From Kat McNally, the prompt from Day 19 is as follows:
Today, I invite you to consider: what sorts of signs and symbols have recurred for you in 2014? Think: repeating colours, shapes, people, sayings, music, images, ideas. Where could they possibly be leading you?
Even though I’ve had several days to think about this, I still really don’t know. If I think about the things that I photograph, I am clearly drawn to nature – flowers, the beach, the swamp. I’ve always said I was an outdoors kinda girl, and I suppose my attraction to wanting to photograph those things means that I really want to spend more time in the great out of doors. We didn’t make it to the beach enough this year, and we haven’t camped since our “mini-moon” a couple of weeks after our wedding. I spend too much time inside, working, mindlessly staring at a screen, dreaming of being outside.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Mumford & Sons as well as a lot of Zack Brown Band. The sounds are very reminiscent of my childhood – where I listened to classic country radio with my grandpas. And I suppose it reminds me of safety and security and simplicity. It feels like I could use a lot of that.
We painted our bedroom furniture an incredibly bright yellow – which I’ve always always always been attracted to. Friends from Reno will remember my incredibly bright yellow walls in my condo. I love the cheerfulness of that color. I love the hopefulness of it.
As for where these things are taking me – I get the feeling it might be about simplicity, back to the things that have made me happy in the past, the things that always bring me peace and calm.
Catching up – Day 10, a prompt from Kira Elliot:
Look back at the last year and consider: how did generosity open your heart? How can you cultivate generosity in the coming year?
I’ve spoken many times about how wonderful my family is – my Sweet Husband’s family graciously allows me to stay with them in Hattiesburg, which enables me to work. Without their support, I wouldn’t be able to do the work I am currently engaged in. My own mother has been extremely generous. She has offered to help us buy the house we live in, which given our life and where we came from, is more than I could have ever hoped for. It’s just not something I would have thought possible.
There have been other moments of generosity – friends who have sent lovely little gifts, people who have given me support and shown me kindness. I am often left a bit speechless and wondering why there are such wonderful people in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve it.
I think that the ways that I can cultivate generosity in the coming year would be to be patient. I am often quick-tempered and judgmental, although I think that I conceal that well. But that tendency makes me less than patient – I tend to not listen or practice empathy. It is not exactly rude, but it is not kind. It is a great gift to be heard, and I think I’d like to offer that to those around me.
Catching up – Day 9:
As you enter into the new year, what would you like to do/make/have/be more often? How will you bear witness and celebrate the tiny milestones? How will you respond on the occasions when your intentions do not come to pass?
I think I want the same things this year as I did last year – more time to write and photograph…and more time at home. I want to follow through and find my groove. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s what I need.
Although I didn’t do it in 2014, in the past I’ve kept a “Good Things” box – where I write down the lovely things that happen, storing them away to create a record of the happiness in my life because there is actually quite a bit of it. As far as dealing with my disappointment, I usually spend some time combing through what the intention was and what went wrong. In the past I’ve found that often when something doesn’t come to fruition, it’s because I really don’t want to do it in the first place. Occasionally I like to stomp my feet and swear, although I don’t do that to often because I’m not quite sure what good that does me. It has its place, though.