Me Time |{1500 Miles, 1 Image}

The truth is, I get a lot of alone time these days.

Of course, “alone time” isn’t always “me time”. Alone time often means running errands, grocery shopping, laundry folding and all the other little tasks that somehow make up my days.

I love getting pedicures, taking photowalks, working out,  taking a yoga class, or hiking when I find myself a pocket of free time. One thing I really love to do that feels completely indulgent and a perfect way to relax is go to movies by myself while my daughter is at school. I don’t do this as often as I would like, but as the year is winding down and the Oscar-worthy movies are starting to come out, I will try to go more.

Reading is something I make time for every day.  And if I can have a cup of chai tea or coffee with my book, it’s all the better.

How does Melisa treat herself? Click here to find out.

 

A Single Rose | {The Serenity Project}

We are often out and about in the middle of the day, which isn’t the best time to take photos. But, every now and again, I’ll come across something like this- a perfect rose spotlighted and surrounded with greenery.

I’ll snap the photo and then run to catch up with my family. I won’t think much about it, until it’s up on my computer for editing.

And then, sometimes, I’ll see it for the simple gift that it is, a little bit of hidden beauty on our walk. Maybe the light wasn’t perfect, but it works for this image, in this moment.

Five minutes later the light would have been different, a week from now the rose might be gone.

Something simple and fleeting captured, when it would have been easy to just walk by.

 

The photographers in The Serenity Project circle wish to convey a sense of peace and calmness in their images. Please take a look at my good friend Iris Nelson – Metro Phoenix Photographer  to see what has brought her some serenity this month.

October | {A Thousand Words}

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

(Full disclosure: would you believe I have never read this book?!)

For the past six years, we haven’t lived in a four seasons-type climate. At this point, I am more used to maybe two seasons: we’ll call them hot and less hot. BUT, I still think of Autumn as the best season. Fortunately, we recently traveled to New Mexico to visit my mother and attend Balloon Fiesta. We had some beautiful fall weather there! I do believe October would be my favorite season, if I lived somewhere where a true “October” existed. What a perfect time of year- crisp air, leaves changing, cool nights, warm afternoons. Sign me up!

 

I am thrilled to be a part of a new collaborative photography project, A Thousand Words! Every month we will have a new quote to interpret with an image. Please follow the circle to Alyssa’s post to see how she captured this month’s quote!

A Photowalk | {The Serenity Project}

In the  quiet space between the chaos of school and homework, work and meetings, appointments and obligations, beauty and serenity can be found on a walk around town.

 

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Taking a walk with my family and my camera is my favorite way to spend a morning.  It’s a great way for us to discover our city, whether we have lived there a month  or a year.

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I love taking photo walks. You never know what you will find.

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You might even find beauty under I-35!

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What else is summer for, if not discovering magic?

One of my goals with photography is finding a place of mindfulness, simplicity, intention and serenity with my images. I am thrilled to join the Serenity Project, a collaboration of photographers striving to capture a sense of peace and calm within their imagery. Please continue to follow the circle by visiting the talented Maria Russell and seeing what brought her some serenity this month.