Quote Me.

Day 27 of 365:

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

{Daily Post Writing Prompt}

“Quote Me” – ha!  I wonder if there will ever come a day when people are quoting me, instead of the other way around.  🙂  …probably not…

My choices of favourite and often used quotes has changed and grown as I have changed and grown and journeyed through my life.

For instance, when I was in high school, I had a habit of quoting Kurt Cobain, almost every 90’s teenager’s messenger boy:PRS-SE-Angelus-Standard-Electro-Acoustic-Guitar

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”

 

When I was in college, I loved quoting lines from my favourite movies of the time.  Namely, Pulp Fiction, which is full of awesome and witty one-liners that I think should be paid attention to:

“Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.” (The Wolf)

 

And then I became a mom to a little boy.  My outlook, and search for enlightenment, changed dramatically.  As most parents will often find, Dr. Seuss is an endless wealth of inspiration and wisdom to lovingly impart on your child and live by as you raise him/her:

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“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

 

Yes, I have loved and lived and learned from many wonderful, meaningful quotes throughout every stage of my life.  I am grateful for being able to look into the meanings behind somebody else’s wisdom and takeaway whatever it is that I need to at that moment in my life.

However, there is one quote that I will always keep close to my heart and refer to frequently.  It was given to me in the form of a “best wishes” type card from a dear, sweet friend of mine just about 10 years ago now.  At the time, she wanted to help me through a very rough period in my life.  I was sort of lost and at a crossroads and really needed direction.  I can honestly say that her gift to me in the form of this simple card helped more than she will ever know.

I love these words so much, I keep them framed and hanging above my desk:

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And yes, I have used this quote in previous blog posts.  I use it everywhere I feel it is relevant.  Gilda’s straightforward outlook on life’s quick direction changes is like a breath of fresh air to me.  So thanks, Gilda.  And thanks, Darbs.  😉

Further to this whole quotes thing, just lately I am also in love with these two:

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And…

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Amen to that!

 

Anyway – that’s enough quoting for now….

 

Namaste

-Janice 🙂

 

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Quote Me

 

Just Do It. Often.

Day 25 of 365:

Daily Writing Prompt:

Key Takeaway
Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging….

This is great because everyone loves to impart their honed knowledge and personal experience in the form of advice upon those that can be considered “Newbies” – right?

Blogging can be a hard nut to crack.  Not just when you are new to it either.  I am speaking from a great deal of experience here.  I have been doing this (off and on) for about 5 years now.   And hey, like all of us, I’ve had my ups and downs.  Believe me, I do not regard myself as being a  pro, but I do believe I have learned a thing or two through gold old-fashioned trail and error.

So here goes: If I can give you, my deliciously eager, fresh-out-of-the-box, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed blogger, one key piece of advice to carry with you through your word-journey, it would be this:

Consistency.  “Blog early and blog often.”  Set up a ritual.  A schedule, if you will.  I’m talking a daily, weekly, monthly appointment.  Set your appointment and try, young blogger, as hard as you can, to stick with it.  Whether your posts are short and to the point, or long, flowing, majestic essays, post them. Or maybe you showcase your own photography or artwork, or write meaningful commentary on current events.  Post!  Perhaps you write from your funny bone with an amazing balance of wit and candor….don’t.  stop.  hitting. publish.  Commitment is key for building your audience, your style, your bravery and your repertoire.  Find the method, schedule, or routine that works for you and do it.  Do it often.
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Yes, my young grasshopper.  Treat your blog as if you are in a serious relationship with it.  Roll with the punches.  See it through thick and thin.  Stand your ground and post, post, post.

So give it a go!  The sky is the limit.  Have faith in yourself.  Be patient.  Be humble.

And most importantly…

Have fun!

 

Namaste and Happy Blogging!

 

-Janice 🙂

 

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Control Freak

Day 20 of 365:

 

You know what?  I am.  I am a control freak.  Absolutely.  I even have a wine charm that says so.  😉

I stopped trying to deny it years ago.   And I’m not ashamed.  I can’t help being right all the time.  I can’t help it if I know what’s best, what’s right…what works.

This personality trait is never more prevalent than in those situations where a camera is turned upon me.

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I am a photographer.  Photographers take the pictures, we aren’t in them.

~sheesh~

I ruin every single family or group photograph I am in.  True story!

No – it’s not entirely because of my awkward smile.  It’s because I am the one that isn’t smiling.  I always seem to be paying attention to something no one else in the photograph seems to see.

Here is a snippet of the things that I am too worried about to relax and smile as the camera click-click-clicks away:

  • I am concerned with the lighting.
  • The order in which the group has been arranged.  The short people should be in front, dammit!
  • The way the designated photographer is holding the camera.  Oh come on, you’re not Irving Penn.
  • The flash that is pointing directly at us.  (one of my BIGGEST pet-peeves.  Ever.)  “Do NOT point the flash directly at us!  We will all have hideous RED EYES!”
  • Whether or not we are standing in front of a window, or mirror – again, because the freaking flash is pointing right at us.  Hello??? Ever hear of light reflection????

I am the one that is smirking, scowling or looking downright shocked…or worried.  I always look horribly uptight.

Here’s the thing, cameras don’t lie: I am uptight.

And I know how annoying I can be.  I am well aware of the fact that no one understands my protests.  Also, I am too polite to yell at my friends and family.  So I keep all those control issues to myself.

Oh, the inner turmoil this causes!

Sometimes, to hide my discomfort with the situation, I will make silly, goofy faces at the camera.

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This is a vain attempt to hide the fact that my jaw wants to clench.  That my skin is crawling.  That I want to rip remove the camera from the operator’s hands and take all the pictures for them:  “here, let me handle this, okay?”

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Sometimes, purely because I just can no longer handle not being in control of the situation, I will simply turn and run a way from the perpetrator.

Problem solved….

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And there you have it: confessions of a chronic, hopeless control freak….

…this may be why I went into to photography in the first place.  

Ya think???!!! 

 

Can’t Stand Me

 

-Janice 🙂

 

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