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Your Dreams Await You; Keep Your Eyes On The Horizon

I have always loved a quiet moment looking off into the horizon.  Whether that be a colorful Summer sunset,  a bright sunrise with my morning cup of coffee or at the beach at mid-day and the ocean seems to meet the sky.

Looking out at the horizon, gives me a mixture of feelings.  I can feel hopeful believing there is a brighter future ahead, humbled at how the horizon seems so grand and endless.  Somehow letting us know, there are no limits to what we can achieve should we put our minds to it and never lose sight of our Dreams.

With the endlessness, I see not just one dream.  Set your Dreams high.  When one Dream has come true, Dream even bigger!

After taking a look through my photos, past and present, I was a little surprised.

There has never been a question, my favorite place to be is on a beach!

Preferably somewhere tropical, drink with a little umbrella in it and soaking up the sun!

My love for the ocean or any large body of water, explains the opportunities to snap a good photo looking out on the horizon.  However, I stumbled across several with the view of a field, the mountains and even a long road.

And, all of those images have the same quality in common.  The feeling of endless possibilities and dreams to achieve.  No matter where they lie, the horizon off me a place to reflect and dream another big dream.

In an effort to “Broaden My Writing Horizons”.

You may or may not have read my post a few weeks ago in which I attempted to create a different type of blog post.  From the first time I laid eyes on a Photo Blog Post”, I was hooked!

The experience of writing, “Sleeping In Seattle; My Emerald City Photo Blog”, taught me a few lessons.

A Photo Blog Post is definitely a very creative way to express thoughts to your audience.  Relying primarily on how they feel when they take in the picture, Photo Blog Posts consists of very few sentences.  Short and precise to let the reader discover their own thoughts.

A Photo Blog Posts is NOT as easy as one might think!

Quickly, I realized, after deciding on a theme or direction for your photo post, it just might be a good idea to organize images you will use in one centralized place.  Should save a good amount of time when you get creating.

I did not do that then, and I have not done it now!

Let me explain how this mind of mine works.

For me as a writer, I am not always sure as to which way my pieces may go.  At times, I may only know the subject or have a picture in front of me.  That would be the case at this very moment.

Pulling out and organizing my “Horizon” images, was not in my realm of thinking until I actually typed it!  Hopefully, this is a lesson learned to perfect my new creative skill!

Now, on to my second attempt at fine tuning a Photo Blog Post!


“Keep Your Eyes On The Horizon; Your Dreams Await You”

“A Photo Blog Post”

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You may or may not know, I was born and raised in Bloomington, IN.

Several years ago, my sons were all living at home, Momma needed a little R&R.  I chose to fly back home to Indiana to visit my family and friends.

During my stay, my awesome high school friend (and now family) opened her doors for me.  We girls had such a fun time sharing memories of our past, as well as talking about the future.  Every morning, Anita and I would grab some coffee and head to the front porch (where this photo was taken) to pick back up on our girl talk.

In the morning the horizon beyond the trees at her home in the country was glowing by the sun as it rose.  And, at night, we sat as the sun set on the opposite side of the house, casting its glow.

Anita’s front porch, is the perfect location to reflect, review and revitalize!

Now off to the “Left Coast”

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When the weather turned warmer in the Spring and as it took us into the Summer, we would pack up the beach bags and the cooler stocked with food and beverages.  Living on the east side of Seattle in the suburbs, we made our trip to Ballard, WA (a neighborhood in Seattle) for a full day of fun in the sun.

As you can see by the photo, we here in the Pacific Northwest take advantage of the Vitamin D whenever we get a chance!

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Our Golden Gardens’ days were almost Sun Up to Sun Down.

Seattle was only about 14 miles away, however, once we were there, we made it worth the trip!  The park closed at Sun Down, yes, we found ourselves many times squeaking out as they were closing the gates.

Really look at this image.  As you gaze across the water, it leads you to the setting sun on the horizon and disappears behind the snow capped mountains.


And now a few from the “Burbs”

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Like I mentioned above, not too long ago, we lived in the city of Issaquah, WA (the Eastside).  T.his photo of the sun reflecting off of the clouds, behind the pine trees casting such vibrant colors.  The image was taken one night after a BBQ at one of our friends.

