Say YES to Life!!!

My journey the past five years has taken me many places. But I find that the happiest of places is always on a trail somewhere in the beautiful outdoors in Arizona; or on a road trip to another state that has its own Beauty to share. 

For me the outdoors infuses me with the  energy and joy that keeps that smile on my face more times than not.  

When I step onto that trail, I am noticing the beauty in each step I take and all that surrounds me. 

My last adventure in northern Arizona took me to a few places of heavenly beauty. Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona is one of my favorite places.  It continually changes as the seasons  meld into each other . The beautiful fall colors, the water flowing through the streams and the canyon that surrounds you,  brings peace to anyones existence. 

I decided 5 years ago not to be that victim or to let what happened to me Define my life. The healing took place over a few years but I knew that if I didn’t start living my life and saying YES to life, that I would be stuck; stuck in a place that had no life, Joy, or happiness. I went out and found my own Adventures with friends or by myself. And I found myself continually drawn to God’s Beauty in the outdoors. For me, that’s my heaven here on Earth.

We all get up every day, go to our prospective jobs and do what we have to do to survive. But are we living? Are you living? 

Saying YES to life and going out there and living it may have to be a directional change for some. A change that could Empower your life and Propel it to the next level. How exciting is that?

So ask yourself, “Am I living my life, Or am I just existing?”

Think about what you’re passionate about, what puts a smile on your face, and joy in your heart. That will guide  you down the path of living, and saying YES to life.ūüėäūüėä

As always… keep hiking to the top!!

Kimberly Rae

A New Journey!

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“One moment she was alone and lost… and 4 years later she emerges, anew.”

I have decided to take a different path with my blogs. ¬†I have healed and moved on from my very painful relationship. ¬†My blogging helped me to move on. ¬†Sharing my raw feelings helped me deal with life. ¬†Not that I won’t stumble… I am only human:) ¬†But life, my life has moved on.

After everything I have been through I look at myself as a tight rope walker. ¬†Because the tight rope walker is the one who doesn’t need a safety net. ¬†He can move on with his life without someone in it. ¬†And that is just what I did. ¬†My faith is all that I needed and need to keep moving forward.

I love to write about my discoveries, whether they be about life or the many trails that I happen upon and learn from.

I am fortunate enough to live in a state that allows me to hike all year round. ¬†The desert is beautiful in it’s own right. ¬†You just have to see it and sometimes look for it. ¬†I get to see this mountain everyday. ¬†I have hiked to the top and all through it. ¬†And just yesterday, I discovered by accident a new trail behind this amazing, majestic mountain. ¬†You never know what you are going to find, on the trail or in life. ¬†It is how you look at it that makes the difference. ¬†I choose to see the beauty in what is in front of me. ¬†To some, they will only see ugly, prickly cactus and a ground full of dirt and sand. ¬†But when you open your eyes, and I mean really open your eyes… You see so much more.

That is how I view life.  My eyes are wide open and I choose to enjoy the moments put in front of me and see the desert in all of it finery as a gift from God.

So I challenge you… open your eyes and see, really see, what is in front of you.

The peace and joy I get from wandering these desert trails only remind me of how grateful I am to be alive, to enjoy the trails I have been on, and the many more I will explore!

Enjoy my view below:)

As always…. Keep Hiking to the Top,

Kimberly Rae

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Here’s What I Know For Sure…

I know that we have to create our own happiness and let others add to it.

I know that love in it’s purest form is all I need.

I know it isn’t our job to fix people; but to encourage and inspire.

I know that life can beat me down, but it’s how I get up and face it, that strengthens my character.

I know people come and go in my life, but I have learned something from each one of them, and I thank them for that.

I know that men and women can be just friends – and that is okay:)

I know that my life will never change unless I do something I have never done.

I know that living in the moment allows me to see things I might have missed.

I know  that a rose bud that has just opened is the most fragrant as is a new relationship  just beginning to bloom.

I know my children are the best part of me. I am so proud of who they have become.

I know the pain that comes from a love lost and the renewed person that comes from it.

I know that a few good friends out way many.

I know the beauty of the mountains and the quiet of the slow moving stream.

I know God’s love and that he believes in me.

I know that I’m happy and I love my life.

I know the depth of my soul is only as deep as the love I have for myself.

I know that true beauty lies within, not in the cover.

What I do know for sure is every ending has a new beginning Рso no  matter where you are at in the circle of life; beginning, middle, or end, make it the best and truly live in each moment that crosses your path.

 

The Journey is the Reward!

Keep hiking to the top.

Kimberly Rae

Positive Thinking!!

