Journeys End

It’s after 10 p.m. as I write this, and I’m sipping a cup of joe because that’s my idea of living dangerously.

This has been such a happy week, following three of the roughest months. Maybe there is something to the idea that it’s always darkest before the dawn (also a lovely song by Tori Kelly).

What’s all this about—you’ll ask—and what on earth does it have to do with books?

Dear reader, I’ve recovered my zest for life. As I was telling a friend, it’s felt absent for some time, and that absence heightened by recent experiences. It got to such a point where I started to question everything and felt I was just drifting from day to day emptily. After some prayer, timely conversations, and little mercies throughout this week, I feel like I’ve found myself again, with a shred of confidence it’s going to last this time.

Changes are coming… I am writing prose again, or attempting to. I’ve been editing my poems, still hoping to self-publish this year. I have an idea of where to go next with this bookish hobby, which is so dear as having been with me for 12 years now. I see how uplifting the reading community has been for me, and how so much I’ve read has helped lead me to this moment (please excuse a little caffeinated melodrama 😊).

One journey has ended and another one is taking its place.

On that note, here are some moments from my hike today, up at Rainier with my dad and brother. It was so bright I could barely see what I was doing with the camera, and what you can’t see is that said hike was cut short by a bout of altitude sickness. 😩 Still… I got about four hours in and made it back to the car in one piece, so, all’s well that ends well!

Skyline Trail
Reflection Lake
Yours candidly

11 responses to “Journeys End”

  1. What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL location! Well done in recovering your ZEST!! [grin]

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    1. Thanks Cyberkitten! 🙂 I can’t really take credit for it but I will do my best to try *staying* positive now. 😉


  2. I could feel my heart warm in happiness for you as I’d been through something like that!
    Now where is that landscape? It looks like one I would dream myself and would like to visit someday. 🙂

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    1. This is at Paradise, on the south side of Mt Rainier in WA! The snow is just now about melted, so the trails are pretty clear and the wildflowers are blooming. It was quite hot yesterday, somewhere between 80 and 90 F!


  3. Those are gorgeous shots, Marian! I’m glad to hear that the sun’s come out for you again. 😀

    Thanks for sharing that Kelly piece; I hadn’t listened to her before.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, she’s great!


  4. P.S. Glad I saw I’d missed the song as it really spoke to me including the title, thank you. 🙂

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  5. life is up and down:glad you’re feeling more positive… simply gorgeous photos! i hiked that area with my family about 65 years ago and it’s just as beautiful now as it was then… great place to get perspective!

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    1. Yes! It’s so fun to go with family. My brother and I had some good convos along the way. 🙂


  6. Like Mudpuddle said life is filled with highs and lows and sometimes it’s a difficult climb from the low to high. But I have found once I have made that climb ( after much complaints & groans) I appreciate the high so much more. So you are absolutely right….& I am so happy to know that you have found your stride again! Hang in there… got this! Lovely pictures btw….I can’t wait to start hiking again! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Cirtnecce! You’ve been in my thoughts. ❤


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Hi, I’m Marian—sharing a fondness for classics and other books here and on my YouTube channel. I’m a Christian, designer, and avid tea drinker, and my home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest, US.


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