Category Archives: So I started thinking.

Breathe out the bad.

This week has been an insanely crazy week. One that has challenged my faith and self confidence. I am trying to keep in mind that when we are gifted with an obstacle in life it can play one of two roles.

1. We can CHOOSE to have it influence us for good by leaning into the hard things and pressing through them and learning every possible morsel of awesomeness that our Heavenly Father has in store for us. (Easier said then done. Ha! Don’t I know it!)

2. We can also CHOOSE to let fear and doubt shield us from what might be the opportunity we’ve been waiting for.

You choose.

I am choosing to breathe in the good.

 

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EnLIGHTen me…

“So you want to be a [photographer] kid? Well whoop dee do!” (Name that reference! 20 points, what is it with me and Disney references lately!?)

Light is quite a hurtle in photography. A hurtle that I cannot conquer alone. I enlisted the help of the folks at Arrow & Apple to help me out and I am excited to get started with their e-course! Check out some of images that inspire me on my Pinterest board. —->Here

Wish me luck!

Arrow and Apple lighting e-course
light and girl who is confused

Am I doing this right? (Thats rhetorical, please don’t answer that. : )))))

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Your mother’s type of 30 Day Challenge ; )

Okay so this isn’t your normal 30 day challenge. I’m not asking you to give up cookies, or even exercise for 30 days, although those are good things that I should be doing. I’m asking you to join with me in refining who we are to help us live a fuller life.

I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and she had Elizabeth Gilbert on the show.  Gilbert encouraged us to ask these three questions  everyday and to record it so we can see our progress and  live our fullest life.

  1. What makes you really, really, really happy? (today,yesterday, tomorrow whatever comes)
  2. What was your happiest moment today? (I answer this at the end of the day)
  3. Refine your personal mantra.*

*This requires that you be 100% honest with yourself. Your personal mantra is what you are always telling yourself, NOT what you want to tell yourself. So if your always looking in the mirror and saying you need to lose some weight or change your hair, that is part of your mantra! If you’re okay with that mantra then I suppose your fine, but if you don’t like that, change it. I did this and it was eye opening! I’m guilty of thinking negatively of myself and am working on changing that!

So here’s the challenge, answer these questions EVERYDAY for 30 days, and write it down in a journal.

Then lets see what happens! Please share what you discover!

 

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In focus.

It is said that a picture says a thousand words. This LIFE photo essay moved my soul. I saw it in a museum over a month ago and when I am completely still, my mind wanders to it. We have the capacity to be EXTRAordinary like the woman featured in this photo essay and the man who captured it.

Happiest Monday Wishes.

Lets make this the best week of our lives. ; )

Photo back story: This image was taken by Eugene Smith a photographer for LIFE. Published in 1951, Eugene followed, Maude Callen, a midwife and nurse, on her 16 hour work days. She is comforting an elderly patient of hers who is paralyzed. She was the only nurse for this community and she loved her patients to fullest!

My heart breaks with this photo, and yet I feel overwhelmed with love at the same time. Gosh!!!! Photography can be so amazing!

*Sorry for the small picture size, I will find a better one and upload it soon!

The Minimalist Memoir

I’ve always been intrigued by Hemingway’s shortest essay. In only 6 words he captured a deep and meaningful story.

If you haven’t read it, it goes like this: “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

So in walks Oprah. She encouraged the readers of her magazine to come up with their story in 6 words. So I started thinking what would my story sound like:

Shoot! Where’s my phone? Found it!

or something like this:

The perfect man, dang, he’s married.

or maybe this:

Mood swings, cramps, bloating, dangit again.

If you had to describe your life in 6 words what would it be? Click an image below for inspiration:

To read more on these, most of them more inspirational then my own, refer to the following links:

http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Six-Word-Memoirs-O-Magazine-Mini-Memoirs/

and

http://www.smithmag.net

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