Whew, I sure did take a break didn’t I!?  No worries, I have lots of fun things to tell you about…but I’ll start with Thursday and Friday…Two biggies for me!

So, remember how I told you think Wild Things and Swanky Clubs for my next post?  Well that’s what Thursday was all about!

I’ll start with the wild things I got to have my PB and Banana Lunch with:


What is that in the background you ask?!




How gorgeous are they?!  They are absolutely beautiful and SO HEALTHY LOOKING!  I mean, they’ve got all that awesome greenery to munch on!!!  The herd there is just a small portion of the total that are out there, but sadly their population has diminished greatly due to habitat excavation…


And not only did I get to do some awesome bird observations at this pretty peak, but I also had a beautiful birdy friend visit me!


Can you find him?  I know I did!


Those binos always come in handy…along with my ears.  I hear more birds than I see so some studying is needed to identify the birds in the mountains versus the desert.

Anyways, have you had enough pictures yet?  I’m sure you’ve seen enough pictures but I have just one more for you, that comes with a story…

[[Side Note: Inspiration

So Wednesday morning I had construction training at the wind energy office for the project I’m working on. I got there a bit early and an older gentleman was there too, who started chatting with me about what I do for the company and so on and so forth (it was basically a class full of men who work with cranes and cement, etc.).  Anyhow, we chatted for a bit, I told him about the job I had and the ones I’d done in Florida and Texas.  It was friendly and what not, and I thought that was the end of of it.

During a break he started talking to me again and asked me a question: Would I come and have dinner with him, his wife and twin grand daughters to talk to them about what I did and have done, and to let them see that the sky is the limit for them like it has been for me.

Now let me tell you, I was in utter shock because well, first off this person I have known for like, 15 minutes is asking me to come to dinner.  And then, he wants me to talk to his grandaughters, to “inspire them” and let them know they can do anything they want in life (no matter how dangerous…hehehe).  After I accepted the offer and the idea settled in, anxiety hitWas I going to live up to what he thinks I am for his grandaughters?  Will I fail in explaining what I do and how I’ve lived my life?  Will I not be enough?

I talked to my counselor about this, feeling the anxiety after realizing the offer I had accepted, and she said that this just justifies what she has been telling me all along: I am a smart, independent woman; I have been to so many places and done so many things that many women my age have never done and probably never will.

This helped reassure me for the dinner I was going to have Thursday night up in the Mountain Valley at the Country Club. Ohhhh…

Isn’t it pretty there?  The area is all about environmental conservation, and of course absolutely gorgeous, so I couldn’t not like it!

Anyhow, I arrived on time with pictures in hands and stories to tell and enjoyed the dinner. The girls were so excited to meet me, hear my stories, tell me theirs, and look at my pictures.  It was very relaxing and nice, not overwhelming and stressful like I told myself it was going to be. I mean, I love talking about my jobs and what I do because I have such a passion for it and want people to know that there are young and older people out there doing the physical things, and not just sitting in an office writing papers of what people can be doing in the environment (though those people are huge in the conservation/preservation realm too!)

So, all in all, it reassured me and has helped with providing me with the optimism I need in my life.  It was such a relief after it was all done but great to know that I can inspire others, especially younger girls, in that you can do anything in your life, you just have to find the right door, open it, and start the party!!!

Whew! It was a long day having started work so early and finishing dinner so late so I didn’t head some for the weekend until the next morning when I would have my annual appointment I’ve been stressing out over the past few weeks…but we’ll leave this for the next post!  This one was already too long!

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12 Responses to Inspiration

  1. theemptynutjar says:

    u r amazing.

  2. Sara says:

    That is so awesome, I'm really happy for you. It's amazing how things like that happen at just the right time :)

  3. runsarah says:

    Melissa, that is SO awesome! I am so glad it went well and I agree with your therapist, it just goes to show what a strong, independent woman you are.

  4. Andrea of Care to Eat says:

    You inspire me every day! I'm glad the dinner turned out so well for you :)

  5. proudpatriot07 says:

    That's pretty awesome that the man in training asked you to talk to the girls like that :). What you do is really awesome and inspiring.

    Amy Lauren

  6. runwritetherapylife says:

    Thanks for the book rec and the sweet comment Melissa. :) I actually remember you doing a post about swimsuit anxiety a year or so ago (???) and thought you handled it with so much confidence and poise!

    I am SO glad you went to the dinner and helped inspire those girls. It sounds like it was a good experience for both parties! And the mountains and mustangs=beautiful. Sometimes I hate NYC…

    Anyways, have a most excellent week! :)

  7. Ashley says:

    Amazing pictures!!! Especially the wild mustangs!

  8. ktbwood says:

    Honey- you are MORE than enough. seriously.. you are SO freaking strong and such a great role model.. OWN IT!! You have so much to do on this earth girl!! and dont worry- you wouldnt have that much to do if God didnt KNOW you were the girl to do it! so have faith in that!
    i love you!! YOU ARE AWESOME

  9. Maya says:

    First of all, beautiful pictures! I can't believe that was your view at dinner. That is a huge compliment to you and I'm glad you came to fully appreciate it. I've taken a kind of non traditional path as well post high school and pre college and I definitely think I forget what unique opportunities I've had (not to toot my own horn or anything, but I guess we all have to sometimes!) It's nice to step back and see your accomplishments through the eyes of someone else.

  10. Gabriela says:

    That is such an amazing compliment that he wanted you to come talk to his granddaughters! I think you underestimate how amazing you really are…the things you've accomplished are so interesting and unusual, and you seem to have no problem pushing your comfort zones at work!!

  11. Krista says:

    WOW! What better compliment could you get than that? I'm SO glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself. I bet those twins will remember you for a long, long time! YOU ROCK, Melissa!

  12. Stacey says:

    I am always in awe of what you do each day. It's probably hard to see because it's your life, but you are very inspiring. I wish that I had your courage:)

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