Friday, February 24, 2012

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge | Calm.

This week, I've been reflecting on the word calm and what it means to be calm. Calm defined: freedom from motion or disturbance; stillness, freedom from agitation, excitement or passion; tranquility; serenity.
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I have determined that I am not naturally a calm person. I feel the need to be busy all the time; matters are urgent and I'm always in a hurry. I can be easily stressed and feel anxious.
 
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I suppose this is a common quality in mothers. While I realize not all mothers are like me, I can imagine that in the bustle of getting ready for school, the torrent of activity that occurs when the kids arrive home, shuttling them to and from sports and lessons, coming home, fixing dinner, baths and then the bedtime ritual, there isn't much time left for calm and relaxation. 
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However, as times goes by, I have found the importance of finding calm even in the midst of all the flurry of activity and taking that time to relax. Whether its refusing to be hurried on occasion (which is difficult for me), stepping back from a harried situation, stopping to take a deep breath or simply stepping away for a bit ... its important to take some time for YOU.Photobucket
This week, I found the quote below on Pinterest. It really hit me. I realized that even in the midst of all the distractions and busy-ness of life, you can still find "calm" in the thick of it.
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I find photography calming (most of the time). I certainly did as I took this week's photos. Even as I was taking photos, I was taking some time for me, doing something I love. And in the process, I set up a mini spa in my bathroom. I soaked my feet and painted my nails. I have to say, it's something I don't normally take the time to do, but I genuinely enjoyed it! 
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I took this last series of photos on a whim. I bought the cute chalkboard labels above as well as the chalk ink pen to write with on Etsy for my daughter's 13th birthday party this past summer. Aren't they fun?!
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Then I whipped up (again ... in a hurry) this tag with some card stock I had. (I just love the typewriter font!!)  
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I dare you ... find some calm this week, even in the middle of the busiest part of your day. I'm certainly going to work on it. 


Have a great weekend! 
- tish  xoxo

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge the long road

15 comments:

  1. These are SO beautiful. I especially love the feeling in the peace-quote image. And the chocolate-image is awesome... and you know, nothing calms you like chocolate :-)

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  2. I can relate to every word you have written about trying to find calm in the midst of everything else going on. Beautiful photos...

    Thank you for visiting my blog and posting such kind words. :-)

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  3. Hi there, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog... nice to meet you :)

    Do you know that your post on calm was EXACTLY what I needed to read today. I've been feeling so stressed out getting ready for some friends coming over for dinner. Usually entertaining doesn't rattle me so, but this time I can't figure out why I'm so snappy at my girls and feeling anxious. I actually feel better after reading your blog and seeing your very calming pictures. Thanks for that! tara

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I love them all. Very calming indeed. And that quote is perfect! I too am a mom that has a hard time relaxing. I feel I have to be in perpetual motion. I can hardly stand to sit still. Photography is definitely me time, but usually spent chasing the kids with my camera! A bath and a pedicure? Now that sounds wonderful ;)

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  5. Tish

    I love your thoughts about calm. Like you, I feel the need to be busy all the time; matters are urgent. I'm in a hurry more than I need to be. I am easily stressed and anxious. I am not a mother and still feel this way.

    Neat photos and I really like the poem you found on Pinterest!

    Thank You for stopping in at my blog.

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  6. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a few hours and you captured some really stunning, calm shots from the time! Lovely set of shots!

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  7. These are gorgeous Tish! And I feel like I know exactly where you're coming from with your writing. I'm not naturally a calm person, but I do try to seek it every now and then to unwind (I think next week I'm going to need plenty of it!)

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photography Challenge, I hope you've had as much fun taking part as we have hosting!

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  8. Beautifully captured and said, my friend. (Really love your clever tag.) I think as mothers we can all relate to your words. But it is so important to take some "me time" in there too... I always feel like I need to fill my own cup before I have any reserve to fill other's. Thank you so much for giving of your time and talents to participate in our challenge! Always love your insights and photos. And really appreciate your support.

    Hugs, lish

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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment .... headed across to your page and I must say I loooove your photos :)
    Your words accompanying these images are just lovely, and makes me determined to find some calm!

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  10. What a beautiful post, so creative and thoughtful. I loved reading the description of yourself...we seem to have similar personalities.

    Tiffany

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  11. You never ever disappoint! Another amazing collection of photos! Thanks so much for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. Have a great day!

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  12. Beautiful photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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  13. I find that calm between 10 and 12 at night. With 5 kids staying up is the only way I can think! :)

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  14. I love your style of blogging and using your photos with it. Definitely calming images!!

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  15. I needed this little big of calm in my life! :)

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