Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Light from Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon has become one of my favorite authors as of late. I have two of his books that have been fueling me as an artist and business owner.  His messages come across in a very charming and simple way.

The two books I have of his are: Steal Like and Artist and Show Your Work! The illustrations are fun and the messages in each of the little books pack a big punch.

Recently, he did a talk in Austin, TX at the SXSW Interactive. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite drink to sip, sit back and take in his light.

peace out

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Keeping Film Alive

My Film Photography Facebook group is participating in Expolaroid 2014. What's Expolaroid you ask? Go here to find out.

We have a gallery that will grow over the rest of April 2014. Want to join us? Join our online group and you will find out how to add instant film photos from your city.

Let's keep film alive!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stop Doing List

We all have "To Do" lists. Doing laundry, going grocery shopping, completing work tasks can all be on these lists.

Recently, Danielle LaPorte posted a list about what she intends to stop doing. It's called a "Stop Doing" list. Here's mine:

What's on your Stop Doing list?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ripples and Waves

It all started in the wee hours of this morning as I was getting into the covers to fall asleep for the night. It was a bit after midnight and I remembered that I hadn't looked at my phone since the afternoon. This is really rare for me.

But, as a habit, I checked my phone. Why? Because, it's my lifeline to my loved ones all over the world... You never know when someone's going to need you to send some love their way.

When I read the first message, I sighed. My 92-year-old Uncle Ernest had passed away. He was the brother to my great-grandmother and the last living sibling of that generation. I felt a ripple of sadness that quickly turned into a ripple of delight. Because, the last time I saw my uncle was a few years ago when we were partying into the night in Savannah, Georgia. We were all there for a family reunion and we had so much fun. Uncle partied SO hard that night and let's just say he didn't care that he was 87, he partied just like the rest of us...

I clicked through a couple more messages and gasped. My cousin Mercy had passed away too!! She'd been ill and battling cancer. She's the daughter of my grand-mother's sister. The ripples of sadness came back and began to run a bit deeper and faster. Remembering my Nanny is sometimes hard for me because she went before I was ready to let her go...

I then remembered Mercy and her great smile and how much she reminded me of my Nanny when I saw her. The ripples of sadness subsided, until later today. I was shocked as I began to write a tribute to Mercy, when waves and waves of emotions and tears began to flow through me. I was shocked as floods of memories began to fill my mind. Memories of being with my loved ones who've passed and now are all together in Heaven. It felt debilitating for a few moments and then I breathed into it and let it come.

I let the tears come from my eyes and the smiles come to my lips.

The truth is, I'm blessed. I'm blessed to have such a LARGE family. When I married my husband, my large family tripled and I love it.  I can not even explain how deep and wide my roots are. It feels like an impossible task really. But, what I can say is, I'm connected and I'm grateful. With those connections come joy and sometimes sorrow; and that's totally ok.

The ripples and waves mean I'm alive and I love and am loved...