Thursday, January 14, 2010

14/365 Pleasure


Two of my favorite things: A good cup of coffee and a good book.

An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.
-Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

12/365 Books


Trying something a little different with the image above. I want to use this space to experiment and I think I'll be okay if I fail a few times. There's nothing worse than not moving because you're afraid to fail, right.

One of my many passions is reading! I'm generally reading 3-5 books at a time, not to mention the one a month I read to my constant companions. No matter how old they become, I think I will always enjoy this part of our day. The time when we cuddle up with a good book just before bed. Right now we're reading the Mysterious Benedict Society and loving it!

So many little time.

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
~Paul Sweeney

Monday, January 11, 2010

11/365 Grateful


I suppose I knew this day would come. The oldest of my constant companions told me that I should let go some and not coddle so much. I know my job is to give wings so they can fly, but I didn't expect the time to come so soon. Perhaps the time actually came long before now, but I was the only one who did not notice.

I'm grateful for days like today. Days when they feel confident enough to tell me what's on their hearts. Grateful that I can hear and not be hurt. Grateful for the big, unsolicited goodnight hug from the one who is ready to fly solo. It was as if I was being assured that letting go really isn't such a bad thing.

Above you will see the result of a science experiment (right) and part of an unfinished art project.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

9/365 Collection


As I prepared to do laundry a few weeks ago, I checked the pockets of one of my constant companions. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a wonderful collection of huge leaves, berries, and pieces of tree bark. The entire collection has been sitting on my bathroom counter because I cannot bear to toss them out. This is just a portion of what I discovered.

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.

-YODA, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Friday, January 8, 2010

8/365 Reveal


Working on living more authentically. Slowly revealing all. Feeling the fear and moving ahead anyway.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

--Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 7, 2010

7/365 Layers


I love the way all of the layers on the pine cone come together so that you get this simple object. The cone represents people in a way... All of the different layers of our personality work together to make us the one unique being we show to the world each day. Each of us is multi-layered. Far too few of us expose all of the layers the way the cone does. Far too often I will judge based on what I see and I won't bother to go any deeper.

This year, I'm living with purpose. It sounds like a cliche, but I've never lived on purpose before! I'll be peeling back the layers in all of my relationships while also getting to know me a little better. I'm looking forward to living a deeper, richer life.

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
--William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

6/365 Simple


Last year I became a bit stressed out trying to think of things to photograph. This year I am feeling more relaxed. I have a plan--sort of. I'm just going to look around me and see the beauty that is right in front of me. As a photographer I'll just have to find a way to make the simple things more interesting. Should be easy enough! :-)

I found this hanging from the armoire at a friends home. Simple. Beautiful.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
--Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5/365 Commitment


So, I dropped off my last attempt at 365 and here I am to start anew in 2010!

This is my wedding ring. I've always loved the emerald and did not want a traditional stone, setting or band. Although I don't believe you have to have a ring to show that you are married, I do like the ring as a symbol of my commitment to my staunchest supporter of 12 years. Wow! Has it been that long?

My work improved last year and then I see that I hit a plateau of sorts. I hope I will spring out of my rut and create some new things that make me smile. I am committed to the success of this project!