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19 : The Hot Hearts : In the Bleak Midwinter | This morning as I sat and watched the clouds float by while listening to today’s song, all I could think of was “Yes!” - feeling the energy of change + saying yes to the year that lies ahead. I don’t know what that looks like or what it means, but nevertheless… it’s time for a strong, empowered “Yes!” And, the bleak midwinter clouds taught me that on this early morning… #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #decembersunrises #midwinter #morning #nature #naturespeaks #listen #soul #yes #sayyes #energy #winter #newyear #preparingfor2015 #asheville #northcarolina #clouds #avlskies (at my asheville balcony)

18 :: John Denver :: When the River Meets the Sea | Life is a mystery. And sometimes completely overwhelming - in both good + bad ways. But, the thing about this time of year is that it reminds me that, in time, we will understand all of the paradoxes + confusion. In time, love and peace will prevail. And right now, right wherever we are, though we cannot see or feel or know, we can live + love each other to the fullest. We are part of the divine, sacred dance of life, bringing light to the world by simply being exactly who we are. So, with courage + bravery —> we push on. And one day, when the river meets the sea, we will understand. ❤️ #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #music #hope #confusion #mystery #life #liveauthentic #bethechange #spreadlight #love #peace #christmas #nature #christmastree #johndenver #holidays #simplicity #thesimplethings

15 : She and Him : Blue Christmas | Thinking so much about the hostage situation in Sydney this morning, and all of the situations, known + unknown, all around the world, where people are experiencing pain, violence, suffering, and death. This world is very much a blue + dark place sometimes. And, sometimes we feel it most in the midst of all of the Christmas and holiday craziness, with all of its images of perfect families, food, moments. Sometimes life doesn’t feel perfect. Far from it. | But, that’s ok. Because in this darkness, a light shines. Nature shows us that light returns every single morning. So, let’s hold on to that and to each other… let’s believe + find the light within. 🌏 #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #decembersunrises #morning #darkness #bluechristmas #holiday #sunrise #nature #moon #light #reflect #spreadpeace #global #worldpeace #lovefromnorthcarolina #peace #hope #sydney #illridewithyou (at my asheville balcony)

17 : Brandi Carlile : The Heartache Can Wait | Another gorgeous December sunrise, and another day of endless possibility. There is hope that rises out of the dark. 💙 #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #decembersunrises #sunrise #music #brandicarlile #christmas #asecondchance #morning #nature #moon #nofilter #asheville @brandicarlile #northcarolina #peace #solitude #darkness #light #liveauthentic (at my asheville balcony)

10 : Band Aid : Do They Know It’s Christmas | This is one of my favorite non-traditional Christmas carol songs… and a little shot of downtown Asheville lights at night is the perfect symbol for it. It’s a song about not forgetting all of the ones out there who are hurting, grieving, starving, and facing difficult + dangerous times as we all celebrate with cheer and abundance. It’s a simple, beautiful reminder not to just remember, but to meet + encounter + interact with all people with deep love + respect. It’s a season to actually give hope to one another. ❤️ #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #music #bandaid #justice #love #community #global #worldpeace #bethechange #thischristmasdonotgetallwrappedupinyourself #makeadifference #songs #christmas #hope #asheville #night #city #latergram #nofilter #northcarolina #ontheroad

| Brother Sparrow by Agnes Obel | Renting a camp for a weekend for a wedding. Brilliant. 🌲✨ #weddingphotography #wedding #weekend #camp #camppinnacle #bllphotoaday #music #mymonthofmusic #mymonthto40 #nature #birds #camplife #hendersonville #northcarolina #mountains #liveauthentic #loveyourlife #livethelifeyoulove #trees #cabin #woods #lake #forest (at Camp Pinnacle)

9 :: Beta Radio :: The Song the Season Brings || Stealing a cozy moment very early in the morning (the cat woke me up, wanting to play and snuggle). ✨ #itsveryearly #morning #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #december #morning #christmaslights #magical #home #quiet #beforethesun #darkness #bokeh #cozy #makingthebestofit

8 :: Low :: Just Like Christmas // One of my fave parts of the parade… a hippie van, of course! ✌️🎅✨ #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #music #low #justlikechristmas #christmasparade #hippievan #floats #parade #christmas #christmaslights #hippielife #waynesville #northcarolina #holiday #fun #hippie #peace #love #peaceonearth (at Downtown Waynesville North Carolina)

5 :: Punch Brothers :: O Come, O Come Emmanuel || This is my all-time favorite Advent song. It is a cry out to God, to the universe, for help. To come + intervene, to comfort + inspire us in the middle of our darkness. It is a call to become awake to the pain + suffering around us, in our own lives and in each others’. We are mourning, hurting, lonely people. And we call out for hope in this song, praying for the courage to go on and to become better people. || I drove by these buildings the other day in downtown Asheville, and in the windows someone has placed a message: “Black Lives Matter”, referring to the civil rights + race issues facing the US right now, as two white policemen have been cleared of the killings of two unarmed black men. If ever there is a time to cry out to Emmanuel again… now is it. Asheville is crying out on behalf of justice. 👊 #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #ocomeocomeemmanuel #thepunchbrothers #music #lyrics #civilrights #blacklivesmatter #raiseyourvoice #nonviolence #protest #speakup #justice #december #darkness #advent #waiting #asheville #downtown #828isgreat #latergram (at Lexington Ave, Asheville NC)

6 :: Jewel :: I Wonder as I Wander | Completely magical. ✨ #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #music #asheville #biltmorepark #twinklelights #fairylights #christmaslights #christmas #cozy #wander #walk #mountains #tistheseason #lights #music #playlist #photochallenge #nighttime (at Biltmore Park Town Square)

4 :: Something About Christmas :: Christina Perri | There’s nothing greater than lights on the trees everywhere you go… Out tonight celebrating my love + my brother who are both moving on to new, amazing chapters in life! 👊❤️ #bllphotoaday #decemberplaylist #music #christmas #christmaslights #dinner #celebrate #family #newbeginnings #newchapter #lights #trees #dinnerout #asheville #northcarolina #downtown (at Bens Tune Up)

3 :: Christmas Time Is Here :: Johnnyswim | Time for magical twinkle lights + candles + wishes + hope. Enjoying a quiet moment of Christmas coziness to myself before the sun comes up. ✨ #bllphotoaday #beloveliveplaylist #december #music #photochallenge #day3 #christmaslights #magical #silence #early #morning #christmastimeishere #christmas #deer #candles #cozy #christmasmusic #rituals

day 3 | #fly. A beautiful quote from a little Japanese girl who died after the #Hiroshima bomb. Known for her attempt to fold 1000 paper cranes of #peace & have her wish granted. Unfortunately, she only folded 644 before she died. Today both Sadako & the paper cranes remain a symbol of the innocent victims of war. #origami #papercranes #myviewtoday #eatpraylove #lifeisanadventure #bllphotoaday💙🎎

day 18 | #observation. today i had the opportunity to sit in on a #massage session. it was an amazing experience! from the moment i walked in, i felt filled with #positiveenergy & #peace. after wondering for years, i am certain that i am going to follow my dream to teach #yoga, take massage courses, travel & write books, and be a spiritual mentor. it’s time! #followyourdreams #bepresent #simplicity #bllphotoaday