As you know, I really like photography (even though I shoot everything on 'auto') and as of March 2012, I really like using my iPhone to take photos. In fact, I call it "my $199 camera that is also an iPhone." You're already seen many of my iPhone photos....
It's a bit overwhelming to know which photography and camera apps are best, since there are so many. I was recently asked to review iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide,written by Alli Worthington. It is full of beautiful images, along with tips on how to make your iPhone photos pop. At the introductory price of $5, it's totally worth it!
"It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced - or seemed to face - the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
(The above photo is of our fourteen-year-old daughter on her way to Masquerade Ball. When I read this quote, I always think of her.)
In April, our family was invited to attend the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. That big title also means, to us, "A whole lotta fun and wonderful memories."
My parents joined in our memory-making, and my husband opted out of going, so it was: Our 16yo son, 14yo daughter, 12 yo son, 9 yo daughter, Nana, Popo and me.
Soon, I want to write a post of tips for your family's Disney trip, but first, here are a few of our memories, taken from my iPhone camera:
Disclosure: I was invited to the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference. My travel and expenses were heavily subsidized as part of this program, however I was not specifically asked to share anything with my readers about the conference or anything related to Disney. I am doing this on my own accord. All opinions are my own.
"But it isn't easy," said Pooh. "Because Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get,
they're things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you."
I've been more than a little bit obsessed with Winnie the Pooh quotes lately. He's a self-proclaimed Bear of Little Brain, so I find his words simple enough for me.
I have an obsession with journals. It takes more willpower than I usually contain to pass a book rack of new journals, their blank pages calling me to partially fill them (no journal is completely filled, probably because I find another too soon to take its place).
Recently, I found a large journal, leather bound, lined, with a ribbon bookmark, that said, Buy me. You know you must.
And so I did as I must.
Somewhere between the store and the car, I remembered that when I was a teenager, I had a little red journal of quotes. Nowadays, it's easy enough to store quotes in an online electronic folder like Evernote or Dropbox, but then I don't use the quotes.
So my pretty black leathered, lined journal with the black ribbon is now my Journal of Quotes. It is where I am reminded that I love to handwrite, I love to discover inspirational words of wisdom, and I love to preserve and share them.
On my Summer reading list was a new book called The Charge by Brendon Burchard. It's my favorite type of book: a self-help, non-fiction (I know, I'm a nerd).
According to Burchard, we fall into three categories:
The one living in the Caged Life asks, Will I survive? So the focus is always on whether or not I will be safe or be hurt.
The one living the Comfortable Life asks, Will I be accepted and succeed? So the focus is on belonging and satiation.
The one living the Charged Life wonders, Am I living my truth and actualizing my potential? Am I living an inspired life and inspiring others?
I'm living the Charged Life, most days (there are occasional days when the past haunts me and I falter into the Comfortable Life).
The Charged Life usually calls to us after we have done what we were supposed to do, become who we thought we were supposed to be, lived as we thought we were supposed to live.
Although I never thought of the title "Charged Life," that lifestyle for me did come through breaking through the past. In my late twenties, I had to decide what I believe and what I want for me. I cannot be caged, and I don't like to be too comfortable, so I began to seek after inspiration by dabbling in creativity and chasing butterflies whenever possible. Over time, I shed layer upon layer of the shoulds and found my own, my very own, musts.
When we live the Charged Life, we don't worry about making waves; we worry about doing what's right and what's meaningful. If controversy or hurt feelings happen along the way, we meet them with our full presence and care - but we march on.
I read the above quote to my people-pleasing teen yesterday. A couple of boys have been unkind to her recently, but she worries so much over keeping everyone happy that she is on the verge of not choosing what is right - to keep those boys at arm's length, not allowing them to be unkind anymore.
People are not born Chargers. It's easy to think, "Oh, I can't do that. I'm not like her. I'm not creative. I'm not that talented."
[Chargers] consistently practice being conscious of their reactions and realities. Theywork for their charges, and they know they have to.
How can you start living the Charged Life? My suggestion is to chase after everything and anything that inspires you, without fear. When I get stuck, I create lists of what inspire me, like:
learn how to use a spinning wheel
grow cut flowers
spend one-on-one time with the children
have a weekly date with my husband
As you can see, not everything is expensive or impossible. In fact, inexpensive things are usually most inspiring to me. Spending a lot of money makes me feel "caged," probably because I always have to pay the piper in the end.
In The Charge, Burchard spends two-thirds of the book on how you, too, can live a Charged Life. It's possible for anyone.
What inspires you? Off the top of your head, what five things would be on your inspiration list?
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