keep your eyes open…..always…part 1!

sometimes, life seems to be playing the perfect soundtrack.  it all started when i set out to tackle the big hill.  running.  up it.  i have been intimidated by these virginian hills but for some reason (and with the encouragement of a good friend…thanks, hannah!), i felt strong.  the surrounding hills were covered in snow with kids gleefully sledding down them.  i don’t seem to have any pictures from that day (probably because i was focusing on my breathing); however, these images from during the snow and the days that followed will get the gist across.

snow plow

following the snow plow home….he abandoned me short of the house and it was dicey!

Snowstorm

the view from my side porch…the trees covered in sparkly snow is quite a beautiful sight to behold.

horses in snow

the horses from the neighboring farm ventured out. i kind of want to ride one.

i have been spinning after all.  that has to mean my legs are stronger.  so i set out rocking my lululemons and a mean collaboration on pandora radio.  it sounded a little like this: lumineers, florence, lumineers, she & him, zee avi, angus & julia stone, lumineers and a little needtobreathe for good measure.  (the lumineers’ new cd is greatness!)  i could kick myself for tackling the first 3 hills and wimping out at the very top of the last one.  i could have done it.  oh well…that leaves something to work for, right?  back to the sound track…needtobreathe’s “keep your eyes open” has been playing over and over in my head ever since.  yes, this is a bit cheesy and serious so i promise to get to the fun part in a mere moment.

i found these words uniquely true as i forge my way here in va.  i’m not saying that i’m not looking back because i love and adore what is in the rearview.  all i’m saying is that i am joyfully stepping forward as well.  stay tuned tomorrow for the super fun and design related version of keep your eyes open, part ii.  cheers until tomorrow when i share the design part of keep your eyes open….amy

“Keep Your Eyes Open”
If you could soldier on

Headstrong into the storm
I’ll be here waiting on the other side
Don’t look back
The road is long
The first days of the war are gone
Take back your former throne and turn the tideCause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, can you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my loveJust past the circumstance
The first light, a second chance
No child could ever dance the way you do, oh
Tear down the prison walls
Don’t start the curtain call
Your chains will never fall until you doCause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you
Keep your eyes open, my love

Open up
Open up
Open up your eyes
The weight is unbroken
Open up
Open up
Open up your eyes
Keep your eyes open

Don’t let the night become the day
Don’t take the darkness to the grave
I know pain is just a place
The will has been broken
Don’t let the fear become the hate
Don’t take the sadness to the grave
I know the fight is on the way
When the sides have been chosen

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown
Open up your eyes
Keep your eyes open
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, can you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love
So show me your fire, show me your heart
You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you
Keep your eyes open, my love

Keep your eyes (Keep your eyes open)

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