Monday, January 31, 2011

.le mois de l'amour::entrée n˚1.

Bonjour mes amis!  No, don't worry, I don't plan to start posting en français. . . but. . . what I am doing is posting every day this month with a hint of amour.  So to start off the month, I wanted to share a video I found featuring a musical duo named Pomplamoose (a play on the french word pamplemousse, which means "grapefruit").  If they seem somewhat familiar, perhaps you may have recognized them from the Hyundai commercials that aired during the holidays.  Here, they are singing my new favorite rendition of the classic Édith Piaf melody, La Vie en Rose.  

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Characters Welcome
NaBloPoMo's theme for the month of February is Character.  Well I tell ya, timing is everything.  As some of you might be aware, I have been wanting to work on a series of photos capturing the faces and stories of everyday people who inspire and intrigue me.  The idea was inspired by USA's Character Project.  My hopes are to introduce you to some of my favorite people, as well as folks who I have yet to meet!  I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and I am going out there to connect and to share.  It's a good thing February is a short month!  My friends, I am asking that you hold me accountable because we're talking about TWENTY-EIGHT different people!     And. . . don't be surprised if YOU end up being one of them!  So stay tuned. . .

*Just a quick note!  I wanted to also let you folks know that I have revived my Reveries and a Cup of Chai blog to share more things not-so-photography related.  So, get yourself a cup of tea, or coffee, or a Corona, and stop by!  

.life is a verb.

life is a verb by patti digh
 Throughout the years, you find out that many times, things that happen in your life truly do happen for a reason.  Reasons you cannot yet explain but at some point along the way, the A-ha! moment arrives.  Chance moments that would not have been had you not simply shown up.  I don't believe in coincidences anymore.  Maybe it's because I've been watching the History Channel with my conspiracy believing husband a little too much lately.  Ha!  If there is ANYTHING that I've learned in life, and especially over the struggles last summer, it is that every little thing that happens has a reason.  Even something as little as a phone call from your employer asking if you'd take a shift that night because someone is going home sick.    This was the scene that took place several days ago.  I said I'd call back.  I consulted with the other half who said, "Do whatever you want."  We really could use the extra cash those hours would bring so I called back and said, "yes."  You know, sometimes, that's all we have to say. . . yes.  Earlier that day, I was on a long (as they usually are) conversation with my sister about how I was really having a hard time getting motivated to be creative.  Picking up my camera became a chore.  Just getting things done seemed too laborsome.  As a mom and wife I just felt as if I wasn't giving enough quality time like I should either and that has truly been bothering me.  I felt totally beat up emotionally after enduring one helluva roller coaster ride last summer.  I was numb, and yet, extremely  sore.  I needed a jolt of something inspiring really bad.  Later that afternoon, the phone call from work.

So just minutes after clocking in, the phone at work rings.  I work at a bookstore so we get a lot of calls from folks asking if we carry a particular book in store.  Well this call wasn't the case.  The customer wanted to know if we matched our online price.  We don't.  "Could you tell me how much it would cost if we bought it from your store?"  I say, "Sure.  What's the book?"  She tells me, "Life is a Verb, by Patti Digh."  I type it in, automatically I am drawn to the cover.  "It's $19.95 ma'am."  She thanks me and hangs up.  Fifteen minutes later, the phone rings again and somehow I'm the only one answering the phone all of the sudden.  A man is on the other line, he asks about the same book but wants to know if his membership will give him a better discount buying the book online or in the store.  I ask him what book he was looking to purchase and he mentioned the same title.  I asked if he had had someone call just a few moments prior.  "Yes, I did.  I had my secretary call.  See, I'm having a meeting with my employees and I want every one of them to take home a copy of this book."  I pull up the book on my computer again, gazing at the cover.   Life is a verb.  "For every employee, really?"  He responds, "Yeah, it's a fantastic book and I want to make sure they all have a copy."  I explain to him, that it would be cheaper for him to actually buy it online.  He thanks me and hangs up.  I thought to myself, "What is the big deal with this book that he is seriously going to buy every single one of his employees a book.  Who even does that?"  I look back to my screen and next to the words "On Hand" it said we had one copy available in the store.  So, I walk over to the Self Improvement section and pull out the book.  "I am going to browse through you on my lunch break little buddy."  And that's what I did.  After reading the introduction, I knew I had to have it.

