My Uluru shot on Photolord!

I follow a great photo blog that exhibits the best photos from photographers all over the world – Photolord. I decided my “Uluru half an hour after sunset shot” was worthy of entry and….I was picked for yesterday’s photo.

I know most of you have seen it – but check it out anyway 🙂

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Enthusiam, Motivation and Passion are Contagious! Empower Someone.

As I began to realise that life is too short and that we all need to make time to do the things we love, I started this blog to showcase and share my hobbies – the things that  I love to do.

This space quickly gave me further inspiration to create my new project – Two Loves, my journey into food photography.

Really, I am just doing my thing! But my passion and motivation has spread to others like wildfire. I have had quite a few people contact me and tell me that something on my blog or something I am doing has inspired them, motivated them and even encouraged them to do something THEY love! It’s contagious!

Yesterday Kiki from Dinner for (N)one, told me that my enthusiasm and tenacity for my craft has motivated her to read a book she and I both possess (that I regularly refer to on my blog), but she hadn’t got past for first chapter! I was thrilled for her as she is a dedicated foodie hosting an admirable blog with some fun ideas!

Today, a lovely gentlemen (Matt D) that attended the same high school as me, contacted me to tell me that my passion and dedication for photography gave him the nudge he needed to start something he had always wanted to do – create his own pod casts!

Matt has set up his own Facebook page, The Scientist, and has produced his very first pod cast (Links to his pod casts can be found on his Facebook page). His focus is on microbes! He will be doing a number of episodes in this category and will be collaborating with a number of different people. I am super stoked he has embarked on this new project! How How (How How is from my summer camp days!)

Check out what these guys are up to, maybe they will inspire you!

 

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Embarking on a new project ‘twoloves’

Hi everyone!

I have been away for some time now – summer holidays, you can’t blame me!

But this has meant that I have neglected my blog 😦 Never fear I am back!

Not only do I have some interesting travel posts and photos in the pipeline for sugarnstripes, but I have also embarked on a new project!

Today, I have launched my new blog “twoloves” – dedicated to my journey into the world of food photography!

Please check it out!

Spreading the Love

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Heart Christmas Tree
1/8 sec – f 3.5, ISO-250

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I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas by spreading some love – visually!

I have taken these photos over the years, the Christmas tree taken this Christmas, and have dragged them out and edited them for the occasion. My Canon compact digital camera has a function that allows me to capture the light and turn it into a shape – hearts, stars, music notes and so on. I have complied the shots that feature the love heart shape as my way of saying:

Have a joyous Christmas, take some time to relax and share good times and happy memories with loved ones!

Enjoy!

Rushed Hearts
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Heart Blur
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Driving Hearts
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Divided Hearts
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Red Heart
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Fairy Hearts
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Tinkerbell Hearts
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Kinship At Christmas

The meaning of Christmas is different for all people, yet many could agree upon the fact that it is a time of celebration with family and friends, a time for giving and good cheer.

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I have been lucky enough so far in my life to be surrounded by loved ones, to have my health and financial stability to join in the celebrations around Christmas time. Unfortunately, not everyone has these things.

Christmas is a time for giving. Giving can come in any shape or form. Many charities at this time of year ask for donations in the way of money, food, clothing, supplies and presents (as seen under many wishing trees in department stores). The donation of time by way of volunteering is another really important aspect of Christmas that many of us are capable of doing.

This year, as in past years, my family and I will be spending Christmas day volunteering for the Kinship At Christmas Foundation to provide a meal and some company to the members of the Blue Mountains Community who have nowhere else to go on Christmas Day.

…”Christmas can be a very difficult and lonely time for many people, for many different reasons. There are people who are unable to be with family or friends on Christmas Day, and this could evoke many feelings and emotions. It does not matter why any of our guests choose to spend Christmas Day with us, the KACF volunteers are here for them. It is our aim to give everyone a pleasurable day whatever the circumstances.”…

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation is not aligned to any church or other charity, and does not preach to any of the guest attending Christmas Lunch, nor do they ask for payment of any kind. ‘They are there to share the day with us without any “strings” attached.’

