By Ramona Flightner/ @ramonaflightner

As I read articles about writing, one of the frequently suggested pieces of advice is to have a daily writing schedule. Have a goal, write 1,000 words, write for one hour, etc. In my writing life, I have not had much success at following guidelines. I have, instead, embraced the take-it-as-it-comes method. So far, that has worked for me. Regimenting my writing seems in direct opposition to the joy I find in writing and the process I have established.

And yet, there is something to be said for the soothing nature of constancy. In this world that seems to be changing at an ever-rapid pace, I relish the constant aspects of my life. I traveled home recently to Montana. I waited eagerly for my first glimpse of the mountains, the sky, the clouds. I know it sounds cliché, but everything truly is different in the West. As the plane approached my city, the moon was a brilliant orange, a clear sign of smoke from forest fires. After passing through a cloud bank, the luminescent moon had disappeared and I could barely make out the shadows of the mountains. As I got off the plane, there was a moment between the plane and the jet-way where I could smell the air and it was fresh with the scent of pine and home. I could feel all the cares from the East start to melt away.

On the drive home with my parents, cloud lightning ricocheted above from cloud to cloud, illuminating the mountains. However, I never feel as though I am truly home until that first morning when I look out the windows and see the view that I looked at, and took for granted, for eighteen years. This year, I gave thanks for that constancy in my life. For still being able to return to my childhood home. For old friends. For finding such tremendous joy out of the beauty of my home. For no matter where I go, I realize Montana will always be my home. And the constancy of that is soothing.

© Ramona Flightner

  • candace

    so happy to hear you are deeply enjoying yourself in Montana- you deserve it.

  • Margo

    Hi Ramona! Im glad you were able to make it home this summer! I always knew Montana was beautiful, even though I have never been. Your description just now, made it seem so vivid. Its like a different world compared to Boston huh?! Do you have any pics of the view from your yard? I don’t think I have ever seen any.

    • Hi Margo! Thanks for visiting the site and commenting. I didn’t take a picture early in the trip and then the smoke moved in from forest fires. I will take one next time and send it to you. I hope you are well and enjoying summer!

  • Laura

    Love this :)

  • Courtney

    Beautiful, sensory provoking post.

  • Never been to Montana, but would love to go. It sounds beautiful!

    • Hi Peggy,
      Thanks for visiting. To me it is a very beautiful place and I am very thankful to have such a place to return home to.

  • Jen FitzGerald

    Sounds like a fantastic trip. I’d love to visit Montana someday.

    • Hi Jen,
      Thanks for visiting. It was a great trip and I hope you are able to visit MT sometime. It is a beautiful place.

An Austin DesignWorks Production