      My Wish for Today

 

As I sit here at the end of a long day, in the peace and quiet of my classroom, I think of you.¬† The moisture in the sky has provoked my students to act in a mysterious way throughout the day; which has left me drained and wishing I was on the road… with you.

The tranquility of the mountain air, the smell of the pine trees, and the aroma of the campfire beneath the openness of the twinkling blue sky, are all things I long for at this moment.   As the sun departs and the moon slowly rises, a chill fills the air; I snuggle up to you with your arms around me and I am loved and life is good.

 

I have come to a point in my life where being positive is all I know. ¬†Not a bad thing:) ¬†So… ¬†I do not know who the “You” is in my poem, but knowing that he’s out there and knowing that he will come into my like one day, is thinking positively:) ¬† I trust that God will lead him to me, or me to him:) ¬† Life is a never ending journey. ¬†I’m happy with mine:)

 

Keep Hiking to the top!

Kimberly Rae

Our Paths in Life

The breeze is quiet as it catches a few strands of my long hair.  They wisp across my face; like the tickle of a soft feather as it brushes so gently over my face.  The birds are having their own social gathering as I sit peacefully in the old Green Adirondack chair.  The floor beneath my feet is damp from the rain, mixed with wood-chips, pine needles and remnants of hours of fun.

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I reflect upon my morning hike and parallel that journey with life…

The trail started out smooth; a gradual incline. ¬†A 1300 foot elevation gain by the time I would make it to my destination. But nothing I couldn’t handle. ¬†I stopped¬†along the way to take in the beautiful surroundings. ¬†I continued on, only to find myself on a rocky trail. ¬†I had to watch my step. ¬†My journey was beginning to be more challenging. ¬†As I was adjusting to the new terrain – I came to a roadblock. ¬†The large oak had fallen to its death, blocking the trail I was on.

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I had to make a choice, so I could keep moving forward.  At this point, I needed to tap into my patience, my faith, and my perseverance so I could make it over this hurdle without getting hurt.  I could have taken the easy way and made a path  around it.  But I decided I needed to take some risks and with that, the possibility of being hurt.  I had to start breaking down those walls.  I slowly rolled over the massive log and touched ground on the other side.  Not as hard as I thought:)  As I moved on, the terrain became very rocky.  But as I continued to take baby steps and appreciate my surroundings Рmy journey became manageable.  I soon found myself walking on smooth ground.

In life, we find ourselves somewhere on this trail.  We are all there at some point in our life.  How we move forward is a choice only we can make.  If we take the time, to make a choice, to make a change Рthe trail smooths out.

Where are you on your journey?

Keep Hiking to the top!!

Kimberly Rae

 

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Don’t Cage the Butterfly

The beautiful black and orange Monarch flutters by as I freely hike into the unknown. ¬†He seems to be watching over me. Or maybe he’s enjoying the path I chose to take today. ¬†He’s free to come and go as he likes. ¬†I look at my life synonymous to the butterfly. ¬†We all transform throughout our life. ¬†We grow and become different people. ¬†Some more colorful than others, but all out there trying to live their life they way they feel is best. ¬†No one can take that away from them unless… ¬†A little boy sees that beautiful butterfly flying around touching the reds, golds, and greens of the garden, cups his hands around the orange and black and puts the beauty in a jar to admire and watch. ¬†Sadly his freedom is now taken away. ¬†He can only flutter within the confines of the glass jar he was placed in; not by choice.

I find myself in that glass jar today and for a while maybe.¬†¬† My freedom to roam the many trails just waiting for my footprints are no longer. ¬†I’m trapped in the jar, looking out at all I am missing. ¬†I have air holes. ¬†I can breathe in the fresh air, but I can’t walk in it. ¬†My fragile vertebrae, like the butterfly’s, have fused together. ¬†As I sit here at my computer, the pain ripples up my spine. ¬†My years of adventure and exploring have caught up to me. ¬†The trails will not feel the life I bring, this year. ¬†What are my options? ¬†I feel as if my wings are about to fall off. ¬†I can’t flutter anymore. ¬†I have to look at my life through a different lens. ¬†I won’t let the little boy keep me caged. ¬†I will find a way to be on the trails again, to kayak down a river, to explore the unknown. ¬†This butterfly has a lot more life to live.

My color will flourish.  I will shine again.  The lid will come off and I will fly.  The mountains will feel my footsteps again.

Keep hiking to the top!

Kimberly Rae

 

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Facing the Storm’s in Life

Have you ever come to a point in your life when you knew something was missing?  You felt an emptiness, a void that you could not explain?

