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Friday, February 6, 2015

Stop, Breathe- Scenery From Serra Cross, Grant Park, San Buenaventura

Serra Cross, Grant Park, San Buenaventura, Southern California
Momma Told Me: Stop. Breathe.

You may have noticed some changes around here lately *points around,* in particular to the blog's face. The redesign I started last year was finally installed by an amazingly patient, and 'on top of it' blogger who offers web design services. (Email me and I will be glad to refer her.) It's a long story but I paid a designer to overhaul my blog last September and ended up having to do all the layout and graphics myself. When the new year rolled around I knew it was time I cut my losses and I inherited some very rough coding of the child that was my new web-face. All's well that ends well, though, what do you think of the new design?
Serra Cross, Grant Park, San Buenaventura, Southern California
I'm a bit in awe that we are screaming towards February in a new year and I have so much ahead of me to accomplish, but so many wonderful things 'in the works' I can't wait to share. You'll have to stay tuned for the later, as I promise next week will be chocked full of great goodies for you, and Blog POP!'s Spring Fling is just around the corner March 26-29th! Mostly I can't wait to share some colorful recipes like my Circus Animal Cookie Truffles (adorable AND delicious) or my grilled cheese round-up, but there's also some valuable content like out inside peek at #SoFabUOTR Los Angles, and simple tips to maintain a healthy immune system. Make sure you're subscribed to our Mad Mimi newsletter feed (points up top) so you don't miss anything!
Serra Cross, Grant Park, San Buenaventura, Southern California
But I'm mainly typing this post today because, while keeping it real is something I pride myself on, here at Momma Told Me, its nice to just 'blog' without a particular purpose from time to time. I've noticed many of my friends, family, and fellow bloggers have become caught up in the tasks of the new year and are a bit frazzled and overwhelmed. We have a spot locally that's sort of a make-out point for young lovers, but also a very important historical and scenic lookout- The Serra Cross at Grant Park, Ventura, CA. This SoCal spot is stunning no matter the time of day or season, with a 360 degree view of the Southern California beach-side city below. The Cross itself was a marker planted by Father Junipero Serra upon the foundation of California's 9th mission, but remains the city's most prominent landmark to this day.
Serra Cross, Grant Park, San Buenaventura, Southern California
I post these photos not for a religious tie-in; in fact, whether you follow a faith or not, the natural beauty of the lookout, coupled by the hundreds of people who flock to this point daily is enough to inspire the soul. Every day, so far, this year I have stopped what I'm doing to send a simple message, perhaps an inspiring photo, maybe an email telling those around me to take a breath. Life moves all too fast, and it's easy to get caught in the deadlines, the social statuses, the news, and the grind of simply living. So, today, stop and take a moment to just live- no other task, no goal, just be in that moment, and breathe. :)

What Daughter Says: I can't argue with this advice, it's a gem I use often.

6 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos! Your momma gave good advice and some that I often forget. In the hustle and bustle of things it often feels hard to take a few moments but I know I always feel calmer once I do!

    I love the site design btw and sorry it took so long :(

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  2. I love the new look - it's just lovely. The only thing I will offer is that for those of us that don't see well your font is a little bit tiny. But I am old with bad eyes.

    I love scenic spots like that - I kind of use my deck and gaze upon the river to just pause and go aaaaaah. It seems things come in spurts and then nothing, then spurts. Crazy, isn't it?

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  3. These are gorgeous photos. I agree with you that life moves too fast and that it is easy to get caught in the deadlines. It's important to take time to relax and enjoy the beauty around you.

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  4. I've always wanted to visit California to see things exactly like this That is a beautiful view!

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  5. What beautiful scenery. Looks like a really amazing place to relax!

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  6. That is some gorgeous scenery. I like what you have done with the blog, the new look is great!

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