Monday, December 21, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ...
A Revisited Hobby:
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!
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 of you know this originated from Moorea's blog series, and now we get to enjoy it in book form. Any list maker will adore this book - Highly Recommended!
Tell me about a few things that have inspired you lately ...
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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
Friday, October 23, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
My Original Photography
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
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
My Original Photography
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
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Photo Credit - My Original Photography
As I sit and reflect on past days
Only certain words come to mind
Others placing their lives on hold
To help, In a time of need
Strength that I have never witnessed
Family connections that began years before
Siblings that could rule the world
Strength from a place, deep inside
I will never forget this time
A self promise of paying it forward
To Give Back
A Diverse Vision
A New Perspective
A New Lease on Life
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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 beautiful, just the same.
I would love to know what you all use as a calendar, planner, journal ...
Friday, July 10, 2015
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
Surrounded by light
With no apologies and no regrets
I See a Man …
Near the water's edge
Who relates to my story
He shares his own truth
Both heartbreaking stories
A chance meeting
Two souls collided
One car pulled away
Followed with one tear
I enjoy writing shorter poems with meaning. Please let me know if you find yourself doing the same to capture your thoughts of the day or of any moment ... Love hearing from you!
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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 ...
Saturday, June 13, 2015
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
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Early Morning Thoughts ...
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 ...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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