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
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 create a list - One for every week of the year. Many …
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
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
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's but beautif…
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
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
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
At times, in a room full of people
With my feet firmly planted
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.
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
Ponder for a moment or two
Find the place in the world that suits you
Appreciate the simple things
A Few Things I Love ...
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