My sister and I began volunteering to serve lunch on Christmas Day in our local area some years ago, when I was going through a difficult time in my life and was searching for more meaning to Christmas beyond presents and celebration.

There are a number of ways to volunteer with Kinship At Christmas, both prior to Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and the day itself. Volunteers give up the amount of time that they desire and can choose a job they think is suitable for them. Jobs include, table setters, decorators, present wrappers, kitchen hands, hosts, public relations, food servers, table servers, Santa’s assistants, drivers and clean up crew.

The Kinship At Christmas Foundation Lunch is served at the Blackheath Community Centre, Cnr Great Western Highway and Gardiners Cres, Blackheath (opposite the train station). The Foundation also offers a Christmas Lunch in the Windsor Area, at the Hawkesbury Masonic Hall.

We are all pressed for time just before Christmas and are stretched to our limits with buying presents, stocking up on food, cleaning the house and hours of driving from family gathering to family gathering. It is easy to get lost in all the fuss and stress of this holiday. If you, like me, are looking for more meaning to Christmas, consider volunteering – you will be surprised at the amount of opportunities out there.

To find information about activities in your area, contact local community groups, church’s, well know charities (like the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul in Australia) websites or local stores. All will be able to provide details of the ways to donate and volunteer this Christmas.

For more information on Kinship At Christmas Foundation, please visit their blog.

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Quotes and statements that spark my interest…


Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get ~ Forest Gump
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I received an email from Twitter the other day, advising me that they missed me and hope that I return to the world of twitter soon, as there was so much I was missing out on!

My guess is that Twitter is not missing me, but rather has sent me an automated email due to the fact that my account activity had been zero for quite some time.

At my @shmachee Twitter account, I tweet quotes that I come across in daily life.

Quotes and statements that spark my interest. I don’t find them, they find me! is my tag line.

I read, I study, I learn. I find ‘one liners’ and such that really hit home, stir something within me. I tweet them. Why? To share them, but to also have a record of them. They will come in handy one day, hopefully even in my teaching. That is the aim.

Since receiving this email, I thought – “Why have I not contributed to this lately?” I the answer is that I have been doing other things besides reading, like this blog, working and finishing my studies for the year.

Their email was a reminder, or a kick up the bum, to revisit the quotes that sparked interest within me.

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Of my 100+ tweets, here are some favourites….
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Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital ~Aaron Levenstein

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Change is inevitable, except from vending machines
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Compassion has enemies; pity, moral outrage and fear
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Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel ~ Horace Walpole
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What is obvious to you is obvious to you

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Emotions are useful. They make the brain pay attention

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Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap ~George Bernard Shaw

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We see with our brains

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Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives ~William Dement

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Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are cheese ~ John Medina

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Those who know the least, know it the loudest

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All you are thinking is a thought, and a thought can be changed ~ Louise Hay

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It’s not about how smart you are. It’s how you are smart

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If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito ~ African Proverb

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Th?nk Tank

A place to centralise my thoughts…

Over the past few weeks, my head has been overcome by limitless thoughts!

Thoughts about ideas for blog posts, thoughts about ideas for my photography, thoughts about ideas for books I want to acquire and projects I want to start, thoughts about ideas for how I can save the world and about almost anything and everything!

It has come to the point where I am getting thought overload, ending up with a headache at the end of the day and boring the pants of my partner, my family and friends with my verbal diarrhea about what is going on in my head. It even keeps me up at night as I find it hard to switch off.

From advice I read on a blog post, 5 ways to enhance night-time and morning wake up,  I decided I needed a book, a place where I could centralise my thoughts – my THINK TANK.

Palm Trees Bare Feet gave the advice that you should plan out tomorrow by writing down all the things you wish to do the next day to get them off your mind in order for sleep well. I took this one step further and created a book that I take with me everywhere so I could write down my thoughts when moments of brilliance strike!

This is not a radically new idea, but a simple and practical one. Something that really works, yet not many implement.

I decided that if I was really going to make this work, I needed a cover that resembled what I was trying to achieve. I instantly had a vision of a fish in a fish bowl for my cover and…. yep, you guessed it!

Capture your own moments of brilliance with your own think tank! What would you put on your cover?