On the Edge

View from the ropeway to see Mt. Fuji.

I feel like I’m living on the edge right now. So much change. So much uncertainty as my husband and I pursue the path of our dream.


For a girl who likes her feet firmly planted on the ground it feels pretty disorienting to live this close to the edge. It rather reminds me of our 2010 adventure on the Hakone Ropeway in Japan where in order to enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji I had to override my fear of heights and enclosed spaces. It didn’t help that at the time I was, unbeknownst to me, heading down the path of debilitating adrenal fatigue. It made my anxiety over the experience all the more acute.


Still, with the help of my supportive husband and our two dear travel companions, as well as  Rescue Remedy and the beautiful music of Jacob Moon, I made it work.


It was worth it to get to see Mount Fuji, however shrouded, above the clouds.

The path to our dreams takes us to the edge of our comfort zones constantly. It can be scary to dip our toe in the waters of the unknown, and this is why so few people ever achieve their heart’s desire.

Surrounding ourselves with supportive people and holding dear a few creature comforts can help us negotiate those tough moments experienced on the edge.

Our dreams need to know they’re worth the risk.

Be well and thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge


Hiroshima Peace Memorial … Hiroshima, Japan

In our travels we’ve been fortunate to see many beautiful monuments.

Never have I been moved more, perhaps, than on our visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial which documents and commemorates the terrible events that occurred in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

A tour of the detailed museum, a wander through the beautiful, peaceful gardens and a quiet moment spent by Atomic Dome was a sobering awakening to the cruelty and destruction war can bring to so many in such a short period of time.

I am not prone to political statements but I will say this … to coin a phrase, we need to be the peace we wish to see in the world if we are never to experience, or witness, a repeat of such a devastating event, or anything like unto it.



Peace be unto you …

Thank you for visiting,


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014


Shout Outs


Wind Against Current

Figments of a DuTchess

International Juxtaposition

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

My second submission to this challenge, these images were captured on my travels.

Click here to see “The Boys” featured in my first submission.


Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travel Monkey

Jeff Sinon Photography

Black Hills Reiki

Spherical Light …

Ship crossing at sunset ... Lake Ashi, Japan

Ship crossing at sunset … Lake Ashi, Japan


An image featured a couple of years ago in this blog, but worth repeating for the purpose of this photo challenge.

This is my final NaPoBloMo contribution. Granted, not completely original but it’s the best I could produce while feeling under the weather … again.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013