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Second Wind Leisure Perspectives 

My name is Terri Webster Schrandt and I blog about the fun things in life from my perspective. I take leisure very seriously because it involves one-third of our lives…really!

I am lucky to have an active lifestyle that involves windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), camping, hiking, reading, writing, teaching, walking the dogs, traveling, and…

Most of my posts reflect my leisure places and spaces and my reactions to them. I share a variety of stories all related to a healthy leisure lifestyle.

I use all my own images for my posts and participate in several photography challenges.

Windigen-ConsultingAt Windigen Consulting I offer a refreshed view and second wind to your professional and personal life through training, leisure coaching and education to help people discover meaningful work and leisure.

Photography Events

I love photography and I take tons of photos with my Samsung phone and my digital camera! There are a variety of photography challenges available and most are open to everyone.

  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Each Friday, WP creates a theme by which bloggers can share their photo depicting that theme. Pingbacks help bloggers discover other bloggers.
  • Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge
  • Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors 

A Self-Published Author Cover Better Blogging with Photography

Once I began writing posts for my blog, I quickly saw the importance of featuring a compelling image to illustrate the post’s content. As I further honed my writing and photography skills, the idea of a guidebook came to mind. My first eBook, Better Blogging with Photography, was published on Amazon Kindle in July 2016. Read more on my book page.

Blogging Events

Blogging events are great for sharing your blog posts as well as meeting and following new bloggers. I also participate in several link-ups which are another way to share your blog posts and meet new bloggers. Check out my sidebar for the gallery of events, awards and challenges.

Leisurely Thursdays Feature. Bi-weekly, I blog about leisure, its history and relevance to our society today, and why leisure is invaluable to the human condition. I also offer tips and perspectives for a variety of leisure subjects like fitness, cycling, camping, travel, etc.

weekendcoffeeshare

Part-time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share. A fun way to wrap up the week with a chatty post.

 

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I have also taken part in the WordPress 101 and 201 challenges, Blogging, Writing and Photography. I encourage you to participate when offered the opportunity!

A little more about me:

My summer weekends are spent in the Sacramento delta windsurfing and SUPing with my husband of three years (we knew each other in high school and found each other on Facebook—read about that here).

WHY DO I BLOG? These are my goals:

  • The ultimate goal with this blog is to educate people about the importance of leisure one blog post at a time! 
  • To continue to build more readership by following other bloggers, reading their blogs and searching for writing inspiration while encouraging them as writers and story-tellers.
  • My ultimate goal? To continue to write and self-publish non-fiction e-books and a leisure education guidebook.

If you like what you have read so far, 

Please join me at “Second Wind Leisure Perspectives”


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  1. I think this is a very relevant topic and am looking forward to reading about your thoughts 🙂

    1. I have a lot of great information that I think many folks will find useful! Please share this blog with others!

      1. Terri, You sound like a great person with an interesting, vital Second Life yet to go. I really like your quest to help others recreate. I think we (as a boomer group and maybe as a culture) have lost a lot of understanding about how to have a good time- with nothing that requires electricity! LOL

        I know a friend who would love to connect with you, as well. Good luck with all your projects, and May God Bless You in Your Next Journey!

      2. thank you again! As soon as I retire (42 more days!), I’m launching my business. Thank you for your support!

  2. I think I need a person like you for my life

    1. 🙂 I see we are fellow Saggitarians!

  3. Great blog 🙂
    But what are you even doing in the 101 class ? :O 😛

  4. Good luck Terri. It looks like the blogging is going well. Hugs!

  5. Great blog! Good luck as you ease into retirement…the transition sounds like it’s going to be a smooth one!

    1. And I just edited it for the assignment. Thanks for all your likes and comments!

  6. Great. I like to read about people and where they live. Thank you. Di

  7. Thanks for the follow Terri – I like where you’re coming from – an interesting perspective!

  8. I have retired and I continue discovering the many facets of the new chapter of my life. I’m interested in leaning more about your masters thesis in the field of “Four Generations in the work place”.

    I’m constantly learning and planning to move west via RV.

    You have a wonderful site and I will follow.

  9. I’ve nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog” Award. If you want to participate, check out the instructions here: http://faithfulhomesteader.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/one-lovely-blogger-award/

    1. Wow! How cool! Thank you! I will check it out! I’m working on a blog right now 🙂

  10. Hey! 🙂 I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. No pressure to accept! It is up to you. You can read more details here – http://berryduchess.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/the-liebster-award/

    1. Thank you, how cool! I will check it out!

  11. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” if you’d like to participate!

