There are a handful of people who regularly inspire me with their creative projects – usually focused on writing and photography. Susannah Conway is one of them. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know I spent April participating in her #aprillove2015 project. The timing was great, it was long past time for me to dust off my big camera and focus on taking some photos and not just quick snapshots with my iPhone 6 (though, I have to admit, it has a great camera function). With the better weather, I also managed to take a few outside.
With all photo challenges I do impose a few restrictions on myself, primarily, ALL photos must be mine, and not simply taken from the internet to represent the suggested theme. (I’m also a photo snob and prefer my eye to that of others.) If at all possible, I prefer my photos to be current, depending on the prompt. This project gave me a few opportunities to look back into my overflowing library to find some long forgotten time capsules. And, unlike any project before this, I tried to get in front of the camera for a few shots!
This is literally what I see when I first open my eyes.
Though white peonies are my favourite, I have realized I prefer all many-layered flowers: peony, ranunculus, rose of Sharon and these pink beauties found in our summer garden in Cape Cod.
I am an unapologetic fan of Oprah Winfrey and this quote arrived in my mail this morning. Universal timing at its best! The photo? Freezing rain on my “sun” roof. Ideal
I was unable to capture the lunar eclipse this morning but happy to welcome spring to my front garden.
The antithesis of yellow – I really enjoy purple and have a beautiful amethyst geode to celebrate it! Placed in my family room in the SE corner of my home (good fung shui) I see it all through my day.
Teenagers can be prickly. I am grateful to mine that they are still willing to concede to the occasional hug. (Thanks to Cole for capturing the moment and to Caden for staying still long enough. xoxoMama)
I am nourished by so much, but upon reflection, I decided on all the books that have helped make me who I am today.
Just another rainy day – thank goodness! No snow expected and it looks by the forecast the worst is behind us. From where I stand? Spring has arrived!
I remember when I took this photo – my heart was in my throat. There he was, my baby, almost 10, paddling away. And I let him. (His brother, in another kayak, was not far.) For him, and all my kids, this is the moment I recall when I need to remind myself to give my children an opportunity to experience “non-catastrophic errors.
My superpower? I am able to size up a room, a situation, a person, without judgment, strengths and weaknesses. I am often teased that I have a great “bullshit-o-meter” AND an uncanny ability to pick out (and avoid) the meanest person in a room. I am finally learning to simply trust it.
It is impossible for me to settle on one inspiring person. I benefit from all these women (and more) who inspire me in so many ways every day. Cathy Zielske, Oprah, Anne Lamott, Brené Brown, Danielle LaPorte and Alice Hoffman. My life is richer for my exposure to their bright, curious, authentic, honest and creative outlooks – daily. (All original photos taken from Google Images.)
I am learning to take my time and not rush through my evenings. I’m now quite enjoying the pace of it all: instead of going full steam ahead and hitting hard on the pillows every night, I am fully present for the taking off of jewelry, washing up and applying of cream, taking of medication, brushing of teeth and settling in against those pillows for writing in my gratitude journal and reading.
I’m not much for love notes these days – but I did manage a few lines.
I am through two seasons of Downton Abbey and love it all the more for Dame Maggie Smith. I first saw her in “Private Lives” at Stratford in the late ’70s/early 80s and she continues to be brilliant!
I am not a fan of yellow – too much of it growing up! Though I couldn’t resist the shape of this ceramic turtle. Regardless of the colour the turtle is my totem animal and is at our front door to greet all visitors.
I want to shake and hug this woman. It’s been a long way from 10 years ago. Many hard lessons learned since then. A rare photo of me – my 41st birthday we went out for dinner to celebrate.
My favourite book as a child, I picked up this copy while going through my divorce. It was a reminder that – like Harold – I have the power to create my own world. I like having it on my shelf as an optimistic reminder!
It’s hard to believe that this long after Easter we still have treats around the house – M&Ms and lots of rejected black jelly beans!
Behind the purple crocus is a light-filled cottage I now call home. It has everything I ever wanted in a home – including four fabulous kids, a back deck and quiet neighbours.
I asked my kids to describe my scent and each of them told me I smell “like Mama” to which that can only mean clean. I have no sense of smell and constantly obsess over washing and cleaning myself and my surroundings.
Most of my favourite memories include my kids and our summers spent in Cape Cod. Here they were 8, 7, 5 and 4 and now, 10+years later, we’re still making memories at the same beach.
Spring and autumn resemble each other in many ways but nothing represents both as clearly as rain and school busses! I’ve only just realized that the rain will always be around but I have only a few more years of busses.
I’ve been an introvert always. My greatest joy when I was small were my crayons and colouring books. How I loved opening a fresh box of Crayola 64 crayons – with the sharpener that never worked – and very carefully tried not to “ruin” my work by straying outside the lines. (I am so happy for the new trend of adult colouring books!)
The prompt gave me the perfect opportunity to head over to a curious group of trees I see in the distance as I drive every day. We are in a new neighbourhood and the treasures discovered are endless! I am happy to find another direction and a new-to-me park for my daily walks and meditation.
My most simple pleasure always has to do with CLEAN. In this case my truck. Each week, on my way back from a meeting, I drive to the best car wash/gas station in the area where my truck is filled, cleaned out and washed. Makes me happy every time!
How I love my time in Arizona! Every April I head to the desert with my sister for a week of Awareness. This is a time to Align myself with who I Am now with who I want to be.
There is a saying that having kids is like watching your heart beat outside your chest. That is certainly true in my case. My love is completely embodied by my four kids!
We live a block away from Lake Ontario and I often feel we have a different weather system than the rest of town! We certainly get a beautiful display of clouds.
My eyes may be getting old, and I need my “readers” more often than not these days, but it is through them I see and tell my stories.
Endless possibilities: stories, friendships, love, practice, desire, ups and downs. I am thankful for the welcome awareness of all life has to offer. I plan to start living the length, width and depth of it all.
And with that, #aprillove2015 is done! I have greatly enjoyed the process, the thought behind each of the photos. I enjoy this quick 30-day prompt project and the opportunity it gave me to dust off the big camera. It was so much fun to take out my camera and see the world from different points of view and through the Facebook community see how each prompt was interpreted. Fascinating.