First Post of the New Decade!

We woke up late today (8:30am). I got up to make a quick breakfast and decided to turn on Pandora. I always enjoy the Carole King station. This was one of the songs on the playlist. I thought the lyrics were appropriate. I put my favorite lines in bold.

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with
If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with

 

Song Lyrics Speak To Me

Do you have a certain song lyric that means something to you? Or, at certain times in your life, do lyrics pop into your head that you can relate to? Sometimes lyrics help us get through life’s curveballs, don’t they?! The running joke with me is that I have a jukebox in my head and a little man is feeding it a nickel and the songs just keep changing!

Today is a big day for me. Can’t say why. So mysterious, I know! But Sheryl Crow’s song A Change Will Do You Good just popped into my head. She isn’t my favorite singer but I like some of her songs. None of the other lyrics in the song make any sense to me except the chorus with the same words as the title:
Usually I am ok with change, especially if it is gradual and I have time to prepare for it, of course. But boy, it is real easy to get comfortable isn’t it? I suppose that is what makes change so hard.  Today I am way out of my comfort zone. Hopefully later I will be happy about it! But for now, someone get me some TUMS!!

 

Give Thanks For the Bad

I haven’t signed into my Facebook this morning. I hesitate to, because I know what I will see – lots of Happy Thanksgiving greetings. Seems so insincere to me. Others will post the typical generic thanks for family and friends. Sure, I can appreciate that. But no one is ever thankful for the bad. Seems odd, doesn’t it? We pray to avoid the bad, or for the bad to pass over us. Who wants to be sad, or suffer or feel down? But how can we be thankful for the good, if we don’t experience the bad?

Years ago my father survived a heart attack. At the time it was horrible, but sure makes me thankful he is here today. At the beginning of our marriage, my husband received some tough health news, so we are always happy for good days. I was diagnosed with Alopecia in my earlier years and that was pretty terrible for years. But years of mental anguish have opened up my eyes to all the things I never enjoyed – simple things like windy days. Imagine the terror of sporting a wig on a windy day.  Now I try and get outside on windy days to feel the wind blow all over my bald head. It’s a beautiful thing!

Happy THANKFUL Day!

 

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…

Someone at work recently asked me how I am so nice to our patrons all the time. I gave her my standard, true answer – because at some points in my life, people were cruel to me, and I refuse to let anyone feel like I did.

There’s another reason though. I believe if you are nice to others, the universe will work in your favor and help you when you need it. I’ve recently been having a real tough time in my professional life. A friend of mine recognized this and brought me this card and gift, which my dog is so thoughtfully posed next to. It was just what I needed to feel better.

I’ll leave you with some lyrics from the Toy Story soundtrack:

You’ve got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you’re miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy, you’ve got a friend in me.”

Tag Line

Branding, elevator pitches and tag lines are on my mind today. At work this year, I have taken on branding and promoting my place of employment. It is very interesting. I have a little experience with marketing as I minored in business in college. Sometimes I wish I majored in it instead. But let’s face it, I never would have made it past Account 102.

After attending branding therapy sessions at my local library, I have been thinking a lot about tag lines. I remember struggling with those a lot when I was doing wedding photography. There were only so many keywords a wedding photographer could use at the time (if you wanted to attract a certain clientele). And many of us sounded the same. But now that I have retired from it all, and am taking advantage of my more playful side, I figured I could try my hand at a new tag line.

But, I have sooooo many passions. It is really hard to reel them all in. But, after filling out Rachel Dunham’s journal, I was able to narrow it all down to the one thing that really makes me special – my EYE. Ultimately, I consider myself a photographer/artist. Without an eye, one cannot really call themselves an artist, in my humble opinion anyway.

Farther along in the journaling process I learned that, as an artist, I have a process:

  1. I see something that inspires me
  2. I photograph the subject.
  3. I share it on my blog.
  4. I love seeing my collections and hope they inspire others!

What I am shooting today is really different from wedding photography. Sure I am taking photographs and eventually sharing them with people, but it was a JOB with a ton of pressure. The purpose was to capture personal moments of complete strangers. It sounds insane now.

So today (and from now on), I am capturing images that mean something to me, that hopefully inspire others.

 

Here are some graphics  I’ve been playing with from Canva.com: