Stop and Smell the Sunsets

The title of this blog are words that I live by. Or at least try to live by. Although I'm a bit of a realist, I do my best to make a point to have a positive outlook. But especially when there are some negative things going on in life, it can be difficult to do so. In fact, sometimes you want to be angry/upset/etc. There's nothing wrong with feeling natural emotions, but I think it is important to not let those negative feelings prevent you from appreciating the good in life. I've noticed in my worldly 28 years (I'm being partially sarcastic) of roaming this glorious earth that sometimes "the good" isn't slap-you-in-the-face-good. Meaning, I've learned that sometimes you need to look for it.

Recently I had an average day - not bad, not amazing. However, I went to get gas after my workout. I often end up at this particular gas station because it is right around the corner from my condo. This is a gas station that always boasts a collection of people you intentionally avoid making eye contact with. It's also filthy. And only about half the pumps work.

After I moved my car from a broken pump to another, my day went from average to amazing after I glanced up at this sky.

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I literally found myself smiling at the beauty. It was a powerful feeling to put life on pause for a couple minutes to admire the magnificence.

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So whether it is a wildly bright sunset, or a grey thunderstorm - there is something to appreciate. But sometimes it requires you to take notice.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.