    You can read more about it here:

    http://lifestyleswithlia.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/one-lovely-blog-award/

    1. Thank you, Lia, for thinking of me! I was nominated already so I can only accept one 🙂 I really like your blog–seems we have similar interests!

      1. Hi! Thanks for your reply… I completely understand and I’m glad your blog was also awarded by other bloggers! Its great!
        I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog and that we have similar interests as well!
        Cheers from NYC!!

  12. I think you have a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing about it! I appreciate you liking my comment and I’m glad to have found you through you like!

  13. Hello. I wanted to let you know that I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Please check out my blog http://spauldis.wordpress.com/ for details. Congratulations!

    1. Hi susan, I must have missed this! Thank you so much for the nomination!

  14. You sound like you have it all together. Retirement should be fun! You are going to be so busy!

    1. thank you! Your blog looks great and I look forward to more makeup tips 🙂

  15. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please feel free to ignore this nomination. If you wish to participate, the rules are explained in my post: http://sappyasatree.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/the-liebster-award-who-are-the-bloggers-in-your-neighborhood/

  16. Hello. I know you already have one, but I nominated you again for the One Lovely Blog Award. :o)

    1. Thank you very much! It’s really an honor!

  17. Hello, to you, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my post on my blog at http://mackey6.wordpress.com I hope you choose to accept it.

  18. Hi Terri , happy retiree in the making , shall I say…? just sighted yours through common network . all the best for your next phase of life from , coincidentally , me , also hanging up boots by end of this year , after 37 years in a corporate career…best wishes…raj

    1. Hi Raj, thanks for stopping by, congrats on your impending retirement as well! We can keep up with each other’s “escapades” on our blogs!

  19. Thank you Adel! I will take a look at your site today!

  20. Your goals are very specific. I like the list you’ve generated. I might add something similar to my about page.

  21. I am looking forward to following your blog , sounds like a lot of wonderful ideas are going to be generated through it lots of luck and happiness to you. Kathy.

  22. Great to meet you! I too retired in mid fifties and am enjoying life and writing. Glad to meet you! <3

  23. Hi. I stumbled across your blog in the Reader. I would love to hear more about women in leadership. Looking forward to following your journey.

    1. thanks again! there is another blogger I follow on this subject: @womenachievinggoals, you would like her!

  24. Hello 🙂

    I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. It’s an interesting way to meet new bloggers. You’re not obligated to participate, but if you want to, here are the details:

    https://crystalstylesthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/liebster-award/

    All the best!

  25. Thanking for stopping by and liking my posts photo sparkling or still

  26. Hello there! Just tuned into your blog and gave you a follow. If you want to see what’s up in my world, head on over to http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and enjoy yourself. Have a good one!

    1. Thanks for the follow! I’m now following you, too! Looking forward to your posts!

  27. Hi, Terri! No pressure to accept at all, but I have nominated you for the Virtual Tour Blog Award (and I apologize, because I think I also nominated you for the Liebster. That is one nomination too many between friends — my apologies). Here is my post:
    http://sappyasatree.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/pack-your-bags-virtual-tour-blog-award/

    1. Thank you Sandi! I really appreciate the honor!!

      1. You are very welcome! By the way, I got the name mixed up when I posted on your “About” page, but it is right in my blog (I think). It is the Virtual Blog Tour Award.

  28. Hi Terri, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award since I love your posts so much 🙂 Visit : http://thinkdowrite.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ to honour it 🙂 Have a great day and keep blogging 🙂

    1. Oh thank you very much!! That means a lot!! 🙂

    1. I just read your interview and found it very interesting and thank you for adding me as one of your favorite blogs. I am so glad that you enjoy reading my blog and I also look forward to reading your blog. Best wishes.

  29. I’ve nominated you for Versatile Blogger.
    As always, you are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge this nomination. My hope is that sharing these awards will help new readers find you – as they have for me.
    https://timeformythoughts.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/versatile-blogger-award/

    1. Thank you, Carol I am honored! I’ll check it out!

  30. I’ve also nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award.
    As always, you are under no obligation to accept or acknowledge this nomination. I enjoy your blog, and hope that this nomination encourages others to read it as well.
    https://timeformythoughts.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    1. My goodness! Oh the pressure! Thanks so much Carol. I’ve got some work to do!

