Gratitude Lately

It’s been a long time coming. Although my blog got away from me these past 6 or so months, I have still been searching for beauty, for gratitude, for fresh air to breathe deep each and every day. My short time in New Mexico has been the most transformative experience of my life. I am grateful from the hair on my head to the blood in my veins for the opportunity to study myself so that I may be open and present for those I will serve one day.

I’ve missed sharing…

These days I’m grateful for:

Love & Light ✨❤️✨ #hike #newmexico #nofilter #SimplySantaFe #nmoutdoors #nmgrammers

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One foot in front of the other on a sandy, sunny canyon path…

Head in the clouds 🌙 #SantaFe #newmexico #sunset #nmgrammers

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A reminder of precious life on Earth….

Stay warm today, Santa Feans ❄️ #SimplySantaFe #newmexico #winter

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Frosty winter morning designs…

Sunset Splendor #newmexico #sunset #nofilter

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New Mexico sunsets that knock me to the ground…

Warm ⬅️➡️ Cold #desert #winter #newmexico #hittheroad

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Hitting the open road without a plan…

I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart. #love #remember #newmexico #nmoutdoors

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The beautifully imperfect weight of love…

Adobe meets sky #santafe #newmexico #gratitude

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The contrast of earth and sky…

New perspectives of a familiar view…

What are you grateful for?



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These summer days I’m grateful for the little moments of growth, connection and joy. My nails seem to always have dirt under them and my eyes are always searching for beauty.

Here are snippets of the little things that make my life in New Mexico so full of gratitude…

IMG_2162No filter sunsets a stones-throw from our homeIMG_2182Cheery sunflowers 
IMG_2392Saint Francis de MintIMG_2183 Local raw goat milk and goat milk soapIMG_2209 Storm clouds through a sculpture at the community collegeIMG_2216Freshly harvested spinach & chardIMG_2130 My #1 sunset companionIMG_2357 Baby maters in the gardenIMG_2383 Ancient earthen structuresIMG_2123Mini radishes that taste just as goodIMG_2190 My 12-week summer practice for unblocking creativityIMG_2212 Waterfalls in the desert
IMG_2359Summer drawing class IMG_2346Luscious lettuceIMG_2394Homemade two-ingredient pb & b ice creamIMG_2389

Last, but not least, vibrant cacti blooms

Happy Summer to you and yours ❤

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The flora out west is AMAZING. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped to crouch down and take in the intricate details of desert flowers and plants here in Santa Fe. Here’s a snippet of some of the beauty I’ve noticed these days…

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Holy Moly… how did I let 2 months fly by since my last post?!

I guess you could say life got busy and I drifted away from my blog. These days I’ve been digging in the dirt, spending time with friends, and looking to the sky with Ian. Oh yea, and I’m in a new quarter of grad school. Whew!

Here are some things I’m grateful for in this beautiful life…


Cemetery sunsets


Garden planning (I’m hooked!)


Views from above


Taproot Farm fresh eggs


West Virginia skies


Spring blossoms in Santa Fe


Sprouting succulents


Tent Rocks in New Mexico


Weather surprises


Cloud- shadowed mountains


Read books (quarter number 2= check!)


Banjo, the farm dog


Desert scenes


Color spectrums

& for my niece, Josephine, who was born TODAY.

A poem for you, Jo:

kate poem

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These days I’m thankful for…

IMG_1316Local donuts in delicious flavors (toasted coconut, lemon pistachio, lavender blueberry)IMG_1373 Sharing new knowledge IMG_1243Sunshine after snowIMG_1334 Community acupuncture on a sliding scaleIMG_1340 Farmer’s Market bountyIMG_1356Co-workers/ friends who don’t take life too seriouslyIMG_1345

SPICY Chimayo Red Powdered Chile

IMG_1370This man.

Oil painting with a palette knife (layers on layers!)IMG_1371A 5-minute walk to sunset views

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These days I’m thankful for…IMG_1106A fresh coat of paint on my dear little dresserIMG_1083New Year’s Eve sunset glow through my front door windowIMG_1099A new collection of inspirational books to help me with PRACTICE

IMG_1076Chunks of oil paint on canvas that take forever to air dryIMG_1070Learning new skills (i.e. how to process dried cayenne peppers)IMG_1065Afternoon lightIMG_1142Baby pictures & new calendarsIMG_1058 Snow puffs against adobe wallsIMG_1138A 30th birthday soak in local mineral hot springs
IMG_1129White skies, quiet mornings IMG_1139Breakfast burritos smothered in red & green chile (too delicious to capture in focus)

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These days I’m grateful for…

IMG_0967A cozy casita with a gingerbread roof


Desert appropriate lawn decorIMG_0937 (1)Hot tea & lessons with Ken Burns
IMG_0958Juniper branches in the snowIMG_0923Sunny winter days & a shared bike (with an adjustable seat)IMG_0996Crazy oil underpaintingsIMG_0970 Evening lightIMG_0971A five-minute walk to spectacular viewsIMG_0995Sweet treats, just because

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These days I’m grateful for…


Refreshing cold-pressed juice, perks of my job


A trustworthy public bus system that gives me time to wait with a book


Afternoon hikes with my best friendIMG_0805

Local piñon coffee & mugs from near and far


Morning strolls along the Santa Fe River Trail


Big birds black as coalIMG_0765Homemade bread & fuzzy slippers

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It’s hard not to find things I am thankful for in this pretty little town. My time so far in Santa Fe has been full of magical timing and many blessings. This post is tribute to some of the little things.

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Archways that make me pause and wonder


Aspen vistas that warm me up from head to toe


Library finds that make my heart sing


Welcoming doors into my school


Psychedelic sunsets that drop me to my knees


Bright colored leaves & snow-capped mountains


Knucklehead sparrows who gorge themselves from our feeder

IMG_0758Afternoon light that beams into my cozy home