Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Happy New Year!

 

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Breathe

Lately, I’ve started feeling the beginnings of my anxiety and depression acting up. Hadn’t felt this way in several weeks. I still feel down, anxious, and out of sorts right now, but I know it’ll pass. And, eventually, I figure out what triggered it and can prevent a future one from a similar trigger. Anyway, this experience has reminded me of a pin I pinned on Pinterest. I found the sign below a couple of months ago on the internet. It was created by the Lonely Lotus and the words are by Danielle Koepke. I think it has been one of my most popular pins. It’s been repinned more than 500 times. Since I’ve dealt with anxiety for most of my life, Danielle’s words mean a lot to me. However, I didn’t realize how much the words meant to others. Hope you find it meaningful.

I’m planning to post more of my favorite Pinterest pins. Maybe I can make it a monthly or weekly blogging habit. I really do need to get back to blogging here, but life has been very busy with family, school, work, and a knee injury. To see more anxiety related pins you can go to my anxiety Pinterest board by clicking HERE .20140602-165403-60843109.jpg


Falling Forward

Here are two of my favorites to inspire you today: a quote and a Calvin & Hobbes comic.  They put some optimism and humor into falling.  Falling forward doesn’t seem too bad.

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” -Victor Kiam

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Beautiful You

I found this wonderful quote on the internet while I was looking for examples of strong female characters.  I’m finding that movies, shows, books with strong female leads are good motivational tools to keep me inspired and enthusiastic about being a good, healthy person. I’ve always seemed to have trouble with my self-image. Often neglecting my appearance and almost exclusively focusing on my soul and mind. I’m realizing that it’s not a matter of vanity, but a matter of caring for your current home just like caring for my brick and wood house for my family. So, I’ve been brushing my hair more often, exercising, watching what I eat, and other stuff I use to ignore or found useless.  It’s not easy to maintain the these practices, but their actually helping my mood and anxiety. I know appearance isn’t everything, and it’s temporary and changes with time and age, but it helps to care for what you have while you have it.  Hope you find the quote as inspiring as I did.  I felt compelled to share it and share my thoughts on it.

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God, Family, & Geek

This is a wonderful C.S. Lewis quote I have never seen before. As a Catholic, a parent, and sort of a geek, I can really appreciate this one. The picture is awesome, too. By the way, I didn’t create it, I found this pin on Pinterest and had to share it here. I wish I knew who made it to say thank you for a really nice one.

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Attempting to Capture the Supermoon

“The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.”

Jean Ingelow

Once again, I’m trying to capture the moon. This time, it’s the supermoon. And I’m using a tripod, a 18-250 mm telephoto lens, no flash, and editing. I think I did better this time. Let me know what you think. To see my previous attempt, you can go to the post, Attempting to Capture the Moon.

Click on the photos for a larger image.

The supermoon, on Sunday, behind some clouds, trees, and powerlines in my neighborhood.

The supermoon, on Sunday, behind some clouds, trees, and powerlines in my neighborhood. Except for the border and the website mark, no editing on this one.

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Same photo with HDR effect added using PicMonkey.

Same photo with HDR effect added on PicMonkey.

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“The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what’s happening up there.”

K. D. Lang

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The same supermoon in the clear Saturday sky.

The same supermoon in the clear Saturday sky above the same trees and power lines, but not enough light to show anything but the moon. I tried placing the settings to let in more light into the camera, but I lost the detail of the moon. So, to get the craters to show, I settled for the dark surroundings. The border and website mark are the only edits.

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The previous photo cropped using PicMonkey to show a closer view of the supermoon.

The previous photo cropped using PicMonkey to show a closer view of the supermoon.

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“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Attempting to Capture the Moon

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
-Anthony J. D’Angelo

For a long time, I have wanted to get a nice picture of the moon, but I have never been able to with my iPhone camera. So Wednesday evening, I tried out my new camera on night mode in an attempt to capture the moon. Remember, I am a beginner with the DSLR camera. I have much to learn. And although my camera is for beginning DSLR users, it is still complicated. And I just got the camera a few days ago. In order to make the best use of my camara, I have been reading the Life Magazine Guide to Digital Photography by Joe McNally. One of the first things the author says to do is just get use to the camara on automatic or basic modes for the first couple of hundred photos or so. Then you can slowly learn the different technical settings. So that’s what I have been doing. Snapping pictures on automatic mode and letting the camara do the technical stuff. I think the photo below is my best one out of the nine moon shots I took. I was aiming for a simple photo of the moon. It turns out I got some sort of abstract painting looking thing with some wiggly lines in there. I’m not sure what caused the small white wiggly lines. And I captured a piece of the top of my house. But, I think the clouds and ring around the moon give a nice unintended effect. What do you think? Be honest. I have read that making mistakes on purpose is a good way to overcome anxiety. So, this particular post is a good exercise for me in overcoming my frequent fear of making mistakes in public while I learn about photography. One thing is for sure, I’ve learned that daytime or lighted indoor photography is easier than nighttime photography.

