Lessons I wish I learned earlier in life without having to go through a storm. I thought I was not going to come out of that period in my life when I was having anxiety attacks. It was a very dark time, all I saw was a stormy cloudy day ahead of me, not knowing when it was going to hit, or how long it was going to last. But as hard as it was I can say that those years taught me many things: – Enjoy every second of the day -No matter what comes up, turn it into something good, see the positive side of the situation – Worrying doesn’t help, it makes things worse – Do at least one good deed, act of kindness a day, it is a great feeling -Listen to music, it will lift your spirit -Enjoy nature, look around you and find beauty – Take at least 5 minutes a day to be by yourself and just be -When you feel unfortunate, list the things that you already have, like electricity, a warm bath, etc., it will make you feel thankful – Don’t worry about what people say or think about you, you’ll never please everybody – If someone hurts you with their words or shows no concern, avoid that person, don’t make yourself a target -Don’t let hurtful words stay with you, they are not worth your time – Laugh, it’s the best medicine – Don’t let one person or one event ruin your day – Speak out, defend yourself, don’t keep quiet – Surround yourself with people that love you, that inspires you, with people you love, positive people, people that care and make you feel good. We all go through storms during our life, but there’s always sunshine after the storm. And one day you will look at the sunset and admire its beauty and you will feel peace and joy; you will no longer see the sunset as the start of a dark night.

It all begins…. This is one of the first pictures I took. My 6 year old daughter and I were leaving YMCA, she looked at me and said: “look mama, take a picture”. She had already noticed how I started taking pictures of the sky a few weeks earlier. What she didn’t know was the reason why I started noticing the sky and nature around me. I was having anxiety issues, I had a bad episode that took me to the ER thinking that I was having a heart attack. After going to my doctor and talking to friends I started going for walks in the afternoon, then started to notice the sky and spent time outside looking at the sunset. That brought me the peace I needed, and I looked forward for that moment each day to just sit there looking at the sky and capturing a beautiful picture. I’m not saying that I was cured instantly, but this was a big part of healing. Now taking photographs of the sky, sunsets, sunrise, etc. has become a passion of mine. I have learned that no matter how rough the road is, we should take a minute every day to look and enjoy the beauty around us…. there’s magic everywhere! www.etsy.com/shop/walkingskygallery www.facebook.com/walkingskygallery