A Day at the Lake- How it all began
Spring Fed: Life Lived with Unusual Adventure and Grace
As a little girl I developed a wonder of all the Nature around me, I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. We lived near Turtle creek and it was a source of wildflowers, tadpoles, a meadow and lovely trees. I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and discovering the great eco system that lives by the water.
Every Summer our family made a pilgrimage to Pelican Lake in northern Minnesota, a ten- hour trip by car. Just the trip itself gave hours of imagined adventures to this young girl, I would sink down behind the driver’s seat and lay on the floor, listening to the rhythm of the car on the road. I pretended to be on the Orient Express train, off to seek adventure in a faraway land. And then we arrived.....
Pelican Lake is a fantastic boating, swimming and fishing lake with crystal clear water. The lake is Spring Fed, meaning it has small holes in the sandy bottom which constantly help replenish the fresh water. As a child, I would dive down to the bottom of the water and move across the sand feeling the “puff” of cool, fresh water against my skin. In this small moment I got lost in the feeling of Nature’s “renewal”, all the world’s problems slipped away. Then late in the day, the magnificent fire ball of the Sun started to sink down towards the horizon as dusk crept in and from my vantage point on Sunset Beach, where I also saw the Sunrise, the daily Circle of Life completed its cycle.
All of us need to find a place in life where you can go to renew and rejuvenate. A place to let Nature and the surroundings envelop you and make you forget all that is weighing you down, causing you stress. You may not be as fortunate as I am to have had a grandfather with a vision of a lake place for a special family retreat, one which he bought in 1946 with all the money he had, but you can make your own special place wherever you travel. Take time from your busy schedule and seek Nature in a form that makes you forget your troubles and entices you to explore.
Look to this blog, Spring Fed, for imaginative and unique suggestions of places to travel both in the US and abroad, to seek out beauty and solace. I also want to publish content about beauty and skin care while on the road, interesting foods to try or new things to come home and cook, wonderful shopping experiences to try in new places. Embrace adventure and Be Fearless.
Today after years of traveling for business, I have been graced with seeing many places in the world which allow for similar “lost in the moment” feelings.
As I take in the surrounding natural beauty, noting flowers, smelling fragrances, counting beautiful butterflies or birds fly by, I can let go of my worries. I urge you to seek your special place(s). I have created the Beatrice Bradley brand of travel accessories to help women travelers in search of adventure, to travel easier, with grace, and feel beautiful doing so. Casual beauty comes not only from outward appearances but also from inner joy, peace, and happiness found while exploring life and Nature.
The woman who most helped me have the courage to travel on my own into unknown places (India, Thailand, China and many more) was my grandmother Beatrice Bradley. My brand is an homage to her fearless attitude. And to all the women mentors along the way who pushed me to create my own business and press on even when times were tough or uncertain. Stay tuned for lots of new adventures.
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