Guitars & Sunshine - A Closer Look

Last week you met Tammie; awesome girl with a passion for music.  Here she is again in this short clip as she expresses what music is to her and how DETERMINATION can be a source of inspiration. [vimeo 12574088] This session was not only a chance for me to capture Tammie doing what she loves, but I learned so much about her and found myself inspired by her passion and energy.  This is an ongoing project for me and I'm always looking to meet new people.  So for those of you who are interested in a session and the chance to share your story, I would love to hear from you! As always, thanks for reading!
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Write It Out

Not sure how many of you are familiar with the book, the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron but I have been reading it since June last year and it has changed my perspective on a lot of things.  There are three major things that Julia emphasizes in her book which are Morning Pages, Artist Dates, and 20 minute walks.  Morning pages in particular is something that I have tried to incorporate in my daily activities.  Basically, what morning pages are is taking half an hour to 45 minutes first thing in the morning to write down three pages of everything that you have going on in your mind at that moment.  Finding someplace quiet and comfortable to just write.  All of your fears, doubts, complaints, and desires spill out onto the page every morning.  If you keep writing consistently, you'll start to develop clarity in the day to day and answers to your questions will start to reveal themselves.   The act of writing is truly energizing and emotional all at the same time.  It's amazing what your thoughts can reveal sometimes. I did my morning pages daily and experienced the gradual changes to my spirit.  I felt light and free and my thoughts were clear and more focused.  I was on a roll!  My morning pages had led me down a path and I was discovering myself and what truly mattered to me.  I had developed a love for writing in the morning and came to depend on them.  Up until recently, I started to slack off a lot; not sure why.  In the mornings I would wake up and my first thought was "do your morning pages" and then my second immediate thought was "oh, you can skip writing today".  I made excuses for not being able to write; not enough time or not in the mood.  I ended up skipping a day here and there until it turned into weeks of not writing my morning pages.  Everyday that I skipped left me feeling frustrated and empty but most of all guilty for not treating myself better.  Writing in my pages was truly my healing process and I took that away.  Guilt ensued. This went on for weeks and turned into months until I was ready to take action and get back on track.  I realized that feeling guilty everyday for not doing my pages was counterproductive and did not help matters.  So the only thing left was to just do it; make a conscious decision to take time out for myself no matter what.  So lately, I have gotten back on track with writing my Morning Pages.  I even setup a wake-up call with a friend of mine who also used to do Morning Pages but needed help getting back on track.  So now we call each other every morning as a reminder to do our morning pages.  The added support sure helps a lot. But I have changed it slightly in a way that works best for me.  Sometimes I can't write in the morning so I make sure to write in the evening; Evening Pages.  Other times, I'm not able to write at home so I go to Starbucks to do my pages.  It can be all three pages or a page and a half, the point is that I'm writing and paying attention to my inner spirit once again.  One day at a time, one morning at a time... Thanks all for listening...:)
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The Ah-Ha Moment

You know when you've had this idea just appear out of nowhere? Just an Ah-Ha moment when your next step seems to be crystal clear and make total sense?  A feeling where you know exactly what you need to do?  Well, I've had this happen to me several times throughout the course of my life and always with the help of my negative thinking, I second guess myself and dismiss it, thinking it's not good enough.  Not this time!  I'm excited to embark on an idea that has come to me several times in the recent past and I'm not going to dismiss it this time.   I believe in it and it is chock full of possibilities.  Most of all it is something that is near and dear to my heart that I  and so many others can relate to. Sepia Weeds Please bare with me everyone, I cannot introduce my idea just yet because it is still in the works.  I've taken my first step today in fulfilling this notion and I must keep going forward.  I'm stepping out on faith here and my only hope is that this idea that I have will help people in a profound way.  I hope that you will all stick with me along this journey and stay tuned to what I have in store... Wish me luck!
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Cold Turkey

I used to be a smoker; cigarettes had somehow made their way into my life.  At first it seemed pretty harmless, then it slowly turned into something I needed to do instead of something I wanted to do.  I started smoking only occasionally, like after having drinks with friends, and then more frequently to cigarette breaks at work.  I noticed that I found myself looking forward to my next smoke and the calm feeling I had after each puff.  I knew a lot of smokers in my life but never thought that I could turn into one myself.  And one day, just like that, I decided to stop smoking before it became a permanent part of me.  To this day, I have not picked up a cigarette.  It was a scary thought to know that a cigarette could have the power to make me feel better or for me to become so dependent on it.  Not to mention the devastating health effects it can have.  So with that said, I have two words for you.... “COLD TURKEY”.  Anything negative or bad habits that need to be cut out of your life can be done by simply going cold turkey.  Trust me, it works!  Just decide that you’re going to stop – AND MEAN IT!  Cold turkey not only helps to quit smoking, but you can also use the cold turkey method to stop biting your fingernails, or in my case to stop eating junk food.  Also, this method is a sure fire way to get rid of that boyfriend/girlfriend that doesn’t appreciate you.  Ok, at this point, after reading this, you can either be empowered or you can be saying “Yeah right, easy for you to say”, and I understand that sometimes these things are easier said than done.  But I believe in you and I believe we all have the power within ourselves to take action.  You owe it to yourself to just try it and if it doesn’t work the first time, keep at it until you’ve found the strength to eliminate it completely. NYC Cigarettes I encourage you to share your stories of any struggles you’ve had in kicking a bad habit.  Whether you’re going through it right now or have triumphantly conquered your vices,  I’d love to hear from you; we’re all in this together. Sidenote:  Ok, so basically I just admitted in this post that I used to be a smoker…hope my mom is not reading!
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