Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh
July 23, 2013, 1:22 pm
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I’ve been busy with fun in the sun and missed the recent weekly photo challenges, but this one caught my attention.

So many photo options:  swimming in a lake, a newborn baby, a delicious-looking cocktail, muffins just out of the oven, but I chose these two:

What’s “fresh” in your life?


Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

As a final post before the new year begins, I thought I’d participate in the weekly photo challenge of “my 2012 in pictures”.  As I looked back, I was surprised to see how much we travelled.  Not quite the same as before kids, mostly local trips, but still away from home somewhere almost every month!

I was also surprised by the number of photos of food I took this year – food that marked special occasions, vacations, birthdays, holidays, and class treats for school so I’ve decided to post those photos instead of our various trips.  Let me know what you think!

“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities.”

My thought for today as quoted from my Yogi tea bag.  I love it!

As part of my Happiness Project, I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal, but I’ve fallen behind.  So today, I am picking up the pen again.  It’s great to be reminded of how lucky I am and to keep things in perspective when I’m facing a challenge!

It really is the little things.  A hug from my boys, tea made by my husband, ballet class . . .some days I have so many moments that I want to remember, I don’t even get to write them all down.  But I do spend the day trying to be mindful and appreciative.

Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m cheerful and perky all day – my kids still don’t listen to me when I ask them to stop bugging each other, there are still terrible drivers everywhere and petty annoyances, but focussing on the best of the day seems to make it easier to forget the rest.

Yesterday . . . my dishwasher.  I am lucky to be able to turn it on when I go out and come home to clean dishes – allowing me to spend time with my family instead!

Today . . .  I’m grateful for a much-needed morning shower and clean hair!

And you??

My Daily Dose for 2012

Has anyone else noticed a plethora of “365” themed ideas out there?  Perhaps, it’s because of the New Year, but I’ve come across blogs, photo projects, writing ideas, cooking, fitness goals – the list is endless.  Others seem to be organized enough to not just cook a lovely meal or create an elaborate craft project, but document every step along the way with photographs and then post it for the world to see. 

I like the idea of documenting my life, my kids, my projects each day, but I know that’s not realistic – there’s not enough time in the day and I already have my “40 Before 40” list to focus on.  So I’ve been thinking about what I could manage.  Something that matters to me, but doesn’t leave me feeling stressed about accomplishing it.  Between shuttling kids to school and activities, cleaning up after The Wrecker, ballet and fitness for myself, and generally managing this looney bin that I habit, there isn’t much time for creative thinking.

Then it occurred to me . . . I’ll continue with my gratitude journal this year and document each daily dose with a photo.  I started keeping a one-line-per-day journal last year as a way of focussing on the positive in my life.  Being present.  Noticing the little things.  Appreciating what I have.  The conscious act of daily gratitude is supposed to be a form of meditation which has profound health benefits on the brain and body.  Every little bit counts, right?

So this year, I will continue with the journal, but take my pocket camera with me everywhere so I’ll have a visual record, too.  A flower, a beautiful fabric, seeing my kids’ toes peeking out as they sit on their knees.  Who knows what will catch my eye each day?

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