Fortunately, for the better part of October, I was able to frolic in the forested peaks & valleys of the Pacific Northwest. During this time, I found myself focusing on practicing self-care; which greatly invigorates the spirit & replenishes ones soul.
And, as they say, timing is everything. So, I was more than delighted to learn that GirlTrek would be lifting me up in prayer as I ventured “over the river and through the woods”. Given, that they had instituted a ‘9-Day Prayer Trek’; which happened to coincide with my mini expedition of sorts.
Over the course of the first week, I made certain to check-in. Affording myself the opportunity to listen to the encouraging & uplifting words of those that spoke directly to the core of my being.
Additionally, I was fortunate to have received a timely reading material recommendation, from one of the sincerest siSTAR friends this sistah has…Arica L. Coleman, PhD., provided me with exactly what I needed to read & reflect upon whilst unwinding in the high country.
Furthermore, if you’ve yet to read Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know For Sure, make certain to reserve yourself a copy. As I’m certain her words of wisdom will infuse your conscience with and abundance of overwhelming joy, as it most certainly did mine.
I found myself taking in every syllable that she expressed, and delighted in remembering to, “Replenish the well of yourself, for yourself.”. So much so, that I scribbled down the following sentence, so that I could try my best to imitate its sincere meaning. Because, “How you spend your time, defines who you are, and I want to shine my light for good.” ~Oprah Winfrey~
After absorbing all of the wonderfully sagacious anecdotes sprinkled throughout Oprah’s audio book. I found myself unpacking the next title I’d stashed away for those rainy days, when sitting inside was best…Let me make it positively clear that, Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden, is both heart-wrenching & healing.🦋
When the rains finally let up, I grabbed my gear, and set out to capture everything that caught my eye…hopefully, you’ll enjoy looking at natures bountiful beauty through my ever evolving lens.
In closing, recently, CNN published an article, entitled: “Doctors are prescribing nature to patients in the UK’s Shetland Islands“. In which it states that, “Through the ‘Nature Prescriptions‘ project GPs [doctors] and nurses can explain and promote the many benefits which being outdoors can have on physical and mental well-being,” Lauren Peterson, health improvement practitioner for NHS Shetland, said in a statement.
The calendar, available online, encourages patients to comb beaches for shells, do some gardening, take a coastal walk or even search for otters during low tide in order to reap the health benefits of the outdoors.
So, basically, I’m following doctor’s orders and I think you should, too. Oh, and what other place can one find themselves truly delighting in the nine fruitages of the spirit…(Gal. 5:22, 23)
Lastly, if you’re ever in the Northwest, let me know…I’d be happy to show you the sights.