The softness of the spring air intrigues me. How is it so? The daily drama of spring is unfolding, the days are longer, the colorful blooms open daily. It is so quietly dramatic if I but take a few moments to notice. Slowing my pace has been my goal. I rise before 6 am to walk or ride my bike in the neighborhood, and have welcomed the growing light as dawn comes earlier, the birds are greeting the morning as the neighborhood sleepily yawns it’s way into a new day. It invigorates me
Daily Prompt: Beyond the Pale
When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEW.
I am sooooo behind…Life keeps happening and I have let this writing slide. BUT then I remember, it is not about the commitment to write everyday, (though I feel strongly about doing what I say I will do). Rather , it is the actual writing again and again, learning to grapple with words, phrases, and paragraphs. I struggle to put thoughts into words and capture them here, so I am learning to be more full of grace toward myself as I re-learn vulnerability. Vulnerability with others as I continue to reveal myself. It is new. It is hopeful. It is scary. But it is worth it.
Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances?
This is quite the loaded topic. Many of us would SAY, “No I focus on the person, not the facade” however, I do see many people follow and appear to put weight on appearance.
I grew up in the era of “freedom” and the “Natural look”. As a young woman, make up was of a more natural tone, verses the more vibrant color of today. Hair styles for males and females was long and left to fall as it would. We did base our judgements on those who were “free” (in verbiage and choices) and those “more rigid” ( in demeanor and dress). I fell on the more conservative side of things, quiet and watchful.
The teens, or newly single, children or professionals…. in the dating world, the classroom or the workplace, we are a people who, by our behavior, focus on external appearance. Having said that, I become aware of the tendency within me to do the same, in my work world as I deal with people in pain, with my children, when I used to struggle with their clothing and hair choices.
Today my mirror shows me a middle aged lady…I wonder if the inner values I have held for years are reflected in my face, in the smile lines or inquisitive eyes (behind the glasses). I wonder if my inner person is reflected outward. As I age, I do think that some of those earlier judgements soften down as I grow in my understanding of the things that are truly of value: having loved ones near, and health. In the end of things, I feelcharacter speaks more loudly. I strive to reflect a woman of character as the days and weeks pass
My birth-day is in July, and I would have passed that momentous day. July, here in Washington, is beautiful…TIME TO TRAVEL. I will be working, but the weekends are mine for the planning, the adventure. I will be outside alot, going for walks on my breaks, planning picnics, camping trips and outdoor photo shoots. I love summer here…
Washington is …well, ….green. We come by that honestly with the many forms of rain we are “privileged” to have. However, when the sun comes out…it is GLORIOUS… and we native Washingtonians take to the highways and bi-ways in great numbers to enjoy all the richness of the outdoors. I am a quieter one, but I quietly exult in the beauty surrounding me. So by the end of July, I will be gardening, camping, hiking, walking, picnicking……..so may choices…
Not the color of the rainbow, exactly, but all the colors are here. Look closely. This is a special gift from a special friend upon return from a sunnier climate. I had asked for the gift of “more sunshine” and this is what was brought to me. Where I live is often gray and drizzly…and we often can gripe about that. However….when the SUN comes out, we are a happy lot…doing sunshine dances and grinning from ear to ear. I am one who loves the sun. When it makes it’s appearances, I am one happy girl.
Day 1 Introduction
Well, here I am, arriving a few days late, but running to catch up with y’all. I am a native Washingtonian who has more than a few decades of life behind me. However, I am no open to more of life challenges and adventures than I was when I was younger. I was busy back then, raising two sons. Having accomplished that and some (more) schooling, I am now in the Occupational therapy field. I have been writing in diaries (later on they became journals) since I was 10. I started photographing at age 12 with a little “point an shoot” camera, mostly of family and friends. In the last5 years or so, I got a digital and have fallen in love with photography. Last year I took a few classes and I have tagged along with a few photo geeks and consider myself an avid learner.. I started this new endeavor because I stumbled across a photography blog (365 days of photos from “click it up a notch”). I like the idea of combining photographs with journalling….so am struggling to “catch up” with this photo blog idea. Please follow and comment…I would love to hear from you!