Category Archives: passion

Rekindling my love of photography

img_20161201_234201I fell in love with photography years ago, but I never seem to give it enough attention for long enough to really let it take off for me. I get overwhelmed and frustrated. I start to doubt my abilities, or I think its becoming too much of a job and less about my passion for it.

This year, though, a fellow photographer here in Nashville has taken a chance on me, hiring me to second-shoot a wedding with her, and then sending me to cover jobs she couldn’t cover. Suddenly I’ve started looking at thing differently. I started to see my love for it grow again, realizing I can join this passion with my degree in journalism. I’m documenting events and moments. With that, I started seeing my want to be better grow, too.

For this month of daily posting, I’m going to revive “Weekly Winners” that I used to participate in years ago. WW’s always made me get my camera out during the week and challenge myself to take better photos. I truly believe this blog “link up” years ago is what awakened this interest and let me grow in it.

This coming Sunday, I’ll bring my own version of Weekly Winners back, but this first one will be photos from the last couple of months. Including a couple from photo gigs I’ve done recently.

I have a goal for 2017 to upgrade all of my equipment and continue photographing every chance I get. There’s no reason why I can’t do this more regularly and make it a viable second income. Who knows, maybe even a primary income in time.

Reviving a passion

The other day, it hit me. I am craving a great fiction novel.

I grew up an avid reader. My passion and interest in writing is borne of years of devouring books — often more than one in a day. But over the last 10 years, that interest as fallen off due to things like work, the internet, and other things that fill my time and focus. What reading I do is for review programs, most of which are usually¬† non-fiction and motivational in nature.

Don’t get me wrong! Those are great!

But I wanted fiction. Like I told my husband, I want a chick flick in a book.

I told my parents about my urge to read, and Mom mentioned that my brother recently visited a Half Priced Books store where my sister-in-law picked up armloads of books to read — most of which cost her about a dollar each!

So, I googled, “half price books nashville tn” and I was directed to McKays Books a bit west of town. So, my parents, my husband and I made the trip out to see what we could find.

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I was in heaven. Absolutely in heaven. Books, music, movies… I wanted to bring in a cot and just sleep there for a few days… weeks… ok maybe a few months.

It didn’t take long for everyone to split up. I started in fiction, then eventually ended up pouring over photography books. I discovered Dad over in the financial section. Mom was in the motivational books section. And my husband indeed up in CDs picking out some to buy. We ended up, collectively, leaving with 11 books, 2 DVDs and 6 CDs. We spent about $46 total. For everything. Including tax.

My husband and I agreed we’d be going back regularly. I can already feel my passion for reading being revived with this trip to McKay’s. And I love it. So good to be reunited with a part of yourself that has been left dormant for much too long. I am most definitely happy!!