I'm not even on the fourth chapter of this book and already I feel a rejuvenating of the soul taking place on my insides.  The author originally started to write this book for no one else but for her two young daughters.  A woman who has had several members of her family suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and then to also lose her stepfather only 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer,  Patti was compelled to write.  She wanted to record her life for her two young daughters in order that they would see who she was beyond just the title of Mom.  This book became a means for her to encourage them to live, and to live fully.  She challenges us to do the same.  Life is too short not to.  After picking up this book, the fog that kept me from seeing my own life a little more clearly started to dissipate a little.  I picked up my little three year old, sat her in my lap, and looked at her.  If any of you have young children, I know you have those moments when you are totally blown away at just how much those precious souls have grown.  As I look upon that sweet, cherub face with the big brown eyes, I begin to think to myself,  what stories should I share with her?  How can I encourage her to be both confident and compassionate?  How can I help nurture her to be that beautiful person?  I guess it's simple, really.  Live.  Love.  Laugh.  Cliché I know, but true wouldn't you agree?  The time to record, time to enjoy and experience life as best as we possibly can truly is now.  After giving my daughter a big hug and telling her how much I love her, she looks back up at me and says, "I love you too Mama.  Okay. . . can I go play now?"  My answer:  "Yes, sweetie, we can go play now."

Our task is to say a holy yes 
to the real things in our life.
~Natalie Goldberg

Live in the present moment
wisely and earnestly.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

.resuscitating the blog.

  Good morning my beloved friends!  I cannot believe that it has been nearly a YEAR since the last post.  I had contemplated removing this blog altogether, but honestly, I've kinda missed it.  Life was a little more than hectic last year, but now that the dust has started to settle, I want to start sharing bits and pieces of the lighter side of life again.  My Threads of Light blog will continue to stay up, focusing more on photography, while this blog will feature pretty much everything else.  Here, I will introduce you to various artists and other creatives whose work and lives inspire! So, c'mon back on board and let's see where this life takes us both!  :D

Thursday, January 20, 2011

.and today was brought to you by the number. . .

33 is the number for today because it is how many years I'm celebrating today!
I was greeted with happy cheers of "it's your birthday Mama!" by my
little girl first thing this morning. 
Later a radio dedication was made on the radio by a friend who has his
own show here!  Awesome music streamed in from Nashville!  How
cool is that?!

The Mister, little one and myself took a trip downtown for some 
sweets at Kilwin's.

Then we took a stroll around downtown Wilmington.  It was such a
beautiful day!

Greenpeace had their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, docked on the 
Cape Fear River.  They'll be giving tours of the boat this weeknend.
They're here to support ECO and the folks of Wilmington who have
been doing an awesome job bringing awareness to the public 
about ecological issues here in the Cape Fear region.

After our walk around downtown, we headed to the beach. 
It was a little cold, but it was still so beautiful!

Then I blew out the candle and called it a day.
A wonderful wonderful day.  :D

Monday, January 17, 2011

.back in the loop.

Wow, it has been a while hasn't it?  Well my friends, I'm ALIVE!!  I hope that today, you are well.  I have truly missed you and now that I finally have access to the internet from home, I'll be coming to visit more often.  2010. . . wow, what a year.  From beginning to end, it was a roller coaster ride for myself and my family. First the accident in January, to the loss of a job in April, the flood in May, to a family emergency in November.  But, and there is a very big BUT, glorious sunshine hides behind dark clouds.  It's only a matter of time when those clouds fade away.  You are stronger than you realize.  I am still a little sore, a tad numb, but relieved.  We are in a nice home, surrounded by wonderful neighbors, and we can't help but love this town, especially since we only live 15 minutes away from the beach.  Niiiice.  And I am glad, so glad to be back here with you!  

So, now that we have entered a new year, my hopes are that things will be a little calmer, a lot more creative, and less stressful.  I don't think I can handle any more new white hairs sprouting from my head.  My 33rd birthday is just a few days away and honestly, I have chosen to stay home!  Ha!  Before I leave you today, I want to share a few creative sites. . . 

  •  The whimsical and genius creations of Su Blackwell 
  •  The soothing images by beautiful Heather Pauline
  •  And this blog is just insanely hilarious! 
That's it for now folks!  Have a beautiful start to the work week!