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A Quote 7

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”

– Carl Sandburg

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I work on the 4th floor of a 6 story office building. I enjoy looking out the window of our lunch room after everyone has left the building. When I look out and look up, this is what I see some afternoons. It’s a beautiful site after being in a cubicle with no windows the majority of the day.


A Quote 6

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A deer near a road in Brazos Bend State Park in Texas in 2009. My family and I enjoy going to George Observatory nearby. There’s no light pollution, so you can see many stars at night.


I Got Tagged- 11 Questions

I’ve been tagged by Frizz from Flicker Comments by Frizztext. Thanks Frizz!
These are the rules :

Each person must post 11 things about him/herself on their blog.

1. Answer the questions the “tagger” listed for you in their post, (And create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer- if you can).

2. Choose 11 people to tag and link to them in the post.

3. Let each blogger know that you have tagged them.

Here are Frizz’s questions with my answers. And since I like these questions, and I have limited time, I will ask the 11 tagees/nominees the same questions.

1. Without three things you would be lost?

I would be lost without God, my husband, and my son.

2. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I would rather not be famous.

3. If you only could listen to one song for the next month, what song would that be?

“Smile” sang by Nat King Cole.

4. Why started you blogging in the first place?

The desire to connect with people. And the frustration of often not being able to fully connect with people face to face because of my social anxiety. Blogging seemed natural, since I can be myself without being so anxious.

5. If you could have your own tv channel, what would it be about?

Photography. Since, I started blogging I have grown very fond of photography and want to learn how to become better. I hope to get a nice camera one of these days. For now, I’ll use my Iphone and my little digital Canon PowerShot A2000 IS to learn.

6. What is your favorite season? And why?

My favorite season is fall. I like it when the temperature starts to drop after the hot and humid Houston summers.

7. Do you like flowers better or trees?

I like trees. I see trees as stronger and more practical than flowers. They seem to last longer and can often provide shade and oxygen. I think flowers are beautiful. But if I had to choose, I’d choose a tree over a flower.

8. If you could own a famous painting (or any other art object), which one would that be?

Any painting by Mark Rothko. I guess I like the simplicity of his paintings. Just looking at his paintings feels comforting some how.

Blue and Gray by Mark Rothko (1962)

9. There is only one person like yourself. Name something about you that makes you unique!

I have social anxiety, but I care about people and feel a desire to connect with other people. I often avoid being around people. But when I am not so anxious, or feel courageous enough to interact despite of the anxiety, I enjoy being around people. I do better interacting in small groups or one on one.

10. Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous?

I like to plan things out.

11. Would you rather be a movie actor or a (rock)star on the stage?

A movie actor. I don’t think I could stand being a star and the center of attention on a concert or theater stage.

Here are my tagees/nominees:

Sonel

Lady Barefoot Baroness

Buckwheatsrisk

Rois

Francine in Retirement

The Positive Page

Colline’s Blog

Simply Charming

Adjustingyourfocus

Mlissabeth’s Musings

Jakesprinter

Here’s a copy of the questions:

1 Without three things you would be lost?

2 If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

3 If you only could listen to one song for the next month, what song would that be?

4 Why started you blogging in the first place?

5 If you could have your own tv channel, what would it be about?

6 What is your favorite season? And why? 7 Do you like flowers better or trees?

8 If you could own a famous painting (or any other art object), which one would that be?

9 There is only one person like yourself. Name something about you that makes you unique!

10 Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous?

11 Would you rather be a movie actor or a (rock)star on the stage?


A Quote 5

“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” – Thomas Carlyle

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Ingram, Texas 2012- Area behind a small town community theater and arts center.


A Quote 4

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

Snowing in Houston, Texas. My backyard in December of 2009. It snows in Houston every couple of years. When it snows here, it's a big deal. Many people stay home from school and work.

Last post before Lent. I am giving up posting until Easter Sunday. I’m going to WAIT.

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God bless y’all. I’ll return with the posts on Easter.


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