Golden Girl

Colours are the smiles of nature – James Henry Leigh Hunt

One of the things I love most about the change from Summer to Fall is the changing of the leaves. Here in Utah, the changes start up on the mountains around late August. By the end of September, the mountains and surrounding canyons are an explosion of red, yellow, and orange.

The vivid colors never cease to not impress me, and I always find myself saying “Oooh!” And “WOW!” like a cliche tourist. But I’m not ashamed to say that these beautiful colors ignite my soul, because they do. We all ought to enjoy the beauty of nature and her canvas of color in Fall.

Mellow Yellow

A popular drive this time of year in Utah is called the Alpine Loop. It’s a 20 mile loop from Sundance to the American Fork Canyon that takes you through gorgeous Aspen trees, views of the Wasatch mountains, and Mt. Timpanogos. I had the opportunity to drive up there three times this past weekend and enjoyed every minute of it!

One of my favorite things in the loop is the groves of Aspen trees. The impressive white trees are just as dreamy in real life as they are in photos. They were definitely my favorites this weekend, and their leaves right now are a gorgeous yellow.

I felt myself very drawn to the yellow leaves more than the red and orange ones. I found it interesting that yellow would be so prominent with me this weekend when it is not a favorite color of mine. I have talked before about colors and their meanings in reference to chakras. The Solar Plexus Chakra is located in your diaphragm and is associated with the color yellow. The meanings associated with this chakra are:

  • Will power
  • Taking Control
  • Independence
  • Identity
  • Making Decisions
  • Confidence

What’s interesting to me about this is that lately I have been making some huge decisions with what I want to do with my life. I have been setting goals and making dreams and taking certain steps recently that will hopefully make them become a reality. It was scary to take these steps, because when isn’t it scary to venture out of your little comfort bubble? But I have felt more free and confident in myself than I have in a long time now that these things have been set into motion. Even though things are a bit chaotic and unknown at this point, I feel settled and peaceful with where life is headed.

That Sunny Warm Feeling

My mom has been visiting me in my dreams every night for almost three weeks now. I go through periods where she doesn’t appear to me at all, and then like now, she will come to me every night. I revel in my time with her in dreams, and I have found myself waking up feeling comforted and given a little boost. I know she has been visiting me because I have been making these big decisions that have been hard to do.

On top of that, being a mom lately has been very hard. Some incidents have come up with my children and I have felt lately that my hold on the reigns of mothering my children has not been the firmest. Specific things have happened that I was in no way prepared for so it threw me off, and have caused a lot of heartache and crying myself to sleep. There have been so many times lately I have ached for my mom, and she knows it, so coming to me in dreams is the only way she can.

Also, the yellow leaves. Yellow was her favorite color, and will always remind me of her. She painted two kitchens in two of her different homes yellow. At her funeral we ordered her casket spray in a beautiful yellow display which was absolutely stunning in the middle of bleak February.

As my husband and our kids hiked around yesterday amongst the aspens with their yellow leaves, my heart felt very full, and my mind was drawn suddenly to my mom. I knew she was communicating to me that she was there and loved me.

Hiking in the crisp mountain air, hearing my children laughing while hand in hand with Jess I felt a sense of calm. Being in nature in general always settles the anxiety storms inside of me, but this weekend I felt like the difficult life choices and work I have put in lately are not for nothing.

Also, this unmistakable warm feeling came over me and helped me to see that I am not failing quite as bad at this mom stuff as I think I am.

Going into this next week, I will try not to doubt myself like I have been. I need to give myself a little more credit than I do. We tend to be our own worst critics am I right? So here’s a word of advice to all of you:

Cut yourself some slack!

I need to take my own advice here too. We are all doing the best we can with the best we have been given in this life. That’s not to say we cannot improve ourselves, of COURSE we can. But when you’re giving it your absolute best, there really is no shame in the outcome.

So, go out there this week and lift your head a little higher. You have so much to offer, and are valuable and can contribute so much. Use that Solar Plexus chakra and think happy, positive thoughts.

Better yet, make them sunny yellow ones.

XoXo,

Heather

The Raw Brunette

Photo by Jeremy Robert Photo

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Wild Wonders Utah

A few weeks ago our family trekked down to Genola Utah to visit Wild Wonders Utah. I had never heard of Genola before but it was a beautiful drive into southern utah county near Goshen. I had heard about this place from my cousin who volunteers there occasionally. It was amazing! They have a great variety of animals that we were able to interact with, which my kids thought was the coolest ever.

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We had a great time and I definitely recommend it! If you’d like to visit them, make a reservation here

One thing I really enjoyed and made our experience so much better was the dedication and love that these people have for each and every animal that they care for. Most of these animals have been rescued or taken from people who thought they could have them as pets. A lot of them will never be able to be returned to the wild because of that.

My most favorite part was petting the foxes! They were so sweet and super soft. My daughter is OBSESSED with foxes so she was in total heaven! I also faced my fears and put that snake around my neck! I was proud of myself for doing it, and it actually felt really cool. Snakes are surprisingly heavy!  Go and check out Wild Wonders Utah! You will not regret it!

Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah

Hare Krishna! We ventured down to Spanish Fork today to visit the Radha Krishna Temple, or Krishna’s Lotus Temple. Jess and I have been here before in 2010 during their amazing Holi Color Festival, which is generally at the end of March. If you have never been to the color festival, GO! It’s amazing and a one of a kind event here in Utah.

I had never been here other than the color festival so I decided to take the littles! It ended up being the perfect weather and there was no one else there! So we explored the grounds and said hi to the llamas and the various birds.

It was a wonderful day! We actually met the Priest of the Temple, Pandit Kanak Das,  and he was very sweet. He also does palm readings! Follow him here.

The temple itself is a beautiful structure that you think would be so out of place to be in southern Utah County. And yet, when you are there, it seems to be in the the perfect place. It’s peaceful, and you can constantly hear birds singing who nest in the tops of the temple, and the peacocks calling one another. It’s magical really! If you’d like information on the temple, visit their site here. They even do yoga classes and there was one in session while we were there. I may just have to come back and attend one 🙂

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Until next time!

xoxo

Heather

The Raw Brunette