Sunset and moonrise. The end of summer is a magical time in East Tennessee.
Thank you guys SO MUCH for getting my last photo to 500! I have never gotten close to that number before and man does it feel good.
Wow! what a mood from @dylanfraley We are closing in on 1000 followers already which is insane! We can’t thank you guys enough for all the love and support. If you haven’t heard about the November 3rd meet up yet, make sure to check out our website linked in the bio. Can’t wait to see you guys out there! Also don’t forget to use #theblueridgers for a chance to be featured.
Solitude (n.) - a lonely or uninhabited place.
One of my favorite things about nature is getting away from crowds. If you’re like me, sometimes even National Parks don’t seem to be an authentic experience of the outdoors, simply because there are so many other people. Having to wait at an entrance gate for 30 minutes before even getting the car in is a bad sign for me. That’s why I’ve tried to expand my horizons over the past year, and I would encourage you to as well! If you’re tired of crowds getting in the way of nature, try visiting a USFS National Forest. There aren’t nearly as many amenities as in a National or State Park, but to me that’s a beautiful thing. Also, you can usually camp for free along Forest Service roads. Get out there and explore!
Let's just talk about some of the elements that make up a fantastic centerpiece!! •Fruit (or edible element 😜)
•Flowers or greenery •Texture (wood, paper, glass etc)
I always love the creativity behind this piece... where do y'all go to get your best ideas when planning details for your big day? •
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Growing up, I used to believe that nothing was better, or simpler, than the “golden rule”.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that not everyone follows it.
Giving someone your time doesn’t mean they’ll give you theirs; being nice doesn’t mean, and rarely does, that someone will be nice to you.
I used to be frustrated, discouraged and inevitably depressed by the actions of others. It’s the curse of being an empath.
Over the years I was never able to protect my heart. I was never able to harden it against pain because I always found people who, despite being hurt themselves, refused to give in to it.
Be one of those people.
I had a few realizations lately that I’ve been trying to understand.
The first, is the feeling of change; maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to the season change. The anxiety has begun to ease, I feel the depression easing and my even weight is slowly increasing.
As I’ve begun to feel better, I’ve been thinking about the lessons I’m being taught. I’m in no way saying my battles are over, I know there will be bad days and more demons to fight, but I’ve always heard that storms don’t last forever.
Maybe that’s the lesson.