Posts Tagged: Passion

5 Simple Tips To Take Care of You!

Sometimes, as a mother of four, it’s easy for me to forget to take care of myself—even in the simplest of ways.    Taking care of ourselves, though, allows our true glow to radiate from every pore.  It also enables us to feel positive, energetic, healthy, and beautiful.    This glow that I speak of is what we are at our core; it’s in a kind word, a helping hand, a true smile, a belly-aching laugh, and so much more.

Here are some tips to help you stoke that light inside of you, letting you glow from inside, all the time:

Take care of your skin. It doesn’t have to be perfectly flawless, but skin that is well cared will show it.  Local spa deals offer facials that will help make your skin healthy and radiant.
Get a good night’s rest. Even if that means splurging and checking into a posh hotel or spa for a night.  Many local spas even offer awesome “Pamper Weekends” that afford you a splendid get-a-way!
Enjoy the sweet, simple things in life. Make a batch of cupcakes and take your friends on a hike, so that you can enjoy them in the great outdoors.  Or, take a cake or box of chocolates to your favorite family member or friend.  Be sweet!
Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers. There’s nothing like a beautiful bunch of flowers on the mantle to help brighten your mood and inspire you!
Be a part of something that you are passionate about. When you are doing something you love and are passionate about, it will show in other areas of your life.  You will radiate positivity!


[Disclosure: I was contacted to write a sponsored post about pampering yourself. The thoughts and feelings in this post are genuine and purely mine.]

My Time

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Every day I do something that I love. It’s the one way that I have ensured, over the past couple of years, that I am nurturing my self, my soul, my passion. And, that is photography. When I have a camera in my hand (from my professional 5DMarkII to my starter Rebel Xti to the trusty camera on my cell phone), I am doing what I love. Nurturing this part of me allows my creative spirit to be free, and when this happens everyone benefits. I am happier, and thus my family is happier (well, unless they’re rolling their eyes at me because, really, one more picture?)

There’s something about the whole process of photography, from composing the shot, to editing, to sharing with the world. but the best part about it is how it changes the way you see the world around you. Things you probably wouldn’t notice before your eye is trained to see, pop out at you. Like the way the sun dances on, and through, the weeds. Those very weeds, that most people find bothersome and ugly [to the photographer] are a sea of contrasting earth tones that bend and sway in the breeze, begging for our attention.

Just the other day I was running into Sally’s to find some of that new Crackle nail polish by China Glaze, and as I was jumping over a puddle I quickly noticed the way the sunlight was hitting the water, reflecting, with these beautiful little pink petals that had blown into the pool during the rain storm earlier in the day. I didn’t have a camera on me, but I caught a glimpse of something that I might have totally disregarded before….

Photography has allowed me to see the beauty around me. The beauty in people. The beauty in animals. The beauty in a simple, crooked branch, a puddle of water, a rusty old truck, and so much more.  My eye beholds it all; seeing through photographic expression is My TimeM’eye Time.

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