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I love opening our bedroom window on cold winter mornings, even if only for a moment or two.

The bracing chill of winter air on my face is invigorating, an invitation to embrace the day whole-heartedly. This small practice connects me to nature and helps me to begin each day with a fresh-start.

I’ve been touched over the years by how many of you have written to share that you begin your day by reading my posts. And I am honored to hold a place in your day.

We live in world where it’s easy to become overwhelmed by information and decisions. Our Inboxes overflow with advertisements and offerings—all vying for our attention. There is so much to read and learn and explore and discover. So many ways to improve ourselves—to meditate, to exercise, to cook and eat well, to balance, to create, to study, to plan and to pray.

All this and more.

In an attempt to keep my life simple, I’ve ruthlessly unsubscribed from anything that does not serve my values and priorities.

And I’ve given some thought to my system of delivering posts by way of subscription. As readers, you are extraordinarily kind, reading and often responding to my posts. I am grateful for the conversation. But I am also wary of filling your Inbox and giving you one more thing to tend to, one more thing clamoring to be noticed.

I’m taking some advice from a trusted friend on an organic, natural approach to blogging.

“I appreciate each and every visit to my blog, but I don’t actively market myself to influence an audience. The best way for this to happen is organically and naturally. I value quality over quantity, so it means far more to me if my readers are people who enjoy and appreciate my work, who will bookmark, interact, or share my blog with someone else, than getting more page views every month. Along these same lines, I reply to every comment someone leaves. If a reader takes the time to express their thoughts regarding my work, I take the time to show them my true appreciation.” —Rebecca Lily, Artful Blogging, fall 2015

So here’s my plan. I am going to discontinue the subscription service. No more email to announce a new post. I hope you will bookmark this site and visit when time permits. When you want a fresh perspective, inspiration, or a thoughtful conversation on the mindful practice of photography, I’ll be here waiting for you.

This seems to be my mantra for the year. Her freedom was found in letting go.

not every thing is for this season

Stop trying to live up to your potential

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we ought to – nor will it automatically make us happy. Many of the people in this world I admire seem to care more about walking out their values than living up to their potential. FOMO or chasing all the shiny things can run us ragged – but what if we aim instead for a “right-sized life” or inspiring life vision? What if we put blinders on and say no to many fabulous opportunities so that we can say yes to our top values and priorities.
— Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui

Live an imbalanced life.

One of the gifts of doing the work to put down strong roots of self-awareness and self-compassion is that when the winds come we tilt and don’t break. We learn to flex and bend without losing our mooring. We understand not everything needs to be perfectly balanced or managed.

Sometimes I tilt into rest and self-care, other seasons into writing or creating. There are also weeks during which I tip back into hiding. There are seasons of grief and loss and those of beauty and ease, times we tilt into plenty and times of need. But it’s all only for a season. If we’re healthy and have decent boundaries and direction then we tend to naturally return to center. We don’t control all circumstances no matter how hard we try and learning to tilt builds resilience and joy.
— Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui

winter-garden

It was bitterly cold this morning and snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.

Cozy by the fire, I spent some time studying the photographs of Sam Abell in Seeing Gardens.

I began to bounce around the idea that gardens are more than the daffodils of spring, the flower beds of summer . . . embracing a definition of a garden as both deep and wide, where gardens influence our every day lives with resplendent verdure.

I took this single picture, a still life of a floral folder and two letters from my gardening friends, as a sketch. A way to begin this study. And even though this picture didn’t make it into the final collection, it was the inspiration in theme, color and tone for the this mini-portfolio, and a day of full immersion in the creative process.

“Photographers find themes emerging right under their nose—ones that they didn’t plan on or anticipate—as they review their images on contact sheets or in digital browsers. Sometimes a new approach or theme evolves for a while underneath the lamp of conscious awareness. You then recognize these fresh directions and piece them together, from the results of sessions with a camera over periods of time . . .

By taking many pictures for your Daily Record, you create the fertile conditions for your ideas to expand, for concepts to emerge and develop, and for your particular ways of seeing the world to manifest.” —David Ulrich, Zen Cameras