Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Shootout: Signs

I'm all off guys...and I'm sorry. Here's my post for last week's topic!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

You are beautiful.

It seems to me that the people who take the most beautiful photographs are the ones that open themselves up to witnessing the most beautiful things.

Look longer. Breathe deeper. And realize that all that stands before you is a miracle of grand proportions. Frame it. Focus on it. And depress the shutter. Capture the beauty that exists everywhere. And, don't forget to share it.

Make yourself a witness every day of your life. And realize that you too are a part of the amazement.

You are beautiful.

Flying Home by Galway Kinnel

A Poem I found in Oprah's magazine years ago that I tore out - recopied - shared - and kept. Because I love it.

Flying Home
Written by Galway Kinnel

...Very likely she has always understood what I have slowly learned...

that love is hard
that while many good things are easy, true love is not.
because love is first of all a power, its own power,
which continually must make its way forward from night into day,
from transcending union always forward into difficult day.

And as the plane descends, it comes to me...
that once the lover recognizes the other, knows for the first time what is most to be valued in another,
from then on, love is very much like courage,
perhaps it is courage, and even perhaps...only courage.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Gratitude-day

It's good practice to recognize the good in everything.
It doesn't change the challenge of things, but it does slant the way you perceive things - and to me that's worth it.

Today I'm thankful for:

1. Being up early has allowed me to witness a world that starts long before I usually do. I saw at least two people over the age of 60 jogging before I even got to work. I’m grateful to have witnessed this.

2. I realize every day how lucky I am to experience deep meaningful love with the people in my life. I could talk about any number of people in a given moment and get tears in my eyes based purely out of love.

3. I’ve got a huge list of songs that I want to download all opened up to me because I agreed to push my boundaries and participate in a mix swap. Now I’m writing down song after song that I love and never heard before. It’s a great experience.

4. On a completely unexpected whim I allowed myself a few indulgences in the dress and accessory category. Among them is this awesome necklace that I’m happy to say makes me squeal in joy when I look at it.

Monster of Negativity

I will always try to change a situation before I let it change me. That’s not to say that I’m inflexible, I will always be open to growth. However if I notice that something in my current reality has me feeling heavy, down or negative – I am going to change it, or at the very least my perception of it.

I want to say this gently, because it isn’t by any means meant to be a hard set of rules or a judgment…just something to consider. Admittedly, some circumstances in life put us in a place of prolonged struggle and we deal with those however we can for as long as we need to. Certain pains are outside of the reality of this post.

But what I want to say is this:

Venting is healthy. Dwelling is not. Especially when that dwelling starts to cast a heavy dark shadow over you that leaks out to everyone around you.

We aren’t always going to like to the situations that we find ourselves in. I’m certain of this. It’s hard to change. It’s hard to stretch our comfort zones. It’s hard when we feel compromised for any reason.

However if we spend every moment resisting situations…well, then they become bigger negative situations with more power. We then risk forgetting how to enjoy life because we are too busy reflecting the bad things.

I do want to say in all honesty that I believe venting is good. Pretending is not necessarily healthy either. Try to push the stress out vocally – but don’t let it cloud your every moment. Live in the better parts of reality. Genuinely find the good. Appreciate the individuals sharing the struggle with you. Appreciate the people who spend their time helping you to see the good. And if something is really just not working – find ways to modify it until it is.

It’s okay to make positive change in life – but it’s always easier to see possibility and to make change when you don’t allow yourself to become a monster of negativity along the way.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Warm and Fuzzy

Today represents a different kind of start for me. I was out of bed when the nighttime camping bugs were still singing their Kumbaya's.

With a little help from my friends (and divine inspiration from the road) I've surrendered my resistance for today and landed on a feeling...

What do you like best about the early morning hours?

Friday, August 21, 2009

I'm Sorry

I’ve been a selfish blogger recently…and I’m sorry.

I’ve been trying to collect my self – anxiety is on high and I really want to make my way through it without spreading it like the plague. So, with that, I have gone a bit silent.

I’m on a retreat inside my head.

But I will share this little something I wrote about photography – my reason to cling the art form…my inspiration for my own work.

“Although a photo lens can capture an image in the hands of anyone – a photo isn’t art until it can transport you, absorb you, bring you into a moment entirely outside of your own.

I want my photos to have sound, taste and emotion – all instigated by the eye.”

Yogi Teabag Quote of the Day - "Recognize that you are the truth."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Novella in My Shirt

After itching my way around the house this morning, I took scissors to the inside of my shirt only to find a stack or information four tags deep.

I don't know about you, but I don't make it a point to sit down and read my shirt tags while tipping back my little cup of coffee.

There certainly must be a better practice than this, no?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

Do you ever just want to go backwards in time for a moment and recapture some of the past. I miss the people I was born into the same house with. I want an unplanned lock-in. A night to just be a family again.

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone?"

What do you miss most about being a child?

