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"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've returned from an intense four days of learning and quality time with girlfriends. I am on fire. The year of 2012 continues to prove to be one for the record books. I returned home with a renewed sense of my ultimate purpose in life... which is to build relationships. Ultimately everything in my life points to that simple goal. My faith in God pushes me to that. The struggles I've faced prepared me for that. The transformation of strangers to kindred spirits encourages me towards that simple goal. Even my profession as a photographer (and traveler) is a platform for building relationships.

While in Vegas I was contacted by two men of my past. Jolted by the inexplicable coincidence of their timing and the stark contrast of their attitudes towards me, I was thrown into an overwhelmed state. One man tearing me down with every desperate word; the other building me up, sensitive to each nuance in our conversation. I felt alive to talk to him again, the feelings and memories surging back into my heart. It's incredible to experience love over time, finding that in giving it space to grow it flourishes. And when it comes into your heart again you've found it to be transformed and matured. I experienced that in him, and now he waits for it in me, giving me that same space and a caring willingness to wait until I can come around in my own time. Knowing the faith he has in me will endure.

And I find so often a similar love in my friends. Friends who lovingly call me out when I'm wrong, yet are relentless in their support and encouragement. These ladies I spent four days with are no different.  They reminded me to inspire those in my life... day after day of the amazing life God has for them, of their untapped potential, of their amazing worth, of all of it.  And even though I also learned the importance, even necessity, to cut out those who are toxic and draining in my life, I will continue to invest in my relationships with those around me. Longing to both give and find inspiration.

"The greatest gift is a portion of thyself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

New York | Every day is the best day.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ever notice how the change of the calendar year appears to really change one's life? Every year people make new year resolutions, hoping to make some significant change in their life. What is it about the new year that makes people believe it's a new start? How incredible would it be if we saw every day as a new start? In 2011 I aimed to look at life that way. With the loss of love, my mother's battle with cancer and the sudden death of my uncle it seemed looking for a new start every day was the only way to survive.  Instead of survival I found hope.  Hope in the promise of the past staying in the past.  Hope in God who would carry me through.  Hope in myself that I could conquer life.  Hope in the concept that only I had control over my happiness.

I love how this quote takes things one step further.  How wonderful life would be if I viewed it as the best day!  And how positively could I effect others if viewed my day that way.  I've noticed how the kindness or rudeness of strangers can either make or ruin my day, and I've purposed to be that stranger who makes people's day.  One's life, I've found, is so tightly intertwined with perspective.  And this past year has taught me the power of positive thinking.

So I challenge myself to see each day in 2012 as the best day in the year.

(Picture above is the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle in New York.)

I carry it with me

With mid-March quickly approaching, I quickly picked a sort of anthem for this month: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I've been trying to carry the beauty about my life with me, constantly remind myself the joys I have to live for.  This is a view from in front of my hotel, Pinnacle at the Pier, in North Vancouver.

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Dance of a Nomad: Day 22, Phoenix, AZ Much to my disappointment, I'm stuck indoors working... editing.  Thankfully I am at the cutest coffee shop, Cartel Coffee Lab.  Once this shop closes, I'll head off to the pool, shower, eat creme brule, then head out to the airport.  However, I'm really starting to love this 110 degree heat.  I'm crazy; yeah, I know.  But after the cold of the Bay Area, to the humidity of the midwest and east coast, I welcome this dry heat.  I love it.

Here's a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom I love, about travel. Thanks, Junshien, for bringing this quote to my attention.

picture taken on 880, with my Canon 30D and processed with Poladroid.