A Life Less Structured

For the second time in my life, I have taken the plunge and quit my day job. Something inside me was screaming that I am not meant to sit for eight hours straight per day. Sunlight and movement and open space were things that my soul was craving. Days free from clocks, structure, screens and boxes. 

The last time I quit my day job, a couple of side projects that I had been working on for years suddenly took off at just that moment. I had more time to focus on my art, and discovered that people actually wanted to buy it. I took a scary risk, and it somehow worked out... and here I am again, swimming upstream against the tide of "supposed to."

I'm usually quite the planner, but sometimes I decide to just wing it instead. This is one of those times. 

Here is some of what I've been soaking in lately.

Looking out over the Buffao Bill Reservoir and the Absaroka Mountains at Buffalo Bill State Park in Cody, Wyoming.

Looking out over the Buffao Bill Reservoir and the Absaroka Mountains at Buffalo Bill State Park in Cody, Wyoming.

Morning light on summer wildflowers on the hike up to Elk Mountain in the Wyoming Range - one of my new favorites.

Morning light on summer wildflowers on the hike up to Elk Mountain in the Wyoming Range - one of my new favorites.

Waking up to see the sunrise on Jackson Lake after a night of camping in Grand Teton National Park.

Waking up to see the sunrise on Jackson Lake after a night of camping in Grand Teton National Park.

Watching the thunderclouds roll in as the sun shines moody light on the steamy Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Watching the thunderclouds roll in as the sun shines moody light on the steamy Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Lingering in this field of happiness in Grand Teton National Park.

Lingering in this field of happiness in Grand Teton National Park.

The view of the "Idaho side" of the Tetons framed by wildflowers on the hike up to Peaked Peak at Grand Targhee.

The view of the "Idaho side" of the Tetons framed by wildflowers on the hike up to Peaked Peak at Grand Targhee.

Enjoying lunch after a hike up to Delta Lake in Grand Teton National Park, the moment before a cold wind and a hailstorm drove everyone else away (while I put on my rain suit and backpack cover and waited a short time for it to blow over).

Enjoying lunch after a hike up to Delta Lake in Grand Teton National Park, the moment before a cold wind and a hailstorm drove everyone else away (while I put on my rain suit and backpack cover and waited a short time for it to blow over).

Hiking through fields of tall, trail-obscuring Nettle-leaf Horsemint, Lupine and Sticky Geranium on the long, strenuous route up to Liar's Pass in the Big Hole Mountains of eastern Idaho.

Hiking through fields of tall, trail-obscuring Nettle-leaf Horsemint, Lupine and Sticky Geranium on the long, strenuous route up to Liar's Pass in the Big Hole Mountains of eastern Idaho.

Getting lost in lupine.

Getting lost in lupine.