Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Closer Look

I admire those of you who know you are.  You instinctively make wise choices.  You say No, even to good things, to keep your life balanced. You make decisions in a straightforward manner, in accordance with your solid sense of self. You are an oak.

I am not like you. My foundation is sound, but I sway quite a bit, more like a willow. I often find myself wondering - maybe? how about? what if? let's see? let me think about that. Everything sounds like an idea worth considering to me.  I seldom form an opinion until I have all the information. This openness to life is neither good nor bad . . . but it can lead to a sense of feeling overwhelmed . . . and then I retreat, withdraw, and rest.  It all seems too much.  All or none, that's me.


Life can make us forget. We get so busy, heads down, that we lose sight of how it is we want to live.
& the creeks forget who we are same as we forget them. 
– Polly Hatfield

My blog has become an essential part of finding balance in my life. Pic Me Up is my journal, a companion for self-discovery, an invitation to learn and make new friends, and oddly enough a place of freedom.  Many of you have shared, by way of comments and messages, your self-doubt, fledgling confidence and hesitancy to put your work, and by extension yourself, "out there." And, I've felt the same. But I have come to understand, that the only thing I have worth giving is a willingness to connect.

Please share your work, whatever it is.


Sharpness is over-rated. No one has ever looked at the best photographs of this century and been moved emotionally because it was tack sharp or because the histogram was perfect. We suffer, not from a lack of technical ability, but from a lack of visual literacy, imagination, and the willingness to connect emotionally – and vulnerably – with our subjects. - David duChemin

If you get a chance, stop by your local bookstore and check out the latest issue of Artful Blogging (Volume 9, issue 3).  Take a closer look, and you'll find me there, between the covers of this inspiring magazine.


27 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you are in this place, this little slice of blogland. I have been inspired watching you unfurl your wings and fly here. Bless you, Donna!

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    1. Thank you, June. You have helped me time and time again, to find my way.

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. With our empty nests, no telling what adventures lie ahead. Can't wait to see what you'll be up to.

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  3. Lovely post, so full of insights and wisdom. And thanks for the reminder to look through the copy of Artful Blogging that has been sitting on my counter for two weeks.

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    1. Hi Dotti, Glad to hear it's not just me. I have a stack of magazines that I love, but just need to make the time to read!

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  4. You are so inspiring with your determination to be "real" and to fly into freedom when fears want to drag you down. I identify with so much of what you talked about in this post. I too can hide and often fear of letting others see too much of me. Thank you for taking the risk of letting us see what a beautiful person you are....

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    1. And in your words you let me see what a beautiful person you are . . . reminds me of the song I learned as a little child, This Little Light of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine. Right?

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    2. oh, donna. that song is so very dear to me, and the words give me heart as i navigate this life! thank YOU!!!

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  5. Whewwww hoooo you are on a roll! Congratulations Donna! Love that magazine!! Can't wait to see a copy. Okay gotta ask...did you take the photo for you on the couch or did your hubby? Fun one!

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    1. Cathy, You are the one who encouraged me to give this a try - submitting to a magazine like Artful Blogging. You have a list of credit a mile long - and you deserve a parade of praise!

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  6. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Elizabeth!

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  7. Thank you Donna for this moment of confidence, of opening yourself… I’m so glad I fell one day on your blog and, post after post, have learned to know you bit by bit as you’ve showed us little by little your inner self…
    Like you, I admire people who are self-assured, who know who they are and are self-confident… to my eyes, they seem to have simpler lives, to move straight forward without looking back…
    I think I’m rather like you, always weighing the pros and cons, never sure I’ve made the right decision…
    Thank you for sharing David DuChemin’s thought… and yes, I agree so much with him when he writes that a perfect picture is a picture which arouses emotion even if not technically perfect…
    And your pictures, today, Donna, conveys such peacefulness, quietness and calmness literally with your beautiful pictures with still waters and figuratively with you in a relaxing and resting posture which invites us to enjoy every moment of our lives…
    My congratulations Donna for being featured in such a magazine… I’m really sorry that we don’t have this publication in our bookshops… I’m so glad that you’re being recognized in several medias as an accomplished photographer, thinker and artist… and that your blog has been highlighted in such a magazine… Bravo!

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    1. Odile, You always make me feel like a million bucks. If only I could bottle that feeling and keep it for those days when I'm blue or feeling self-doubt. But, whether the days are filled with joy and special celebrations like being published in a magazine or filled with sadness and longing, you are a true friend - through it all. Thank you!

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  8. This post is packed with sweet little nuggets about life choices...I see myself more like you too...I often see both sides of an idea or process so I end up doing much evaluation before I come to a decision. You have such a beautiful way of writing that gives me comfort when I stop here to visit, and that is what I truly admire. I'm so thrilled for your photography to be published in Artful Blogging and I can't wait to see it. Many congratulations!! I love the picture of you on the sofa, reading! It's just perfect! Thank you too for the encouraging words to share our work. Bravo!!

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    1. Beverly, I can truly say that when people say such kind things about me, I feel this is only a reflection of them. In your case, you extend an open heart and open arms to every visitor to your blog - and I thank you. I don't know that I would have stayed the course to learn photography without friends like you.

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  9. Hello sweetie, congrats to you being published, I will seek it out for sure. So well deserved, I even think they could use you as a paid person. You and your photography plus sweet writings would be a hit in that magazine. Those gorgeous scenes of waterscape are totally cool especially with the soft reflections. Have a beautiful day.

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    1. Barbara, You are just like a sister to me - always on my side. My pleasure to do the same for you.

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  10. Brava! You go girl! Keep putting yourself out there...it just gets easier and easier!

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  11. Congratulations of Artful Blogging. I haven't picked up the latest issue yet. I rather like Willows.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I'll take a look at Willows, too.

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  12. Congratulations on being published in Artful Blogging. It is one of my favorite magazines. I slowly read through it making it last the whole three months. I just checked last week and our bookstore doesn't have the new issue yet. Maybe this week! Can't wait to read your piece!

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  13. What a beautiful piece, both in the writing (love the idea of a blog being like a relationship, I love that my blogging is the same as my in-real life relationships- committed, consistent, literal)... beautiful photos.

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  14. Woo Hoo! Way to go. Put your work out there!

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  15. I just read your piece in Artful Blogging, and as you can see, because I am here now, I had to look up your blog right away! The photos you picked for the article are fabulous and the message in the words is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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