Day in the Life

May 9, 2014

Journey indeed! A Day in the Life May 2014

I’m always excited by the images I take when participating in project like Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life. I think it must be a combination of having an “assignment” to complete, being challenged creatively and mixing things up a bit that helps makes the magic. I decided to tote my DSLR around with me yesterday, which in and of itself is something I haven’t done in a while. Sometimes I forget how much I love my 50mm Compact Macro lens. *insert dreamy sigh* When processing the images, I opted to convert the entire day’s story into black and white. I just wanted to do something a little different. I’m pleased with the results and am so grateful I did it. The shots I take for Day in the Life or Week in the Life are images I wouldn’t normally take without the encouragement from projects like these. Although I shoot a lot…A LOT…sometimes you just need a little something extra to inspire you. Disclaimer: I haven’t ever actually printed or Project Life’d the shots I’ve taken for DITL or WITL but I’m working up to the idea. After all, I’ve started with Project Life finally so it’s the natural next step.

Here’s what my day looked like yesterday (and most days):

01 Morning Day in the Life May 2014

02 Lunches Day in the Life May 2014

03 Dogs Day in the Life May 2014

04 Day in the Life May 2014

05 Day in the Life May 2014

07 Day in the Life May 2014

07a Day in the Life May 2014

08 Day in the Life May 2014

06 Day in the Life May 2014

09 Day in the Life May 2014

10 Day in the Life May 2014

11 Day in the Life May 2014

12 Day in the Life May 2014

13 Day in the Life May 2014

I told myself I would shoot the whole day and I did. Yes, it’s true that the last shot I captured was of the pizza boxes. After getting up, making lunches, getting the kids up and out the door even earlier than usual (my daughter had an early AP test), walking the dogs, getting my own work done, printing pictures, making Mother’s Day cards, picking kids up, getting more of my own work done (although it’s never really done), playing in a parents vs. kids soccer scrimmage (oh, yes I did), we had pizza for dinner and I promptly fell asleep on the couch, watching the Duck’s game (we won!). True story.

Have you ever committed to take pictures of your life from sunrise to sunset? Were you surprised at the kinds of magically mundane moments you captured? It certainly is a fantastic way to Elevate the Everyday, don’t you think?

The Bright, Beautiful Side of Age

February 5, 2014

The Bright Side of Aging by Tracey Clark

I remember turning 40 and feeling on top of the world. I felt wise and confident, beautiful and even ageless. So, this is what everyone that had turned 40 before me had talked about? “Life begins at 40” some would say, and I could feel it in my body and my mind. I was ready to begin another amazing chapter of my life.

But, now I’m 46 and I have to say, over the past few years I think I have been mourning the quick-fleeting agelessness I felt at 40. I figured I’d have most of my 40s to feel it. But, that hasn’t been the case. Perhaps it’s because the last few years have brought with them some challenges from personal struggles to body breakdowns to hormonal changes. I mean, at least 2 of the 3 of those do have something to do with my age but for some reason, I just wasn’t anticipating them to happen to me. Not so sudden anyway. It’s been an adjustment, to say the least.

When I got the invite from Susannah Conway to share my thoughts and feelings about my age, and all the awesome things about it, I will admit I laughed out loud. But, it was the kind of laughter that comes from knowing that it was no accident that the invite came now, in the midst of my “adjustment” process. Thinking, reflecting, and writing about all the awesome things that have come with age is exactly what I’ve needed to stop focusing on the negative things and start acknowledging and appreciating all the positive things. I recently read a quote that said something like, “Which side has the greener grass? The side you water.” Well said.

And with that, I am choosing to get out my watering can. It’s true, my age has brought with it so many wonderful gifts. Regardless some of my physical and even some mental complaints (damn you hormones!) I wouldn’t change where I’m at for anything. I am more grounded and self-assured, and sure-footed than I’ve ever been. I’ve got a better outlook. I’m kinder to myself. I’m more resilient in almost every arena. I’m sure of who I am and what I believe. And perhaps where all of these things come to light for me—in the brightest and most beautiful ways—is through motherhood. As I have gotten older, so have my children and I now have two daughters—10 and 16—who I know are benefiting from me being a more experienced and balanced woman than I was when they were younger. I feel more confident in my guidance, more wise in my tutelage, and happier with myself, who I am and where I’m at than I was years ago. And the woman I am now makes the mother that I am now so much better for myself and my girls. I can feel it deep down. And that is an amazing feeling.

Although I might still be adjusting to the older me in body, I can tell you true, that I’m feeling pretty awesome in heart and soul!

Happy Birthday Susannah and thank you for encouraging us to celebrate our age. I’m so glad you did.

Where I’m at on New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2013
new years sunset

image courtesy of my husband

I’ve been working on my end of the year post for days now and I’ve written and rewritten. I’ve rambled on and have been rattled. I’ve contemplated things and confused myself.  I’ve almost published and then I’ve hit delete. Over and over. I guess I’m not certain of what to say. I’m not really certain of anything. Heading into a new year, I usually have a strategy, a road map, a plan. But, the start of this year feels a little different. Because instead of standing on the threshold of a new year holding my well-designed map, I’m holding hands with the Great Unknown.

Over the past few months, my focus has been on wrapping things up, creating space, making room, and slowing down. And truth is, it’s feels strange. I’m just not used to it. Not yet anyway. Truthfully, I’m feeling a little lost. But, not without hope.  Realizing that this is exactly the place I need to be right now is comforting but it’s not comfortable. Not being certain of exactly where I’m headed is unnerving but it means I’m having to embrace uncertainty.  And because it might be hardest thing for me, know it’s going to be a great exercise.

And with that, I wish you a Happy New Year and hope that you are exactly where you need to be and that you find some comfort in that place, whether it’s comfortable or not. Just know, that no matter where you’re at, you’re not alone.

Let’s Play in the new year

December 6, 2013

play big

I’m so excited to start the new year with a little Play! Actually, with a lot of Play! Check out all the details online at the Big Picture Classes Play page and start packing your bags for the live event. You deserve a trip to sunny So Cal for an event like this. And besides all the scrapbooking / crafting / photography fun, you can join us for a day at Disneyland (jumping up and down shrieking like a little girl). And what’s more, is my sisters, the Disney Sisters are going to share a little part in all of this too. Swoon. Who loves Disney? We do! We do! Details on that to be revealed soon. There’s so much magic happening, I’m floating on air! I’m telling you, it’s gonna be so much fun.

And if the trip isn’t in the cards for you (although I so wish it were) consider the next best way to Play! The online version of the event. Yes, it’s true, you can enjoy Play right from the comfort of your own home/office/studio. Wheeee! There’s a $10 discount code being offered right now too which makes registering for the online event even sweeter. Use the code HULAHOOP to get the $10 off your online event registration.

The details for both of the Play! offering can be found on the Play! Event homepage. Scroll down the page and you’ll see the Live event option on the left and the Online option on the right. And scroll a little further down for the new video that pretty much tells you everything you need to know and will hopefully convince you that this is an event you’ll want to be at! Wink wink.

One way or another we want you to kick off an awesome 2014 with Play!