Monday, September 1, 2014

What you see

when you're actually looking...

As school starts back up, I become busier than ever. I try to carve out some quiet time, some time to remind myself that this season only last for so long, that being in school is an incredible gift even thought sometimes it seems like quite the burden.

So while I tucked away the text books, and turned off the alarms on my phone, I decided today I would do something for myself.

I have been wanting a camera for a longgg time. I take pictures of everything. I take pictures of things that don't make sense, like cracks in side walks, weeds that I claim are actually flowers, and endless candids. I love photos of people when they don't know they are being taken.

I have taken pictures on my iPhone forever. Well, not forever, but like, 3 years. I must say, Apple knows how to make a great phone camera. But I wanted something that would capture every moment beautifully, I wanted a real camera, a big, heavy camera that hangs around my neck and makes me look like that person, you know, who takes pictures of weeds and cracks in sidewalks.

So I bought a camera, and today I went on a walk. The same walk I've gone on fifty times, but this time it was different. I noticed things in a way I hadn't before. I held on to moments by freezing them in a little snapshot. I took my sweet, sweet time. If something interested me, I took a photo of it. I didn't care that the idea of a walk is to keep moving forward, sometimes you've just got to stop and take in the beauty around you.

 Everyone is constantly rushing, claiming there is never enough time. We've got plenty of time, we've just forgotten how to appreciate it. We've forgotten what it's like to enjoy the goodness of a moment. Today, time travelled beyond any set measure. I saw beauty in things I hadn't before.

What do you see when you are actually looking?

Today I saw how the trees are constantly dancing, with the wind, by the wind, they have a rhythm with the weather.

Today I saw that no matter how many cracks are in sidewalks, that still carry people to and from where they need to be. Things don't need to be absolutely perfect to work just fine.

Today I saw how the sun peeks through leaves, trees, and hedges. I watched it dance upon my skin as I moved from the shadows.

Today I saw how I am healthy and able, my feet can move in whatever direction I plan to go in.

Today I saw happy people, cheerful families, all enjoying this September air.

I saw a bird house. I saw flowers. I saw an empty bench, broken branches, chalk drawings, endless light, endless smiles.

Today, I realized that we take the same paths every day, we talk to the same people, we know our cities like the back of our hands, but how many times do we actually look at all these things?

What we see when we actually take the time to notice the beauty around us reminds us that no matter how familiar life begins, there are still magical things to uncover, in places we always saw, but never really appreciated.

Happy Monday everyone xoxoxo


  1. I love so much that you're making time for photography!! Gorgeous shots- I especially love the last one of the tree (although you already know my obsession in looking up and through the trees) :) Even during my weekly walks for Project 52, I have noticed that I consciously make time to really focus on and admire the beauty of nature and people and things. It's like a reset to my soul :) I'm so curious- what type of camera did you buy?!

    1. It's so fun, Emily. It's seriously been a fun new way for me to relax and have the benefit of saving moments! Love all the photos from Project 52. I got a Nikon D3200, and it's amazing!!!

  2. :) This is exactly how I feel about photography and why I love it so much!

    1. It's so fun! I sent you an email, hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  3. This is so beautiful. As we move toward a technology/social media crazed world, it is necessary to remember to stop and smell the roses ever so often. We need to slow down and look up from time to time. I loved this post. :)

    1. Thank you, Tami. That is such a true reminder, we all need to slow down every once in a while. Happy Monday!

  4. Congrats on the new camera! And you have the right attitude for photography.

  5. I LOVE this post! Very well written, I almost felt like I was there walking with you.

    What a good thing you chose to do for yourself. I too picked up photography again not that long ago. It truly is a hobby where practice really does make perfect. I take my camera with me almost everywhere. You never know when you'll see a beautiful something.

    Have a lovely week!

    1. Thank you so much!
      I have become that crazy photo lady who brings her camera to coffee shops, stores, everywhere! It's so true, there is beauty everywhere.
      Happy Monday!

  6. This is so beautiful! Congratulations on the new camera, such a good decision!

    1. Thank you! It really is one of my best investments!


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