“Every great dream beings with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”.  – Harriet Tubman

As a new year awakens, a fresh set of new goals and dreams have bloomed. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions yet I am a dreamer. After two weeks of holidays and having a life of no routine, tomorrow is a fresh, clean slate of a new year. There are many unknowns and the path is unclear. What will 2015 bring?

Minnehaha Creek Minneapolis MN

Reflection on the creek.

I took a walk around my beloved urban lake yesterday before the plunge of bitter, arctic cold and thought about the word “new”. With my new 1Phone 6 in hand, I walked an hour around the lake and snapped photos, amazed by how much better the camera is on my new phone compared to my old iPhone 4. The photos were clearer, crisper and vivid. I found subjects that ordinarily would be boring especially given the colorless, barrenness of winter. Yet somehow they turned out beautiful and symbolic in their own right.

Minnehaha Creek Minneapolis MN

Frozen bubbles upon the water.

 “And now let us welcome the new year- full of things that have never been”.  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Minnehaha Creek Minneapolis MNSometimes I find the new year difficult. I am running, running, running at full speed ahead until the end of the year and then after all the festivities, holidays, and time with family, I am alone. My husband goes back to work and the kids return to school. It is dark and cold. The slate is empty.

That is when I remind myself that life is a journey and there are many paths to take. What will my path be like in 2015? It is for me to decide.

“Just where you are – that’s the place to start”. – Pema Chodron

Lake Harriet Minneapolis Minnesota

Footprints across the lake

I remember my dreams. They are there, ever so present, within my heart and will carry me through the cold days of winter and inspire me.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The beauty of simple things. To enjoy them is to live.

The beauty of simple things. To enjoy them is to live.

I remember that I am never truly alone. I am stronger than I think. And a new year, is a wonderful thing. Embrace the newness of the year. Embrace winter. Embrace life.

“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer”. – Albert Camus

A lone leaf remains on a barren tree.

A lone leaf remains on a barren tree.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: New. As we plunge into below zero degree temperatures here in Minnesota, and we are stuck inside the house, I will remember these quotes and inspire myself by believing in an eternal spring.




    • It sure has gotten cold here today! I woke up and it was -11! Looks like a cold week ahead so will try to get out of the house despite it all! 🙂

    • Thanks LuAnn! Got to keep going as the temp drops. It is 11 below zero!!! Brrrrr….!!!! Wishing I was somewhere warmer but at least the yoga studio is always cozy and warm! 🙂 How is California?

    • Thanks Angeline! I LOVE the new phone. I actually was able to trade my four-year-old iPhone in at Apple and get the upgrade for under $100 making it not too painful. It is speedy fast and the camera is amazing. 🙂

    • Yes, it is very chilly now. This week will hardly get above zero. I really don’t like it when it gets this cold but I think I may put on my snow pants, long johns, and bundle up tomorrow to go for another walk. I have to be outside. The bubbles were on the creek near the edge where it was just starting to freeze. It amazes me that this little creek stays unfrozen and ducks swim in it despite how frigid it is. It may freeze soon but hasn’t yet! Crazy!

    • Thank you! I saw it and I loved how the leaf remained still within the frozen ice. I thought the leaf would have been all shriveled up by now but it wasn’t! 🙂

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    • It wasn’t too bad that day Amy but now it is FREEZING! Our first real taste of winter as the temp drops below zero all week. I keep reminding myself….hang in there like that leaf hanging in the photo. I love winter but I don’t like it when it is insanely cold. I’m hoping it warms up by this weekend for our skiing! 🙂

  2. Such eloquent and beautiful words Nicole matched with your creative captures. Wishing you all the very best in 2015 wherever your road leads.

  3. “Embrace life”…What a wonderful quote from you with which to start the year Nicole. I look forward to continuing to be inspired by Thirdeyemom in 2015. Your iPhone photos are so impressive. I still have my 4S and am ready for an upgrade; after seeing your pics maybe I will 🙂

    • Thanks Andrew! I was having a rough day yesterday as it has gotten really bitterly cold here so I had to write that post to remind me to keep my spirits up and embrace life. I do my best to be positive and I have a lot of energy. But every now and then, I have a taste of grumpiness. AS for the new iPhone 6, I was able to trade in my old 4 and get the new 6 for under $100. It was very worth it because it is much faster and the camera is fantastic. I use my phone a lot so I am very pleased! 🙂

  4. Beautiful thoughts and images. And it is so true that we all have it in us to change the world in so many ways, we just need to believe it!

    • Thank you! Yes, believing in yourself is the most important thing you can do. Today at yoga I felt the instructor was talking to me! She was saying how it is up to our thoughts and our beliefs to get us where we want to be. So true! WE just need to believe we can do it! 🙂

  5. Your inspirational words were just what I needed today. Especially the phrase ‘I remember that I am never truly alone. I am stronger than I think’. And of course, the pictures were an uplifting treat for my eyes! Amazing that you took those with an iPhone 6! Nice.

  6. Great quotes and some wonderfully crisp photos, Nicole. Have you any further projects or travels planned? It’s easy to feel despondent in January but you seem to do a great job of keeping the ball rolling. Hope the coming year is a great one for you 🙂

    • Thanks Jo! Not right now. I’m staying put for a little bit. January is always hard in MN. It is the coldest month and just after all the excitement of the holidays and seeing all our family. But things always tend to perk up! 🙂

  7. Your new phone really does take incredible photos, Nicole. I hope the bitter cold weather doesn’t last too long. Keep on dreaming. I’m sure your year will unfold with lots of wonderful experiences. 😉

  8. A lovely post Nicole – I’m working hard to convince myself to go with an iphone 6 – I too have a 4 and it’s becoming an antique! And the camera is a real dog, as you know. Loved your quotes along with the beautiful photos. Happy New YEar to you.

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