have you ever stopped, dead in you tracks and looked around you and said to yourself, "this is my life". The other night, as i stepped out of the shower, trying to quickly dress without freezing my as off, i stepped into the bedroom, the light from the day diminishing, while casting a warm glow across what was visible of the bedroom floor. In one corner was a big brown dog, sleepily rolled onto his back, not a care in the world. Across the room, perched right inside the french door, was the curly haired guy, watching every move made on the other side of the door. On the other side of the glass was the fat cat, taunting him and my husband, diligently putting away his laundry (my husband, that is, not the cat). I sat down on the edge of the bed, cluttered with clean laundry and camera equipment and smiled to myself. This was my life, actually, IS my life. I think too often we are running though our day to day, not stopping long enough to take in what really matters. Sometimes its not our fault, I'll give you that. I often leave the house with the sun raising behind me and leave work with that very same sun, sinking into the trees, behind me again.It's been way too long since I took my camera and just got in the car and drove. This past weekend I had the happy surprise of being able to spend some time with some of my favoritepeople and visit the places in my hometown that usually get neglected by me during the winter. There's something so comforting about being with people that truly get you. People that don't want to rush off to do something else. People who show up early to do one thing, and end up spending the whole day. Easy, non planned days, that just flow. I'm trying as hard as I can this year to slow down, enjoy what is right in front of me, and be grateful for what is mine. I've never been the type to be jealous of what others have, it seems like a waste of energy and time. To be happy with yourself is a step in the right direction, and to do what you can to surround yourself with what makes you happy is really all you need.