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Day 154: Change

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Day 154: Change, it can be a very good thing! Maya Angelou said,”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

I think all of us knows someone who always complains. This person is a “buzz kill,” never having anything good to say. It gets tiring for those who have to spend time with people like this and it has got to be tiring for the complainer as well!

Why not change your circumstances? It is a win-win for all concerned! Life is too short to be and feel miserable. Happiness is a choice! It is a false assumption that others can make you happy. Only YOU can make YOU happy! Life is full of unfairness and disappointment, but why wallow in your woes, when you can try a smile and see where it leads. It can’t hurt, but it could certainly help. If you wear a smile, you are sure to get positive feedback from others.

I urge you curmudgeons out there to turn that frown into a smile! If you know a curmudgeon, take them out and “kill them with kindness!”

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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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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!!!

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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 131 of 365: Elements of Success

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Day 130: Elements of success. There is a quote by Winston Churchill that resembles my photography career journey, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

He has also been known for this quote, “Never never never give up.” Like I have said before, I am a Taurus and I am inherently bull-headed and stubborn. I keep going which is my nature. Some people might think that I am fighting a futile battle or as my husband would say – – – – – – – up a rope. Not that he feels that way about my current pursuits, however. All I know is this is my passion. It is what gets me up in the morning. It is what feeds my soul. It is what lights me up. All of us need that something that gives us enjoyment.

We all know people that give up too easily, right? In this day of instant gratification it can be too easy to give up. Take diets for example, they fail all too often. Success takes a lot of effort. The effort needs to be long term. It requires persistent engagement. You have got to “keep the pedal to the medal.”

Colin Powell once said, “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

Keep on fighting the good fight! What are your keys to success?

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Day 125 of 365: What is a soul?

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Day 125: What is a soul? Sharing a thought provoking quote by Ray Charles, “What is a soul? It’s like electricity- we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.”

Think about this, spoken by a wonderful musician that was blind from the age of seven! He and his R&B and soul music unquestionably lit up a room! “Georgia on my Mind” is one of my favorite Ray Charles tunes.

What kinds of things feed your soul? For me it is my photography and definitely my kids! Hopefully all of us has something in our lives that feeds our soul and “lights” us up. It is so important that each of us finds what that one thing is. In this day and age we are bombarded with all kinds of stressors, whether it be work, finances, medical or family issues. We each need that one thing that we can escape to and reset, recharge and revive us!

I remember learning, way back when, about the term, self-actualization. It is when a person realizes one’s talents and potential, which is a need that most of us have. It is an important place to arrive in one’s life, it is like soul searching and finding it!

What are those things that feed your soul?

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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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Day 116 of 365: You got to have faith!

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Day 116: You gotta have faith! Reminds me of a song by George Michael. Whether you are religious or not, I believe it is important to have faith.

The dictionary definition for the word faith is complete trust or confidence in something or someone. I am a person of faith and a Christian and when I am feeling weak I look to my faith to keep me on the right track.

Whether you believe in God or not, you need to believe in yourself! There are lots of forces in our world that will shake your faith. If you are optimistic and believe in yourself you can achieve a lot.

A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. helps to illuminate the meaning of faith, it reads,”Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

If you have enough passion, determination, hard work, belief in yourself and faith you become strong enough to battle the doubters and non-believers in your story! That is my story and I am sticking to it, as they say. Ha!

If you have any thoughts about faith, let me know!

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Day 115 of 365: We are hard on ourselves!

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Day 115: We are hard on ourselves aren’t we? I am sharing a quote from Thomas a Kempis that sums this up, “Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.”

A truer statement has not been said! I know in my case, I beat myself up all the time! I had a show a few weeks ago and did not sell a single thing! I felt so dejected! I kept asking myself, “what did I do?” I actively engage with those that enter my booth and establish a rapport with them and no one buys anything. I would like to say that those people that I encountered were not my target market.

This weekend was an example of this happening all over again, except it did not happen to me, because I was not showing my work. It did happen to some of my dear friends however. I feel their pain and have been there more times than I want to admit! The moral of this artist’s story is NOT to give up! At this point in my photographic art career I am not willing to give up and I sincerely hope that my artist friends do not think, for a second, about quitting! The quote from Winston Churchill is my inspiration, “Never never never give up.” This same message has been in my dear Dad’s room in the nursing home ever since his strokes, given to him by my dear sister. It is a powerful message and all of us should take this to heart!

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Day 112 of 365: Life and Art

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Day 112: Life and Art. I often go to BrainyQuotes.com for inspiring quotes. Today I came across one about 2 things I care a lot about, Life and Art. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one,” by Stella Adler.

Life is full of ups and downs as we all know. The stresses of life can and do get us down. I don’t know about you but when I get down and out I tend to look to Mother Nature to defuse stress. My soul is fed when I grab my camera, hop in my Jeep and go down the road in search of beautifully lit scenery. Other people may go to the gym to work off some frustration, while others might go to seek the solace of a good friend.

In my life art is invigorating! Art means something different to each of us. Art may mean a painting in a gallery, a sculpture in a park, graffiti on a train, a poem, a song, a flower in a garden or the sun setting over the mountains. The old saying that goes “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” holds true for art. Whatever we think art is, it is therapeutic. Art has a unique way of transcending us from this hectic and chaotic world both figuratively and physically to a place that feeds our soul and heals our mind, body and spirit!

Go out in the world today and choose happiness, make empowered choices, live in a spirit of gratitude, seek out art and be curious and creative!

What does “art” mean to you? Where do you go to find art?