Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Another year come and gone…life has gotten into the way of my daily blogs. My daughter moved home and is Nursing full time along with part time studies. Hubby is working and volunteering full time and I continue to keep things afloat on the home front.

I am hoping to be a better blogger in 2016! I refuse to make any resolutions but rather focus on “one word” for 2016. The word I have chosen is Peace. I figure if I keep peace in my heart and around me, happiness, fulfillment and contentment will follow suit!

Have a marvelous day and New Years! CHEERS!IMG_6215-001

A fresh start…

It has been sooooo long since I have written a blog, that I feel like this is my first time.  Things have happened, life got busy and I just got plain lazy and didn’t want to put the effort into writing.

I guess when things become a chore, we tend to give up on them. I had forgotten the benefits of blogging in the way that it got things off my chest, gave me hope and a general “feel good” feeling. I focused more on, well I don’t have time, I don’t know what to write and nobody reads this stuff anyways.

The same has been for my photography lately. It has become stagnant and boring to me even with the fact that I got a new Full Frame Canon for Christmas.  I had been wanting a full frame for years and now that I have it, the anticipation and wait is over, I don’t have to look forward to getting it.

I need to recharge my batteries (thought batteries that is) and get a better focus (no pun intended) on life and what it has to offer for me.  Don’t get me wrong here, I am very grateful for my life and the blessings bestowed on me, I just need to enlarge (again, no pun intended) on the greater picture here. Life is at my finger tips and I need to embrace every emotion and opportunity that comes my way🙂

I am starting to feel better already!  Now on to a couple of photos I took yesterday. One is a selfie of me and the other is of a bouquet of flowers that I purchased yesterday.

For those of you who took the time to read my thoughts today, I sincerely thank you and wish you a great day.

Now….off to find more opportunities….

D

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Obstacles

Rather than becoming discouraged….consider that obstacles tell you what to do next.

~Kay Leigh Hagan

 

So I have been trying to learn a new photo technique….refractions.  It’s the reflection of an object in a water droplet.  The reflection has to be so clear and crisp, as though it is a mirror.  I thought, this should be easy to do right?  Well, not so much….I think I did about 20 or 30 takes of a water drop before I got one that was halfway decent.

Making mistakes and overcoming obstacles while trying this procedure, taught me to be patient and not be discouraged when things didn’t go as I originally planned.

Life can be that way too….we give up too soon and become discouraged thinking to ourselves “I can’t do this!”  It’s the “I CAN” attitude that will bring success and gratification to our lives.  Try, try and try again.

Have a wonderful day.

D

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Falling

                         “Fall seven times, stand up eight!” ~ Japanese proverb

How many times have you fallen in life and heard youself say “I don’t think I can pick myself up again“.  It’s almost as if there are forces that are holding you down.  Too often in life, we become discouraged and it seems so much easier to stay down than  to use physical or mental engergy to pick yourself up.

I’m not here to preach that life is and will be a bed of roses, “if we didn’t have bad days in life, then we truly wouldn’t appreciate the good days.” How would we know a bad day from a good one if we didn’t have a bit of both?  No one said life was going to be easy so just hang on and enjoy the ride….you only get one chance at it….make it count.🙂

 

Have a wonderful Saturday and weekend.

D

Time

“The truth is that the world’s demands are infinite, and your time is not. Things will always be left undone – just make sure they aren’t the things that matter most.” ~Martha Beck

Are you the kind of person who is always procrastinating?  The world is such a busy place especially at Christmas time.  It’s seems as if there are not enough hours in the day to get things done.

Trying to separate the “important” from the “trivial” and “not quite so important” can be a chore.  It really should be a no brainer as to what should come first…. although many people struggle with this.

Those dirty dishes left in the sink will be there in the morning while your teenage son/ daughter, mother/father, sister/brother may not be.

Family has always been first and foremost with me and will continue to be.  Memories of fun family times always warm my heart and not memories of clean dishes, folded laundry and washed floors.

Here’s wishing you a fun family and what’s most important day/weekend to you.

Hugs all around

Daphne

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy. ~ Marian Wright Edelman

Sounds easy enough to do doesn’t it….or does it?  So just what is it Marian Wright Edelman is trying to say?

Too often, we often fall into the trap of being someone else just to please or fit into society. We act, speak or even dress as we were someone else. It’s almost like role playing on the big stage. We learn that some things we do will gain the approval of others, while different actions will result in varying degrees of  disapproval, and this in turn shapes us over time.

Each one of us is unique and formed by God’s hands.

Since turning 50, I have become more comfortable with myself, (faults and all).  I don’t get so uptight about my body size and shape nor if I will say the right thing at the right time.  I realize I wasted too much time and energy fussing and worring if I would fit in with others.  I have learned to be confident and love myself and most importantly be myself.  When you love yourself, it is much easier for others to love you too.

Here’s to many more year of being ME🙂

Have an awesome day.

 

Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile

Today’s Inspirational Quote on my calendar is “Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English Poet

Imagine buying a good book to read and when you open the cover, all the pages are blank. Empty pages, nothing but white stark pages staring back at  you. To me, this is what life would be like without someone to love and love me back. Life would have no meaning without someone to share it with.

I can’t even begin to imagine not being able to share all my ups and downs with Derek. He  is my number one supporter and is so connected to me, that I can feel it in my soul. There are times when each of us knows what the other is thinking, even before we speak it. That’s the kind of love that makes my life, my ride worth the ride.

 

I found this poem on the internet which pretty much sums up a life without love.

 

A Life Without Love

by Rachel D Fogle

A Sunset without a sun is no sunset at all. A life without love is no life at all. A rainbow without colors is no rainbow at all. And heart without feelings is no human at all.
All these things need something to be, Either a sun or a person or a crayon, If only to create what nature said was meant to be.
A sunset makes us feel as though the world has been born again. A life with love lets us know it’s worth to let someone in. A rainbow with colors thats a moment frozen in time, to be grateful for all that is beautiful and feel all the glory inside. A heart that has feelings, well that would be me. For I love just the thought of you and hope you feel the same for me.
Life without our love, is an emptiness I’m not sure I wish to face. Because I know that time will never be able to erase. I wish our love was as simple as a sunset, ready to be born again. But I know in truth love only comes from within. So I’ll keep watching for my sunset, and looking for that rainbow to shine someday. Then one day maybe our love will find its way again.
Wishing you a day filled with hearts, rainbows and much love.
D