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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!

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

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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 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 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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Day 134 of 365: Motivational Quote

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Day 134: My motivational quote of the day is, “Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl,” by Benjamin Jowett.

I absolutely love this quote for several reasons.

  • First, it is non-apologetic! Love the phrase, “let them howl.” Others be damned.
  • Second, it conveys that we don’t give up on our mission, whatever that may be.
  • Third, we don’t have to explain why we do what we do! So liberating!
  • Fourth,” just do it” like Nike says. Don’t talk about it, don’t make excuses for not doing it and just make it happen. I like being proactive!

This might just be my new mantra! Let me know what you think!

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Day 121 of 365: Let your light shine!

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Day 121: Let your light shine! Here is a quote by Dwight L. Moody, “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”

This is an awesome quote, it tells us to shine our light without letting anyone know or without boasting about it. Like the lighthouse we are to “do what we do” and in doing so, others will notice, even if we do not broadcast it.

Letting our light shine is living our day to day life with happiness, passion and confidence in our purpose! It is like dancing or singing when you think no one is watching or listening. The confidence to “do what you do” and not worry about what others might think of you. That is hard, but that is how you do it! The older I get the easier it is to not worry about what other people think.

Go out and “do what you do” like no one is watching!

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Day 119 of 365: CHOICES

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Day 119: Today’s topic is CHOICES! Life is full of them. You can make good ones or you can make bad ones. The choice is up to you! Life is too short to waste on making bad choices, so why not make good choices?

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely,” a great quote by Roy T. Bennett.

I am married to a guy that is not always the most positive person in the world.  He does have his happy moments however, but of the two of us, I am the more positive person. Sometimes I wonder about pessimism and how that might affect one’s health? I know that when you do something you enjoy or when you run or exercise that endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released. The outcome is positive on our bodies.

What happens if you are grumpy and a pessimist all the time? It can’t be good on one’s mind, body and spirit! Also it can be a “drag” to be around someone who is a downer all the time, right? I have been witnessing a lot of negativity lately and not just from my husband. It troubles me. I sincerely hope that with this new season of spring that people will take a long hard look at their attitudes. Maybe it is time for an attitude adjustment? It will help you AND those around you!

How is your attitude? Do you know someone who needs an attitude adjustment? Let me know.

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