This morning I spoke at a MOPs meeting about how to take better pictures. Funny, it seems lately I’ve been working a lot on that myself. How to make a better composition, find better light, be more present in our everyday and document it. I was excited to talk about something I love so much, but not excited about getting up in front of a room full of people to speak. It’s just really not my thing. Never really has been. This time though, was a little different.
At the beginning of each year as everyone is setting resolutions I have found myself instead setting goals. I’m not a resolution person, I’ve tried. I always fall short and end up frustrated. What I’ve learned is that I am a slow work in progress. Setting goals seems, for me, to be a better method to chip away at becoming the person I want to become. I don’t write them down or anything official. I just make them in my head, say a prayer for guidance and set off on my way.
So, this year one of my goals was to push myself to get a bit out of my comfort zone. To do a few things I dread (like speaking in front of a large group) so that just maybe I might grow a little and learn a bit along the way.
As I was standing up there this morning so nervous, these thoughts ran through my head, “Here you are. This is what you came up with as a resolution, this is what you prayed about and here you are. Just do it.” And you know what? I did. And it wasn’t so bad. After the initial shock of being handed the microphone (yikes! a microphone?) and swallowing the lump in my throat I was ok. I might go so far as to say it was even a little fun.
There’s a lot of 2011 left. In just the first 2 weeks I have started a personal blog and spoke in front of a large group. It’s a good start for a girl that has been pretty comfortable in her own little box. Stepping out hasn’t been too bad. Not too bad at all…
From the last two days of Picture Winter…
Picture Winter Day 6: Cracked Open
“let’s celebrate the cracks today and capture them in photos” -Tracey Clark
Picture Winter Day 7: Quiet Beauty
We were supposed to capture winter’s beauty outside today. Well, if you live here (Nebraska) you know that 40 mph winds and cold doesn’t offer up much beauty. So I looked to my house instead. This is a picture from our kitchen. It is the hub of activity in our home, except in the afternoon. With the big boys at school and the little one napping it is quiet. The light coming in the back door, from the gray winter sky, was beautiful.
Have a good weekend!