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Find Your Peace

Today’s entry doesn’t include a photo. Instead, this video was taken in my backyard. The word for today is peace. Peace is what I’m trying to bring more of to my life.

One way I’m doing that is by focusing on things I’m passionate about. That’s photography. I’ve thrown my love of photography away so many times. Inconvenience and lack of confidence have always been the two major reasons. I refuse this time. It’s an outlet for me. It’s therapeutic and I need that in my life. What’s your outlet? What are you passionate about? Have you thrown it to the wayside? I implore you to incorporate it back into your life. If it’s never been a regular part of your life, make it.

Nature is another thing that brings me happiness. That’s likely why it’s the topic of so much of my photography. I’m incredibly introverted. I’ve got a toddler as well. I’ve become almost a shut in because of these contributors. While I enjoy it up to a point, how healthy is it truly? Pursuing these things that bring me happiness are getting me out of the house. Not only that, they’re enriching my life.

The last thing I’ve started incorporating into my life is Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up. I highly suggest watching her new show on Netflix (she also has books). It’s life changing. Her methods are helping me see things differently. It’s all about what “sparks joy” for you. It is giving me a deeper appreciation for my surroundings, helping me focus on what’s really important, encouraging me to let go of the past, and increasing my PEACE.

I implore all of you to check it out and also consider what additional changes you can make in your own life to promote peace.

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Remnants

It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. – Richard Branson

It’s these moments so many of us take for granted. You can see the same thing everyday, then suddenly it’s different. When are we going to stop passively existing in life? We walk right by the same things everyday. We don’t see their value. Desensitization has consumed our every being. Explore. Branch out. There’s more to what you see. There’s incredible beauty in the unappreciated. There’s depth in so many things quickly dismissed.

This is why I’m passionate about photography. These aren’t just pictures. This is my attempt to show the world what I live my life by. It’s an opportunity to open someone’s eyes to beauty otherwise overlooked.

Stop. Breathe. Look around.

There’s more to the surface.

Enjoy it all you can.

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Roll On

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This old wagon wheel proudly stands out on the front of my house. My grandmother designed and decorated this place years ago when it was remodeled. She passed away a little over four years ago. It’s pieces like this that I find comfort in.

I was incredibly close to my grandmother. We sat on her porch often and talked for hours about life.

I was pregnant with my first child when she passed. This made the process more difficult for me. I have no contact with my birth mother. My grandmother was my mother figure. The person I hoped to turn to for guidance was suddenly gone.

There are reminders of her all around this house. Decor she carefully selected. She was always a dreamer. Always ready for her next big project. I think I have that same quality. It can be both a blessing and a curse. The key is to not let failure stifle it. Keep dreaming.

After moving in this house, these reminders of her brought me no joy. They only served to depress me. It wasn’t until recently I started seeing them in a different light. I had to look at them in a different way. Now, they comfort me instead of confounding me.

My grandmother was the only active supporter of my photography. She told me I was talented and should keep doing it. She too loved photography. Growing up, I remember her always taking pictures. I even remember what her Pentax camera looked like. It was always around her neck when I was around.

It didn’t matter what anyone thought or said to her. She kept moving forward. She kept dreaming. Always thinking up her next big goal or project. I try to use these reminders of her to fuel my own big plans.

Instead of feeling stuck, make some plans. Dream big. Don’t just follow in footsteps though. Use that fuel to pave your own way. A new way. Roll forward. Don’t let failures stifle you. Don’t let a negative frame of mind control you. You’ve got this.

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Refresh

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Reynard

This is my backyard. A view I’ve been taking all for granted. I’m surrounded by the wonders of nature.

I can be admittedly too adventurous at times. Others I’m too careful. Blame it on my Gemini nature? This particular time I decided to climb and step out near the edge of the bluff. Risky, but beautiful. Dangerous, but breathtaking.

It’s there everyday and I’ve ignored it. Focused on negative thoughts and entrapped in a dark mind space at times. This is just what I needed. A reminder. I hit the refresh button. Hit the refresh button in your own life.

Take that time to explore. Take a risk. Make an effort to reflect. What is around you that you’ve been taking for granted? Visuals like this? Your family? Relationship? It’s never too late to start appreciating the little pieces of heaven on this rock called Earth.

Hit your refresh button.