10 Years, 100 Lbs, 1000 lessons


“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” ― Steven Pressfield 10 years ago I made a decision that I was going to put myself first. I was going to make significant changes to my lifestyle, to get the body I wanted,…

One red balloon offers a bird’s-eye view


“Use every person’s skill set to the fullest. Both optimists and pessimists contribute. An optimist invents the hot air balloon, and a pessimist invents the parachute.” ― Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia The annual Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival kicked off on Friday, Sept. 8 and eager to capture some images of the balloons, I drove…

Discovering Adventure & Strength while Kayaking in the Susquehanna River


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca It started as a calm, breezy Sunday evening. After a very productive weekend of household chores, writing, and journaling, I wanted to enjoy the remaining few hours of the weekend out on the river with a friend, relaxing in a kayak on the…

Balance at Raymondskill Falls


“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations On a recent hike, I found myself working to keep myself balanced on rocks in a stream, to keep from falling in, getting my tennis shoes wet. It takes an effort to keep from…

Rediscovering Annville, my hometown


“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.” ― Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Recently I took on a challenge to walk around my hometown of Annville, PA as a tourist. I’ve always wanted to…

Feeling Connected at Sweet Arrow Lake


“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ― Brené Brown As I walked on the trails of Sweet Arrow Lake with my friend Jen, I felt a…

Learning History on Gravity Trail


“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” ― Seneca On my 30-something birthday I continued the tradition I started last year, to get outside and go for a hike. Unlike last year, this time I went hiking alone. I traveled to Gravity…

Discovering Japanese culture and traditions at the Cherry Blossom Festival


“You will never know the moon or stars, unless you breathe in their solar system and inspect it from many diverse vantage points as possible.” ― Shannon L. Alder The world really is an interesting place in which to discover unique history, inspiring people, and fascinating sights. Although I have my sights set on traveling…

Learning to Live life like it’s a Circus


I recently went to the Circus. Not Ringling Brothers Circus or Barnum & Bailey, but a small local circus that comes into Harrisburg once a year. The 71st Annual Zembo Shrine Circus, located on N. 3rd Street & Division Streets in the city, the unique building is one of Harrisburg’s gems. It’s a throwback to…

Coaching, Yoga, and Learning More


The past three months I practiced yoga, meditation and walking on a daily basis and began a coaching program for transformation of mindset and weight loss. Here are the changes and improvements I made in the last 12 weeks. I learned so much about myself and I’m so excited to continue the learning. My journaling/tracking…

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival 2018


{Photos by Deb Schell created on March 11, 2018} I attended the 5th Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival this past weekend. Check out my photos from some of the artists. More Photos

Saying goodbye to my comfort zone


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca In the new year I didn’t exactly make “resolutions” but I did set some intentions to create better habits. These include working on improving my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I often think that I wish I could see people I admire while they…

Light at Little Buffalo State Park


Last Sunday, in 11-degree weather, I ventured out solo to Little Buffalo State Park for a winter hiking adventure. Recently I decided to make changes to choices I make by stepping up instead of stepping back. I know that I can handle the cold, and I look forward to being in nature, so there’s no reason…

Inspiration, Meditation, and the joy in being alone at Caledonia State Park


“True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts.” ― Brené Brown Last Sunday I decided to travel to Caledonia State Park, which is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US…

Feeling alive at Lehigh Gorge State Park


“Thus sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud; And after summer evermore succeeds Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold: So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.” – William Shakespeare The cold weather has arrived and it reminded me today just how cold winter feels, and that feeling means I’m alive. Life is short….

Persistence at Hickory Run


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca Up one hill, down another, up again, so much that I had to stop to catch my breath. Then down, down, down, sometimes tip-toeing, sometimes sliding, sometimes going “Slow-Motion”, but I did get up and down the mountain, well one of the mountains at…

Feeling Thankful at Susquehannock State Park


“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” ― William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim  The last few months I’ve been enjoying the hikes through various parks in Central Pennsylvania all on my own. I would pick a park that I’d never been to, and hop in my car and drive to…

Finding Truth while walking at Wildwood


“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” ― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I find that it’s super easy to make excuses and lie to myself in order to justify things, to myself ,that is… I’ve had the discussion with myself, while laying in bed in the early morning, of considering…

Minimalism = more, not less.


This year has been transforming in so many ways. I learned that one concept, Minimalism, could help me clear out the clutter, physically and mentally. At the beginning of this year I had the realization that I’d been acting out of fear, and not really living a life I want, so I knew I needed…

Artwork @ McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC


I’m proud to share this project that I worked with Nancie Hart on for the last year. It means so much that my artwork/photographs will be up on the walls of this office for many years to come. Nine of my photographs of the Harrisburg area have been selected for an art project, of which…

Losing my ego while hiking at Colonel Denning State Park


“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ― Marianne Williamson A few weeks ago I went on a 5-hour hike at Colonel Denning State Park that took me up and down Blue Mountain in Tuscarora State Forest. I’ve been wanting…

Finding Strength at Huntington Beach


“There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up…

Calm & Peace at Gamut Theatre


Two exhibits up at Gamut Theatre NOW until end of November. Stop in for a show. Click Here for showtimes “The City I See: Chaos & Calm” Exhibit images, a collection of four photographs printed on canvas The images are an attempt to view the city of Harrisburg through the artist’s eyes and share the…

Harrisburg Artwork up at LTM


My Harrisburg Places photographs on metal artwork is now on display at the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg. Photographs feature the Pennsylvania State Capitol and other landmarks in the City of Harrisburg. The work will be on display from Sept. 1- 25 during the LTM’s first show in the 67th Season, Last of the Red Hot…

2017 Peace Day “Join Together” Video


Join Together for Peace Here’s the 2017 Peace Day “Join Together” Video #JoinTogether in #Peace during the International Day of Peace on September 21. If you are in the Philadelphia area, please visit Peace Day Philly for schedule of events. The 2017 U.N. Peace Day Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All This…

Learning to trust at Swatara State Park


“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s…

Macbeth, Shakespeare in the Park


June 2-17, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Join Gamut Theatre Group’s Harrisburg Shakespeare Company for the 24th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park held at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg! Admission is FREE. We will be collecting canned good items for Bethesda Mission and encourage you to bring a donation. Come early with your own blankets or…