Here I Will Find Rest

I’m in a space. A dainty little living room inside my head. Here I toss open the delicately patterned blinds, water the flowers, and gently fold a quilt over the back of the couch. Sunshine pours in and I throw myself back into the cushions. Mentally flipping through the pages of my life, I drift off to sleep. Here I will find rest.
Other things going on in my life…

1. I’m entering a writing contest with an essay and I’ve really had my head wrapped around making it right before shipping it off. I’d share it here, but that would disqualify me from entering it.
2. I’m not comfortable making mixes for people, but I’ve been trying to stretch my boundaries and I’ve taken on the making of one. For some people that may be a small task, for me it has been consuming. However, I am enjoying it thoroughly.
3. I’m just a bit emotionally exhausted and I’m taking a bit of time to collect myself.
4. I saw Julie and Julia and I’m completely in love with the movie. So. So. So. So Good.
5. I want and need to take a photography class.
6. And, to be honest work is busier than ever…so I’ve really been consumed.

What’s going on in your lives?
What are you doing to keep yourself enriched?
What's the most beautiful thing you've seen lately?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Downtown Cleveland - Unentered and Uncensored

Here are a few more of the shots I liked from my day of taking photographs in downtown Cleveland!

Yogi Teabag Quote of the Day: "Love what is ahead by loving what has come before."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First Photo Contest

I just entered my first ever photo contest so I'm here simply asking you to send some good vibes my way - if you'd be that kind!

It would make my day.

I'm excited that I took the time to even do it! (And that Elizabeth took the time to tell me about it in the first place - thank you thank you thank you.)

Yeah for follow through!!!

Here's an unentered photo from the series that I took. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Circa 1998 - Nick

I wanted to share this photograph that i took of my brother for my college photography class.

I was cleaning out my bedroom last night for approximately 3 hours...and uncovered so many things from my life during the end of highschool/beginning of college period.

I went through such a range of emotions looking through things, spending at least one hour allowing myself to mourn the past and all the parts of me that it kept for itself.

Nick and I were hip to hip for a lot of his growing up (and mine too). I'm just so proud of him and everything he's accomplished as an adult, but I also can't help but feel a little sad looking back and see how much time has gone by.

The moments in life pass us as quickly as they approach - it's so important that we give our all to the people we share our current moments with. The people that are standing in front of us letting us know that "This time with you matters. I'm here now because I want to be."

I can't believe how much I'd give to go back and just relive a few of my memories with the people that were and are so important to me.

We may not realize it at the time, but each moment is part of a collection of time that dwindles with each passing day. The faces and voices that occupy today can too quickly turn into memories and "i wish I saw you more(s)" and "I miss you so much(es)".

Don't take it all for granted. Figure out the things that matter most to you and hang onto them with every fiber of your being. Keep your place amongst the people that care for you. Don't get distracted with useless problems or with people who aren't giving back. Look around and love what is before you - NOW.

You have to attend to the things that you want to sustain.

Yogi teabag quote of the day: "The moment you love, you are unlimited."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Shootouts - Power (Zest for Life)

I took power to mean "zest for life". And this is where I get mine.

Hanging out with people that know what it means to be alive and have fun.

Drinking tea, receiving inspirational quotes, and photography.

Reading as much as I possibly can.

And good old sunshine when we are blessed enough to see it!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great News And a Second Blog

I've started a second blog on going green!

Serendipitously today, the day after starting it, I won a Composter from Gaiam!

Join my Seasoned Eats blog if you are interested in learning how to take every day circumstances and live them a little greener.

I'm new to the learning as well... so we can start together! It's important. And each of us can make a difference.

Of course I'll still be posting here as well! I love this blog - and my camera!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I was occupying myself while waiting in my car yesterday and I had a doodling desire.

Meet more of the the Doodlebirds.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Balls of Yarn - But Not How You Would Expect

I was going to title this post "Things that Frighten Me" and mingle this online find in with other things that have been jittering my mind lately.

Then I realized that this is good enough to have its own post...and that I'm not really frightened so much as completely made curious.

Check out this knitted creation by Anne Maltz complete with, well, EVERYTHING.

What do you think about this art project?

It's official - I'm obsessed

I love this photo supply store.

Once I get my next paycheck I'm going to reward myself with a treat.

What should I get?
corner stick-ums

Also, isn't this a fun gift to buy for someone?
doodle frame

Sidenote: I'm collecting old windows to turn into paintings and photo frames.

I have such a need to create right now.

Here's to hoping that I follow through!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Self Portrait - Featuring the Original Myspace

I am a balance of everything I have liked, disliked and discovered while amongst friends.

Rejection - it's spelled the same at 17 and 31

Facebook is a treasure to me. I love it for connecting. However I have noticed that it opens doors for me to get rejected over my 17 year old failings at the age of 30.

The friend request that is ignored. The letter that goes unanswered. The apology not accepted, because "Jamie, I don't care about that anymore" which really means "Jamie, I don't care about you at all." And I know. It's logical. I get it. But it's rejection the same.

And some days my brain gets fixated on it and I can't figure out why.

It's like I want to keep hitting that "Request so-and-so as a friend" button, because surely they just didn't see it the first time. They can't still dislike me. They are friends with this person and that person...could I have been that worthless of an old connection?

The answer is a resounding "YES".

Sometimes we just are that something that other people don't have a need for. And that should be okay.

I must move on from it and let it go. It's not important, I know.

But rejection is spelled the same at 17 and 31 - and seeing it any other way is easier said than done.

Daily Inspiration From Yogi

Some days acting from a place of love can be challenging...we all have our moments.

However, when we figure out a way to embrace others AND OURSELVES we change for the better.

Who could you show more love to today?

Reach out and see how different you feel.