      1. to be totally honest, these awards really are a lot of work. But I’m still new at this, so it’s kind of fun for me, too.
        no pressure.

  31. I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog. I was inspired to create a collage of examples regarding the Blogging 201 assignments AND included you! Hopefully this will send more support your way. Check out the post and the other blogs when you can. Thanks!

    https://izzyreadson.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/blogging-201-tuesday-mash-ups/#more-789

    1. Thank you, that was very kind! Just read your about page and wow! Now I am following 🙂

      1. (Lol) Thank you. It’s the least I can do. You’re doing such a great job

  32. Thanks for the like on my article ” All Caught Up in Stitches.”

  33. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. 🙂

  34. Thanks for the follow Terri.
    I love your very defined points of “why you blog” Looking forward to encouraging each other as fellow bloggers. Hopefully this will encourage us forward to achieve our goals! 🙂

    ~Carl~

    1. To you as well! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I think I learned those points from when I was in blogging 201 🙂

  35. Just came across your blog and it looks quite lovely. Looking forward to hearing more! 🙂

    1. Why thank you!! I shall check your out as well.

  36. Hi Terri. I hope you don’t mind… I invited you to take part in the Five Days Challenge. It involves posting photos and writing something to go with them. No worries if you’d rather not participate, but if you would like to, you can find the details here…
    https://throughthelensofmylife.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/solitude/
    If you do participate, have fun!

    1. Thanks, Terry, I kind of figured it was just a matter of time 😉 I’m happy to accept and will start on Monday!

      1. LOL! No Pressure! I know you take pictures and I know you write too, so I thought it might not be stressful, and would maybe be fun! 🙂

  37. I am about to invite you to the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. My post will be up the day after tomorrow. Feel free to participate or not to. It is all about having fun. You can read my first post about it here, if you like to: https://authorsbmazing.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/five-photos-five-stories-day-one-golden-sky/

    1. Sounds good. I can start next week when I get home.

  38. Glad to have stumbled across your blog. Look forward to reading more! http://unfiltereddiscourse.wordpress.com

  39. Terri,

    That’s just wonderful, relaxing fun! Your page is ridiculously popular and well deserved, since you write about what puts smiles on most people’s faces. I enjoy what you are doing. God bless and keep having fun!

    1. Thank you, Robert and I sure look forward to your posts! Your humor reminds me of my pastor. Very studious, knows how to illuminate the Word but funny as he** –well you know 🙂

  40. Thanks for following us Terri 🙂 Happy to have found your blog as well! We just moved to New Zealand and I am loving all the water sports here – I see lot of Stand up paddleboarding, looks fun! We just took up sea kayaking for now, and I can’t wait to get my refresher diving course done so can start scuba diving again 🙂 Look forward to sharing and reading more posts of life and outdoors leisure!

    1. I can’t wait to read about it all 🙂

  41. Thanks for connecting over on my blog Terri and good to get to know you better here.. Look forward to sharing your posts.. best wishes Sally

  42. Thank you for always responding to my blog posts and always inspiring me to write more. I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you for the Liebster award to showcase your blog. https://icecoffeecouture.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/i-have-been-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

    1. Thank you , Lucy! I love reading your blog. Thank you for the nomination!

      1. It’s a pleasure, felt you were very deserving of it.

  43. As I am soon to enter my 50s (sigh) I was inspired by your writing and your positive and upbeat attitude. I look forward to reading more as you venture forth in writing and your other interests. All the best as you work towards your goals! Happy blogging and travels from a travel family, Cheryl

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for your lovely comment and for the follow! I will certainly check out your blog–love to read travel blogs 🙂

      1. Thank you. Have a great day Terri.

  44. Hi there

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here are the details should you wish to proceed. I love your website.

    http://sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au/liebster-award-i-was-nominated/

    Have a lovely day!

    Regards
    Sue
    Sizzling Towards Sixty

    1. Thank you for the honor, Sue. Hope you had a Beautiful mother’s day!

  45. Hi Terri, I looked carefully to see if you do accept blog awards and didn’t find anything. I hope this doesn’t mean you stay away from these chain awards, as I would love you to accept it. Anyway, the post is here:

    http://notanothertallblog.com/2015/06/04/liebster-award-my-latest-blog-award-nomination/

    Regardless of whether you accept the award or not, have a great day/evening! 🙂

  46. Quite an interesting bio! I am nearing retirement. A child of the 50’s, my wife and I have 5 teenage daughters (all adopted) at home while our bio daughter is married and doing well. I am looking forward to travel and photography during the retirement years. I started to the blog as a preemptive entry into that sphere! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I enter many of the photo challenges that you do so we should run across each other from time to time.

