When things get a little Rocky…


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Don’t give up,

Get back up, and brush off the baggage that you have been piling up.

Every moment in a day, a week, a month, an hour is a time to begin

It’s not about starting over its about moving forward

To dwell on things of the past, things completed and things that are not in your control…

well quite frankly aren’t worth any time in your little minds

To fret, to stress, to worry that you’ve either made the biggest mistake of your life, or even think how you could’ve done better….

Only gets you more down, and it’s like crawling on the ground counting the grains of sand that have no purpose for you.

Is it good to reflect? To move to somewhere healthy or positive?

YES!!!

At first if you need to jump, jump into arms of someone you can trust

If there’s no light near, use caution, jumping might mean setting yourself up for failure again

A fall could make or break you.

It’s not a break if you get back up

Each time you choose to do what you know is good, or keep on getting back up …. The STRONGER SMARTER and better person you will become

To know the good days, you also must know that bad.

Or else… what makes a good day good?

Take a breath, a look around and seek out light, comfort and truth

I don’t know if it’s about the race, or the journey or just the lessons we learn and what we choose to do with them.

I can’t help but think of it like training, you must have

endurance: to make it to the end

speed: to run past your struggles and negative in this world

power: overcome your deamons

strength: when the time comes to hold yourself up and someone else….

And not every time will you make it… but keep training

Keep trying

Keep moving

And catch your breath when you’re tired… because there’s someone there to help you on the way

 

Starting To See Light Again…


lightsIn the same week, I had a huge attitude adjustment….

I had a huge pile of awesome land on my lap.

Although I wasn’t outright upset or angry, it was hard knowing that I had

no.1: No Job… or prospects for anything turning up.

no.2: No one available to help my with setting up counselor or headaches, or health in general ( A WHOLE other topic)

Then BLAMO

Without any force, or huge extension of major effort or struggle it was as if a gift given came to me.

Started Friday, and interview and a simple clothing store that offered me a part-time position with minimum wages, but as a safe, simple job. YAY!

Then Friday afternoon, had a specialist phone about setting up a counselor, and talked with me for over an HOUR, about life, advice, and consolation that things will get better.

Never had I ever had such a great talk with a professional, of any sorts, that genuinely wanted to help. Felt so relieved and enjoyed the entire experience.

Ahhhhh felt hope.

Then, the biggest surprise of them all!

I was approached by the owner of the gym I regularly attend, and he asked little bit about why I come to the gym.

Of course I blabbed about how much it changed my life and how it’s great thing everyone should do… etc etc etc.

Anyone with Passion about wellness would understand.

He smiled and said, “I thought so..”

He then asked me what I’ve been up to, and if I had a job.

I told him about my current situation, how I came back to my hometown…

He said, “Would you ever consider training?”

A huge grin crossed my face and he knew my answer.

He then said, ” Well, what would you think about coming in this week and I’ll show you around, I have papers you can fill out and we can start as soon as you want. You can take this as far as you want, and the staff here will certify you and help you build a clientele, all the while you can help out and get paid to run the gym.”

Mouth dropped to my feet, smile in my eyes and instant thought, “Impossible, impossible… so great.”

That was my no.3

My No.4 was the selling of my old winter tires to get money to buy groceries and have gas money to do errands in town and for Christmas.

Sometimes, it’s almost as if you need an attitude adjustment, before you can move on to better things so that you appreciate them more, and will have way more jeart into them.

Not for selfish desires but a knowing that it was a gift you will not forget.

I do feel I am finally seeing some light again.

Until this point it was just a knowing that there would be light, and I couldn’t lay down in darkness waiting for it to come to me, I had to keep pushing and not give up.

THE BEST PART!!!

This is the beginning,

i am just seeing a glimpse of this,

and it’s been a short time already

 

 

K.I.S.S. ~Keep it Simple


A lot of people don’t realize that a crowded picture doesn’t look good simply because it’s crowded.

I’m talking about flowers and ladders and props here and there all in the same frame.

Sometimes make me think, “Arghhh move all that crap out of the way so I can see the beauty without all the props

Often a key prop, such as an antique chair, a single baloon etc, can add dimension, color, a story or message in your photo. But without overwhelming the viewer.

On the other hand, maybe that’s the look you want, crowded, busy, and confusing, then this post is not for you.

It’s fun to play around with minimalist shots. A girl, holding a single red baloon in an open field.

A boy holding a small stone.

A couple holding hands with an umbrella.

Not a girl with a lollipop, and balloon in an old barn, wearing cowboy boots. Although all great ideas, separate, all together is like someone threw up all their ideas into a photograph.

This of course is an opinion, and as such should be taken as so.

You may think I’m crazy, and boring.

So that is okay, it’s what I have learnt in  my experience.

 

 

‘Tis The Season Folks


Today I was thinking… OH SNAP, Christmas is just a few days away! Really? It has kind of creeped up this year. And let me tell you, it’s weird.