I can’t put my finger on any one thing, but my life is in limbo. ¬†It is an unsettling place to be. ¬†I trust God has a plan for me and I want to do what he feels is right for where I am in my life.

My interview for teaching in the middle east is this Wednesday. ¬†The work getting to this point has been overwhelming at times and costly. ¬†My passport went missing on Thursday. ¬†It mysteriously vanished from my documents folder. ¬†Not sure if someone took it or what happened. ¬†I am just going to chalk it up to the nastiness (from someone I don’t even know) that has been plaguing me the past 2 years. ¬†Because I can’t explain that either. ¬†Onward and forward I move. ¬†I have applied for an expedited passport at an ex-orbited amount of $400.00. ¬†The paperwork and time involved in this is more than I had expected. ¬†Again, doing my best to stay positive.

At this point I do not know what direction my life is going until I know if I am going to Abu Dhabi or not. ¬†I know I have to move from my current place of residence either way. ¬†So… do I pack to move out of the country and store my things, or do I pack to move to another apartment?

As I contemplate all of this, the question remains; what is missing in my life? ¬†A new adventure? ¬†A man (the right man) to share my life with? ¬†A different job? ¬† I don’t know. ¬†I am kind of free falling right now, and I just have to trust that God will catch me when my new journey has revealed itself.

All I know is that my journey is going to take a new path. ¬†Change has to happen for growth to take place. ¬†I’m not afraid of change because I know God has my back. ¬†¬†So… I am going to head into the storm ¬†and face what I have to in order to grow.

The story below is a good one and one I take out and read from time to time.  I found it again to today.  I think I was meant to find it:)  Maybe it will speak to you:)

“An old cowboy said he had learned life’s most important lessons from Hereford cows. ¬†All his life he had worked cattle ranches where winter storms took a heavy toll among the herds. ¬†Freezing rains whipped across the prairies. ¬†Howling, bitter winds piled snow into enormous drifts. ¬†Temperatures might drop quickly to below zero degrees. Flying ice cut into the flesh. ¬†In this maelstrom of natures’ violence most cattle would turn their backs to the ice blasts and slowly drift downwind, mile upon mile. ¬†Finally, intercepted by a boundary fence, they would pile up against the barrier and die by the scores.

“But the Herefords acted differently. Cattle of this breed would instinctively head into the windward end of the range. ¬†There they would stand shoulder-to-shoulder facing the storm’s blast, heads down against its onslaught.

“‘You always found the Herefords alive and well, ‘ said the cowboy. ¬†‘I guess it’s the greatest lesson I ever learned on the prairies –just face life’s storms”

Similarly, if we face up to our individual adversities or hardships, they can become a source of blessing.  God will not give us adversities we cannot handle, and he will bless us richly for patiently doing the best we can in the circumstances.

Keep hiking to the top,

Kimberly Rae

 

What I learned on My Summer Vacation…

How clich√© right? ¬†Especially if you’re a teacher. ¬†I would never give my students a prompt like this or any prompt for that matter. ¬† They should write what they are passionate about not what I tell them to write about. ¬†So I’m writing about what I learned this summer, because it is important to me. ¬†We are always learning and growing as we move on in life. ¬†I’m still discovering who I am as we all should.

As a teacher, my 3 month summer vacation is really only 2 months and then when you take away the week of classes, taking down and setting up, I am left with 5 weeks. ¬†I can’t believe school will be starting in a week and a half. ¬†I have been in my classroom almost everyday since I got back from my travels. ¬†The overwhelmingness (OK, not a word) ¬†of it all is starting to hit me as it does every year.

Before I reflect, I want to preface my awareness’ by saying, I have moved on with my life. ¬†But as you know, I keep it real. ¬†And when you’re real, your true feelings and emotions come out. So many of us repress them and hide them from others. ¬†We are still allowed to remember the past even when we are moving toward the future.

I traveled on some familiar ground this summer; ground I shared with the person from my recent past. ¬†I could tell you every place we stepped foot in and on, what we were wearing, what we said; I felt the laughter and the good times we had in all those places. ¬†I miss that part of him; that easy-going, fun, spontaneous, adventurous person that he was. ¬†The way we were always in sync; the depths of our inner souls that we knew and shared with one another. That is a lot to have with someone else; maybe only a one time thing. ¬†But I also realized, when we came back from our travels that he wasn’t always there for me. ¬†I fought for his attention. ¬†He was in his own world; I was just someone to keep him company when he wanted it. ¬†He put me down more than I wanted to see. ¬†But he would encourage me at the same time. ¬†He didn’t know what he wanted; he still doesn’t, he just pretends. ¬†No matter now. ¬†I didn’t feel the hurt in my gut. ¬†What I felt was joy and peace. ¬†I know how far I have come. ¬†I was weak when I was with him. ¬†He left so I could become who I am. ¬†That I thank him for. ¬†I wish him enough.

