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...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Unexpected Gratefulness

I woke up this morning overwhelmed and confused. I woke to the sound of my son's voice saying, "Mom, it's a snow day." As I looked at the clock,  I then realized with a panic, it was over TWO HOURS past my usual wake up time and I should have actually been at the carpool spot five minutes prior. Yes. Absolute. Sheer. Panic! 

Then, I suddenly remembered my son's words. I immediately checked my phone, listened to the automated message and YES, whew, indeed school was closed. Then, I thought, "OMG. Work? What am I going to do? My hubby is away on business and I'm due to two meetings at work!" So, I dialed the closing hotline for work and EUREKA, our entire building was closed too. Thank heavens...

Although I am ready to "feel" Spring, by having the sun shine on my face as I hear the birds chirping and smell the morning dew, I am grateful. 

I am grateful for this day to move at a slower pace. You see, I don't use an alarm clock. I wake every day, naturally to the rhythm of what needs to happen for that day. I guess my body is in tune and knew it could take the extra two hoursI am grateful that although I overslept, it doesn't matter. I am grateful that my job closed so that I could be home with my boy. Oh, I'm so grateful. 

As I look out the window now, I see the snow falling from the sky. The trees and bushes are getting that old familiar blanket-covering of snow that we've become accustomed to. I must admit that I'm thinking, "Wow, this is a beautiful sight and I'm grateful."

What are you grateful for?