Archive for ‘July, 2012’

I was inspired by this article in Huffington Post today and this quote really inspired me;  “If you haven’t been experiencing synchronicity, ask yourself what you need to let go of to experience more flow and freedom in your life. Simply making the intention to experience more synchronicity can start the flow.  …

The more you are in your flow, listening deeply to your next steps and following your intuition, the greater your capacity becomes for realizing your true potential. When you live your true path, you will know by the synchronicities that happen in your life. Your life becomes a sacred dance with the universe, leading you to your true purpose and destiny.”

I am finding the more I am aware of my environment and really see and listen to what is going on I realize that things are coming about just as I need them.  I am going to start my day and ask myself “what do I need to let go of to experience more flow and freedom in my life”.  I look forward to sharing my experiences.

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Ok, so hanging out with my kids is not like the movie Grease but something about being a kid, playing outside in water has me thinking of the song “Summer Lovin” and if you are feeling a little nostalgic you can watch the Grease version on youtube here and if you are like me you will be playing the song now (as I am).  I grew up in Michigan playing on the beaches of South Haven so I am challenged with beach life here in the Pacific NW.  Although there is water around me which I love, I am not a fan of touching it.  I miss Michigan this time of year and ALL of the incredible lake options it has.  Not too long ago, while visiting the Cedar River Water Shed Educational Center we stumbled upon Rattlesnake Lake.  It is a beautiful lake with only kayaks and fishing boats.  The water is spring fed and shallow for quite some distance so it makes for a wonderful place to take kids.  As part of my “adventure” planning for the week I made Rattlesnake the start of our week and it was a hit.

Ok, so reality check. Beautiful day, beautiful water, sun, kids having fun…aahh, the good life right?  Well, reality is my kids are young.  So, while the pictures are pretty and it was definitely a beautiful day and loads of fun, the kids had a melt down, they wouldn’t listen, I wanted to leave and they ran in the opposite direction so they didn’t have to leave..blah..blah..blah.  I share this because I read the highlights of so many peoples lives minus the reality check.  This is reality but (!!!) it was worth it.

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Ok, schools out and now I am back to having both kids home.  My older child is entering that “bored” phase and no longer easy to please with simple routine or off to the park fun.  Things need to be a little bigger and a lot longer.   Uh oh, what is an unstructured, lack of planning girl like me going to do.  I’ve decided to make each day some kind of “adventure”.  Now, for those that know me know this is not easy for me and I am going to give it my best shot.  Over the next few weeks my posts will be a little about our weekly or daily adventures.  Fortunately, our first week was Zoo Camp week so I only had a couple “adventures” to plan and my husband planned one of them.  On top of that I got some girlie time with my friends…we enjoyed happy hour on a boat on Lake Washington.  What a great way to start the summer.  Other fun activities included South Parks neighborhood festival with a Lucha Libre wrestling match (my son l-o-v-e-d) and an incredible hike to the Ice Caves.  While the midwest and east were sweltering in 100 degree weather we hiked up to the snow and had a snow ball fight.

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On a walk with a neighbor Saturday evening, we stumbled upon a festival tucked away between two buildings.  This area is basically an abandon lot but on this evening it was transformed into an area of vendors, the smell of wonderful food and the sounds of the marimba played by a group of talented musicians. I was unsure what was going on so I asked.  It turns out it was a festival to celebrate the people, history, heritage, culture & customs of the Gullah people of southeastern USA.  I have to admit, I was not familiar with this and had to do some research.  I read about the people of Gullah here.  What I read has me interested in learning more.  I appreciate the Life Enrichment Bookstore  for bringing an awareness of this culture of people to our community.  The festival was small what it brought to our community is huge.  We live in the zip code 98118 which the US Census calls the most diverse zip code in America.  You can read more here.  A festival such as this is a wonderful addition to learning more about the diversity of the wonderful community in which we live.

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Another fun photo shoot with a PALS doula and her client.  My job was to photograph a doula-client interaction.  Typically I would do this in the clients home but with this client we had to meet away from her home and so she and her doula chose the park.  Not a typical place you would imagine a doula meeting with her client but as I’ve learned this is about respecting the client during her pregnancy.  What a beautiful place to meet.  The sun was a little harsh so we did our best to find a couple locations that allowed for a comfortable place to sit, some shade and nice background.  I found myself wishing I could have the massage.  Here are a few outtakes from the shoot.

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i explored being out of my comfort zone last night while out on a photo walk with a friend.  i was struggling with finding anything i liked and still felt I needed to post some examples of my walk to get out of my comfort zone.  this morning i read a great post “stop judging yourself”.  this post related exactly to the way i was feeling and now find myself excited to continue exploring and to remember that when we open up or lives to being creative we will walk some rocky paths getting there.

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one of my favorite neighborhoods to explore is georgetown. this has been a favorite neighborhood since i moved to south seattle.  i’ve watched it grow and it has done so in such a creative way.  this is a neighborhood where art and industry come together.  the emptiness of the trailer park mall had my attention last night.

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i took a little creative time to explore creating “out of focus” images.  i wanted the awareness of the environment but the feeling of not being seen.  as i was wandering the beach on a very chilly night i came across this young couple wearing their wedding attire walking barefoot through the water posing for their photographer.  it was a funny site considering how cold it was.

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finding myself wanting my north face puffy jacket, a friend and i explored alki beach last night.  volleyball nets were up with people  playing, camp chairs out with people enjoying the sunset all hoping their outdoor activity would encourage mother nature to send some summer warmth our way.

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