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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day One, Wunderlist & a Workbook ...

Photography by Kristine 

I thought I would share a few finds that have caught my eye lately and also have made 
my days a bit lighter! 

As I mentioned in my first post of 2018, I am trying to be mindful of the choices I make. The things I eat, how I am handling my emotions, my water intake and working on not taking things so personally. 

I am finding journaling is helping with balance in my life. I get to write out (or type) my days. I have found a few ways that are new to me that I wanted to share with all of you!


The first is the DAY ONE journal app on my mobile device. I am treating this as a "a few lines a day journal" and trying to add a photo with each new post. I look forward to scrolling through the year and see how far I have come by December!
(Google Play for download)


The second is WUNDERLIST yet another mobile device app. If you are a list-maker, this may be just what you need! It is a great place to make different lists for all your To-Do's in life. Once you complete the task, you click the box it places a line through the task and disappears off your list!


The third is Lavendaire's (You Tube Personal Self Growth & Lifestyle Vlogger) 2018 ARTIST OF LIFE WORKBOOK. I have been following her videos on You Tube and now I am using her workbook for personal goal setting. If you watch her channel, she wants us to be mindful of continuing to learn and grow. She also wants us to track our progress. I highly recommend this beautiful book!


The books photographed above have also brought me inspiration!
If you are interested in them, let me know and I would love to give you my thoughts! 

I do hope these ideas bring some inspiration into your life!

I would love to hear what you use to plan, dream & create during your days!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Learning From The Best ...

Photography by Kristine Jan 2018


As I sat sipping a coffee while watching Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass, I decided to take out my camera and shoot the photo above. Just so you know, the blur was intentional. It captured the moment as it felt to me. Present. Real. 

I wanted to document this moment. I wanted to remember learning from the best. I have followed Annie's work for many years, but learning from her experiences has been eye opening. This class was down to earth, creative not technical. Sure, she speaks of the technical side of the craft, but mostly what moves her. What inspires her. This is what motivates me. She speaks of the composition outweighing all else. 

I will take away many thoughts from this class going forward and use these techniques in my own work. 

What inspires you? 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Another Year ...

Photography by Kristine 

Another Year

Coffee mornings & wine nights
Kid-like highs & heartbreaking lows
Many conversations & great belly laughs
Family moments & lasting memories 
Enjoyable movies & page turning books
Unexpected moments & baffling disappointments
Different hopes & revised dreams
Wide smiles & lifelong tears
Adapting to new schedules & late dinners
Busy days & quieter evenings 

Dec 2017 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays To All ...

Photography by Kristine 

Merry Christmas To My Family & Friends 
Wishing You Health & Happiness, Always 

Looking forward to writing more in 2018 ...
Until Then ...

Much Love,

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Photography by Kristine 


A season that arrives each year
One I never tire of 
Like an old friend returning
Leaves dancing across the street
Crisp cool air across my face 
Layers of clothing to wear
Opening the door to the scent of comfort food
Football games to watch
Enjoying time with family and friends
A time that never lasts long enough 

Kristine Dubuque Ortega
October 1, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We Will Rise!

For those of you who know me, you are  aware that I am not one to speak of politics. I have my opinions, but they are not vocalized often. 

When I came across this quote, I was reminded of the negativity of where the world is headed. How the Government is run. The state America is in.

I find solace is knowing previous generations have also had their uncertain times. They have risen above and so will we! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Appeal of Sea Glass ...

Photography: Beach Lust 

As each Summer passes I find myself researching the beauty of Sea Glass. What is about these colorful pieces of frosted glass that are so appealing?

There are very few beaches along the New England coastline where you can find these rarities. I hope to visit a few beaches I have researched between now and the upcoming Fall season.

I would love to have a few pieces to call my own.

Does anyone else find these finds engaging?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Summer Switch Out ...

Photography by Kristine 2017 

The Summer Switch Out ... 

Hot chocolate for ice cold lemonade
Winter boots for stylish sandals 
Long sleeves for tank tops 
Shoveling snow for raking the yard 
Silence in the early morning to birds chirping 
Bare trees to colorful bushes 
Dark colors to bright hues 
Short days to longer evenings 
Comfort food for ice cream sundaes
Moisturizing before bed to pedicures
Warm socks to bare feet

Sunday, June 11, 2017