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Day 151: Beauty

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Day 151: Beauty. I love this time of year! Beauty is all around us. Just look at all the signs of life around us. The grass is greener than green. The birds are all singing. The flowers and the tree’s blooms are in their glory. Noticing new birth all around, calves, colts, fillies, fawns. We have been given a great gift this spring after a “longer than normal” winter!

I am finding beauty everywhere! Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” For me, it is hard NOT to see the beauty that is around me!

Hoping that all of you can make it outside today to find the beauty that is so abundant in our environment this time of year. As a photographer I am giddy with all the awesome photo “opps” around me!

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Day 150: Family

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Day 150: Family. Sharing an awesome quote about family from Michael J. Fox, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

If you don’t have family, what do you have? Friends and coworkers can come and go, but you have your family forever. Your family knows you more than any other group does. They love you for who you are, faults and all. Thank goodness!

It is disheartening to know that there are some families out there who have members that have been alienated or disowned for various reasons. What a very sad commentary. Just remember the Hatfields and McCoys, whose families were intertwined through marriage. Instead of finding ways to mend their broken families, they CHOSE to kill each other generation after generation.

I have always had a very hard time understanding this horrible story! To me this situation boiled down to hurt feelings and pride. If they would have been able to see the whole picture and how destructive and silly and sad they had been, maybe this horrible story might have ended decades before. I am sure there were some on each side that could not come up with a good reason for the killings, they did it just because it has “always been this way.”

In the scheme of things, we are on this earth for a very short time. Why not “let bygones be bygones,” “bury the hatchet,” swallow your pride and apologize. Profess your love for one another and go on with a renewed sense of humility and kindness for one another. Besides, living with love in your heart instead of hate, is better for your health and longevity.

Living with love in your heart, instead of hate, is a message that we should all take to heart.

May you all have families that love and cherish you!

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Day 149: Motivate Monday

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Day 149: Motivate Monday. Here is a motivational quote from pastor Joel Osteen to get your Monday going in an inspirational way, “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.”

Faith, trust, attitude, gratefulness are the positive qualities that give you “a leg up” on your colleagues and peers. They are the qualities that are the ingredients for a successful life.

If we could all have these qualities, the world would be a much better place. These attributes have a way of rubbing off on others. Positivity is infectious! All of us knows a person who is a “curmudgeon.” Just being around someone like this brings us down and we want to get away from him or her. I know I do!

I challenge you to go out there and be that “positive” person and spread your happiness around to as many people as you can! As they say, “kill them with kindness.”

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Day 147: Art Quote of the Day

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Day 147: Art quote of the day! Happy Friday! Sharing a quote with you from one of my all time favorite artists, Georgia O’Keefe, “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

I find her quote to be so very true. When you make art, as I do in photography, you are putting your work out there for all to see. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself and “your stuff” out there. If someone does not like our art we feel it and some times are offended. Artists range the gamut, there are potters, weavers, painters, graphite artists, sculptors, carvers, floral arrangers, singers, musicians, bloggers (a shout out to my fellow bloggers) and I could go on forever (not really). All artists put their heart and soul into their work, and even blood, sweat and tears some times.

Everyone, whether you yourself are an artist or not, has their own idea of what they think good art is. What I am trying to say is that art is subjective. What one person thinks is good art is different from someone else’s view of good art. Viewing art is a visceral thing, it reaches us to our very core. What we might feel from a piece of art might not move us like it would for someone else. I think you know what I mean.

Making photographs and making art moves me and it always will! Whatever you do this weekend, find something to do that moves you!

What moves you? Catch you later!

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Day 142 of 365: Guard Against It

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Day 142: Guard against it! There is one thing that you should guard yourself against in all your relationships as well as your marriage. That one thing is PRIDE.

Pride builds up walls that prevent open, intimate and loving relationships. Pride can cause a person to have an unhealthy sense of self-importance over others. Remember the Bible story of the Tower of Babel and what happened to those prideful people?

Instead, we should be a people of humility. Humility deflates our unhealthy sense of self, puts the focus on the other person and removes the tension and competitiveness in our relationships.

In our marriages, if we have humility we have an open and unselfish heart, free to love our mate unconditionally. That is what true love is after all.

One of my favorite songs is “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. It reminds us to do all those things we were taught to do in kindergarten. I think our world needs to take a lesson in humility!

Some wise words from the Bible, “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love,” Ephesians 4:2.

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It’s About Time

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Day 141 of 365: It’s About Time. I bet that is what you have been thinking about why I haven’t posted on my blog for 4 days, or maybe not. Ha! I have missed not writing on my blog, so here it goes.

