Merry Christmas To All Our Family & Friends ... Wishing All Of You Health & Happiness During This Holiday Season Cheers To A New Year Upon Us I Hope You Continue To Follow Me Through Another Year Much Love, Kristine
A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ... A Revisited Hobby: Visual Journaling A way of documenting images that speak to you. You can use journals, sketchbooks or notebooks to house your findings. You can neatly paste them, cut them perfectly or just rip them out and add them into a book for you to view whenever you feel you need a creative pick me up! (Hope to share some pics of my new visual journal in an upcoming post!). A New Favorite Magazine: Bella Grace has amazing photography, interesting articles and pages that ask the reader to answer questions for self improvement. A modern magazine that I have fallen in love with! And ... A Few Books: The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard A book that tells the story of how mindful living began years ago and how it is looked at today. Exercises for your mind and body, and ways of finding peace in your life. The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal This book gives you a prompt to cre
BREAKTHROUGH Looking into a glared mirror Brown eyes viewing many smile lines That remind me of the stories they hold And the miles my feet have taken me Moments come and go in my mind Tears rolling down my pink cheeks Realizing I have such a long way to go Striving for the best version of myself These moments live within me Some snapshots have been silenced In a busy world that never goes quiet Times that will never be erased I have visited calming spaces Walked stone covered beaches Sang songs as loud as I could To find a way to breakthrough My colored lips remain closed To keep all of my words in Becoming a gatekeeper of my world Until I can view the light easier Finding calm in the everyday Rain that cleanses all Blue skies that bring us hope A new season bringing us into a new year
My Original Photography SUNDAY MORNING A warm cup of coffee Journal entry for the day A football game in view Welcoming a new season Rumors of snowflakes in the air Time to change over the closets Exploring audio book finds Adding to my Fall wardrobe New poetry to be written Enjoyable family visits Fall festival activities Returning to a cozy home Purring to my side Afghans added for comfort A look ahead to Monday
My Original Photography PERSPECTIVE Cars rushing by Emotions run through me Finding strength in the ordinary Not asking for favors Guidance would be appreciated Walking in unknown territory Snapshots over time Looking ahead to years end Perspective is humbling Autumn air lingers Awakens the heart of me Forever my favorite season Crave being outdoors Leaves crushing at my feet Nature in its finest moment Seeing light in a whole new way Love is found around each corner This warmth brings me to my knees
Photo Credit - My Original Photography REFLECTION As I sit and reflect on past days Only certain words come to mind Solitude Family Others placing their lives on hold To help, In a time of need Selflessness Unison Strength that I have never witnessed Family connections that began years before Harmony Fruition Siblings that could rule the world Strength from a place, deep inside Courage Fortitude I will never forget this time A self promise of paying it forward To Return To Give Back A Diverse Vision A New Perspective A New Lease on Life
Photo Credit - Speckled Fawns TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK 101 I have always been a lover of stationery, but my newest obsession is the Traveler's Notebook. As pictured above, this notebook is made of leather, can hold up to 8 notebooks and a few other inserts. Inserts can range from folders, to zip pockets, to picture holders. The amazing feature is that all these notebooks and inserts can slide out and easily be placed into another similar notebook. (Notebooks having just a sewn spine to easily crease and remove).The changeability of ease, is so great. At times I only want to take a few things with me, other times I would like to take everything! You can use this as a planner, journal, sketchbook, art journal, scheduler, etc. Each notebook can be used for each aspect of your life - Fitness, Health, Kids Schedules. Etc ... This notebook originated in Japan as the Midori Traveler's Notebook. This is the real notebook. All others that have followed are faux midori'
Today I decided to do something that I do not usually do. I wanted to share some of the work from a class I am currently taking. Here are some short poems I wrote in Liz Lamoreux's INNER EXCAVATION online course. This is from Week 1 - Entitled, Just Write ... 4 Prompts Given To Start ... I Begin ... I Am ... I Stand Alone ... I See a Man I Begin … Each morning with a cup of coffee Giving my brain a jump start Preparing me for the day ahead Usually a traffic filled ride Horns blaring Grateful for good music Thoughts swirling in my head Wondering what the day will bring Thinking of weekend plans ahead I Am … A modern day woman with an old soul Seeker of authenticity in all things One who continues to believe A wide eyed explorer In search of the next best photo Or words that will resonate After I am gone I Stand Alone ... With my unique ways of thinking In a world with no steadfast rules
Much Has Transpired Since My Last Post ... Some Good News ... Some NOT So Good ... Some Ups and Certainly Some Downs ... The Ingredients That Life Offers Up To All Of Us ... The doors that have recently closed for me have thrown open new ones. I have been given time to shift my attention to a new passion of mine. Conceptual Photography. Recently, I took Catherine Just's "Begin Deepening" 10 Day Online Course ... Conceptual Photography is very new to me. It seems to have come along when I needed it most. I am easing into this new art form with comfort. I find it aligns with my love of writing and storytelling Here Are a Few Examples Self Portraiture- The Real Me Storytelling -The New Journey Series Self Reflection - Only Words What doors have opened for you lately? I would love to hear from you ...
Photography by Kristine Dubuque Ortega LIFE LESSONS FROM THE FURRY SIDE Rest when the body asks for it Eat, play and explore Always be alert Ask for comfort when needed Adapt to change Welcome others with gladness Enjoy nature's surprises Chase after what you want Take time to get pampered Use the sun as a source of heat Pounce on good opportunities Let go of what no longer satisfies Take breaks Ponder for a moment or two Find the place in the world that suits you Appreciate the simple things Show gratitude
It seems when we need an escape, we head off to the ocean. A place where we can reconnect to after a long winter season. The first trip is always the most meaningful to me. All Photos taken by Kristine Dubuque Ortega
Early Morning Thoughts ... 3:45am I awake to hear tires on the pavement ... I feel a cat paw on my hand ... My husband sleeping soundly next to me ... Is it Sunday? Or will the beeping begin going off soon? No, It is the weekend - One more day before the routine begins ... Thinking of things that need to get done ... And how I seem to fall short lately ... I am glad that I have kept up with on-line classes That I thoroughly enjoy ... If they could only make housework Just as pleasurable ... Trying to incorporate a few more hours into each day ... And an extra day on the weekends ... Needing to start benefiting from the extra daylight hours ... My mind turns to how we need clothes for upcoming family events ... How I need wrapping paper, self tanner, nails manicured, etc ... I dose back off to sleep ... Noticing the alarm clock in the early morning light ... 3:52am ...
A Few Things I Love ... Morning Coffee A Favorite Song On The Radio Coming Across a Great Quote Sharing a Hearty Laugh Collaborating with Other Artists Spending Time With My Family A Warm Shower Returning to The Old Ways of Doing Things Visiting a New Bookstore The Comforts of Home Replacing Hot Chocolate for Lemonade Watching a Favorite Movie Going from Winter Boots to Sandals Finding an Unexpected Photo Opportunity Hearing From An Old Friend