photography

Through my lens

Ever since I was a wee little girl, I've been fascinated with photography.  The time would fly by when i was looking at my dad's camera or his old photo's he took in his college days in the 70's.   I'd look at the pictures of flowers, bovine and fields and wonder if I'd be able to take photo's that were that pleasing to the eye.

In high school one of my best friends had a good camera and an even better eye.  I got to be the model for some of her assignments. She was in college slightly older than me at the time.  One  random day long ago I remember flipping through her negatives with intrigue.  She even took me with her one rainy day to the darkroom and I got to watch her develop photo's from one of our shoots.

If memory serves me right In college my freshman year I was lucky enough to be gifted my cousin's Nikon camera so I could take a photography class (Erin I'm nodding at you).  For Christmas my dad converted his lenses from a bayonet mount to screw mounts so that I could use them on the camera I was borrowing.

That was one of my all time favorite classes in college.  I can still remember full lectures that Maia gave with slides (yes she was - and still is - that good).  Looking back, I can see that I should have majored in art and gotten certified to teach yoga as a minor (they didn't have that then, but I'm looking back with hindsight, so humor me).  You know I was practical then (yes laugh all you want, but I was the student who graduated in 3 years in order to cut costs not to mention I was also working at the fresh market and on campus at a work-study job in order to keep expenses down at a private school that I was paying for).  I knew art classes were a lot of extra money, books yes, but art supplies added to tuition fees in a way that I didn't think I could afford, think buying film, the actual paper that you develop photos on ect. ect. ect.  It wasn't practical.

I was minimizing expenses at the expense of my actual passions.  Probably not a good strategy!  I'm still paying off student loans 14 years later and now I wonder, would it really have mattered?  I should have just majored in art and while I'm wishing I should have studied abroad too.

As a result of holding back on my passions when I was fresh out of high school, now I'm indulging in the things I had wanted then.  The new camera has been fun and soul soothing thus far.  At lunch today Max and I went on a short walk to snap some photo's before I rushed back to work.  The photo's in today's post are what we saw.  I've got a lot of learning to do, and I'm excited about that process!

What about you, if you could go back to college what would you have studied or changed for that matter? I'm dying to know!

Aspiring Blogger

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I'm at the door way into the next phase of a big life plan.  The yoga studio is a huge part of the ultimate life goals and the next phase is big time blogger.  Not a post here or there, but someone that is actually bringing you content that you can use and rely on.

For years I've aspired to be a "real blogger"  in the way that the velveteen rabbit or Pinocchio want to be real.  I have my blogging idols of course, Dannielle LaPorte, Bonnie Christine, and Kimberly Wilson to name a few.  These ladies rock the blogging world.  They've inspired me for years, and I hope that one day I can join their ranks.

All of them have their own personal vibe, and flavor.  I'm building my brand right now too with the help of the wonderful Courtney Malone at Broad and Main Design.

You've seen the beautiful inspiration boardshe brought together from images I think accurately represent what I'm trying to create for you at Yoke and Abundance.  That was just the first step.

Next step is the logo.

This morning I got the sneak peak, and WOWZA!!!  I'm impressed. Courtney found a way to bring out and connect all of the ideas I have for the blog.  Everything that I want to share with you in the way of yoga, creativity, art, and mindfulness, it's all there.

In the mean time, I'm honing new skills, photography, writing, yoga, learning photo shop (yikes!!) and trying to do it all mindfully.  There are big things in store for all of you and I can't wait to share it.

Missed yoga class: 3 Lessons I Learned

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Have you ever had your heart set on a yoga class?  You did everything right, stomach empty, mat in hand, drove yourself 35 minutes to the next town over for this specific class only to end up thwarted by st. closures for a road race?

That was my morning.  Luckily for me I've been practicing yoga for a while, and though I was disappointed I was able to let the desire for that class go and quickly shifted gears.  I used my yoga and simply let go.  My new Canon Rebel was in the car and I wanted to take myself on an artist's date after yoga class anyway.  Now I'd get to set out a little earlier to use my new toy.

Lesson #1 Let go of your attachments to follow life's flow: If I got frustrated and mad that I couldn't make it to class and had focused on the wasted time and wasted gas I wouldn't have been able to shift gears as quickly as I did.  The ability to let it go and find life's flow can be the difference between a good day and a bad day.  Sometimes interrupted plans are better than plans anyway because they help get your creative juices flowing.

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Lesson #2  Spontaneity is crucial to Creativity There is a lot to be said for routine.  Personally I'm a huge believer in route.  Dedication to goals, putting in hard work to achieve those goals - all of that is important, YES.  And you need to allow enough free time and flexibility in your life in order for creativity to blossom.  I almost had scheduled myself up for the morning.  I almost made a plan for Saturday morning which would have meant no room, no space, no extra time to just be.  That's normally my life. This was a great reminder to leave room for myself so creativity can blossom.  The free time allowed spontaneity to creep in and fuel my creative side.

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I love my state, but I especially love my City...

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All said and done I got lucky to miss class.

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Lesson #3 Feed your creativity Make time for creativity in your life.  It doesn't just happen.  You have to flex that muscle just like any other muscle.  If you don't work it you won't have it.

Speaking of muscles, I may have missed my yoga class this morning, but I think I'm gonna roll out my mat at home now.

xoxox -Alisha