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NorCal Zen, was launched in May 2017 as an inspiration for mindful living. With the intention of sharing the unique beauty of northern California, while connecting likeminded souls from around the world.

It’s all about experiences, the healing power of nature, and the great outdoors of northern California. Occasionally other western states makes a guest appearance here on my blog, since I love road trips. I currently spend most of my time in northern California, but my neighboring states are like a second home. I have worked at a few ranches in Cowboy Country, (northern Nevada,) and sometimes a story, or two might find its way into a post.

NorCal Zen is about choosing happiness. I’m a 38 year old, homeschooling mom, in northern California. I love books, and read a lot, but believe in learning by doing. Making learning fun for my young daughter is a high priority in my life. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. My German Shepherd is always by my side. Horses is a very important part of my life. I recently purchased a 3 year old gelding, 3/4 Arabian 1/4 Mustang, without any prior training. I love every aspect of life with horses, and many future posts is very likely going to be about our adventures. There’s no better teacher in mindfulness than the horse, since they always live in the moment. I think that’s one of the things I love the most about them.


I have been blogging on other sites for a few years now, but neither of them truly represented the experiences that gives my life value; time with my loved ones, and a close connection to nature and animals. I’m going to write about the zen strategies that works for me. I often participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, as a way of interacting with photographers around the world. I enjoy that very much. Sharing blog posts, and giving feedback is appreciated, and encouraged!



Ms Zen

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64 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. Now this is exciting! I really love this new venture of yours and especially the zen/minimalism connection, way cool….no, super cool! I have been personally working towards minimalism in my own life, not just things but a new perspective on life and all it entails. Looking forward to seeing where this blog will take you, and us! 😉


  2. Hi Ms. Zen, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. What a great idea for a blog and I wish you lots of luck. Looking forward to reading more posts about NorCal zen life!

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    1. Thank you Jane, I have been following your blog since you started blogging, with my other blog (that I no longer have.) I love your inspiring photography. You always keep improving yourself, it is very inspiring. Maria

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  3. Dear Maria, thanks a lot for following my blog. Hiking is so relaxing, especially with the beautiful landscapes that you can observe. California looks great on your photos. Hopefully one day I can visit it as well.

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    1. Ooooh yes, hiking is very relaxing 🙂 It makes me very happy to share the experiences, and the beautiful landscapes with you. We went to McClouds Falls today. It was the first time for me, and they were marvelous. Going to share the experience in my next post. Looking forward to learn more about your adventures as well.

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  4. Its great to know you!! Even i believe in minimalism! And also growing my own food. We still live in a city. I grow a few Veges in my apartment Balcony. Haven’t moved to a countryside yet! Your Blog Inspires me! Thank You for visiting my Blog! 🙂

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              1. Har själv bott utomlands – Seattle, Victoria … UK och Irland. Vet att man måste liksom leva in sig på vissa platser. Mitt hjärta är mycket blå-gult, så välkommen till mitt värld.


                  1. Ja, man måste ta seden dit man kommer … håller fullkomligt med dig. Man måste anpassa sig och ibland kan det ta sin lilla tid. Glad att du trivs nu och har funnit din plats där över.

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  5. This seemed like the best spot to leave this comment. I really like this new theme you have chosen, it’s very clean and not at all cluttered, which I think works well with your content. Also, I really like the purpose statement. The one thing I would suggest is looking to see if you can have links open on a separate page. For example on your art print page, it links to your work, but the viewer would have to click the back key to get back to your blog. If it was to open on a separate page, they would close your prints, but still have your blog open.


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