About a year ago Michael and I were in the middle of selling our business. We decided we were going to use the first year of our new-found freedom and lifestyle to do some traveling and be outdoors. We started by hiking around the hill country. If you live in the central Texas or visit, I highly recommend finding a natural area to wander! I was surprised by how much this area has to offer! I grew up here, I’ve been to the green belt and some of the state parks nearby, but I didn't know how many places there are for outdoor recreation, we really have some incredible spaces, hidden so close by. Although we love walking/running the green belt or Purgatory Creek and kayaking the San Marcos River or Guadalupe, we wanted to get away. Our first big trip was to Monterey, California. We walked the wharf, hiked in Big Sur, caught sight of seals at Point Lobos, then visited friends in Vacaville and had a glass of wine in Napa Valley. I am incredibly grateful for that experience! Even if there may have been sun burns and sore muscles from a twelve-mile hike that included walking 100 floors up… Boy was that view unforgettable! The very best of life is the living of it, especially when you share it with wonderful company. I have so many great memories from that trip: eating amazing food, drinking delicious wine, seeing the color of the ocean, visiting a wonderful friend and meeting his beautiful girlfriend, who is now his wife!! The memories that have always come back to me are the quiet ones, the moments you can breath in the experience and the feelings, and just enjoy being alive.
As I look back, I also acknowledge that it wasn’t necessarily the places but my attitude towards the adventure. Everyday won’t be as memorable or inspiring but each day has beauty of its own. When you string many good days with beautiful moments together it is a recipe for a happy life. It isn’t the destination but the journey.
Or MAK for short. I'm an artist in central Texas. I work in several mediums including photography, oil painting, needlework, jewelry making and mixed media. I've started this blog to share what inspires me and my art.