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Bliss in Nature

One of my favorite things to do is to be outside, exploring and taking photos. This weekend I had a chance go to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Reserve overview area in Sebastian, Florida. Mr. Road King and I had a wonderful walk to the overview area and took photos along the way. It was a nice detour on our way home from Singer Island, West Palm Beach.

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I encourage everyone to take a walk with a camera and shoot as many photos as you can along the way, you will be surprised at what you see when you are looking.

In Bliss,

Lisa - August 5, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Love love love these pics!!

admin - April 23, 2016 - 3:27 am

Thank you!


Suwannee Music Park

Last weekend Mr. Road King and I went to our first camping music festival with friends.  We had a great time, it was refreshing to be outside for a couple of days, the music was amazing and invigorating, the weather fantastic and the company was perfection.  We enjoyed The Suwannee Music Park! I highly recommend camping there. There are primitive campsites, campsites with water & electric, as well as cabins.

You can check out my top 10 lessons learned at the Suwannee Springfest over at Save My Sunshine.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


The Gate River Run 2014


I’m not a runner. I’ve tried. I’ve tried more than once. I’ve even paid for “running lessons”. I totally expected a miracle. Running without hurting, running with joy, running and you’ll like it... I can see why these were not the title of the course, it was W.R.A.P – Walk, Run, Accomplishment Program. I did not become accomplished. I’m sure it is a good course. Just not for me.  Although I personally do not run, I enjoy supporting runners. Especially my daughter and friends.

If you haven’t heard about The Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida, it’s pretty awesome. At least that’s what the runners tell me and what I’ve experienced as a spectator.

Saturday, my daughter participated in her 5th Gate River Run and our friend Leigh Ann ran her first one. They both had awesome runs and times.

The Gate River Run is a 15K Championship Run.
“The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America’s top Olympic athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. Last year over 24,000 runners and walkers participated in one of our featured events including the 15K, The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity, the Junior River Run, and the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile.” – The Gate River Run 2014 home page.

There were 17,727 runners registered for the 15K , 20+ for all gate events.

Shalane Flanagan made race history by setting a women’s national record for the 15 kilometers on Saturday. Shalane crossed the finish line with a time of 47:03; killing the record of the 47:15 six time Gate winner Deena Kastor set in 2003.  The record still needs to go through the verification process by USA Track & Field this week.

If you are a runner, you might like to check this even out for 2015. I’ll probably be there to cheer you on!

Here are some snapshots:

Happy Running,










Drum Circle Bliss


I discovered drum circles about 3 years ago with my friend Christine. First, Christine and I hadn’t seen each other since we were in school, probably Junior High School even, a few years ago ya know. We reconnected on Facebook and after some exchange discovered we were both interested in checking out a local drum circle. The first one we went to was at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe . I remember bringing bongos, which I purposely left in the car because I had no idea how to play them and feeling a bit unsure as to what I was getting myself into. Rich came along as well, I’m so thankful he is supportive of my (what I’m sure he thought at the time) crazy ideas! Rich and I met up with Christine and Doris (Christine’s mom) and sat on the ground or a rock or something (we didn’t bring chairs) and watched and listen to the beautiful drum circle. In this circle there were smaller hand drums, flutes, singing bowls and shakers. We found out later that because the cafe is surrounded by a neighborhood, they do a quieter drum circle. It didn’t take long when a kind soul by the name of Henry approached us and asked if we wanted to play something. He had flutes and a type of kettle sounding drum made from an LP gas tank. I’m sure there is a name for this drum, just can’t recall right now. Henry was so kind and it was our first introduction to the drum circle community. I then had the opportunity to play the singing bowls that made a huge impression on me. The vibrations of the bowls and the energy they released was amazing, I had never experienced anything like that before. I went home from my first drum circle feeling energized, feeling alive, joyful, peaceful and excited! I couldn’t wait to go to my next one and learn more. I am so very happy to have met up with Christine and Doris, life long friends with a passion for new experiences and a love for learning.

Since that time, I’ve been too many drum circles, both community and facilitated ones. I’ve met an incredible artist who made me a beautiful djembe drum with tie dyed skin, taken a few classes and spent about five weekends camping at Paralounge, drumming and dancing. I’ve bought shakers, a gong, percussion frogs, various percussion instruments, a frame drum and tambourine. I try to pick up a new instrument with every paralounge I attend. Above all, I’ve met the most warm, judgment-free and welcoming community.

What I love most is the drum circle community where people gather in a circle that offers equality, as there is no beginning and no end. It includes everyone, all ages and all ranges of talent, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, when you are in the circle it all about the rhythm. In the circle we share the rhythm, tune into each other and also within oneself. Even if you aren’t interested in playing an instrument, there are dancers in the circle, hula hooping, fire dancing and poi, it’s a beautiful experience.

If you are interested in finding a drum circle in your area, the Meet Up sites often have times and dates of circles.

Let your hands dance, let you hearts sing! I stumbled upon this website – Rick’s Gallery Drum Circles and I think he says it best. Another website to check out is Jana Broder of Drum Magic, she travels the state of Florida and holds amazing facilitated drum circles. I’ve participated in a few of her workshops and the joy is unmistakable. I can’t stop smiling during the workshop or after!

From Rick’s Gallery Drum Circles, “The most common question I get asked about Drum Circles is “Why?”

“It’s also the most difficult question to answer. After having observed drum circles from within for many years, I’m still fascinated that people are drawn to them for so many different reasons. Therein lies the magic. Ask individual people why they drum in drum circles and you’ll hear that drum circles are relaxing, invigorating, musical, spiritual, creative, social and introspective. They will tell you they come away with feelings of inner peace, connectedness, groundedness, joy, confidence and energy. For me, the beauty has always been that, as diverse as our goals may be, we travel there together.”

The pictures in this post are from the Orlando Brewing Drum Circle last night.  Great circle!

Happy drumming,


Bliss Chicks head to BlogHer ’13

In the windy city!  Heading to Chicago tomorrow for BlogHer ’13 Conference and we are super excited.

Check out the conference guide HERE. 

Ree Drummond is the kick-off key-note speaker! The Pioneer Woman! I think I need a little more exclamation points.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear her speak.

Then Guy Kawasaki, wow.

Voices of the Year Keynote, Queen Latifah. Can’t wait!

Interview with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. 

Then lunch with the opening presentation by Lourds Lane, and makers & creators keynote with Majora Carter, Lisa Donovan, Brit Morin, and Randi Zuckerberg.

The closing keynote conversation with the Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd. 

With lots of breakout sessions, tools & technology, monetization, marketing, photography, video, writing labs and roundtables.

Looking forward to the inspiration, motivation and jolt of creativity and having a great time with my Bliss Chick, Lisa!

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