About Me


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!

Face your fears. Windsurfing in Baja, Mexico.
I try to live by this motto!

I am grateful to have a lifestyle that involves lots of physical activities like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), camping, hiking, walking the dogs, and travel.

Walking into the Slot Canyon in Valley of Fire

My love of photography inspires my posts which reflect my leisure places & 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.

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 are open to everyone.

  • Sunday Stills Photo Challenge hosted by me is a themed, weekly photography feature with new bloggers joining each week.     
  • Cee’s Photography hosts several of her own photo challenges and keeps a listing of other blogger’s photo challenges.

A Self-Published Author 

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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.

No Excuses Fitness Cover

My next book, No Excuses Fitness, is currently in production. Here is an example of the cover. 

Here is a little more about me:

2020 was a pivotal year not just because the world experienced the Coronavirus pandemic but also because my husband and I made the decision in early 2020 to move out of Northern California to Spokane in Northeastern Washington state. As of March 2021, we are moved into our brand new home in Nine Mile Falls and enjoying the retired life on a half-acre of land surrounded by mountains and pine trees.

WHY DO I BLOG? These are my goals:

  • The goal of this blog is to educate people about the importance of leisure and a healthy lifestyle, one blog post at a time! 
  • I love photography and constantly take pics with my Lumix FZ-300 and my Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. Sharing these photos in posts and on Instagram is a much-loved hobby!

    If you like what you have read so far, please join me at “Second Wind Leisure Perspectives”



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  22. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I
    truly enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other
    blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
    Appreciate it!

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  26. You certainly have lots going on in your leisure life. So do all of us in our large family. I look forward to reading from your varied topics. I too plan to blog a book filled with my various life stories and interests. They’re way too varied to peg them into one category. I’m glad to meet you.

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  28. HI, Terri! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post More bad news on extra belly fat. Congrats on your retirement! That’s a wonderful achievement. You certainly seem to be doing a great job of it. Really like your photography, too.

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  35. What a wonderful About-me-page. I always read people’s About-page just to know which interests people have, what they do or have done. I think that About-page is a window to blogger’s world, telling about his / her world with text and photos.

    It is a richness that we all are different with different hobbies and interests, but at same time finding some similar things which touch both readers and the blogger itself. Although I am a senior citizen, my life differs from yours, but at same time, there are similar things like life activities and finding things, which keep us young and our brains fresh. Retirement is not the end of life, but the beginning of new active life.

    Here is my About me.

    Cheers from the Winter Wonderland – Finland.

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  43. 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.

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  44. 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 🙂

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  45. 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

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  47. 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

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  48. 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:


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

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  49. 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!

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    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 🙂

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  50. 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.

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  53. 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

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  54. 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!

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    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!

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  61. onehundredtwentythreedays

    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.

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  62. 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

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      1. LifestyleswithLia

        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!!

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  66. 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.

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      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!

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