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Change, Hope and Winter Light in Australia

As I read this piece today I couldn’t help but smile, amazed for the umpteenth time how the truth I need to hear always comes when I need it most.

It is going to be OK.
Take a deep breath and then another, and just know that everything is going to be just fine.
That big thing you are fearing is so much bigger in your imagination than it is in real life…and it is all going to work out. You know from experience that not everything is easy, or comes easy….but that you have always made it through everything that has come along. You will make it through this too.
Please don’t be afraid of change, dear friend, change has to happen for things to grow…for things to get better…..for things to become what they are meant to become. Change is good. Change is uncomfortable and scary and sometimes seems unnecessary….but change MUST happen for things to progress.
You have a choice in this moment and in the next….and the next and the next and the next. So, if it’s too hard to choose peace in this moment….know that you have the choice to choose it in the next. You get as many chances as you need to choose to feel peace……and, you can do this. You can feel peace even inside of uncertainty.
Just be still, and listen very closely.
It really is going to be ok….and there really is a plan.
You are very very loved.”
Brave Girls Club

It’s going to be OK. We are loved.

I’m so glad.:-)

After a very wild and stormy week the sun and clouds put on a glorious spectacle of light and color this evening.



With such a sky to dazzle us, Luna (my dog) and I had to be outside. It may be the middle of winter in Australia, but this evening it was warm enough to go for a trek in a sundress and wellies. How amazing is that?!

We headed for the bush, down a rocky gully, through waist-high grasses and along a faint track made by tractor tires.

I love how the trees and bushes look like exquisitely detailed etchings against that fantastic sky.

Like this orchid that has taken up residence in the dead tree below.



And this lovely old tree standing stark and tall beside a hardy prickly pear.

The light was so glorious as the clouds ebbed and swelled in great masses of color and form that I kept having to stop and exclaim to Luna how wondrous it all was. Alas, since she can’t actually see over the grass, the view was utterly lost on her. Instead she ran pellmell through the underbrush startling cows and sniffing out kangaroos.

We both had a marvelous time.

As the sun slipped behind the clouds once more, Luna and I headed for home, stopping often along the fence line to look out over the fields and up into that breathtakingly beautiful sky.



It’s so good to be home, to be loved, to take heart once again that no matter how dark things get, there is always hope.

We’re going to be OK.:-)

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  • bellini

    This view is absolutely awe-inspiring Krista. What a planet we live on!

    • Krista

      I’m so glad you think it’s wondrous too, Val! :-) It made me so happy and glad to be alive. :-)

  • LindyLou Mac

    What beautiful skies Krista. Take Care and embrace those changes. xx

    • Krista

      Thank you so much, Linda. :-) I’m feeling much braver today, and that is a lovely feeling. :-)

  • Danielle

    You are loved!

    • Krista


  • Black Fox Homestead

    That was beautiful. I’m going to have to look into that brave girls club.

    • Krista

      I’m so glad you liked it, J. I really love the things they share. :-)

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    Those skies are incredible Krista! Beautiful words strong.

    • Krista

      Thank you so much, Jenny. :-) I’m getting there. :-)

  • thefisherlady

    This is just lovely my friend… I am so glad for the peace that surrounds you! With such beauty!
    so reminds me of the verse, Be still and know that I am God…
    Just be still, and listen very closely.

    It really is going to be ok….and there really is a plan.

    You are very very loved.

    Thanks for sharing all this amazing beauty! Your photos are exquisite!

    • Krista

      Thank you for such understanding and comforting words, Susan. :-) XO

  • El

    peaceful and beautiful.

    • Krista

      Thank you, El. xo

  • katyabroad

    That sky is awe-inspiring and the photos are among your best :) I subscribed to the Brave Girls Club after reading enough of your posts to need their words on a daily basis, and it is just brilliant. I love how they just manage to put words together so wonderfully to give each of us the reassurance we need. It is going to be ok and you are very loved :)

    • Krista

      I’m so glad you get their posts too, Katy. :-) They do so much good for the soul, don’t they? :-)

  • Andi Perullo

    This too shall pass is a saying that has gotten me through some rough times! Beautiful post & pics!!! LOVE your dog’s name!

    • Krista

      I love that saying too, Andi. It gives such hope. :-)

  • Rosa May

    We all need to have hope otherwise life would be unbearable…

    Gorgeous skies!



    • Krista

      You are so right, Rosa. :-)

  • Joanne

    That was a beautiful piece of writing and it made me feel so much calmer just from reading it. Well, your photos helped also!

    • Krista

      I’m so glad to hear that, Joanne. :-) They did my soul much good too!

  • Hila

    What a lovely post, so full of love :) And yes, welcome to the strange beauty that is Australian Winters!

    • Krista

      Thank you so much, Hila. :-) I love your beautiful Australia. :-)

  • Andrea and John

    The light is fantastic!! Makes me want to go for a long walk outside…

    • Krista

      Isn’t it fantastic, Andrea? I couldn’t get enough of it. :-)

  • Stevie

    That’s a really cheering poem. And of course you’re completely right about the wonder of your winter landscape. I’ve been going through a lot of change at my work–and though it isn’t bad–it is unsettling. Several people have retired or resigned and there’s a whole new crop of folks that I don’t know that well. They’re nice and all but unfamiliar. That’s probably the most unsettling part of change for me right now. Thanks for the pep talk.

    • Krista

      That sort of change is very unsettling, Stevie. I hope that some kindred spirits come along with the new crop. :-)

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