Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I'm back in Istanbul (let's not discuss the jet lag that comes from spending last week in Australia, the weekend in the US and now a new week in Europe) and I'm already missing my family.
"Oh and baby, it's so good to see you, how I missed your face."
Josh Rousse - Princess on the Porch
Monday, January 28, 2013
r.e.m. - You are the Everything
Friday, January 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I'm still in Australia and while today was spent at work far from the beach, I have my weekend memories to keep me centered. I think it helps that I lived in Rio for a couple of years and learned that even when you are living in a place where the rest of the world vacations sometimes you have to ignore the beach and get down to business.
I am coming away from this trip with firm offers to teach me to boogie board and maybe even surf on a future visit. Frankly I think that see visions of hilarity in their future if they offer to team the pasty girl from the desert who doesn't swim well to surf.
I finally get a true day off tomorrow - I'm still trying to figure out how to spend it, but I have my fingers crossed that it will be a blast.
"Wouldn't you like to know how far you've got left to go."
Beach House - On the Sea Pin It
Monday, January 21, 2013
I arrived in Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon - but it took until Saturday afternoon to break away from work and get to the beach. I also just happened to have downloaded a new pak (Tintype) for my Hipstamatic iPhone apps (thanks to the recommendation of UrbanMuser at Mortal Muses.) Without a doubt, the best 99 cents I spent all week.
By the time I got to the beach the day had turned very cloudy - great for my very pale skin - but even more so for my photos. The gloomy weather coupled with the new pak made for some very moody photos.
I brought my regular camera with me to Australia, but didn't have it when I got to the beach on Saturday and to be honest, I had so much fun playing with my iPhone I may leave the camera in the hotel safe the rest of the trip.
What was the latest photography iPhone (or Android) App you fell in love with?
"If it's the beaches' sand you want then you shall have them.
If it's the mountain's bending rivers then you will have them."
The Avett Brothers - If it's the Beaches Pin It
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Any of you out there from Australia? Every been to Gold Coast? What are the must see/do's for me while I'm there?
"Who says you're not allowed to stand on your own."
Ryan Bingham - Keep it Together Pin It
Friday, January 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
"The songs are red and green so let's sing them"
Andrew and the North American Grizzly - Let the Snow Fall Pin It
Monday, January 7, 2013
A friend asked me a week ago after I shared some of what I'd been up to in Istanbul over the past two months if I took the time to journal or write down some of the things I'd learned, because it was one of the periods in my life where I experienced a lot of growth. I realized that this is the only place where I actual take the time keep any sort of a record so here goes nothing.
I spent the last three months in Istanbul working on a project with impossible deadlines and immense pressure - and I was the project's team leader. We joked about how the project felt a bit like climbing Everest: impossible, exhausting, dangerous and strangely exhilarating. I didn't sleep much and each morning I started the day with a prayer that I was up to the challenges I'd face that day.
I don't think I've ever worked this hard, been under so much pressure or had so much responsibility. It was scary and empowering. I walked away feeling like I could take on the world and like I could sleep for a week (which I did.) I've always carefully filtered myself and my opinions, waiting to make sure when I said something I wouldn't make too many waves, worried a lot about having everyone like me - not necessarily bad traits, but traits that can be somewhat limiting. I felt like surviving this period I broke free, I feel like I've found the confidence to be myself and if people like that great, if not, I don't feel the need to try and be something else just to make them happier or more comfortable.
I'm not sure that lesson will always stick - but just having that realisation once in my life is pretty powerful. And I hope I can always reflect back to how amazing it felt to just be true to myself and not to try and mold myself into whatever it is I think people want me to be. Starting 2013 on a high is an incredible feeling.
Hey Marseilles - Looking Back
"If you're looking back you'll never move your feet"