“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
~ William Blake
I took these pictures while on vacationing in Oregon this past January. We took a day trip to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway, visit the Tillamook Dairy factory, and stop by Cannon Beach and the famous “Goonies rock”. This day was special because it was one of the few days we got to explore Oregon — we spent the next two days of our trip snowed in!
Excellence is a habit – 5 tips to be a better you.
I have this quote from Aristotle on my desktop at work to remind me that it takes practice and consistency to get better and achieve excellence. Getting better to me is making incremental improvements, either in health, talents, or habits. Small acts done consistently over time become big habits.
Do you wait for opportunities to come your way, or do you make the most of every situation? I prefer to make the most out of everything, which is why my blog is subtitled “Finding Inspiration in Every Day Life”.
Like these lofty trees, we sometimes set high goals for ourselves. Awesome goals that inspire us to push ourselves, and maybe try something new. Stretch goals that allow us to demonstrate to others what we are truly capable of achieving. Personally, if I don’t keep moving forward and inching the bar a little higher I really won’t know what I can achieve, will I? Setting lofty goals is good for one’s psyche and personal growth.
“Dreams are Goals with Deadlines.” So continue to Dream a little Bigger. Aim a little Higher. And pursue those lofty goals that may seem out of reach.
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”
The other day while I was walking to the mailbox, I saw a large spider bobbing and weaving up and down from our tree making it’s web for the night. I made a rather large detour around the tree to the mailbox and then went and grabbed my camera to take a few shots.
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”~ Morticia Addams
The world would be a much better place if we all got outside and enjoyed nature a little more, smelled the flowers, breathed in the air, and just treated each other like kin or family, don’t you think? Enjoy your Sunday!
Expanding one’s mind keeps it healthy and active, and helps stave off the aging process.
I have said for years that I try to learn something new every day. I firmly believe that learning doesn’t stop just because you are not school. You should invest in yourself and your interests. Expanding one’s mind keeps it healthy and active, and helps stave off the aging process.
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” ~ Brian Herbert
So when I wrapped up my nine-month Leadership Garland class, it was time to do something completely different. I have always loved photography and never taken enough time to really learn how to use my dSLR, so I enrolled in Basic Digital Photography at the local community college. Learning how to operate the camera out of “Automatic” mode where I can control the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture is a bit daunting to say the least.
First class we were told to read the camera manual and familiarize ourselves with our camera. Well with a full-time job and fibromyalgia, I was quite frankly exhausted and two days wasn’t enough time. So I winged it. Second class we got our first assignment – bring in 4 photographs that are properly exposed. We had a weekend to do it. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well I took probably close to 100 shots to get a few that I liked. We had wind and clouds and nothing cooperated. Here’s my first submission.
Apple of your Eye
Flower on a Post
I am excited about learning how to better control my camera and getting out to take some more pictures. I am trying to figuring out what I want to do when I retire in a few years, so photography will hopefully play into it some. The last few years I typically tweet inspirational quotes, and I have taken a few of my pictures and combined them with those, so perhaps I am on to something. But for now, it’s just a hobby and something new for me to learn.
So what do you think? Do you like any of these? Do you have a hobby or skill you are trying to learn?