A deeper appreciation of the little moments.

Journal

Benefits of writing in a journal.

I started writing in a journal about ten years ago. When I started, I was dealing with chronic anxiety. Anyone that has been in that boat can tell you; it isn’t something you row yourself out of easily. Stroke by stroke of the pen on paper, I spilled out negative thoughts. Over time, journaling helped me challenge those apprehensions. Finally, I was able to understand my fears and concerns. The parade of ruminations stayed on the page, and I was able to shift my thoughts over to the positive.

Since lifting that fog, I find joy in the practice of allowing my photography art to guide me into words and feelings. I hope you’ll read these journal entries to deepen your appreciation for the simple things in life. That is where I found my center: gratitude. And from there, a deeper meaning to life.

What do you do when you are feeling lost in life?

What do you do when you are feeling lost in life?

When you are feeling lost, don't lose sight of what is important. Appreciating the little things can shift your perspective. Even if they are as little as butterflies.Faceplant? If you are feeling lost in life, don't get so discouraged that you shove your head into...

Finding an anchor in an odd place: the trashcan.

Finding an anchor in an odd place: the trashcan.

For a myriad of reasons, I’ve struggled a lot this past week. When I have these times, which are completely human, I try to find an anchor to bring me back to something simple, something that reminds me of the little moments. 

When I need some inspiration to pull me back to what matters, I flip open my images to look at art I’ve created and scroll them like a lot of people do with social media. I stopped at this image. Over and over, I kept coming back to “Blue Morphos and the Sun” I created as New Media Art. I love the way it feels sunny and warm and as though many happy thoughts are flittering around inside my head. 

How failure can lead to success

How failure can lead to success

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison How can failure lead to success? When it comes to failures, I moved from amateur to professional in a heartbeat once I bought my first camera. Beating myself up emotionally also...

An Effective Way to Release Worry

An Effective Way to Release Worry

From deep-seated fear to unbelievable magic. The changing moods of the Grand Canyon. And my mood swing. Inspired by a 10-day river rafting tour of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with Tour West and Adam Schallau.   Our afternoon hike uphill on...

The Grand Canyon and Coffee

The Grand Canyon and Coffee

Words to describe the Grand Canyon. Bold. Deep. Complex.  In trying to describe this small section of the Grand Canyon, I thought of coffee. Yes, I wanted a cup. It was cold. Winter. And it was very early. The word "coffee" is simple and understood. So is the...

The Art of Slowing Down When You Don’t Have Time

The Art of Slowing Down When You Don’t Have Time

Stop rushing through life. The very moment you say you don't have time, you need to stop. Saying you don't have time is a big lie you tell yourself. You are filling up time with stuff. From experience, I've gotten so wrapped up in doing that I forgot to be. All that...

Where rainbows don’t disappear.

Where rainbows don’t disappear.

Rainbow art. If there is one sure thing in this world, mention that you see and point your finger towards a rainbow; anyone within earshot will turn to look. The prism of colors universally connects us in a symbolic language that brings us hope and makes us smile....

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