    1. Hi Dennis, so nice to meet you! You sound like a busy dad. I shall come check out your blog and thank you for stopping by! Look forward to seeing your photos!

      1. Thank you Terri! And (phew!) I am busy. We have daughter #2 ready to go to college now with four more just behind her. Retirement will be the only solution after all that!

    1. Thank you very much! I will check it out!

      1. You are very welcome!!

    1. Thank you for the nomination, Tessa!

  47. Hi you have such an interesting place here! I’m anxious to participate in the Leisure Link blogging event! Headed out to browse around!

    1. Why thank you! I would love to have you participate! Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Hello. Just thought I’d let you know I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Link to my post here: https://phoenixgrey85.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/liebster-award-2/

      1. You’re quite welcome. 🙂

  49. Hi;. Nice to find your blog today, you sound a very vibrant and interesting lady. Looking forward to all your leisure posts.

    1. Hi Marje, so nice to meet you! thanks for the follow and I am following back. I like your blog and the topics on which you write! We must have some bloggers in common, because I have seen your name pop up in other bloggers’ comments 🙂

      1. Thanks for following Terri. Yes we share an interest in writing and photography so we do have bloggers that we follow in common. I found you via Julia’s Red Page. 🙂

  50. Great work and will follow your blog

  51. Really kind of the follow. I am a firm believer in leisure. Like which ever wise person said, ‘i love work; I can sit and watch it for hours’ personally I walk more than anything (apart from baking maybe) so I may bump into you in the great outdoors sometime, if not then in this blog!

    1. Thank you! Love that “quote!!”

  52. Hi. It’s great to meet you. 🙂

  53. Hi Terri, Thank you so much for the visit and follow, You got a nice blog, am looking forward on reading your future articles. Godbless.

  54. Hi Terri,
    I find this a fascinating blog. Love the pictures too.

  55. Just discovered your blog after you kindly liked a post or two of mine. Looking forward to following and enjoying your posts, perspectives and writing. Best wishes! TJ

  56. Hi Terri. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award, if you’d like to accept and there is no obligation, here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/sunshine-bloggers-award/

    1. Oh, thank you, Marje for the nomination! I appreciate you thinking of me 🙂

      1. You’re welcome Terri, very deserved, congratulations!

  57. Hi Terri – your blog looks terrific, and I love to see people over 50 (heehee, one of my blogs is http://www.howtobe50.wordpress.com) doing such cool stuff! Hope to see you around the blogosphere!
    Charlotte

    1. Thank you, Charlotte, how kind of you!

  58. Hi Terri! I just nominated you for an award. Thanks for your wonderful blog! https://peacefrompanic.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/sunshine-blog-award/

    1. Oh thank you, Jenny! Much appreciated!

  59. Hi Terri, just a quick note to say that as a token of my appreciation and staying with me, I have nominated you for the latest award I have received, Blogger Recognition Award. You don’t HAVE to accept it, but it would be nice if you did. 🙂 Here is the post where you can read more about my nomination:

    http://notanothertallblog.com/2015/09/30/blogger-recognition-award/

    Thanks for remaining a reader and follower of mine, much appreciated!

    1. Oh thank you Angie for the nomination, and I am flattered. I’ve been following you for a long time 🙂 Congrats on YOUR nomination of the award!

      1. Yes, you have been following me for a long time, which I really really appreciate!!! Thank you and you are welcome!

  60. Hi Terri, Really looking forward to exploring your blog further! I see we participate in some of the same photo challenges and I want to check out yours.

    Can I ask you a question please? I have just started a second blog and am trying to figure out how word press works. If you click on my name to get to my blog does it take you to my original blog ( nihongojapango) or my new photographic blog ( you inspire me). Interested to know as I want to get a collection of photographic blogs to follow under my photographic blog umbrella but in terms of the like and comment notifications everything just comes in jumbled up for both blogs.

    Hope that makes sense!
    Best regards Leanne

    1. Hi Leanne, thanks for checking out my blog and for following–back atcha! When I click on your name it goes to your main blog. I saw your photoblog in your menu.

