As much as I try to live in the present moment and “be here now,” I often find myself living in the past or living in the future. Not very yogic of me, I know. When I’m dreaming of the future or reminiscing about the past, travel is usually the star in these plays in my brain. Today, the lead performer is Paris.

PX70_MontmartreBoulangerie_rsI’m over at Mortal Muses today sharing more about my tendency to look back and look forward. Click HERE to check it out.

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I’m thrilled to be featured on the IMPOSSIBLE Project blog with a Q&A interview! I’m sharing four of my very favorite IMPOSSIBLE film photographs as well as how I describe my work, where I find inspiration, and tips for people just getting into instant film photography.

PX70_Opa_TutuChucksClick HERE to check it out!

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For the past few months, my photo sisters and I have been posting a 10 on 10. That is, we’ve been sharing 10 photos (or 10-ish) on the 10th of each month, all focused on a common theme. When we “got together” recently to have a Google hangout and connect with each other, we started brainstorming some new ideas for our blog-hop on the 10th of each month. What evolved from the conversation was to engage in a free association, photography-style. Meaning, one person would share a photo amongst our group, and then the rest of us would riff off that image in whatever ways we were inspired. For our first photo riff, Tara shared this photo…

tara photo.jpgImmediately, I was filled with love in seeing that image of Tara’s two adorable sons. So, as I’ve been traveling and out of town, I have kept my eyes open for signs of love. And here’s what I found…

love-blocks_rsLove is all around us, we just have to look for it.

red-love_rsSending you all love, today and always. xoxo

To keep the blog-hop going, click on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her riffing off Tara’s photo!

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Some days, it all feels hard. Each and every thing feels hard. You know what I’m talking about? It seems to come out of nowhere, the unease, the discomfort, the restlessness. And all you want to do is crawl back in bed…

Unmade-Bed_rsI’m talking about those very feelings over at Mortal Muses today. I hope you click HERE to read the rest…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about wishes. Intentions. Dreams. I journal about them as I write my morning pages. They flutter through my mind and heart each day. These wishes feel like constant companions lately. I find myself having deep conversations with the Universe, pouring out my desires, asking for guidance, giving thanks.

PX70_Cool_DandelionGrafitti_rsI’m developing a deep belief. A secure footing. As I blow the delicate seeds off the dandelion bloom, casting my wishes to the Universe, I am working to trust that all will come to pass. After all, the Universe is unfolding as it should. Please and thank you.

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As I sit here alone on this mid-January morning, listening to the mighty wind rip through the Midwest and seeing that it’s -4 degrees outside, I’m not very present. I’m already dreaming of this coming summer, planning a trip to Barcelona and Paris. I’m also reminiscing about warmer days with dear friends, surrounded by sisterhood and inspiration. The bitter wind that blows across this prairie feels so harsh, even as I make the short walk from work to my car, bundled up in goose-down with hat and mittens. I wonder how the Pioneers made it. My escape is looking back and planning ahead. To get out of this moment. Clearly, I’m not practicing off the mat very well. So be it. For today, anyway.

Deb_Secure_rsCome escape with me over to Mortal Muses where I’m sharing some more reminiscing photos today.

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Come out of the darkness. Step into the light. Be who you’ve always been meant to be.
You are safe. On secure ground.

The darkness is merely a mask that hides your truth, veils it in unneeded secrecy.
The light will not cast your flaws into magnification. It will illuminate the beauty that
has always been there.
Take a deep breath. Or five. Reveal yourself. Open into this space.
The Universe will catch you. Will hold you. Will allow it all.

You are safe. On secure ground.
Come out of the darkness. Step into the light. Be who you’ve always been meant to be.

PX70_CP_Sonar_Day212_Into-the-Light_rsDay 212 of 365 Impossible Self-Portraits

I’ve spoken of my love for expired film before. Okay, many, many times. But I do love it. I love the unexpected surprises. The shifts in color. The grain. It’s just a bit magical to me. And I am all about the magic. So today, on a dreary-ish winter day, I was looking for a little infusion of magic. That’s when I remembered a little stash of expired yumminess that I have. I took portraits of these amazing and gorgeous photography sisters of mine when we had a gathering of kindred spirits back in the Fall. All of these photos were taken with dreamy expired Polaroid film.

Our wrangler, the fierce Cherish

Exp600_Cherish-Tofino_rsFellow Polaroid-shooter and instant film lover, Debra (and her new, fabulous tattoo peeking out)…

Exp600_Debra-Tofino_rsThe lovely and inspiring Tara

Spectra_Softtone_Tara-Tofino_rsAnd my photography partner-in-crime, the wordsmith, Corinna

Exp600_Corinna-Tofino_rsI am enamored with each of these phenomenal women, and I was so very honored to take their portraits. Each photo reminds me of their spirits, their generosity, their friendship. Love you, BHBs.

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Our splinter group of Shutter Sisters is continuing our new tradition of sharing 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We started with sharing 10 photos from our time together in Tofino, then followed that up with 10 festive photos enjoying the holiday season. This month, with the new year upon us, we decided to focus on “restart” as a theme.

As I’ve said before here, I do love a fresh start, a clean slate, a new page on the calendar. So, how have I been I been restarting this year? First, the holiday decorations were carefully put away…

600-Color_Vintage-Ornaments_rsThen new words, new sources of daily inspiration have been sought. Although secure is my word for 2014, “ease” was in the running for quite some time. Ease is another one of my core desired feelings and I am inviting it mightily into my year and my daily life. Interestingly, I am seeing how secure embodies and allows for ease. 

Ease_rsMy ritual of morning pages and journaling continues to sustain me and provides a secure foundation from which to enter the world each day…

Trust-Process_rsAs does recommitting to my self-care and getting back on the mat. I took a candlelight yoga class for the first time this week and it was divine…

Candlelight-Yoga_rsAnd last, it wouldn’t be winter in the Midwest without a little snow, restarting my appreciation of the seasons and their secure rhythms…

Snowing_rsThat’s what my “restart” to 2014 looks like so far. You might be saying, “What?! Wait! There’s only 5 photos here! Where are the other 5?” My answer — they haven’t unfolded yet. And ordinarily, I would have frantically taken 5 more photos to make sure I had 10 to share — after all, this IS a 10 on 10 post! But, I’m restarting. I’m allowing ease into my life. I’m feeling secure in my work and who I am. And so, I’m staying loose, and letting 5 be okay this time around.

To keep the blog-hop going, click on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her 10 on 10 to restart this new year!

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As I’m letting the fullness of my one little word settle into my heart and soul, I find myself attuning my awareness for secure reminders. Getting back on the mat, rededicating myself to the practice of yoga, standing in warrior asanas allows me to embody secure. Morning pages, a journaling ritual, having always helped ground me, provide a secure base for me to enter into each day. These are the obvious ones, my go-to reminders. But I’m trying to broaden my attention, widen my perspective, and find the essence of secure in places I haven’t looked before.

I see the geese, their trust in the pattern of the seasons, the signs in the wind, take refuge on a frozen pond, secure that the ice won’t crack through. I notice the words of sage poets, wise women and men, describing their knowledge of life line by line, and I take solace in their telling me I don’t have to “do” anything as I am secure, right now.

PX70_Geese_rsWild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

How are you settling into your one word for 2014?

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