arizona/

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“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.” – Mollie Marti

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Vermillion Cliffs

Vermillion Cliffs

https://solotravelerworld.com/the-meaning-of-landscape-road-trip-through-the-american-southwest/

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“Every being in this world makes an impact on at least one person they encounter during their lifetime. You can change the course of someone’s life by just a kind word, a hateful one, or even by simply choosing not to say anything at all. Every choice you make has the potential to create a ripple effect, trickling into and affecting the lives of others.” – L.B. Simmons

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Wupatki-National-Monument

Wupatki National Monument

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/more-1500-petroglyphs-including-solar-calendar-found-northern-arizona-020787

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“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.

For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” – Mike Ericksen

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Red Rocks sunset

Sedona

http://rubiconoutdoors.com/private-guided-tours/private-guided-northern-arizona-highlights/

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“I had this dream that my life was a rolling canvas. Everyday it rolled off the sheet, bleached white, into the beach of my life. Come sunup, I’d begin to paint it with my thoughts and actions. My breathing, my living, and my dying. Some days the pictures pleased me, maybe pleased others, pleased God himself, but some days, some months, even some years, they didn’t, and I didn’t ever want to look at them again. But the thing is this . . . every day, no matter what I’d painted the day before, I got a new canvas, washed white. ‘Cause each night the tide rolled in, scrubbed it clean, and receded, taking it’s stains with it. And my dreams . . . I just stood on the beach and watched all that stuff wash out to sea.- Nothing more than ripples in the water. No canvas is ever stained clean through. Not one.” – Charles Martin

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Sedona, Arizona Landscape

Sedona

https://www.switchbacktravel.com/gallery/3-great-outdoor-trips-november

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“Perhaps the book opened a door; books have a way of causing ripples.” – Erika Swyler

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Christmas.

December 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it—you feel it, you know it, you believe it.”
Kevin Alan Milne

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Christmas Cactus

https://www.new-mexico.cactus-society.org/

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 “When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.”  – Jean Fritz

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Things-to-Do-in-Santa-Fe-tamale

https://www.turquoisebear.com/top-things-to-do-in-santa-fe.html

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“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.” – Rachel Cohn

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Inn on the Alameda

https://www.innonthealameda.com/2013/12/31/joes-blog-luminario-or-farolito-either-way-it-makes-santa-fe-sparkle/

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“Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

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Canyon Road

Canyon Road

http://www.okeeffecountry.com/canyon-road.html

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“Acceptance, when it comes, arrives in waves: Listen with your chest. You will feel a pendulum swing within you, favoring one direction or another. And that is your answer. The answer is always inside your chest. The right choice weighs more. That’s how you know. It causes you to lean in its direction.” ― Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

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San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church

https://rozannehakala.photoshelter.com/image/I0000hUMWCni9wfk

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“This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.” – Howard W. Hunter

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Sangre de Christo Mountains

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60958-i29520707-Santa_Fe_New_Mexico.html

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

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Santa Fe

https://santafe.org/blog/8-farolito-photos-to-brighten-the-holiday/

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“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” – John Geddes

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love.

December 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” ― Audrey Hepburn

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Henry Mountains

Henry Mountains

https://utah.com/henry-mountains

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“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?” ― Jack Kornfield

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Mt. Timpanogos 2

https://utah.com/hiking/mt-timpanogos

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“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Mt. Timpanogos

Mt. Timpanogos

http://www.summitpost.org/mt-timpanogos-ut/151365

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman

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American Bison in the Henry Mountains

https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/12/djg-genetically-pure-bison-found-in-utahs-henry-mountains/#.WkA50HlG33g

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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown

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La Sal Mountains

http://wpnature.com/la-sel-mountains-near-moab-utah-winter-desert-rocks-wallpapers-wide-mountain/

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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Bryce

https://www.templesquare.com/blog/explore-utah-not-obvious-winter-destinations/

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“Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.” ― Paulo Coelho

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