Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Creativity Bootcamp Day 11 - Hush


I loved today's journal assignment which asked us to look back at the map of our lives to recognize the experiences and steps that brought us each to this point.  It was an enlightening experience and at the end of the exercise, I can honestly say that I am more happy and content in my life than I've ever been - by that I don't mean that I'm satisfied or think that my life is perfect, but I do feel that I'm at a point in my life where I have the control and freedom to try, to experiment, to grow and to enjoy the journey.

I've been blessed with a supportive family and set of friends, I've have the incredible opportunity to experience life in different countries and cultures.  I have a job that challenges me and keeps me on my toes.  I have the freedom and, when I make it, the time to step away from work so I can satisfy my creative side.

If I had to identify one moment that changed my life it was the moment I decided I'd take a risk, leave my comfortable Seattle life to move to Rio de Janeiro for a temporary job.  That temporary job has turned into something a little more permanent and has given me the chance to live in both Brazil and India.  The lessons I learned as an expat in these two countries profoundly changed who I am.  I see the world as a smaller place, I appreciate different ideals of beauty, I've learned to communicate in new ways and am more courageous when it comes to taking risks and putting myself out there.  I know without these experiences I never would have picked up a camera or signed up for something like Bootcamp.

Today's prompt was actually the most difficult one for me so far.  For some reason I just struggled with a concept or idea.  Finally I went back to basics and one of my favorite photo subjects, my niece Miss M.  She's usually all sass and attitude, but I caught her in a silent, contemplative moment as she watched my mom's koi fish.

Finally, for today's song - way back in the day when Gweneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck were dating (remember back that far?) they made a forgettable movie called "Bounce."  The movie wasn't any thing to write home about, but I fell in love with the soundtrack, especially a song by Angie Aparo - "Hush."

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8 comments:

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Nice to capture the quiet moments in life. We tend to photograph the kids will "doing" instead of not. I sometimes sneak in to watch my kids sleep just to remember what it was like when they weren't all attitude and snarl. :)

Stay Sweet. ♥tlb

Nicole said...

Sass and attitude. Ha! Those are perfect words to describe her.

krissilugbill said...

lovely photo! its perfect that you captured her in this silent moment, fits hush so well :) thanks for sharing the song too!

Hazydaisy said...

Perfect capture of a quiet moment. wonder how long it lasted!

Sam said...

Lovely photo, its a rare thing to catch a child being quiet and complative!!! Love the writing about your journey through life and where you are now.

The Estes Family said...

Your pics are so beautiful, what talent you have!! It was so good to see you over the weekend:) Hopefully I will see you before the next one!!

Bluebelle said...

Thanks for the comments, it's so nice to have discovered...or possibly re-discovered (I feel like I've been here before!) your lovely blog! Beautiful photos.

cindy said...

i really admire that adventurer in you. i can't imagine moving to another country like you did, but it all worked out beautifully. something to think about as i like to have things all planned out.

the photo is so lovely with the prettiest soft tones.

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