Dog Walks. Dog Talks. - Reflecting

12:52 PM

I love taking walks with my dog. They're relaxing and they really get me thinking.

Mostly I think about how beautiful life is. Then my mind wanders to the people in my life and God and just...everything. For a brief moment I'm distracted by my dog barking her head off at some biker, and then I'm back to my peaceful thoughts.

I always take pictures of this small forest behind a school near my house. I secretly think it's enchanted and I hope one day I walk in and am transported to a magical world. It's so lush and green in the springtime. I'm sure God meant to make the world a magical place, I just didn't expect to find it so close to my own home, in the middle of U.S. suburbia. I've never been so thankful for the sun, the colors, the air, and the place that I live and have grown up in {home}.

Next week I'll be leaving to go live with my grandparents for two months in their tiny up-north town. I'm really excited, but very scared. I'll be working at two local shops, a bookstore and one that sells cherry products. It's going to be an adventure in not only a physical way, but also a mental way. My home can get a bit hectic, so taking a break will be nice and it'll give me time to figure some things out. Home is beautiful, but up north is more beautiful and I cannot be more grateful for the chance to getaway up there.

This picture was inspired by those hot Tumblr couples who post photos with their hands held, one behind the camera and one looking off into the distance at some gorgeous city. I did my own version but with my dog, Ellie. 

I cannot think of a life without a dog, any life without dogs. She's an amazing companion, loyal to the point of warding off intruders on our walk, always staying by my side. She's getting older and I can't help but think about the days when she won't be here anymore; those are sad days to imagine. I also can't help but think about my future own dog one day. I'll probably get a Labrador. 

Life is beautiful and it never stops being beautiful. That's also the thing: life never stops. Sometimes we need to slow it down a little bit ourselves, and that's what I like to do on these walks. 

How do you like to slow things down? 

I hope your days are lovely,

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  1. Oh wow the scenery is gorgeous I love all the trees

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Love the sandals and it is so lovely to get outdoors and take in some fresh air

  3. beautiful forest :) good place for photo shoot :)

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  4. Beautiful post! I love all the photos and your thoughts. I also love taking walks (and snapping photos too!) to relax and slow things down. Looking forward to your posts up at your grandparent's place! :)

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  5. Wow! The pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I've always wanted to live in a place that is surrounded by a lot of woodsy/foresty green areas. I can only imagine what it feels like to walk through their <3 I can't wait to hear all about your time at your grandparents :D I think it'll be a really nice get away to clear your mind and just enjoy your time :)


  6. Lovely photos !! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I wish i had a dog to go on walks with =]

  8. yes i agree i am not only a total dog lover but just an all around animal lover in general haha! it also looks like you had an amazing walk, i truly cherish moments like these when i get the chance to take them. God and nature and creation are so beautiful and there is so much to explore and see. hope you have a really great and refreshing time at your grandparents love. x

  9. Such beautiful photos!! Love your follow me picture with your dog!!

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  10. Gorgeous post and glad you are seeing such positivity, I hope you have a great time with your grandparents it seems really full on! I would love a dog for company they are so beautiful xx

  11. hi lovely, beautiful post! growing up I had like 3 dogs and they were a very important part of my childhood! awww! I miss them.
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  12. Hahaha yes, that last photo + caption. I don't have anyone to hold my hand so I'd have to do it the same way. Very nice post to read :)

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  13. Such a lovely view! I would LOVE to take a walk there xx

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  14. I love letting my mind wonder as well and enjoy your break. xx

  15. What a lovely reflection, Brooke. Your home sounds absolutely splendid, but it's amazing that you're embracing a place that isn't home too! Working in a bookstore; that sounds so great! The forest looks, amazing, too, and I'm sure that God made it so close to you for a purpose. And dogs. I'm more of a cat person, really, but dogs are wonderful creatures, too. I don't think I'll ever be able to imagine my life without my furry friend. Also, I promise you, your picture with Ellie beats all those Tumblr photos.

    Have a lovely lovely month, Brooke, and I'll be looking forward to all your posts from up north! <3

    May x • THE MAYDEN

  16. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. I love walking my little pooch also. I totally agree, I couldn't imagine my life without him in it! xx

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  17. What a lovely post, it serves as a great reminder of how peaceful and tranquil life can be if we take a moment to appreciate it. I love that you take photos on the walks with your dog, that's really sweet :) I hope you have a fantastic couple of months with your grandparents and good luck with your new jobs there!!

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  19. such a beautiful post <3 I LOVE dog walks too! xx

  20. You're so good for taking your dog on walks, I'm so lazy! I've been meaning to take her for a walk since moving to the new neighbourhood, perhaps I should, it would warm me up at least! I hope you have a great time with your grandparents, just think of all the possibilities and enjoy your relaxing time there. I'm not sure how I like to slow down, I guess my way is just having a weekend off and just stay home watching movies with my husband. :) x

  21. i totally agree.. since i don't have a dog to walk, i tend to go biking on my alone time! takes my mind off things and helps me to "slow down" and refresh!

    Have a nice day!
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  22. I really need to take my camera with me next time I go for a run through my trail. I love how shaded it is & I love watching people walk their dogs through the fresh greenery.

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  23. Oh my I fall in love with your blog with every new post. That last picture about tumblr had me laughing hahaha


  24. Love how you did the Tumblr shot with your dog ha! I love slowing down and admiring/thinking while walking around my neighborhood looking at all the old city houses. So relaxing to me.

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  25. Amaying post dear!

  26. This was such an uplifting post. Sometimes I forget to just take a minute and look around at how much I already have and how gorgeous our world is. It's so easy to get caught up in always wanting more our of life. Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. your dog is adorable! xx

  27. What a beautifully written post and it felt like I'm listening to an old friend talking about her life. Have fun at your grandparents' place, sometimes a little change and getaway from your norms would do you good. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  28. Amazing post dear!

  29. Everytime I finish reading your post, I always feel better. I also feel the exact same about my dog too! As for slowing things down a bit, I tend to put my phone on airplane mode, get away from technology and just spending time alone, with family or friends. :)

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  30. haha I love your writing Brooke! It's so fun :)
    I definitely try and aspire myself with that "inspirational-looking couple" too :P I love how scenic it all is!
    Can't wait to see more of your posts and hope you have a fun weekend with the godparents!

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    Hope you're having a beautiful day! xx

  31. what a beautiful place to walk around! I like your sandals!

  32. It definitely looks enchanted! Great photography too!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose’s Rooftop

  33. Loved the twist you did on those "hot Tumblr couples who post photos with their hands held, one behind the camera and one looking off into the distance at some gorgeous city" photos, hahaha! Anyway, isn't it amazing how one simple activity can make you think??? :)

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  34. Loving the sandals.. and amazing place to reflect, no doubt. Nice pictures and awesome place...bit jealous ;)

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  35. What a lovely place! I've moved out and I don't have my dogs with me anymore :( But my beagle and jack russell, I loved spending time with them!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  36. Nice pics :)


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