I do realize the horizon is somewhat hidden by the tall pines.  Yet, when I look at this photograph, in my mind, the horizon exists.  It is there just slightly hidden which makes me think of what the future holds.  Events we do not know about just yet.


December in the sun, 2012

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My boyfriend, we shall call him “Bob” and I both have December Birthdays.

December of 2012, we had an opportunity given to us by his Uncle and Aunt who own a “Beach House” in Cabo San Lucas.  They extended an invitation for Bob and I to use this so called Beach House of theirs for a vacation of relaxation!

YES,,,,we jumped at the chance.  Of course, we have many, many photos of those 10 spent in Cabo.  However, this particular view had to make the cut for my article.  We saw this view every single day we were there as our routine was coffee, breakfast and out to the pool.  The photo was taken from the pool deck, right outside the dining room doors.

Here is a little secret, this Beach House was more like a medium to large size Bed & Breakfast complete with a butler and made!  Just for the 2 of us!

A long weekend at the Washington Coast.

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On a trip to the Washington Coast, here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we had a gorgeous sunset one evening.

This was taken on a long weekend to Ocean Shores, WA.  For me, the image captured, speaks for itself, offering hope, new goals and dreams, as well as inspiration.

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Again, Ocean Shores, WA as we took a little drive on the beach.

This day was cool and quite breezy  The image shows one Sea Gull standing alone, but tall!  Possibly to give the message, we may have to do just that throughout life’s journeys.  Be strong and believe in yourself, something good will come your way!


A celebration of Independence

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This photo was taken on 4th of July one year.

We spent the day and evening on Bob’s best friend’s boat with friends.  When the sun went down, out to the middle of the lake all the spectators go to watch the fireworks bursting synced to various music piecs.

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Again, the same July 4th.  I see hope, excitement and celebration when I look at this image.  Taken on South Lake Union, Seattle.


Happy Holidays!  Firework Show at the Space Needle.

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Now it is Christmas Time in the City of Seattle!

I probably do not need to tell you the location of this one!


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Now that we relocated to the Big City…we are within walking distance to many, many Festivities!

Again, I feel hope, joy, love of family and friends.  And, we should be celebrate and be thankful for all we have and have achieved.  Now, look forward to more good things in the New Year!


I wasn’t just stepping out of my Creative Box – I busted out!

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In no way am I an artist.  I can’t draw or paint without numbers!

My creative gift comes in the form of writing.

So, I thought!

Put a glass of wine in my hand, a few fun friends around me, then seat me in front of a blank canvas.  It is like magic!

This painting turned out having little  “bleak” feeling about it.  The leafless tree in the foreground and the mountains hiding what’s on the horizon in the back.

Although, when I keep in mind, I painted this without outlines on the canvas.  Only verbal instructions from our “teacher”.  This painting is saying to me, “Dream big, you can achieve it if you put your mind to it!


I would like to leave you with this…..

Image by Teresa Branam Wilgus, Collectivevoicemag.com

The City of Seattle is hustling and bustling right now with festivities and celebrations.

This was taken of the space needle to remember those lost in the Orlando, Florida.

Love one another, respect others and let’s this world a more peaceful place.




About the author

Teresa Branam Wilgus

In her spare time she likes to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest summers and experiencing new adventures with her boyfriend of 5 1/2 years. She is an admitted football fanatic and loves the excitement of participating in Fantasy Football with her sons, boyfriend, family and friends from the Pacific Northwest, Florida and Indiana! The only work she have had published, is a poem published in Creativity Magazine when she was in the 8th grade. She has always enjoyed writing, however it wasn’t until encouraged by a professor and a few friends that she realized writing just might be the “Gift” God gave her. Teresa is preparing her Freelance/Content Writing Services for Launch in February 2017. Services are available for businesses and corporations of all sizes and also to those Bloggers wanting to enhance their own content for readers. Her ultimate goal is to have a book published based on personal experiences in her own life and hopes it is not only entertaining and engaging, but might also help some reader, somewhere, somehow.

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