Thursday, April 3, 2014

Oh The Places I Will Go!!!

Fun Things I've Learned so Far in 2014
2014 - I set out to increase my photography skills by learning new techniques. I bought the magazine, "50 Photo Projects" and below are two that I've completed so far - 48 more to go. The first on is called Polar Express! I did it using 2 clear plastic forks, my camera (of course!), lens, circular polarizing filter and my iPad as a backlight. I tried various arrangements with forks, spoons & knives but this is the one I really like. I set my camera to aperture priority and f/11

Water Drops - this took about 300 shots to get a single drop of water to drop like this! Just using a bowl of water, a Ziploc bag (something to hang it from), colored paper - I used cardstock paper and propped it against the wall, and my external flash (the flash freezes the water). The settings I used were - ISO 200, f/16, ss 1/250 sec and a shutter release. You can use different color paper to change the reflection and color of the water, this shot I used blue cardstock.

A different fascination I now have is Lighthouses. I started one day when I set out to find the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, only to learn I couldn't get to it without an invitation and special permission because tours were no longer available. Below are just a few I visited since that day I set out on an adventure in November 2013.

Last week (March 28, 2014), my husband & I visited Savannah, Georgia. While trying to decide where to eat the night before - I saw an ad with the lighthouse below in it and told my husband we had to go find it. So we set out the next morning and found not one but two!

This is the Tybee Island Lighthouse - the oldest active light station on the Southeast coast. Many points of interest can be seen from the top, including the Cockspur Island Lighthouse below.

This little lighthouse - The Cockspur Island Lighthouse-  sits out in the water near the Fort Pulaski National Monument.

A few weeks ago returning home from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This one is located in Jupiter, Florida. It was just below sunset with the moon rising.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is my favorite! It's located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station near Kennedy Space Center
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is 175 feet high, the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the nation.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse - 140 years of history and 219 steps. And yes we climbed to the top of them all (except the little one).

When you follow your dream, you make it possible for others to follow their dream. More adventures, photo projects, and yes more lighthouses to come.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

7 Habits That Will Change Your Life

1. Start taking care of yourself. If you don’t put a priority on your health and mental sanity, you will pay for it now and later. Not only will you be constantly overworked, exhausted, and stressed, but you’ll also suffer from the physical and emotional fallout that comes from not making yourself a priority.
2. Go to bed early and get a good night’s rest. Most Americans are severely sleep deprived. It’s no wonder they don’t have passion and purpose for life; they can barely keep their eyes open and their heads from nodding off! Refueling your sleep tank is important to being efficient during the day.
3. Make the most of your mornings. Getting your day off to a great start is one of the best ways to kick-start your productivity. Wake up a little earlier, and spend time building your faith by reading the Bible and praying. Start tackling a few items on your to-do list. Make a goal list for the week. Go for a walk around your neighborhood.
4. Set five small goals. Without goals, all your good intentions amount to nothing. You need concrete, realistic goals if you want to make traction in the right direction.
5. Break down your goals into bite-size pieces. Sometimes a big goal can seem overwhelming. Break down your big goals into monthly, then weekly chunks—things you can accomplish in fifteen to thirty minutes at a time. You’ll instantly transform your goals from daunting to doable.
6. Find an accountability partner. You can’t live life on purpose on your own. Find a friend or two who are willing to keep you on task. Set up regular check-ins, whether online, in person, or over the phone. Share ideas on how to practically engage in an accountability relationship.
7. Replace the TV or Internet surfing with productivity. Feel like you don’t have enough time? Well, you’re not alone. Most Americans feel like they are incredibly strapped for time. But the average American also watches four hours of television per day. If we all invested even half of that time into improving ourselves, working toward our goals, working out, getting more sleep, and so on, think about how much better we’d feel and how much more fulfilled we’d be in life!
No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your upbringing, you can live an exceptional life. You can say goodbye to survival mode and hello to a life that matters. A life that makes a difference. A life on purpose!


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