Monday, December 31, 2018

Looking Towards 2019

Happy New Year's Eve!  We round out another year in our lives and on this blog.  The year of 2018 was a lot of ups and downs.  I got my PhD, moved across state lines, rented an apartment of my own, and started working in Seattle.  I'm a long distance from family, friends I met from graduate school, and there's definitely a lot more to be considered on my plate.  However, I made a lot of new, wonderful friendships in Seattle, too, and came to more deeply appreciate the relationships I have.

As we look towards 2019, towards a new year on the horizon, I want to strive to be better.  Every year, I make resolutions, and like the rest of the world, I'm sort of "meh" about keeping them.  However, I was most successful in 2018 with my fitness resolution: I now work out 5 to 6X a week when I'm in town!  For this year, I want to hang on to that and make other improvements.  I think most people make similar ones each year, but new year, new me?

Here goes . . .

1.  Be more mindful.  I want to live more mindfully whether it comes to how I eat, how I speak, and how I spend my money.  Rather than GO. GO. GO., I want to slow down and think more before I do things, to be more cognizant of actions and effects, and to be present in every moment.  Less impulse, more meditation on decisions.

2.  Cultivate positivity.  I want to also focus on actionable ways to address the negatives in my life.  I may not be able to control situations, but I can choose how I respond to them.  I've started a Diary of Positivity in my new bullet journal for the year to document positive highlights from each day.  Cultivating means more than responding to negative situations.  I want to be more mindful and appreciate my blessings.

3.  Work smarter, not longer.  I want to be more efficient in my tasks and at work.  Longer hours don't necessarily correlate to greater productivity.  I want to improve on working better with the time I have available.

4.  Harness my creativity.  I want to photograph, draw, and blog more.  This means reaching out and pitching myself more for photoshoots or opening this space up more frequently to get into the habit of creating regularly.  Also, pick up my dusty guitar and play more.

5.  Read more, both academically and for leisure.  Self-explanatory.

6.  Be kinder.  To others and, most importantly, to myself.

Looking forward to a new year and creating on this space.  What are changes that you would like to make in 2019?

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Girl In The Rain

Hello, friends!  Long time no speak.  My friend, W, looked at my blog and said, "Last post in September.  You better update."  Well, here I am!  My apologies for the long absence.  I haven't been feeling inspired or creative in the past few months.  Y'all know me.  I won't post if it feels forced or inauthentic.  One of my resolutions for the coming new year is to push myself to be more creative.  What better time to start than this year?  In November, I completed a total of four photoshoots in a two weeks span.  It's slowed down since, but here's one of the finished shoots!

My friend and I decided to spend Thanksgiving together and one of the activities we squeezed into the day was this photoshoot.  It went from drizzling to pouring pretty fast so we were trying to snap images as quickly as possible!  If only you guys could've seen what happened behind the scenes!  I had a sweatshirt thrown over my head and the camera with my umbrella dripping water down the back of my jeans.  If you look closely, you can see some of the raindrops captured in the photos.  

I kept the editing as natural as possible.  I love the light in the Pacific Northwest!  It's a little dark right now, but the light is always diffused.  Very different from the golden tones I caught in Los Angeles.  As usual, I only edited light, dark, shadows, and obstructions such as lampposts.  Facial features and bodies are NEVER altered in any way.  True and authentic representation, you know?

For those of you who have stuck around . . . let me know what you think in the comments! What is your personal philosophy on photoediting?  Are you for more natural or "glossy" editing?