Where is your hearts destination?

Very few places can steal my heart

I have a wandering heart when it comes to places to live, the proof is in the fact that I move every year and for a very long time I have not loved the city I lived in. I was there for location of my job, my family, my commitments.

Over the past couple of years I have begun asking myself what if I find a city and a place I love and I build my life around that.

At 48 years old I know what I want:

Beautiful surroundings  * For me that includes somewhere within 15 minutes I can get to a country road where the land is untouched for miles.    The ultimate place would be overlooking or within walking distance of a body of water.  A river, the ocean or a beautiful lake.

A sense of safety

A sense of community * People looking out for one another , supporting each other, supporting the community they live in.

A slower pace * I am tired of the race to everything, I have been doing it my entire life and while there was a sense of purpose to it when the kids were growing up, there is no purpose left in that life style for me.   I want to savor the little things, the moments, the beauty .         For me this comes with a list of I would rather:

I would rather have a picnic in the park than visit a fancy restaurant

I would rather have a cup of coffee on a friends deck than at a busy coffee shop

I would rather buy my vegetables from a farmers market than a grocery store and support a local artist than buy anything from a chain department store

I would rather listen to a concert by the river on a summer night to some band I have never heard before than go to some event in the city and listen to someone I can hear on the radio

I would rather get stuck driving behind a tractor than sitting on a freeway in rush hour

I would rather sit  overlooking a natural body of water than sit by a pool anywhere

I would rather attend a play put on by a local theatre or college than go to a movie

I am tired of crowds and city’s built around shopping centers, I don’t want to look at a city scape, I want to look at a nature scape.

I found my destination city this weekend it fits my list and exceeds it .

I hope you enjoy my photo tour of the Chippewa Valley / Eau Claire WI area.   It has stolen my heart.

How to spend your Saturday Morning:

How to spend your afternoon:

How to spend your evening:  Great friends,  a beautiful deck , wonderful conversation as the day comes to an end.  

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 In the morning:  Always take the long scenic way back , take the side roads and softly whisper goodbye :

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Morning dew drops
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River flowers
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Peek a boo morning.
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Field Flowers
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A bridge to cross, a church to worship.
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The horizon meets the land
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Where the darkness of the night is broken by the light of they day
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Golden slumbers

I miss the life that moved at the pace of your heart beating instead of the race against the clock.

***Have you ” found your place”, the place that makes your heart happy, the place you call home?   If so, where is it?  Do you live there now, or is there a plan in your future to be there?    Did you choose to be there or end up there by accident.                            Share a picture, share your story, I would love to hear it!


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