published!

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Well, one of my photos has been published in The Phoenix Soul magazine!

It was a nice surprise when I saw the photo in the magazine. The title of this edition is Passionate Purpose, and yes, journaling and photography are 2 things I’m really passionate about.

A few years ago, hubby gave me a NikonD3200. I haven’t used it much. First of all, it’s bigger and heavier than my iPhone, so it’s easy to put the iPhone in the pocket and go. Second, it has lots of functions and options that I don’t know how to set them. I hate to read manuals!

Recently, I’ve been brave and using my camera more frequently.  I’m taking lots of photos of flowers and insects in my garden. The quality of the photos taken with the Nikon is much better than the ones taken with the iPhone, there isn’t a comparison.

I’m learning little by little how to manage the camera. Hope I’ll be a camera pro (like my kids say) by the end of the summer.

Have a great week!

E.

 

 

Details

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“The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.”

Jim Jarmusch

Hope your day is going well. Stop few minutes and pay attention to the detail of the things around you. It can be the prettiness of the tiny petals inside hibiscus flower if you are in a garden. It can be a small crack in your cup of coffee if you are in the office. It can be the dripping of water from the tap if you are in the kitchen, it can be … so many things that we don’t pay attention in the hurry of getting ‘big’ things done.

Don’t forget: Stop; Breathe; Listen

Hugs,

E.

Sharing with Nurturing Thursday and

Cee’s Flower of the day

 

 

Freshness

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“Freshness is essential. That makes all the difference.”

Julia Child

We have lots of fresh produce here in Ontario right now. Farmers are everywhere selling their harvest: Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, rhubarb …

Hubby got strawberries and blueberries yesterday. The kitchen smelled freshness as soon as he opened the shopping bag.

Sadly this freshness doesn’t last long. By the end of August, we have to go back to the supermarket and buy fruits and vegetables imported from other countries. These fruits come by ship, so weeks traveling before reaching here. They have almost no taste and zero smell.

Each season has its own offers, so I’m enjoying the freshness of summer!

Hugs,

E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening

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“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.

To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

Voltaire

I’ve to confess that this year I didn’t dirty my hands with soil. Hubby did all the work of adding new soil and seeding the gardens in our backyard.

Now,  I’m doing my part. I touch and talk to the plants. I’m nurturing them and at the same time, they are nurturing me. I can’t forget to tell you I’m a tree hugger too!

Have a great Saturday!

Love,

E.

Listening

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Taking easy, listening to the wishes of my body. I’ve learned I can’t hurry. I need to stop and check with my body. Listen to all parts of it and respect my limits.

My mantra is STOP, BREATHE AND LISTEN. I put these words together a few years ago. My intention was to listen to the things around me, mostly the sounds of nature. Now I know the most important sounds I need to listen are inside me; in my mind and in my body.

My morning has started slowly. I was still in bed at 9 am! I did heart space meditation that my friend Delicia posted on her blog today. It’s a simple but powerful meditation. You can find it here.

I hadn’t practiced yoga for more than 6 months, today my body asked for it. I felt ready to start this practice that was part of my morning routine for many years.  I was surprised at how well my body responded to the poses, of course, they weren’t perfect, but good enough to know that I’m ready to practice yoga again.

Now, after a healthy breakfast, I’m writing this blog post for you. How is your Friday going on?

Love,

E.