fresh air

May 28, 2012

Recently I was fortunate enough to get an exhilerating and well-needed breath of fresh air. A change of scenary, breathtaking views, lush landscapes and dizzying heights where only the icing of the cake of exceptional company. And speaking of cake…the food was deeeelicious, the conversation inspiring and the adventure unforgettable.

My few days in Washinton was my kind of trip for sure! The kind where both my head and my heart could play together. A time when connection with friends and connecting the dots worked in perfect unison. I love it when that happens. And don’t get me started on the photo ops!

I cherished every minute of my time with Stacy, Kayce, Mark, Cathy and Ali. What a trip!

It reminded me how important, beneficial and enlightening it is to get a little (or a lot) of fresh air once in a while.

Near or far, where have you traveled to lately to get some fresh air of your own? Do share!


collective energy

April 30, 2012

 

It’s been an inspiring week of making a difference together. The Shot@Life inspired #shot4shot project has been a huge success with shot after shot of amazing images that have helped raise awareness around this vital cause.

Personally, I have been inspired by the power (and satisfaction) of working together on this with so many great people. The further I travel down this crazy awesome super-highway (you know the one I’m talking about) the more I see my worlds all coming together in ways I could have never seen coming. From meeting and working with amazing activists at the Shot@Life summit, to collaborating with Kristen, to gathering friends both online and in real life to support the cause, to working closely with my teen-age daughter (Teens 4 Vaccines has been officially launched on Facebook), I have been delighted and inspired by how much good can come from togetherness. It’s not that I haven’t known it all along, but sometimes the power of it all takes my breath away. The money we’ve been raising is awesome and it affords more children with the vaccines they need!

Thanks to Paper Coterie, Epiphanie Bags, Shutter Sisters, and Green Mountain Coffee for their donations. Thanks to Big Picture Classesfor donating a percentage of Picture Black & White registrations to Shot@Life and thanks for Mom It Forward for their feature today. And last but not least, thanks to all of YOU. All of this support is deeply appreciated!

 

Today is the last day to participate in #shot4shot if you want a shot at the excellent prizes we are giving away. Don’t forget to tag your coffee inspired images #shot4shot & #vaccineswork. We will be announcing the winners of all the amazing prizes this week as a thank you for joining us in raising our collective voices; vaccines work and all children everywhere deserve a shot at living a healthy life!

Please don’t forget to shoot us an email if you participated in #shot4shot. I don’t want you to miss out on the complimentary photo journal, courtesy of Paper Coterie. Today is the last day to submit a link via email.

I’d love to see your favorite shot from this past week. After all, among everything else, it’s Best Shot Monday.


new frontiers

January 3, 2011

 

It’s a brand new year and with that there are new frontiers to be discovered and explored. New doors that open. New opportunities that come. But we all know that starting a new chapter means finishing an old one. Beginnings and endings might very well be reluctant partners, but they are partners just the same. Where one goes, the other follows.

All that to say, I am closing the chapter of Best Shot Mondays here. It’s been a part of this blog for many years now and I have enjoyed so much having your share the images that mean so much to you. I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve given. But, alas, with 2011 comes my own personal need to streamline, pare down and simplify. It’s time. I can feel it. Just do me one favor; promise you won’t leave and never come back? I couldn’t bare it. I promise, I’m not going anywhere and I sure hope you don’t go anywhere either. I’m just making a few little adjustments.

Today, I would really love your help insending BSM off with a proper celebration of sentiments and images! Will you share with me your Best Shot today on this first Monday of 2011? Something that moves you. It would mean so much as I slowly let go.


the best of me

December 13, 2010

The weekend was spend sorting, clearing, cleaning, and decorating, just me and my little family. We didn’t have places to go. No people to see. Just us. Together. Taking care of life.

For as much as I LOVE non-rushed, pajama weekends like this one, I was out of sorts. Cranky, crabby, and a little on edge. It doesn’t mean much. It is what it is. And yet as I sit here tonight, reflecting on the last few days and I am grateful to have had some time to decompress, order easy holiday cards (nothing very clever this year), finish trimming the tree, do laundry, empty closets, and dust; among a number of other fairly inconsequential things. Nothing can clear the cob webs quite like engaging in these tasks of tidying.

I can tell you one thing, I feel a lot better than I did when I began. That’s progress.

When I got a look at this photo my 7yo daughter snapped of me this morning, with no prompting at all, I felt like it said everything. That I’m tired. That I’m feeling a little funky. That I have more work to do than seems feasible. That I have a million creative things I’d love to engage in that I keep moving to the end of the to-do list. That I have more clutter to clear than should be legal. But most important, what I see in this shot is that, above all else, I am hopeful. Full of love. Grateful for who, what and where I am right now in my life.

I’m sharing this as my best shot today because it speaks volumes. I feel like with the year coming to an end, the best way to close it out is to just be me. Whatever it looks like, it’s enough.

What images share a story of you today?


the best of me

The weekend was spend sorting, clearing, cleaning, and decorating, just me and my little family. We didn’t have places to go. No people to see. Just us. Together. Taking care of life.

For as much as I LOVE non-rushed, pajama weekends like this one, I was out of sorts. Cranky, crabby, and a little on edge. It doesn’t mean much. It is what it is. And yet as I sit here tonight, reflecting on the last few days and I am grateful to have had some time to decompress, order easy holiday cards (nothing very clever this year), finish trimming the tree, do laundry, empty closets, and dust; among a number of other fairly inconsequential things. Nothing can clear the cob webs quite like engaging in these tasks of tidying.

I can tell you one thing, I feel a lot better than I did when I began. That’s progress.

When I got a look at this photo my 7yo daughter snapped of me this morning, with no prompting at all, I felt like it said everything. That I’m tired. That I’m feeling a little funky. That I have more work to do than seems feasible. That I have a million creative things I’d love to engage in that I keep moving to the end of the to-do list. That I have more clutter to clear than should be legal. But most important, what I see in this shot is that, above all else, I am hopeful. Full of love. Grateful for who, what and where I am right now in my life.

I’m sharing this as my best shot today because it speaks volumes. I feel like with the year coming to an end, the best way to close it out is to just be me. Whatever it looks like, it’s enough.

What images share a story of you today?