Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun * 40 in 40 * Week Three

Swinging crazy f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 100
This week's theme was Fun. My girls have been on spring break, along with my husband, so I was able to capture lots of fun activities this past week, like going to the zoo, to the movies, staying up late for the lunar eclipse, etc.. But it was our trip to a special park that provided me with this photo that just stood out from the rest. It just doesn't get more fun than this.

I will say this week has been lots of fun, but in the middle of all this spring break fun I've been at work as usual. This has me feeling pretty exhausted. So for next week's theme I've decided on Relax. I thought this might be a good way for me to look for and enjoy the quiet moments in my life. And it might help me make room for a little more peace and quiet. And who couldn't use a little more of that?

Week Four's theme, Relax

Friday, April 11, 2014

Home * 40 in 40 * Week Two

My sunny art studio: f/3.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 800
Family game time: f/3.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 5000

Legos as far as the eye can see: f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 1100

A room full of forts, when a tee pee just isn't enough: f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO 800

Here's a few photos that represent "home" for me. The theme and challenge have been helpful at getting me to take photos on a more routine basis. This week I also discovered the sports mode on the camera and can I say how amazed I am at how many quick photos the camera can take in a row. Crazy! Maybe I'll be able to work in a few examples next week since

Week Three's theme: Fun.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Chasing dreams

As I've written before, I turned 40 last month. And with this momentous birthday has come celebration and reflection. One way I had been considering celebrating was with a special race, even another marathon. But as I searched, I began to realize I needed something different. The special race I really need to concentrate on is life.

Now when I'm comparing life to a race, I don't mean it's about speed or winning. That's never been what races are about for me. Races are about finding the courage to start something. Something you might have thought impossible. It's about dedicating time and effort to obtaining a goal. It's about getting out there and trying. And it's about pushing on, even when things get tough.

I have set and achieved some really special goals these past couple years, but there's still so much more I want to do. I still have unanswered dreams. Dreams worth chasing. And that takes time and dedication, much like training for a marathon. So it's time to strengthen my commitment to myself and to my dreams. It's time to direct energy and attention to chasing after my dreams.

Even though I may still find a special race to run this year (in fact, I already do have an extra special race coming up in May with my daughter, Rebecca), it's also time to start some serious "training" to chase down the life of my dreams.