It Was A Good Idea In My Head...

I'm a competitive person. Anyone who knows me in real life will agree. It's in my genes. Seriously - watch my family interact, everything becomes a good natured competition. And don't dare say one us is too "chicken" to do something. That guarantees we will, just to prove a point (never said it was a good trait!).

Ever since my riding accident I've been wishy washy on riding. Can't live with it this day, can't live without it the next. It plays havoc with the motivation to stay fit, so I slow drifted further and further down the road towards less fit. 

Then I realized I wasn't doing myself any favors. I needed to find new motivation to get off the couch and leave the Haribo black and red raspberry candies behind (oh so yummy!). Enter the 5k run.

  • Reasonable distance - generally no threat of bruised soles and blackened toe nails like the marathoners.  
  • Goals - I can sign up ahead of time and use that as training motivation. Improve your finishing time from the last race!
  • Bling - My competitive soul is soothed by satin. 

Here's the thing. I have the attention span of a gnat. Running has never been a love of mine. So I did the intelligent thing and signed up for 6 5ks, 2 10ks and a 2 mile race this year. Including multiples over a single weekend (what was I thinking?!)! 

When I jump, I jump in with both feet!

Now I'm all like, hmmm... maybe I should have completed one race before I signed up for another. Oh well, my trusty interval training app and I are going to take to the streets and go for it! 

Wish me luck, I'm sure my mantra during the runs will be "This was a great idea 3 months ago. This was a good idea in my head..."

Or maybe not, maybe I will find that happy place that so many runners rave about...

Holly Days!

Wow... time flies when you are having fun!

This website was setup as a gift from my husband to be a place to archive my photos and share them with family and friends. I was motivated and then work got crazy and it was left to sit. Now, with some extra time around the holidays, I am back to add some more content!

But first, I want to say a huge thank you to my blogger secret santa - Stacie at Amateur at Large! She totally rocked my gift! How could she have known that I've always wanted my very own set of polos but never pulled the trigger?! Merlin is totally going to rock the argyle look.

Here's a not so snazzy picture of my goodies! If I can kick this lovely cold I was gifted this Christmas, I'll be back with barn photos of Merlin showing off his new stuffs. Let's be realistic, he will be most excited about those Mrs. Pastures cookies. Merlin's life goal is to eat all the treats.

As 2015 comes to a close, I am starting to looks eagerly towards 2016. This year wasn't the best for me in many aspects but it wasn't all bad. I had some amazing photography adventures, a few highs in horse showing, made some new friends and got to travel. Those more than offset the lowest low I've ever experienced in my life - breaking my collarbone in a riding accident. 

All of that is now behind me, I am looking forward to the adventures that 2016 will send my way. 

Nice pictures! Bet you have a super fancy camera...

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase I'd be holding the new camera lens that I covet so much. Folks seem to think that the camera does all the work in photography. They couldn't be further from the truth.

Just as the horse doesn't do all the work when it's being ridden, the camera isn't 100% in control of whether a photograph is a beautiful work of art or a shot destined for the digital trash can. It's who is behind the camera. It's where they are, what they see and most importantly timing!

I can have the fanciest camera on the planet but if I press the shutter 5 minutes too late then my sunset photo very well could not have the same "pizzazz" as the one taken by my friend who arrived earlier with their point and shoot camera. A lot of photography depends on being at the right place at the right time. Knowing when to take advantage of the "golden hour" to get those beautiful evening shots of your family. Knowing just how far you need to hike off the beaten path to find that beautiful field of wildflowers.

You don't need a fancy camera. You need to get out there, find some cool stuff to photograph and go for it! Don't be discouraged if every shot isn't gallery worthy- the pros don't even achieve that level of success. Celebrate those awesome shots that you do get. Photographs capture memories and tell stories. 

What's the story you want to tell?