friday randomness 1:52

It’s freezing outside. The wind is whipping around the corners of my house, blowing what miniscule amounts of snow we have across the frozen blades of grass. The thermostat reads 28 degrees but it feels more like -1. We are all doubled and tripled layered because we learned to be frugal with our heat in Germany and life hasn’t changed since we moved back to the U.S. So, I’m not about to forge the grounds of nature just to find some fabulous weed to take a photo of.  Yes, I love winter, but I love winter for a reason, snow. Negative degrees, with no snow, does not equate winter to me, it equates cold.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

I figured I better forge around the house to find things to photograph. I have set a few plans in motion for my action plan this year, one of them being to work daily on my photography. While dealing with the grief of returning stateside, photography was set on a back-burner. Since I have triumphantly marched through this New Year with a smile on my face, and a light heart, I figured it was time to dust off the books, and clean the lenses.

Photography to do:

  • Learn Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Improve and understand still life photography
  • Work on lighting and exposure techniques
© 2015 Simply Living Photography

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

I’ll be 40 this year. A milestone I am not really all that thrilled about, but a milestone nonetheless. I figured, since it was a “big” year, it was high time I found a little more conviction and willpower in my every day living. One of my goals this year is to read the Bible in one full sitting. Not in a day, but in the time frame of a year. I have read the complete Bible, but never in one continuous motion. One year I read all the Epistles, and the smaller books I didn’t know about. (Oh, come on, don’t judge! You know there are books that when your minister says, “turn too…” You say, “that’s in the Bible?”) One year I focused on the Psalms and Proverbs, and one year the Pentateuch. This year I want to focus on the entire thing. I will read it cover to cover this year. (You noticed I did not say, “will attempt to read it.” Attempt leaves margin for failure.) I decided that I would need a little enticement to get up and read when I hit all those and so-and-so beget so-and-so; I bought a journaling Bible.

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

© 2015 Simply Living Photography

At first, it felt a little bit weird to journal over the words. I dabble here and dabbled there, slowly moving outside of the margins but staying within the journal columns of the Bible. Day 8 & 9 arrived, and I pulled out all my markers and pens, and journaled with abandon. And, I felt free.

{Resources: ESV Journaling Bible, She Reads Truth #365daysoftruth, Prismacolor Pens, Tombow Pens, Zig Calligraphy Pens}

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