 

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I know that my career in teaching elementary is almost over. ¬†I came to see how much I want to be in nature, so I can hike, kayak, write and just enjoy all the beauty that God has created. ¬†I find myself gravitating to those places. ¬†The same places he and I talked about settling in. ¬†I learned that I have always been an adventurer. ¬†I looked back on my life and realized I was always looking for that next adventure. ¬†I just wasn’t with the right person at the time; until I met the last person in my life. ¬†I am more like my dad than I thought. ¬†He always told me to live my life; even the night before he passed away he made me promise to keep exploring life. ¬†Well, I certainly have.

I have overcome fears that I had in the past. ¬†I find myself experiencing things I would have never tried before. (Outdoor adventures, that is:)) Because there is no one saying behind my back, “Oh, she won’t do that.” ¬†I can, I will, and I have:) ¬†So there!

I am finally at a place in my life where I like who I am. I don’t need a man to be happy or to define me. ¬†I have male friends and acquaintances that I value and respect. But I haven’t met the man who I’m going to share my life with; not yet. ¬†Notice I said, “I’m going to.” ¬†My thoughts are positive about where I am and where I’m going. I share my happiness in life by smiling everyday, hoping that it catches on to the next person that sees me:)

I learned that I had to lose a few good friends in order to move on with my life.  I cherish those relationships and will look back fondly on the time I had with them.  I let the negative things go and focus on the positive. Life is too short.

So… as the summer comes to an end for this teacher, I wish you all well enough; ¬†enough life and living to sustain you, enough to be happy.

Keep hiking to the top,

 

Kimberly Rae

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The Spirit of Adventure!

I flip-up the old silver latches that are secured tightly on my dark blue trunk.  It holds the special memories I choose to keep from my past.  My journals compile most of the space along with letters from secret admirers, family and friends; a few artifacts thrown in there to commemorate one thing or another; but all have meaning to me and really only me.

I started journeling when I was 10. ¬†My parents had just divorced and other tragedies seemed to follow; so I wrote. ¬†It was how I dealt with life and all that it ¬†brought. ¬†I didn’t really have anyone to talk to at the time. ¬†I was the oldest and was the protector of my siblings; the pen and paper were my therapists.

As I was carefully pulling things out – I came across my adventure book; a list and pictures of all the things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go. ¬†I was already the mountain explorer when I was at my dad’s cabin. ¬†I knew every inch of that wooded floor. ¬†But my mother had other ideas for me. ¬†So… I walked down the runway and posed real pretty, but I knew that wasn’t for me. ¬†My passion was traveling and exploring the unknown. ¬†I wanted to write about my adventures and share them with the world. ¬†Ohhhh… the dreams of a young child, never lack imagination.

As I was reading through the pages, I realized I hadn’t done or gone to any of the places I wrote about. ¬†About the only thing I continued to do was write. ¬†I began to feel sad that it took me so long to have my adventures; age 49 to be exact. ¬†(Thank you F.A.)

But really, if you think about it, isn’t life itself the adventure? ¬†

My adventures today are more like the scripted pages of my book that I wrote as a child. ¬†My life between then and now was just a different kind of adventure –

Have ¬†I climb mountains? ¬†Yes! metaphorically maybe but I’ve done a lot of climbing

Have I felt that rush of excitement as if I were kayaking down a  raging  river?  Yes!  When I had my children; pain and joy all at the same time:)

Have I walked miles and miles, exhausted but feeling good at the same time?  Yes!  When I got my Masters Degree raising two kids on my own.  What an awesome sense of accomplishment:)

So… my life really has been an adventure. ¬†The kind that has prepared me to live out my childhood book; as I travel and explore all over. ¬†A single woman empowered to forge on to wherever the road takes her. ¬†I am her!

All of our experiences in life bring us to where we are today; good or bad. ¬†My choices earlier on didn’t allow me to be who I was. ¬†But God had a plan. ¬†Things don’t always happen on our timeline But they do happen. ¬†I am so grateful that I am able to explore the unknown, meet new people, climb new mountains, and just experience all that life has to offer.

What does your adventure book look like?  Where have you gone?  or better yet, where are you going?

The journey is the reward, isn’t it?

Keep hiking to the top,

Kimberly Rae

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