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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Appreciating Beauty

Originally posted on my HSB blog, May 27, 2008 at 9:23 PM

After seeing Miss Jocelyn's beautiful photography & photo editing, I decided to try it myself.

I took this, a photo I took last summer:


... and made it into this:

All around us, photo edited or not, there is all sorts of beauty God created for us to admire. I love photography because it teaches me to treasure the little things in life. So look around you. What do you see?

Edited: I have made an icon that you can use on your blog. You can link back to this entry if you want. :)





Edited: I am considering doing a 20-Day Prayer Challenge each month, something like MJ's Feelin' Feminine Challenge. If I did do it, would any of you be interested?

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