Week In-stagram Review Winter in South Dakota

January 2, 2015 11 Comments »

Happy 2015!  My first Week Instagram Review of the year is pretty subdued as I have been enjoying a slower pace in South Dakota over the holidays.  We spent New Year’s Eve playing cards, eating a crock pot meal, and watching television.  The slowest New Year’s Eve I spent in a long time.  I won’t lie – it made me really antsy. I’m someone who loves to party, and even though I’ve slowed down with my partying days, I still love to be social.  But I tried to remember something that my friend Dan told me, “You need to appreciate this time with your parents now, because it’s limited.”  Thanks Dan.

It’s really nice to slow down – really nice.  As much as it pains me to actually sit still for a bit, it’s something that I have to do in order to actually get work done.  I’ve been putting off little (and big) projects for months now and now is the time to start them.  I’m visiting my parents and as much as it’s wonderful to see them, South Dakota is not an easy place to be in the winter.  However, there are very few distractions here on their farm in the middle of the winter.  The wind howls across the prairie and most mornings I wake up and it’s below zero – it’s good motivation  to keep me focused on my work rather than daydreaming about being outside.

However I have had a few moments where I had cabin fever and I bundled up every part of my body, put on my boots, grabbed my camera, and went out on my parent’s property to get some photos.  I have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets in South Dakota – it is a state with wide open space, long shadows, golden glows that light up a sky that never seems to end.   It even warmed up enough for me to go running outside on the 1st of January – helping me fulfill one of my ‘goals’ for the year.

I’ll enjoy these slow moments becuase soon I’ll be on the move again – heading to Denver for a few days to see friends and then to NYC before I start my first big travel project of 2015…which you’ll be hearing a lot about shortly.  Until then – enjoy my present moment – winter in South Dakota, in all of it’s freezing cold glory.

Want to know another one of my goals this 2015? To have more people follow me on Instagram!  So if you don’t then why the hell not?!


Sunset south dakota snow

Sunset in cold snowy #southdakota . Taken in my parent’s field while I could barely feel my fingers! #HifromSD

tree shadow

Tree shadows in #southdakota

lokai bracelet

I received a Lokai bracelet for Christmas. The white bead has water from Mt. Everest inside because sometimes you are on top of the world, and the black bead has mud from the Dead Sea inside it because sometimes you’ve hit a low. The bracelet is to remind you to stay humble and stay hopeful and find your balance. http://mylokai.com/shop/lokai-bracelet-clear.html

Dusk South Dakota

Dusk captured at the farm between the stark branches. #HifromSD

winter Clothesline

For as long as I can remember my parents having been hanging clothes on the line even when it’s -5F out. It’s kind of like freeze drying I guess.

south dakota farm

Woke up and it’s -4 F here in South Dakota. The sun doesn’t stand a chance today.

winter running

First run of the year. Start it off right!

What is Week In-Stagram Review?

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.


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