Probably cause it’s the first year I will not be with my family. I’ve been trying to come up with things to do to make Christmas special, and I kind of suck at it!! But for me, it has a lot to do with the sounds, smells, and overall CHILLness about it.

SO this is a little bit of what I will make sure I have and do!

1) Advent Calandars (thanks mom….. And a little bit’o chocolate a day, can’t go wrong!)

2) Christmas Lights, inside da house. Just love ’em. The white ones that is. The color ones, they’re cool too

3) Mandarine Oranges. Yup. They’re awesome. And who doesn’t think of Christmas as they peel back that cutesy little orange?

4) Scented Candles like pine, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin and what not. Mmmmmmm the SMELLLL of Christmas (if you are too lazy like me to bake… and get fat off the baking…)

5) Chocolate Oranges (To gain weight off something…) And to hit people over the head with to crack!!! sO MUCH fun.

6) Gingerbread house. The house that looks so good to eat, but tastes like nasty things. PS: make sure you get the pre-made gingerbread, cause the homemade stuff is wayyyyy to complicated

7) Christmas Music!! Duh. Something like this mix http://8tracks.com/jotterbook/merry-x-mush

Other than that, make sure you send out cards to the people you care about, and want to make sure you say what you wanted to say all year, but didn’t

And if I had it my way, I’d be able to see all my family and friends, and catch up, and sip on eggnog and hit everyone on the head with a chocolate orange. Then stay up all night, making snow angels and mutant snowmen.

Well… can’t have everything.

SO Merry Christmas ya’ll!

You and the Camera


So you have a camera.

How much have you used it?

There are many little things to learn about each camera, tricks, settings, and so on.

Having worked in a camera store, you end up figuring out general settings and layouts that are similar and every camera.

But as far as what type of photo you’ll get, depends on the user and the camera’s insides.

If we’re talking Point and Shoot cameras, most don’t have a manual option, and in fact, it’s way easier to just use the automatic settings.

Keep it on the main Auto Function and you’ll be good, except the Landscape mode on all cameras are usually quite good for Landscapes I must say.

If we are talking SLR, then I must say Manual is the way to go.

And to keep this Blog entry short, I will give you beginners THE EASIEST MANUAL SETTING, that forces flash OFF, and gives you that natural lighting you WANT.

Turn your dial to the PROGRAM mode (P on the dial)

Then you want to go into your ISO options (In MENU>Camera Shooting Settings)

Make sure it’s on AUTO ISO (this automatically picks your ISO depending on your camera)

 

 

 

You can also set a limit on how HIGH you ISO is allowed to go to ( To be sure there’s less grain )

Like I said, each camera is different, so a more expensive one might have more of these options.

 

 

In manual modes (P, as in PROGRAM mode)

you can see if you adjust other settings such as:

– Quality (Raw, Fine, Normal etc.)

– White Balance

– Color Schemes

– Metering

And if you don’t know what any of those things are… I will explain in my next blog!

Srsly…wttrash is S.A. thinking


The good ol’ town so many of us reside in, or at one time have stopped in the local Timmies for a cup o’ hocho.

Well… sometimes this town shows it’s colors in ways that make us shake our heads in confusion.

For example :

Ummmmm sooo this once was a sketchy DQ place… then a “FISHY EATS” now some awful burger / fish/ breakfast place.

 

 

AWESOME RIGHT???

 

 

 

Or check this out:

This poor dude’s been suckered into lowering his manly self-esteem great amounts by holding a sign to buy pizza….

Wonder how many people honk…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the place we all so wish we had time to go to:

WAIT!!! What if I’m only 18 and I REALLLLLLY want to go to Bingo???\

Dagnabit…(think that’s how you spell that) I CAN’T.

OO boy one more year and I get to play with the 69+

 

 

 

 

But… It does have it’s perks… and can be a beautiful place, with beautiful people.

 

Create A Story


Tips on Giving depth to Your Photo-shoot

1) Does not matter who you are taking pictures of, or what, work with it.

Create a character as similar, or unsimilar to their own character…

2) Create a story!

Where are they?

What just happened to them?

Are they happy? Are they melancholy?

Decide those things for them.

3) Setting.

Yes it’s important.

Doesn’t matter where really… more like WHAT might be distracting or taking away from the story.

Too many branches around… signs… cars that look out of place.

You want the attention where it should be.

4) Lighting.

If the lighting is gloomy and it needs to be sunny, be prepared to use a software to add warmth, OR change the date.

If it’s sunny and you want it gloomy, choose shadows, and perhaps a ‘gloomy’ location (cemetery etc.)

EASY PEASY!

The biggest thing is details, and it shouldn’t take too much effort, if it is let it go a little.

Have fun, and if your idea isn’t working then just re-think it.

Good luck!