14 Days of Love - Day 14!!

It's the final day of the 14 Days of Love series, thank you so much for following along with me.  This little project allowed me to see things in a whole new light.  It awakened me to open my eyes and pay attention to the details and signs around me to see something special.  In every moment and every photo, I challenged myself by asking "where is the love in this scene?"  If something didn't necessarily scream LOVE to me, I took a second look beyond the surface to find it in it's own unique way. I don't have a profound definition of what I think love is; it is truly indescribable.  But I what I do know is how it looks, how it smells, and how it feels.  It is a feeling that is comparable to nothing else.  So even if you think you have never experienced love before, I can confidently say, that once you feel it, you'll know. I think everyone of us has their own definition of what love means to them.  If you can describe your feelings about what it means to you, I'd love to hear it!  Don't worry about getting too mushy, it's all love here :). Happy Valentines Day!!
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14 Days of Love - Day 13

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. The Rose that Grew from Concrete - Tupak Shakur Taken w/ my iphone on my walk home one night...I knew the quality wouldn't be perfect, but I appreciated the sentiment behind this image :)
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14 Days of Love - Day 12

When I saw these cookies displayed in the store it reminded me of my former days as a quote un-quote baker, lol. From the age of 12 until about 15, I lived in the kitchen baking all sorts of goodies. Cookies, pastries, cakes, you name it! It was the only sort of "cooking" I knew how to do at that age and I loved it. My favorite part of baking had to be pulling the freshly baked cookies out of the oven once they were done and sharing it with my family. I'd look for the expressions on their faces after they took the first bite. Most of the time it was an expression of delight followed by a "mmmmm, this is good". Other times they would wince after taking a bite of the oatmeal cookies because I put too much sugar and not enough oats in it, lol. Even at a young age, baking brought me a sense of calm and purpose. It felt good to be able to create something from scratch and share it with others. Nowadays, the time flies by and spending time in the kitchen to bake something is simply an afterthought. Every now and then I'll browse through recipes and stumble upon a yummy treat I could try to make. I think it's about time I rekindled my LOVE for baking and try my hand at oatmeal cookies again. :) Happy Friday!!
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14 Days of Love - Day 11

Today, I attended an event at the Brooklyn Historical Society and witnessed one of the greatest acts of love I had ever seen. It was a selfless act done purely in the name of helping your fellow neighbor. Delphine Fawundu, a curator and documentary photographer, who grew up in the Tivoli Towers in Crown Heights Brooklyn told a story of her neighborhood. This neighborhood that once stood full of life is now being subjected to gentrification. Delphine fought back by embarking on a year long project called Tivoli: A Place Called Home that would change the lives of many people. She took portraits of the residents living in this building in an effort to tell the story of each person and how displacing them simply for economic gain, would be devastating. These portraits are of the actual residents of Tivoli Towers and some of them attended the exhibit to support the effort. In their faces I saw hope, optimism, and strength. They all banded together for the love of their neighborhood and family. I had the pleasure of meeting Delphine tonight and could not stop applauding her act of selflessness. This exhibit showed me how one human being has the power to make a change. Tonight, LOVE thy neighbor has showed it's true meaning.
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14 Days of Love - Day 10

Spring is coming everyone, just got to hold on tight.  I know it's hard to imagine warm weather and sunshine for all of us in the northeast that got hit with the whopping blizzard today. I trudged down the snow filled sidewalks bundled from head to toe thinking of somewhere else I'd rather be; some place warm.  I continued walking with my head down trying to block the harsh winds from blowing in my face.  Then as I looked up to see where I was going, I was delighted to see this staring me in the face. These little red berries stood out on the tree branches through the mounds of snowflakes and frost.  Seems like mother nature is showing us signs of Spring through this brutal winter.  Seeing this renewed my spirit and took my mind off of the sheet of snow that blanketed everything around me.  Nature can  show us LOVE in tiny ways.
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14 Days of Love - Day 9

Usually, I don't wear nail polish and if I do it's either clear or a very light satin-y color.  But today, I thought I'd try something different, what the heck!  After I finished painting the last finger nail, I fanned out my fingers and toes and looked at the fiery red, that seemed to jump right off my hand, lol.  I was happy with them; the new color made me feel fun and daring!  I love how simple changes can make a bold impact.  Jungle Red is my LOVE on Day 9....:)
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14 Days of Love - Day 7

Photos truly can be a time capsule; a moment in time so precious that can evoke memories and genuine emotions.  Every time I pick up the camera to snap a photo of someone, I know that the picture I am about to take is a representation of time, beauty, and emotion. LOVE in the form of a photograph... I wanted to share this photo I have of my late grandfather and standing alongside him is his mother (my great great grandmother).  Not sure of the date this was taken but as you can probably tell from the of the photo, it was a looonnnggg time ago lol.   Whenever I look at it I am reminded of my grandfathers infectious laugh and comforting smile.  And my great great grandmother, 98 years old and alive and well; just as strong as she was when this picture was taken.
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