Catching up with #NaBloPoMo

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, seriously, why aren’t you?) you’ve noticed a daily post tagged #NaBloPoMo. This month’s theme has been “Photo” and even when I might not have time to blog, I always have time to Instagram.

#NaBloPoMo for May 2nd photo prompt was "Your Passion." I would say this sums it up just fine.

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I’ve missed a few writing prompts, like:

Do you think one side of your face photographs better than another? — Not necessarily. I do find I photograph my left side more often, but I think that’s just due to it being the side on which I part my hair.  Perhaps I should challenge myself to try to shoot from my right a little more in the future.


What is your favorite angle for being photographed? Head-on? Slightly above, below, to the side?  Absolutely above. I suspect most women will answer this way.  It is a great way to avoid a double chin, and it just seems to be far more pleasing to the eye to photograph from above.

I had a hard time getting a self-portrait recently until I realized I had my tripod set up too low. I was looking down ever so slightly, and it just threw the whole look off. As soon as I fixed the angle, the shot was a breeze.


How often are you in your photographs? I like to take selfies, yes. But I try not to go overboard with them either! Nothing drives me as batty as someone’s Instagram feed being nothing but selfies.

For this month and NaBloPoMo I am already seeing myself in my photos more than usual. I like it, but it also takes me out of a comfort zone in the same breath. It’s putting myself out there more. However, I’m enjoying the challenge of making these photos creative and different.


So we’re only a few days into this NaBloPoMo, and I’m determined to stick with it the entire month.  It’s not too late to join in the photo/blogging fun!

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Five years later

#TBT to 5 years ago this weekend when Nashville flooded.

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Last night, I read (and shared on social media) my blog post from May 2010 and the Nashville flood. It was interesting to read my memories from those days of rain, flooding and recovery. Over time, details fade from the memory and sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of those details.

A friend shared her thoughts about the flood and how her life has changed since then, and it really made me think.

Five years ago, my husband and I lived in LaVergne, TN. I can definitely say that in the last five years, my memories of that house went from being mostly negative to now remembering all the good times we had.

If you’d told me in May 2010 I’d move from that house in seven months, I’d have not believed it. I’d certainly have not believed I’d make huge financial decisions at the same time. I’m not sure I’d have even believed I’d start bartending regularly, make big strides in photography, and ultimately buy a house in Gallatin. Heck, I’d have probably laughed at you.

Where I am today versus where I was during the flood are night and day different. Sometimes it’s hard to believe five years have passed since the flood. Other times, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been longer.

Nashville… Nashville has changed a lot. I think the flood gave the city something of a rebirth. Many buildings that needed to be remodeled got the much-needed upgrades. Efforts to avoid future floods have been made. And all of us who lived through the flood continue to have something of a bond. Nashville definitely can be said to have a “Before Flood” era and “After Recovery” era.

I think the recovery possibly paved the way for the fast paced building going on here. The way the city bonded together turned heads, and perhaps that helped turn us into an “It City.” We’re facing a different kind of flood these days: a flood of newcomers and condos.

Yes, five years later, Nashville looks a lot different. All of us do. I’m curious what we’ll see in another five years. I suppose we have to just stay tuned…

Five on Friday: May 1, 2015

Lets close out a week of photo sharing, and, in the same breath, open up May’s NaBloPoMo prompt of “Photos,” with five photos I haven’t shared here yet.



Nashville Skyline Sunset
My husband and I went down to the riverfront earlier this week so I could grab a new skyline photo. We were blessed with one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve actually ordered a print of this image for myself, because it just keeps taking my breath away.


Scotty Alexander & Shane Sutton
I have very talented friends. Wednesday, my husband was supposed to play a gig with uber-talented friend, Scotty Alexander. However, my husband had to cancel to go drive tour bus instead. So, Scotty called fellow-uber-talented musician and friend Shane Sutton. I went down to see them play and was rightfully blown away.


Meet Mama Mockingbird. I got to meet her when I stumbled upon her nest full of hungry babies while trimming bushes. Needless to say that bush will just stay… well… bushy…. until they all grow up and move out.


Every year, I treat myself to a new hanging basket of flowers. Sometimes I treat myself to multiple new hanging baskets. My new addition for 2015 is this gorgeous red impatien. Nice pop of color to the front of my house!


Today’s NaBloPoMo opening topic is “Do you like taking selfies? Why or why not? Photo: You” The easy answer? Yes, yes I do like taking selfies. It’s fun and gives me a nice little self-confidence boost. I also enjoy entering a monthly contest over at G+ in which you submit an artistic self portrait on a given topic. April’s topic was “Wet.” The above photo was going to be my entry… until I realized I’d subconsciously ripped off another entry already in the contest. (I’d looked at other entries for inspiration.) So, I pulled the entry but kept the photo.


NaBloPoMo May 2015



The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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