      1. Thanks Teri That&s Great to know!

  61. “Leisure educator” – love that job title! I look forward to following along. I of course enjoy leisure and blogging, so I’m sure to enjoy your content!

    1. Thank you, Deb! I’m coming over to check yours out 🙂

  62. Thanks to Hugh, found your lovely blog. Such a great concept you have here, to write about leisure. It is so often overlooked. I am struck by how often folks retire and wait to die, having never cultivated the joy that can be found in recreation. I look forward to exploring more of your blog. ☺ Van

    1. Thank you,. Van, your comments are very encouraging!

  63. Great to meet you Terri, via our mutual and lovely friend Hugh 🙂 As a Brit who lived in California for almost 20 years and raised my three children there, I am always keen to find blogs like yours. You are right, there aren’t too many actual lifestyle blogs, I’m very grateful to Hugh for leading me to you and will look forward to reading your posts. Hubby and I have just got ourselves a motorhome (RV…but not like the big American ones, lol!) and I hope to start posting more about our adventures at some point. I too love taking photos and join with challenges when I can, but as I wind my way through the second draft of my memoir, my blogging time is limited at the moment. But I did just want to visit you and say it’s lovely to meet you ~ Sherri 🙂

    1. So nice to meet you, Sherri, and thank you for your kind words! Good luck on your memoirs!

      1. You’re very welcome Terri, and thank you so much!

  64. Terri, I love the idea of a blog about leisure! I think it’s a lost art. We work too hard and for too long. Not to mention take live too seriously. I’m glad you found my blog, thanks for following. Hope you’ll stop by often, doors always open at Jean’s Writing.

  65. Wonderful to meet you Terri. Love the look of your blog which I’ve only just discovered and look forward to exploring more. Cheers from a wonder lusting travel loving woman from Australia.

    1. Thank you, Miriam, for stopping by and following!

  66. this is so weird but I am following your blog but in the notification (where you commented) it says I am not following you. 😕 anyway, i will click the follow button so dont be surprised. 😀

    1. I think everyone has to re-follow, and thanks so much, Berry 🙂

  67. Hi Terri, popped over because Janice Wald said you were a cool, blogging friend ergo…here I am…and near blog too…I think I’m following you but being somewhat rubbish at social media, I may not be…so quote me not.

    I will attempt to link up on Twitter and Facebook….but again one might…find that a bit 🤔

    Have a great weekend and don’t tell Janice I think she’s cool 😁

    1. Hi Gary, I think we “met” last week. Yeah, she is pretty cool and I appreciate you stopping by. Good luck with the SM 🙂

      1. Hi Terri, you are absolutely right!! Put it down to short term memory loss and a good dose of DOH! I can’t keep up with all the stuff Janice throws out…it’s one heck of a learning curve 🙃

  68. HI. Terri! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on the dangers of exercising in extreme heat. I guess living in CA you are well versed in that subject. Am enjoying my visit to your little corner of the blogosphere.

    1. Thank you! So sorry…your lovely comment landed in my spam folder. Thanks for checking it out 🙂

  69. I like your About page, Terri. You have turned what you love into a great profession from the sounds of this. Good for you! I’m excited that you live in CA. My goal, besides enjoying retirement, is to inspire those who are new to blogging, or need some encouragement to Just Write! My blog is not nearly so well developed professionally as yours, nor are my products or business, but I’m just beginning to move in that direction from recreational blogging for four years. I look forward to getting better acquainted. 🙂 I enjoy your blog, and I’ll be back! 🙂

    1. Aww, thanks, Marsha…we are geographically close as well 🙂 I subscribed to your newsletter (and e-book?) on your other blog Just Right!

      1. That’s awesome. I need help with those. I’ve got most of the first ones written, I just haven’t sent any out yet. Do you have yours automated. I love the way your site looks, including the sign-up widget. 🙂

      2. I just started using FeebBlitz and have only a few new subscribers. I am also self-hosted using wordpress.org on Blue Host. My theme is 2016. I like it for the most part!

      3. Mine is exactly the same. Yours looks a lot better. I’m not pleased with my sidebar, and the lack of fonts and sizes. BTW, my post quoting you will come out on June 8th.

      4. I may end up buying a premium theme. I don’t like the way the featured image posts (double). thanks for quoting me! I’m honored! And see, these comments did not go to spam 🙂

      5. Yeah! I don’t understand it, totally, but I went into my settings and changed them from someone needs a first time approval. Now they should not need approval, but some of mine still did.

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