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“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.”  Elbert Hubbard

On the Ferry headed home from Vancouver Island.  That’s Vancouver Island in the distance with a very pretty sunset.  It’s been a stormy, cold and wet week so it was a treat to see the sun setting over the Island.  I processed this in HDR using Photomatix and Photoshop CS6.  

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“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” David Frost

I learned this lesson a bit late in life.  I spent my first 40+ years doing what I believed I was supposed to do – what was expected of me.  I never believed I had permission, or the right, (in fact it never even occurred to me it was ok) to steer my own course.  I married at age 19, two weeks out of high school.  He was a good man, good husband, good father, good provider.  He did not want me to work – in fact he used to joke that he just wanted to keep me barefoot and pregnant.  So I was a stay-at-home mom until my kids were older.  Two children and 15 years later I was starting to feel like something was missing in my life – even tho I had a good life and I was very involved and busy, working and taking care of my family.  Still, I believed I had no right to feel the way I was feeling.  I carried this with me for another 10 years until not only was I struggling mentally, but physically I was falling apart.  Even then – I could not show the world what was going on inside me.  Especially since to the world, I was happy and my life was “perfect”.  

Fast forward another 15 years when I experienced a complete physical and emotional breakdown, divorced my husband, and moved back to my roots.  In 2003 I married the man I believe I was destined to be with.  This year I am 60 years old and still finding my way, but with a vision that connects me with my true inner self.  I’m a work in progress, but I know what is important to me and that is where I focus my energy.  I cherish every moment of my life because each second of experience has crafted the person I am today. I truly feel the energy I put out (negative or positive) comes back to me in spades.  So my focus is to be a positive influence in the lives of those around me, including my kids, step kids, grandkids, the Father of my Children, the Mother of my Step Son’s, extended family and friends. 

Therein, I believe, lies the secret to success.  Live your truth.  Live your passion

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“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it.  Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.”  Vincent Van Gogh

My husband and I have gone away to the Lake for a few days for our Anniversary.  It’s up in the Interior of BC, about a six hour drive from where we live in the Greater Vancouver area.  It’s incredibly peaceful and lovely.  This time of year however, it is still a bit cold out . . . hitting around Zero Celsius overnight.  We even had a sprinkling of snow this morning.  Thus a fire in the hearth was quite mandatory!  I processed this photo in HDR using Photomatix, Lightroom, and Photoshop.  I’m following tutorials by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs.  I have a lot to learn . . . but practice makes perfect.  

I’m quite determined to learn as much as possible about my Passion – Photography.  I may be sixty years old, but my mind is ready and willing to soak up all it can.  Like the quote above  . . . if I just sit idly by I will get no where and wonder why no one notices.  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be to stretch my creativity . . . because I’ve lived with some pretty set boundaries and expectations all my life.  Boundaries and expectations that have kept me safe, and close to the hearth.  I’m working on changing that . . . although it is a nice comfy place to rest from time to time!

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