Whispers from the Heart
My Dream Day...
Guest post by Heather Hummel
In asking me what my dream day would be like, I smiled because in some ways, every day as a “Photonovelist” is a dream day for me. I do what I love, whether it’s writing my next book or capturing my next image. But, there are still deadlines, marketing, book signings, and other “business” activities that go with being a writer. As a Photonovelist, the photographer and lifelong adventurist in me enjoys nothing more than exploring the back roads of Big Sur in the Central California Coast with my camera in hand. Just last Saturday I had such a day. It started out by everything I went to do being thwarted! From the post office’s long line to Adobe Illustrator crashing every time I tried to work on a book’s cover, I knew I was meant to be outdoors and intuitively headed down the Pacific Coast Highway.
The drive from Carmel to Big Sur is, in my experience, the most beautiful section of the Pacific Coast Highway. It provides elevated stunning views, the Bixby Bridge (the most famous bridge used for car commercials), and a blend of pastures and mountains that are especially green this time of year. If you turn left (when heading south, of course!) at the Bixby Bridge onto the Old Coast Road, you’re in for 10 miles of nature’s spectacular beauty and rugged terrain. AWD or 4WD are highly recommended, and you may need to move a log or two out of the road to continue on, but it’s worth the adventure. Once at the top, the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills provide a sense of peace and perspective. On that particular day, I captured over 100 images and laid out my favorite dozen in my blog describing the day and showcasing the views. (Click here if you want to see.) While in Big Sur, I always drive down to Pfeiffer Beach, which for me is the most magical beach. I’ve had a connection to it for years, and every time I go it’s a renewal and reminder that all is well in the world.
I’m sure most women would declare their dream day as a faraway place or a spa day filled with pampering treatments; but, for me being in the energy of Big Sur with the ocean air and spectacular views is rejuvenating to the soul. Add my soul mate to the picture, and everything comes into focus.
About HeatherHeather Hummel is a "Photonovelist" who blends her love for photography with her award-winning career as an author. Her published works include:
Journals from the Heart Series:
Whispers from the Heart (2011)
Write from the Heart (2011)
GO BIKE & Other Signs from the Universe (2011)
Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age (McGraw-Hill, 2008),
Messages of Hope and Healing ( Sunpiper Media, 2006)
Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007) with David Baldacci and Rita Mae Brown
2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award
2009 New York Book Festival, Honorable Mention
Heather's books have appeared in newspapers such as: Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 15 million. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in Metaphysical Sciences.
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