I've learned so many things from my wonderful husband since meeting him, but one of the best things is just to simply slow down and observe the things around you. Whether I'm hiking in the woods or running errands around town, I now take the time to really live in the moment and absorb the universe around me. This past week while camping on Roan Mountain I looked down and saw this lovely pink trillium that is native to our East Tennessee region. Once I noticed this flower, I started seeing dozens all around the area. Some were white, some pink and some a magnificant deep purple. This was our third time camping in this park and the first time I had ever noticed these amazing flowers. They seemed to be bursting out of gravel and rocks, thriving in the most unlikely and barren looking setting. The analogy wasn't lost on me to my current jobless situation. Beautiful things can come out of the bleakest and barren of circumstances. The only variable is the amount of drive and persistence one makes up their mind to have.