Sharing a quote from BrainyQuote.com that reads, “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions define us,” by Virginia Satir.

I find there is a lot of wisdom in this quote and here’s why. The people that label you or call you a name, do they really know you? I say they do not. We have all heard the old saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” right? The people that misjudge us don’t really know us, because if they did they would not rush to judgment and give us a label.

There is a lot of name calling and judgment going around these days. I don’t know if it is because we are all so very divided? Maybe it is because we don’t feel good about ourselves and want to feel superior over someone else, so we put a derogatory label on them. It might be because we have lost sight of simple human kindnesses in this chaotic world and just don’t _ _ _ _  a _ _ _ _ about others anymore. I don’t know, but what I do know is it is very troubling!

We HAVE to be our own advocate! We cannot rely on others to define who we are and what we want to be. We need to “toot our own horn” as they say and not feel bad about it! In this “dog eat dog” world you must! Sorry for all the cliches!

Go out there, do your thing and do it well! Be the person you were put on this earth to be. Don’t make excuses. If you fall down, get right back up and keep trucking. Lastly, those who know you, know you for who you truly are, and they love you for it!!!

Have you ever been misjudged?

 

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Day 139 of 365: SUCCESS

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Day 139: SUCCESS is the word for today. Thomas A. Edison said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

I find a lot to truth in this quote! When I think about things I really want to do, I think about how much work will be required. Sometimes I psyche myself out thinking about all the many hoops I have to “jump through” to get to my goal.

It is much less overwhelming to think about the process as individual steps. One step done is one step closer to the goal. Setting a daily goal is important. Nothing feels better than crossing things off your list of things to do! Liberating to be sure.

So the next time you think of quitting before you finish, think about taking that big task one step at a time. Or as Thomas Edison says, “try just one more time.” When I was in the Army, I hated running and had to drag myself out to prepare for the “PT test.” I would always divide my mile run into “just one lap at a time” until I got to four. Using this tactic was not nearly as daunting for me.

Here’s to you, never, never, never, never quit!

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Day 138 of 365: Party Time is Here!

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Day 138: Spring is party time! I would venture to say that everyone has longed for Spring after an unusually LONG winter. We are finally having spring now! The animals are excited, the humans are excited, the plants and grass are thriving! The temperatures are even warming up, not as much as I would like, but we shouldn’t be too greedy.

Spring is like finally being freed from bondage. The bondage of winter where we hole up in our homes and become couch potatoes. I used to spend more of my winters outside doing things like skiing, but my days of skiing are over. Arthritis and aging are cruel. When the temperature warms up and the sun is out, you see people come out of the woodwork. I really saw this happen in Alaska when Spring would finally arrive!

Not to change the subject, but I am going to anyway. My favorite comedian, who left this world way too soon, is Robin Williams. His passing hit me harder than any other celebrity’s death. I guess it was because I have had a history of anxiety and depression as well. I dare say he was just as talented, if not more, as a serious actor as he was a comedian! The movies, “The Dead Poets Society” and “Good Will Hunting” are just a few of the finest examples of his acting talent.

His stand-up comedy shows were hilarious, especially his “Live on Broadway” show in 2002. I invite you to watch it if you are in need of a ZILLION laughs. My favorite parts are about golf and Viagra. Now you know what kind of humor I enjoy. He is as funny as he is raunchy. I am a mother of 3 boys, so I have seen and heard it all before and am not easily offended!

Apart from a tribute to my fave comedian, I would like to share one of Robin’s many meaningful quotes, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!”

Hope you have a day full of joy, laughter and partying that a Spring day can bring! Have a great weekend!

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Day 137 of 365: High time for Haiku!

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Day 137: It’s high time for some more Haiku today! This type of poem is new to me, but seems to be growing on me! Just like this new wildflower that peeks out from the cold ground in early spring.

Struggle, more struggle,

angst, worry and frustration,

my epiphany.

This poem is in response to a job that I had that I toiled and toiled over until I finished it! Patience is a hard thing to come by but I am glad I had what it took to get to the finish line!

Here is a quote on patience that I like by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Do you consider yourself a patient person?

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Day 136 of 365: Families

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Day 136: Family Limerick:

There once was a woman and a man,

before long there was a handsome clan,

a lass and three boys,

house of toys and noise,

I remember those days while I can.

Families are precious and meant to be cherished! When you think of it, if you don’t have family, what do you have?

Remembering, with sadness, the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush with one of her special quotes about the family, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”

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