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Sunday, January 10, 2016

A New Year's Letter ...

Original Self Portrait by Kristine / Diana App


A New Year's Letter ...

A New Year has always been a way of starting fresh ... Leaving the previous year behind ... The highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between ... There were many moments of uncertainty and fear last year for our family and then came the ultimate joys that we were so grateful for! Spending New Years Day with my family confirmed we made it through the storm.

Each New Year I try to set a few intentions. I do not like to look at them as resolutions. Ideas that I will look forward to. Perhaps trying something new or as simple as visiting a new destination. These excursions usually bring photography and writing possibilities along with them. I tend to think of enjoyment attached to learning so anything else that unfolds is just a true bonus! 


A New Year - 12 Full Months - Being Served Up - For Us To Choose How To Fill Our Days ...
How will you spend them? I would love to hear ... 

Wishing you all the Best in 2016 ... 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas To All ...


Merry Christmas To All Our Family & Friends ... 

Wishing All Of You Health & Happiness During This Holiday Season

Cheers To A New Year Upon Us

I Hope You Continue To Follow Me Through Another Year  

Much Love,

Kristine 



Thursday, December 17, 2015

5 Year Blog-Iversary & A Raffle ...



Happy 5 Year Blog-Iversary ... 

It is hard to believe I was sitting in my living room five years ago deciding to begin a blog ... What would I say and share ... How open could I be? ... And here we are ... Happy 5th Year!

I have been reviewing the photography, poetry and life changes that have been expressed here. I did not know if I would be able to share these thoughts, out loud with others. So glad I did!

I have connected with so many people from near and far. We shared many emotions, from extreme highs to extreme lows. The ebb and flow of life.

I want to thank all of you who have read, commented, and shared your stories with me. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Please keep them coming ...

A goal for the upcoming year is to continue to bring you LIVING IN THE MOMENT with more interesting topics, poetry & photography and perhaps a few new surprises!

As a way of celebrating 5 years, I was thinking of giving away a piece of photography of choice - If interested, please leave a comment from where you first found me and what you like most about my blog. I will use a random-izer to choose the winner ...  Good Luck !!!! (Contest ends Jan 20th, 2016).

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday Season To All !!!

Love, 
Kristine 




Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ...




A Few Things That Are Inspiring Me ... 

A Revisited Hobby: 

Visual Journaling 
A way of documenting images that speak to you. You can use journals, sketchbooks or notebooks to house your findings. You can neatly paste them, cut them perfectly or just rip them out and add them into a book for you to view whenever you feel you need a creative pick me up! (Hope to share some pics of my new visual journal in an upcoming post!).

A New Favorite Magazine:

Bella Grace has amazing photography, interesting articles and pages that ask the reader to answer questions for self improvement. A modern magazine that I have fallen in love with! 

And ... 

A Few Books:

The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard 
A book that tells the story of how mindful living began years ago and how it is looked at today. Exercises for your mind and body, and ways of finding peace in your life. 

The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal 
This book gives you a prompt to create a list - One for every week of the year. Many of you know this originated from Moorea's blog series, and now we get to enjoy it in book form. Any list maker will adore this book - Highly Recommended!

Tell me about a few things that have inspired you lately ... 














Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Breakthrough ...





BREAKTHROUGH

Looking into a glared mirror
Brown eyes viewing many smile lines 
That remind me of the stories they hold 
And the miles my feet have taken me 

Moments come and go in my mind 
Tears rolling down my pink cheeks 
Realizing I have such a long way to go 
Striving for the best version of myself 

These moments live within me 
Some snapshots have been silenced 
In a busy world that never goes quiet
Times that will never be erased 

I have visited calming spaces 
Walked stone covered beaches 
Sang songs as loud as I could 
To find a way to breakthrough 

My colored lips remain closed 
To keep all of my words in
Becoming a gatekeeper of my world
Until I can view the light easier

Finding calm in the everyday 
Rain that cleanses all
Blue skies that bring us hope 
A new season bringing us into a new year 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

SUNDAY MORNING ...



My Original Photography



SUNDAY MORNING

A warm cup of coffee
Journal entry for the day
A football game in view

Welcoming a new season
Rumors of snowflakes in the air
Time to change over the closets

Exploring audio book finds
Adding to my Fall wardrobe
New poetry to be written

Enjoyable family visits
Fall festival activities
Returning to a cozy home

Purring to my side
Afghans added for comfort
A look ahead to Monday

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PERSPECTIVE ...


My Original Photography


PERSPECTIVE

Cars rushing by
Emotions run through me
Finding strength in the ordinary

Not asking for favors
Guidance would be appreciated
Walking in unknown territory

Snapshots over time
Looking ahead to years end
Perspective is humbling

Autumn air lingers
Awakens the heart of me
Forever my favorite season

Crave being outdoors
Leaves crushing at my feet
Nature in its finest moment

Seeing light in a whole new way
Love is found around each corner
This warmth brings me to my knees












Sunday, September 13, 2015

Reflection ...

Photo Credit - My Original Photography  

REFLECTION

As I sit and reflect on past days
Only certain words come to mind
Solitude
Family

Others placing their lives on hold
To help, In a time of need
Selflessness
Unison

Strength that I have never witnessed
Family connections that began years before
Harmony
Fruition

Siblings that could rule the world
Strength from a place, deep inside
Courage
Fortitude

I will never forget this time
A self promise of paying it forward
To Return
To Give Back

A  Diverse Vision
A New Perspective
A New Lease on Life