More of Maine

Maine had a lot to offer. We were only there about three days. We would have readily doubled our days there. These photos were taken in Edgecomb.

This was the view from our little cottage.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is from a nearby dock.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is from the same dock as the photo preceding it.

Edgecomb, Maine

The photo above is another from our little cottage. This was taken early, early morning on a quite foggy day. And to give you an idea of the weather, this was taken after quite a bit of the fog let up. In the distance was a bridge and several boats. You can see the shadow and weight of where the bridge would be.

Edgecomb, Maine

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What do you look for in a photo?

What do you look for in a photo? In art? In the world?

I look for a piece of me. A reflection of where I’ve been.

A connection to between my life and what’s happening around me.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - All Lit Up

Tell me, what do you look for?

I took these photos (and a slew more) on Friday night in the heart of Sydney, Australia. It was a beautiful night filled with the famous lights of the Vivid Sydney Festival (learn more here). The buildings, structures and sculptures along the Sydney Harbour waterfront were lit to please. And they did.  This is what date night looked like for hundreds of us in Sydney the last few weeks. This is what I look for in art–emotion, connection and life.

Onward and Upward

As you may have noticed (and if not, go to my website now!!), with the help of a very wise computer geek, I managed a brand new design and layout for my site. I love the new, professional, sleek look.

Please take a look around and let me know your thoughts with a like or a comment!

Then, if you haven’t followed me on Twitter or Facebook yet, get on that too so you can take advantage of all the best discounts and coupon codes 🙂

Cheers.

Being A Wallflower

As optimists, we like to tell ourselves that everything will work out fine.
 
As realists, we know in the back of our minds that bad things do happen to good people. 
 
Welcome to my mid-twenties–the years I’m spending learning the things I already knew. This time around learning to live by the things I already knew. What do I mean? If you don’t take the first step and try something crazy, you can’t. If you don’t take control of your own health and well-being and respect who you are, you’ll lose all of the above. 
 
I maintain: moving internationally is hard. January was tough, with a death, a college graduation, a horribly sick family dog, and an incredible stress that I just couldn’t shake. February has traded those stresses with new ones and while my shoulders feel a lighter,  the load is just different. 

Last month I shared with you our new tradition of recording our happiest memories all-year-long to read together on new year’s eve. Focusing on these positive moments can change how you think. When you focus on the positive, you attract that energy and that’s the best advice I can give. I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower recently and was reminded of just this: Things happen in your life, sometimes good, sometime bad, but you choose how to let them affect you. That’s my gift to you this month. Live how you want to.

And for a great laugh, just in case your day calls for it, see this t-shirt. I’m pretty sure it should be in my closet.

A Whole-heartedly Beautiful Place

I visited this temple on New Year’s Day with 3 of my favourite people. The grounds of the Nan Tien Temple are breath-taking. Learn more about the temple, located in Wollongong, New South Wales, here: www.nantien.org.au.

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Your Next Baking Endeavor

While I’m not one to regularly post food photos, I had to share this with you.

Ready?

Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

And they don’t taste low-fat whatsoever. The mind behind the madness is Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. Here’s your recipe!

Between prep and bake time, you’re done in about 30 minutes. And there’s no oil and no butter meaning no guilt for those on a diet. I tend to be cautious of baked good recipes that cut out such staples, but these are moist, fruity and decadent. The secret is apple sauce.

You have half an hour to spare right? Try it.

I like to grab one in the morning, on the way to work. Just heat it up for 15 seconds or so in the microwave; grab a serviette for the chocolatey fingers and go.

Dusk Comes Quickly

When’s the last time you saw the beach at dusk like this?

This print depicts a man fishing at sunset on an Australian beach along the southern coast of New South Wales, Australia.

While some might see this image as one of loneliness and solitude. I know that others find what they’re looking for in it. This man loves where he’s standing.

Fishing at sunset on the beach, as seen here, can be a landscape full of warmth and calm. This is an original photo showing a private moment of relaxation and maybe, reflection.

Happiness Herein

Great news!

For those who haven’t heard, at least.

We just got back from a wonderful long weekend camping along the southern shore (photos to come) and I returned to two particularly happy emails:

1) Our family dog (back in the States) has finally perked up health-wise. She’s nearly 13 years in age and has been struggling lately, but she is now on antibiotics and happily gaining some strength back.

2) A recent photo of mine won a photography contest! Read the announcement here. This is the photo I entered that won $100. The theme for the contest was “happiness”.

Happy new year!