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It seems as if no matter where you go, who you’re with, or what life is like there are ups and downs. I’m finding that the more positive and open my mind-state is, the less drastic these ups and downs seem to be. But I’m a ‘wear my heart on my sleeve’ kinda girl. I’ve never really been able to minimize the fallout of emotions when I’m upset. I’m only able to minimize how long the fallout lasts… which is better than nothing. When emotional fallout happens, I’ve long been in the practice of reminding myself of all the amazing things in my life, and how sometimes things change. Most of the time, these thoughts are helpful in quelling the tsunami of emotions. Sometimes it doesn’t exactly do the trick.

Then on days like yesterday, when I’m feeling pretty up, it’s altogether impossible to reign myself in. I was on a walk with my lady and the dogs, and the weather was absolutely perfect. The sun was out and hot. The wind was blowing at a medium-low clip through my hair. I could smell fresh-cut grass. I was having an amazing walk. And it’s in moments like these that I get an overwhelming feeling of just how awesome it is to be alive. I can’t even describe it. I guess it’s kind of like peace mixed with happiness.

But back to those roller coaster lows – reminding myself that ‘this will pass’ and ‘everything will work out just fine’ and the like are helpful. And yes, I do realize the value in these moments – without sadness, stress, unhappiness, and anger we wouldn’t fully be able to understand how wonderful peace, happiness, love, and triumph feel (bla bla bla). But wouldn’t it be nice just to have fantastic days? Wouldn’t it be nice to just ALWAYS appreciate what we have, and how lovely our lunch tastes, and how delicious the sun feels on our skin without having terrible moments so we can more accurately compare? I think we’d appreciate the happy, peacefulness of our amazing lives just fine without the crappy, sad, angry times.

But this is life. These ups and downs are constant. I pride myself in being an optimist. People always tell me that they love how I always look on the bright side of life. I assure you, it’s not always so… but I always pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep moving.

What do you do to boost yourself when the sun isn’t shining brightly in your world?

My First Bokeh and more!

I’ve finally been getting my camera out a little more and practicing with it. The tripod I have is invaluable!!! I’m so glad I have one! I couldn’t imagine taking some of the photos I get without it. Here is the latest batch of HDR photos!

Shining sun
Snapped this awesome pic of a beautiful blue sky and shining, hot summer sun… I’m getting a tan just looking at it!
My first Bokeh
My first Bokeh – OK, so it is kind of mild, but I was so excited to catch any kind of bokeh at all!!! SO EXCITING!!!
balcony lantern
Grabbed a really great HDR snapshot of one of the lanterns on the balcony! I love the huge depth of field here! Blurry background and detailed lantern!
Angles from the balcony
Managed to snap this photo from the balcony. I just liked how it worked out with all the great lines and colours in the photo! HDR rules!

Be sure to eat your veggies, and get lots of sun!

Hello! It’s been a long hiatus since I posted some drawings. I have a few that were ready last week, but clearly I was not 😉 Here are the two I had mustered in the last couple weeks, and an additional one for your viewing pleasure! You’re going to get your vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B and a smile!

I drew this one for Andrea, and realized after finishing this one that it could be a neat tattoo 🙂
A card I painted for someone’s birthday… who doesn’t like broccolli cake?!
Don’t ask me WHY I drew this one.. it literally just appeared in my mind and I started drawing it. I think he looks dashing in his knitted scarf!

Weekly drawings: sunshine and creepiness

Here are this week’s finest! There are some weird ones this post, but then again – when is my stuff not weird? I’m sure you will enjoy them 🙂 The first one is inspired by some art I saw online somewhere… If I remembered where, I’d credit them for sure. But it’s not my original idea. The rest are straight from the depths of my .. uh .. ‘creative’ mind 😉 Let me know which one you like best!

Be sure to click the photos to see them in more detail 🙂

Patterned hair
This is the 'inspired by online art' drawing. Crazy patterned hair on a random face
cyclops kitten
Don't ask why, I have no idea - this is just what came out that day 🙂
I was thinking about how happy you make me, then I realized you don't.
Someone was saying to me how happy someone else made them - and it made me think of this statement, so I had to draw something to go along with it 🙂
You are my sunshine!
I think this is my favourite from this week. I was singing the "you are my sunshine" song in my head and wanted to draw a sun that looked the opposite of what that song means!! 🙂

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