Day 31/365: Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. It's always so interesting to see other customs and learn how others celebrate life. Some of the Chinese traditions of today are to give children red envelopes with lucky money, writing poems on red paper and being with loved ones and family. The year of the horse is known for its wit, cheerfulness, and talent. Once again this is a horribly fuzzy photo; however, this is part of the journey that I am embarking on. To learn how to control my equipment so there are less imperfections. But when the imperfections do come I will learn from them and just keep shooting on! :)
Day 28/365: Day in and day out I stare at a computer screen. It's how I do my job, it's how I keep in touch with loved ones, it's how I get a bit of entertainment, and how I keep up with the news... Life is just going to continue to get worse and worse with electronics... There is always going to be the next best thing or device. It's a pretty mundane way of life and it sure makes me tired. :( Every day, I have no choice but to return to this keyboard to help support my family. That's out of my control. What I do have in my control is to shut it off after work is done. That's another big goal I have this year. I hope to teach my kids that there are better things to do in life then just stare at a screen.
A pocket full of money isn't a guarantee of happiness. Having a lot of friends and popularity doesn't mean you can't be lonely. A lot of stuff doesn't make you wealthy and you die with the same amount of "stuff" as everyone else does. A pretty face doesn't mean that doors automatically open. And a lock on a door only keeps out honest people.
Day 26/365: Definition of the word vivid: of a picture, memory, etc. seeming like real life because it is very clear, bright, or detailed; having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness...
Synonyms of the word vivid: pictorial, picturesque, visual, graphic...
My kids keep my life nice and vivid. I am able to see things so purely through their eyes and I love that they keep me young at heart. They give me so many reasons to smile and love life. I am so grateful that they teach me so much on a daily basis. They live life so vigorously and in such a fresh way - just like the definition of the word vivid.
I love my kids more than life!
Day 23/365: During our last snow fall the snow was fluffy and full. It cast some pretty beautiful "diamond like" sparkles and I just sat and watched it snow while sitting on my kitchen floor looking out my back deck door. Winter is pretty harsh to us physically and emotionally and I know that I am feeling the woes lately. I was looking up why we have winter and I read about how this is considered the earth's chance for rebirth. When everything dies or hibernates for the winter, there is a chance for rebirth when it starts to warm up. That's why in the spring we see so many new baby animals and new sprouts of leaves, flowers, grass... I like that thought. I hibernate myself during the winter months. They drag on and on, yet thinking about this and how this could be a time for "rebirth" is really cool. Winter is when I focus more on me... I do yoga more, I read more, and I play games more with my kids. It's refreshing even though we feel like we are just stuck indoors with nothing to do.
I found some neat mythology about winter that I also wanted to share:
In Persian culture winter is called Yalda (birth). It is referred to as the eve of the birth of Mithra who symbolized light, goodness and strength on earth.
In Greek mythology, Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his wife. Zeus demanded Hades to return her to the goddess of Earth and her mother, Demeter. Instead, Hades tricked Persephone into eating the food of the dead so Zeus decreed that Persephone would spend 6 months with Demeter and 6 months with Hades. So, Demeter, out of depression during the 6 months that her daughter is with Hades, created winter.
Day 21/365: Today's golden hour was breathtaking! I was so glad that I had to run outside this cold morning to put out the garbage. Otherwise I would have missed this beautiful sunrise! The colors were beautiful. Lots of purple, pink, yellow, gold. I enjoyed a bit of peace outside in the cold snapping photos before the whirlwind of getting three kids ready for school. It was very refreshing!
Day 14/365: It's hard for parents to get out and about to find some relaxation time. However, during the winter months, my hubby is so good to me that every other week I am able to spend some time with a girlfriend, have a drink and dinner, and try my luck with bingo. It's just a fun night out that I look forward to very much!
Day 13: This word isn't necessarily encouraging in itself, however, I was thinking of encouragement and where we should find it the most. What better place to find encouragement then from our family? No matter what life throws us, family will be there. To support us, love us, challenge us, question us, push us, pull us, and most of all encourage us!
Day 11: This photo was taken in January 2011 with my grandma who was admitted in hospice. During this visit, I was able to cry with my grandma and ultimately say good-bye (she died shortly after we flew back to MN from AZ). We had the conversation about how we would see each other again someday and that's how I know she's in good hands. I am struggling with how to describe what I want to get across on this one... I miss my grandma very much (my grandfather too for that matter as he passed away just 6 months after my grandma). This is a special image for the fact that there are 4 generations here. Each with strengths and weaknesses, but each with something good that they have (or will) pass down to the next. We have been a very lucky family because each one of us has been raised in good hands.
Day 9: Where I stand. I thought of many different ways to do this today... Such as standing in my winter boots in the snow while my face and hands freeze. Because even though we seem to be out of the deep freeze where our temperatures have finally gotten above 0 degrees, the wind is still insanely cold! So, instead, today is the day that my daughter and I get to have just for us. We spent time doing manicures and pedicures and after rubbing each other's feet with lotion, and putting on the coziest socks we have, and taking a picture of it all; this is the one that stood out. And it works perfectly as a topic today. I will always stand where my family is and where they need me.
Day 7: We are 7 days into this New Year when we all hope that that switch from one year to the next will bring nothing but blessings and good fortune. However, our family has had quite an unfortunate start to our year. Both of our vehicles have struggled with this extreme cold and it has caused a lot of stress for my hubby. We are just hoping that as we pull out of this cold weather and get further into 2014 our luck will change. We always know there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will make it through as we always do. Hoping that you may be having a better time with this New Year and that everyone is staying warm and happy!
I have taken on a challenge to take one photo a day for this entire year. I have been excited to join up with an amazing community of talented photographers who have also taken on this challenge. The goals I have for myself this year is to, first of all, complete the whole year of 365 photos. I also want to allow this challenge to teach me all I can about the equipment I have in order to better myself as a photographer. I am excited to learn and experience so much this year through this challenge. Thank you for taking the time to look through my journey. It truly means a lot to me.