Selfie

#MusWidNov2015 kicks off today with the photo prompt of “selfie.”

 

I thought I’d do one of those 10 question survey things for this entry, because I, frankly, felt too lazy to actually write something meaningful. I figured I should use this post to introduce myself to any new readers, but this blog has an About Me section. What’s the point, really, in expanding on this photo of myself?

The point is that sometimes a picture doesn’t quite tell the whole story.

Like this photo. I was going to do some cute smile at the camera and do some sort of prose about how I wore my hair “curly” today, because I didn’t have time this morning to flat iron my hair.

But instead, right as my finger was going to click the button to take the photo, my husband said something and I looked at him. I ended up loving this image and using it for today’s photo.

It’s outside, in the dark. The time change means sunset at 5 pm. I’m a night owl, so the darkness almost feels more comfortable to me. I’m most active when its dark. However, it also means I’m going to have to give a bigger effort to make sure I get an adequate amount of sunlight in my life.

My husband is home. He travels so much for work now, that I treasure when he’s home more than ever. I love that I know I am looking at him in this photo. I love that it was to talk about something as normal as needing to clean out the garage.

I am so excited for this photo challenge this month, and the added challenge to blog about each image. It’s going to make me think about my picture choices a little bit more carefully.

Selfie… not necessarily a gratuitous “look at me!” thing. For me, today, a totally normal moment in time… a welcome normalcy in a life that is rarely anything close to “normal.”

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir

Photo challenges

I love photo challenges. I love being pushed to use my camera (be it my DSLR or my phone) every single day.

Over the last month, over on Instagram, I’ve participated in the #bloggerlifechallenge. It really challenged me at times and made me think outside of the box a little bit. As a result, I’ve noticed a definite improvement in the photos I’ve been taking.  (Hat’s off to Kara at The Knight’s Place for putting this one together. @theknightsplace I seriously enjoyed it more than usual.) As such, I don’t want to stop.

I went out on a search for a photo challenge for November. I found a few, but none really seemed to fit me. So for the first time, I made my own. This time, instead of it just being on Instagram (and shared to my Tumblr page) as I usually do these challenges, I’m going to correspond these photos with NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month.  I’m determined to not only take a photo every day, based on this photo challenge, but I will write a blog post about the photo. It might be short. It might be long. But this is my goal.

November Image Challenge

I don’t expect anyone to join me, but if anyone should choose to do so, I would be honored. I’ll be using the hashtag #MusWidNov2015 for all the social media posts of these images.

Perspective

October has passed really fast. Faster than I think I’ve experienced it passing in years. In a blink of an eye, I feel like we’ve gone from warm weather and lake-days to brilliant leaves and cold rain. Halloween approaches, and the question, “What are you doing for the holidays?” is a common conversation starter.

Fall photosLast week, though, was one that brought around a lot of perspective in many ways. It all really started with handling an issue in a closed group I help admin on Facebook. For the first time, outside of approving memberships, I had to put on my admin hat and kick out a member… and deal with the aftermath of the drama that occurred. I don’t like drama, and I often say that I don’t handle it well. However, through the course of the issue, I learned that I CAN handle drama, and that sometimes the only answer you can give is a strong and final, “NO.”

Not long after, I got word of an extended family member’s death. It wasn’t a family member I was close to at all — in fact according to my Mom I probably had not seen this person since I was in high school — but I still felt this distinct pang of sorrow over the loss. Gone too young, I ached to hug his family members, and I wished I could take their pain away. Life is short… make the most of every day you have. Hold on to your loved ones, and tell them you care as often as you can. You never know when it might be your last chance.

Saturday brought about the Oklahoma State University homecoming, and the horrible accident that occurred at their homecoming parade. Suddenly the fact that football does not trump life was brought to light. Win or lose, there were people who would never get to hug their loved ones again. There were others who lay in a hospital in critical condition. All these lives changed in the blink of an eye… the outcome of the football game they were excited about no longer mattered.   

That all being said, football does matter a lot of many people. Saturday night was a difficult for Aggies, as we watched our team implode on itself.  Even as we took a moment to reflect on the tragedy at OSU, it was hard to not feel that sting of loss.

The next day, when I got dressed to go out, I didn’t hesitate to grab one of my Texas A&M hoodies. I remembered a tweet I shared a few years prior (thanks to Timehop I had just recently read it again), in which after the Aggies had lost, someone asked a fellow Aggie if they were embarrassed to wear an A&M shirt on Monday. “Never, sir,” they had replied.

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We get hung up on football records, and so many deem a university “good” or “bad” based on their football season. But I didn’t go to Texas A&M for football. I went for everything else. A good education, the Aggie family, and core sense of values that the school instilled into me. It’s those lessons and the Aggie community that I lean on heavily in my daily life… its why I am passionate about being and honored to be an Aggie. And that doesn’t change whether my team has a losing season or are ranked top of the charts.

So, you know, life is all about perspective. I can look at October coming to an end as a bummer that the year is going by too fast, or I can embrace it as time marching forward towards the next big thing in life… whatever that may or may not be.

 

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

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