Friday, February 20, 2015

Black & White Church

Passions & Purpose

 What is a passion? Is it something that energizes you? Something you can’t stop thinking about? Something that feeds your soul? Something you can’t get enough of?  

My birthday was this week (I turned 34 for those of you wondering. I have no shame in telling my age), my one time of year I “bare my soul” to my readers. J  Around this time of year, or really always, I analyze my life. The topic of finding my life's passion is always at the back of my mind, thus the blog.
  A select few know my inner struggle with “finding myself” or my life’s purpose. Even as a teen I struggled with this. (Can you say over-thinker? Ha.) I used to say, “I don’t know what I am, but I know what I am not”. I suppose you can analyze that in a number of ways.  This past year I’ve felt that maybe I have some idea, or maybe just a “daydream” of an idea. I don’t know. Maybe I just think too much, and I need to just BE?  Anyway, I stumbled across a couple of blog posts while searching for “finding your passion & finding your purpose” that I thought I’d share and write about. 
The 1st is 7 strange questionsthat help you find your purpose. I didn’t particularly like the article in its entirety; the thing that stuck out the most to me was that maybe the big question we ask is all wrong…“So when people say, “What should I do with my life?” or “What is my life purpose?” what they’re actually asking is: “What can I do with my time that is important?” He goes on to say that that is a better question because there is no big search for the answer or pressure of “finding yourself”. I thought this was a rather freeing way to look at it. When you ask yourself the question, “what can I do with my time that is important (to ME), what comes to mind? It can be anything and with that as a thought you aren’t working towards one huge, life defying goal.
This article spoke almost instantly to me since I’ve been struggling to make some changes in my life. I overanalyze things, then I feel stuck. As one awesome speaker at the Mary Kay conference say, “analyze causes paralysis”.  That is so true for me.
The author’s points.
1.    Get more action
2.    Drop from your head to your heart
3.    Break up with the “one”

·         Get more action; take steps to DO the things you THINK you want to do. To quote, “….clarity comes through the process of exploring”.
·         Drop from Your Head to Your Heart;Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Start taking steps to do what you love.”
·         Break up with the “one; why does it have to be one thing you’re meant to do with your life?
To lead a purposeful life, follow your passions. When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose, and that is the purpose of life.”
Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life
I could continue reading articles and thinking about my life’s purpose but coming to an answer would take much longer than 1 blog post and I’m sure it would be rather boring.  I lost momentum writing this post. I had this profound thought in my head that totally left me.    
So, what are your thoughts about this subject? Are you more of a finding yourself person or creating yourself? Or how do you approach LIFE?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chasing the Light

Last week our other car was out of commission so I had to drive my husband to and from work so that I wasn't left all day without a car with 2 kids. Just in case & for the fact that I would go insane if I had to sit in the house all week! I snapped many pictures in the morning with my phone and on the second to last day I thought to myself, why am I not doing this with my camera?! The last day I took my camera with me, in the morning we were a few minutes later than the rest of the week so I missed the nice part of the sunrise (figures. since I had my camera!). But that evening I left the house early to catch some of the sunset. I felt like I was chasing the light. It had been so long since I've gone out to shoot, I felt alive
It was freezing, the wind was coming directly from the West, but I suffered and got some nice pictures.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ramblings;My method to it all.

I still have so much to learn about photography that at times it is overwhelming. I don't want to take the fun out of it either, or I won't want to do it. I find that I would much rather just go out and shoot, rather than studying the technical stuff. I read how to do things but I often forget and have to revisit it. I've been reading more about the business side of photography lately, which isn't as fun. There is  A LOT to learn about that too.
I thought I'd share a little about my method of doing my blog. I take multiple pictures of the same scene/item, etc. I either take the exact one or switch it up a bit. Just to be sure I have at least one good picture. Weeding them out isn't so easy. Sometimes I scan through them and not like any pictures but then I go back the next day and there's a few I like, or vice versa. I have so many photos on the computer, it's a little scary. I don't always erase the ones I don't use, so they just sit. I probably have some photo-shoots on the computer that I don't even remember.
Below is an example of what I was talking about above. The 1st picture is the one I chose to put on the blog.
Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lake Superior Photo Contest

Last year I entered the 2014 Lake Superior Magazine Photo Contest, unfortunately I did not win! I thought I'd share the photos I submitted and share the link to the Winners. I will definitely be submitting more this year. I'm not impressed with some of the ones that were chosen, but art is very subjective. The Grand Prize winner is impressive.

Winning Photo

My submissions....

What are your thoughts?
I sold a print of the middle photo last year! Remember, if you're interested in any, contact me. :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Photo Challenge

I decided to do a challenge for the month of February. I haven't been practicing photography much lately so I thought this would get me to do it more often. It will also force me to blog more.
I would love if you joined me! You can follow me on Instagram & Twitter  (discoveryofd) . I will also be sending the IG photos to Facebook (my personal one), so if you're only a facebooker you can do it there too! I just may give away a prize at the end of this for those that participate with me that have done the best.  Just follow each day's category and make it artistic, I don't want boring shots ;).
I believe everyone can see art or beauty in something if they just look!
Be sure to add #djsrphotochallenge when you post!
If you're off by a day or 2, just catch up. :)
Now go out there with your artistic eye & get some shots!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gray November; Take 2

I was feeling creative tonight and I decided to go through some folders of pictures on the computer. I came across a few more from my time in Ontonagon that I edited and thought I'd share.