Simona D'Auria

We all need some magic

Finding some magic moments in our busy week it's so much needed and simpler than we might think. It's just a matter of using the whole spectrum of our senses...
A glimpse of the forest covered in snow
Snowy Monday in the forest

Hey everyone!

This is just a short story I posted on Instagram yesterday.

I thought to publish that here too on a Monday as a way to bring some magic to the beginning of a busy week for us all. In fact, my Mondays have always been filled with an unpleasant, anxious feeling, as I often felt forced to re-enter kind of a “boring reality mode” after a couple of days of distraction from the everyday life. Maybe you can relate to that? 😉

It wasn’t the vacation that I wanted to prolong, but that sense of being able to live my life to the fullest by doing what I was passionate about. Avoiding that unpleasant feeling of being stuck in a boring life has been so important to me, that since I was young I’ve done all my best to make sure to be able to do whatever job I just loved to do, regardless of whether that would bring me money or carrier. That of course has caused much struggle, as my parents were often not happy with my unconventional, in their opinion unwise choices 🥴

Anyhow, Mondays aside, I think we all need to season our days with some magic to make the most of them, and “magic” to me is just a way to enjoy the mystery of the Universe surrounding us by using the whole spectrum of our senses, something which somehow seldom happens in our everyday life as we have been kind of forced to “cut ourselves off them” …

But back to the story …

I was sitting in the forest the other day, enjoying the relaxing view of the snow that was falling abundantly. There was a soft and soothing atmosphere all around, as the sounds of the wood were absorbed by the fresh snow covering the ground and the trees whit its mantle.

It was so pleasantly quite that I must have entered a sleepy trance, as I found myself staring for a long while at a dark gap among the trees standing in front of me in the distance, where the falling snow looked so defined against that midnight blue background.

It was such an enchanting view and I was really tempted to reach that place, but I knew that it was just one of the many illusions created by the forest. In fact, had I stood up and walked towards it, the magic would disappear as soon as I’d stepped into that gap, as the darkness would dissolve along with the contrast. It’s a bit like when you are trying to chase a misty horizon that moves further forward every time you think you’ve reached it. Watch out! The forest is so good at creating optical illusions! I don’t know how many times it has made me walk for hours following some deceiving light 😁

So, this time, I decided to resist its tricks and rather than moving towards that magical place, I zoomed into it with my camera, closer and closer ….

The darkness was still there, the falling snow was even more defined … and the magic was preserved … ✨✨✨

That simple, unwilling act of staring at the falling snow, resulted in a precious moment of calmness and mindfulness, that has brought so much peace into my busy mind, restored my good mood and all my energies …. and it was achieved by just getting a hold of the magic that exists all around us.

I wish you can enjoy your magic moment this week! You don’t need a snowfall or a forest to find it, just let it go, trust your senses, connect with nature and the magic will find you.

I would love to hear about your magic moments! Leave a comment below if you feel to!

Before saying goodbye … I just wanted to let you know that I managed to get 30% discount from my posters supplier! It is valid till 31-03-2023 so don’t miss it! Have a look here and use discount code ARTIST11340 at checkout. Hope you’ll enjoy it 😊

Till next time, take good care of you 🌹

Love, Simona 🤍🤍🤍


Simona D'Auria

Hi! My name is Simona and I am a photographer and an illustrator in love with the natural world.

I live in Sweden in a small village on the forest hills, where I moved a few years ago leaving behind the busy city of London to pursue my artistic activity. ​This has been a long time dream that I eventually managed to fulfil. I have never regretted it!​​

Nature is my only place to be, hiking my way to explore it and photography is one of the means I use to record the fantastic stories I am so lucky to witness during my excursions. Many of these stories also turn into graphics or illustrations.