Winter Blues and Other News

Is it lame to rhyme blog post titles? Not that I would know much about blogs lately, since I haven't posted in about A HUNDRED YEARS.

I started thinking about how and why this may have happened. In the beginning, when my secret plan to quit my crappy desk job was just that, a secret, this was like my outlet. I needed to talk about the things I was feeling, so I poured my heart out... to a computer screen. But in that process, I met some amazing, encouraging people who helped me to get where I am today.

One of my goals for this year is to get back into sharing things on here. Adventures, photos, new work, new artists that I find. What once was a place where I shared my fears will now be a place where I share my inspiration. So there's that.

Backtracking a bit, a little over two years ago when I first quit my job, I was laying in bed, awake and mid-panic attack in the wee hours of the morning. Thoughts of money, instability, and an uncertain future were choking me. What had I done? Left a job that paid well to do something that most people don't even credit as a job? Eventually I calmed down and decided to turn my balled up, worried energy into something positive, and began a project that I called 40 Works In 40 Days (you can read it HERE). Which went great... for a while. Are you one of those people who has a real problem finishing what you start? Yeah... me too. My project went uncompleted, and I honestly still shame myself over it from time to time.

Soooo, now here we are in the dreaded dead of winter, the time of year that just makes everyone cringe. I have lots of wonderful travel plans lined up for the spring, which may make this time drag by even more painfully slowly. I decided I need a project. One that I swear on all that I know I WILL FINISH. To prove to myself that I can, to have something to focus on rather than the cold and snow and ice and slush, and to complete something I can be proud of. One of my favorite artists, Mae Chevrette, did a 30 Works In 30 Days project last year and it was such a joy to watch her challenge herself. So I'm trying again, from the beginning. More on all this later.

Back to winter. While the fresh blanket of snow that fell last night is definitely beautiful, I am already longing for color, leaves, green grass, and flowers. My Adobe Lightroom library has about 4700 photos in it, some organized, some not, and getting lost in them is a regular happening during these months. Revisiting old adventures and favorite places, remembering what I was thinking and feeling... it's a little journey I can take without leaving my desk. Here are some of my favorite memories and places:

dawes arboretum ohio


dawes arboretum ohio woods


dawes arboretum summer ohio


dawes arboretum ohio summer


dawes arboretum wishing well


ohio summer trips dawes arboretum


Summer adventures at the Dawes Arboretum. Hours spent wandering the gardens, orchards, and woods. This place has everything: a swing by a lake, a cute old farmhouse with lace curtains, Japanese gardens, hiking trails, an overgrown old well, flowery meadows... Read that as Stefon from Saturday Night Live would say it ;)
stefon saturday night live
Dawes in the spring is equally beautiful, and there was one day last year that I sat in the grass under the blooming apple trees just overcome with how amazing the world is.
apple orchard dawes arboretum


crab apple orchard dawes arboretum


Speaking of spring, It is also when I go on one of my favorite adventures. To my "secret place." Which really isn't secret at all, because it is off of a well-traveled bike trail. But I still think of it that way. A place in the woods where little yellow flowers carpet the ground, and each year it is just as magical as the last.
olentangy river columbus ohio
olentangy trail columbus ohio woods


yellow flowers forest floor spring


yellow flowers forest floor


And also in the spring... the magnolias. The ever-impressive, beautiful magnolias.
magnolia grove goodale park columbus


goodale park columbus magnolia trees


magnolia trees in the spring


There's another arboretum in northeast Ohio, in a tiny town called Kirtland. Holden Arboretum is quite a drive from Columbus, but I've made the journey a couple of times now:
ohio forest enchanted magic


holden arboretum kirtland ohio


magical willow tree


And going the opposite direction, down into southeast Ohio, there is a dreamy place called Clear Creek Metro Park. I've only been once, on a gorgeous summer day where there wasn't another human for miles. Sunny meadows, rushing water, thick woods... I can't wait to go back this year:
clear creek metro park ohio


clear creek metro park


clear creek metro park ohio


ohio metro parks trails


clear creek metro park ohio


Lastly, I always have to revisit my beloved Hobbit Trail experience. A surreal, mossy forest on the Oregon Coast that I WILL return to sooner than later: 


hiking trail ohio


hobbit trail oregon


hobbit trail hobbit beach oregon coast
Aaaaand then I look outside and see white, with some brown and gray mixed in for good measure. 54 Days until spring, 145 until summer, and plenty of time for me to finish one ambitious creative project :)


Beautiful words and amazing

Beautiful words and amazing photography!! Thanks for sharing, Jenn! I'm looking forward to seeing more! :D

These photos are so

These photos are so beautiful! They're taking me right back to summer in the midst of an oncoming blizzard. And the Stefon part made me laugh out loud ;)

You are so sweet. Thanks love

You are so sweet. Thanks love <3

"What's a 'Furkel?'""A fat

"What's a 'Furkel?'""A fat Urkel.""That's a thing?"Thanks, Mae! Hope you're staying safe and are stocked up on paint and wine!! :)

Hi Jenndalyn - I remember

Hi Jenndalyn - I remember some of these lovely shots.In particular the flower lined path, so pretty and bright.The other day I was looking at photos of our garden in June last year, its really hard to imagine all the lushness and colour returning! But despite the wind and snow I spy a snowdrop and some primroses peeping thru so it has started ^_^Nice to see u back.xx


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