Nature’s Perspective

9 Jan

It just felt like the right place to start something, to catapult the new year. Not a huge dynamic turn of events, but a small shift that helped steer things in a new direction for positive change.

The Great Outdoors brings on a surge of rejuvenation and hope and so I thought climbing the tippiest of the top would be an inspiring goal for our little family. We are usually beach people and head to the warm sand and big waves with our boogie boards. We love how the ocean makes us new again.

But we tried something a little different this time.

We explored a different part of nature. It’s nothing we haven’t done before, we’ve been hiking. It’s just a new mountain and a new path.


I thought it would be best to tackle something with a beautiful view and we could still see the ocean if the air was clear enough. It wasn’t the most excruciating uphill battle but it wasn’t easy either. Still a challenge for my little ones, but they were up for it. I was proud that they made it to the top. Not many kids enjoy climbing long windy roads, but they felt like reaching their goal was an important way to start 2019. They pushed themselves and raced the last 20 yards.

The view put things in perspective … there’s always something out there bigger than yourself, and it’s calming when you’re that far away. You see the beautiful that you can’t focus on when you’re up close.


I’m not an avid hiker, but I enjoyed this adventure. Being out there and knowing we were starting the new year together felt good. Something to think about and smile when they got older … remember the time we hiked to the sign with mom? I’d like to think they’d call each other when they’re older and talk about it. It was easy hanging out with them. No pressure. No rushing. No arguing. Just hanging out, admiring the view, and appreciating the company.  The calm in-between conversations was a reassuring silence.

Everyone was out there that day, from big group of tourists, to a few friends, to couples, and dog lovers. We all had the same idea for this new 2019 beginning. Perspective from the tippy top to help our own state of mind. Nature is powerful in that way.

6 Responses to “Nature’s Perspective”

  1. ksbeth January 10, 2019 at 2:47 AM #

    i think it’s a great perspective –

    • The Guat January 10, 2019 at 7:27 AM #

      Thanks! It was a good day.

  2. Sorryless January 10, 2019 at 4:43 AM #


    Brilliant girl. I have to say, I’ve never seen the Hollywood sign from that vantage point! What a beautiful vista, and to do it with such great company is winning squared.

    To hikes, great company and the peace it brings.

    • The Guat January 10, 2019 at 7:33 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude I don’t know what was going on with the pictures. The weird thing was I typed it out right on the screen. But when I tried to add captions it wouldn’t let me … I tried three times. It didn’t work and I hit publish. Has that ever happened to you? Thanks for catching it buddy!!

      I’m glad it didn’t stop you from reading though 🙂 things like that make people walk away in a jiffy. I’m glad you were able to read it and check out the sights. It was a pretty awesome view and moment of Zen. A good way to start the year 🙂 Buen Camino my friend!

      • Sorryless January 10, 2019 at 4:20 PM #

        I’ve had all sorts of gremlins mess with my stuff. I’ve lost entire posts that I never found. Ugh!

        Stop me from reading you? No way Josie! Not this people . . . and not when it comes to one of my fave bloggers. 🙂

        Great piece of writing and beautiful shots Cali!

  3. susielindau January 10, 2019 at 8:38 AM #

    Behind the Hollywood sign! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Guat!

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