Showing posts with label Inspiration from Others. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspiration from Others. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Enter to Win a Dream Do Planning Consultation

During this round of Purposeful Conception, one of the participants was talking about making a career change in order to create more space in her life for pregnancy and parenthood. She mentioned that she might want to start an in-home childcare program, but she finds the idea "completely terrifying." 

My mind flooded with excitement about the possibility of helping her translate this big, audacious goal into smaller, manageable action steps. I think I might really enjoy helping people make their big dreams a reality. 

I decided to create a contest to give away one free Dream Do Project Planning Consultation to see if I'm actually good at this kind of thing before I start charging people for it. 

Do you have a dream that's lying in waiting? Do you want help translating your big goal into a step-by-step plan that is actually achievable? Enter the contest today! 

Here's how it will work:
  1. I will read through all the entries and select one winner.
  2. I will e-mail the winner a Dream Do Project Planning Workbook with reflection exercises to prepare for the consultation.
  3. We will schedule a phone call planning session to co-create your Dream Do Project Plan that will empower you to make your dream a reality. 
Don't delay! Enter today! (Bonus points will be awarded to the folks who enter sooner rather than later...)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free Reflection Worksheet

I'm taking a tiny little break from revising the acknowledgements segment of my book, and I came across this lovely reflection worksheet from Andrea over at Superhero Journal. I'm eager to sit down with it and immerse myself in introspection!

I hope your holiday season is unfolding joyfully...

Miss you!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Lessons Learned: Photography Class

Image courtesy of Bob Krist for National Geographic

I went to a photography class a few weeks ago, led by two travel photographers for National Geographic. Although the class was interesting and entertaining, I would have learned more if I actually understood the basis of using a DSLR camera. Unfortunately, this class only comes to Houston every once in a while, so I had to take it before I take my basics of photography course. I just tried to write down everything I could, so I can go back and read it when I have a more of a clue.

Here's some of the useful stuff they shared:
  1. You can "shoot from the hip" to get candid shots of people by using a 35mm lens and prefocusing to one meeter.
  2. Good photographers look for juxtapositions and anachronisms to find good shot.
  3. Architecture is always more interesting if you add the human element.
  4. When booking a helicopter for aerial shots, look for an outfitter that will open the door/window for better shots.
  5. "Inspiration is for the amateur--professional need to be proactive."
  6. The best time to shoot architecture is one hour before sunset."
  7. Photography helps you be in the moment.
  8. Switch ISO depending on the situation (preset 100 or 200; push to 400 or higher in low light).
  9. Ask "What is the brightest thing in the shot? Am I blowing it out with overexposure?"
  10. You can't judge exposure from the LCD monitor; you have to read the histogram to make sure it's not over the edge on the right.
  11. Photography is a physical skill. The more you know your gear, the better you will be.
  12. Use soft light and non-distracting backgrounds for head and shoulders portraits.
  13. To blur the background, move the camera at the same speed as the moving object.
  14. Include objects that provide a sense of scale.
  15. Use flash in high contrast situations.
  16. You can make something look like night by underexposing the background and using a flash.
  17. In terms of gear, if you can't carry it all day, don't buy it.
  18. Only ever show your best work (even if it's only a couple photographs!).

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Living, Growing Scrapbook

I'm finalizing the present situation for this year. I've managed to pull it together, despite my rather lax attitude toward the holidays this year.

I still have a few more presents to go, namely for my beloved, Matt. I'm going to register him for a woodworking class, since he's been obsessed with the idea of using power tools to construct something for a while now.

I'm also thinking about putting together an album to chronicle our life together. We have so many pictures online, but it would be nice to have something to curl up with on the couch and flip through.

I was inspired by this post from Progressive Pioneer about pulling together a scrapbook without all the fanfare. Here's what she had to say:

I've tried to be diligent about recording Sam's life from the beginning. I decided early on that the most important thing was to simply record the important things, not to have a perfect, charming-looking album. I knew if there was too much pressure about how it looked that it would never get done. But if I could just jot things down here and there, there was a much better chance that in twenty years Sam would have something to look back on.
I feel the same way. I know I have to free myself from my perfectionist tendencies or I will never get it done.

Plus, I want a living, breathing object. One that expands and develops as our family expands and develops. I'm thinking about using a 1.5 inch binder and making a pretty binder label down the side (probably from my old Nikki McClure calendars). We can label them (probably in five-year increments?) and watch our collection grow.

I'm thinking cardstock, sheet protectors, and photo corners. I've never used photo corners in my life, but they seem like a good option. Or maybe double-sided tape? Is that archival quality? It's got to be cheap and easy...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Delicious Recipe

Photo courtesy of fresh365

Matt and I have a good system going for meals. We try to cook together four times a week and eat out three. Ideally, we experiment with at least one new recipe a week and resort to our "Favorites Binder" for the rest of our meals. If we like our experimental meal, we print it out and add it to our binder. If we don't like it, we forget about it.

We've been so busy lately that we've resorted to our standbys instead of looking for new recipes. However, we finally tried a new recipe yesterday: Maple-Pumpkin Pasta with Blue Cheese and Sage.

We simplified the process by going with frozen rather than fresh pumpkin (but couldn't find pumpkin, so we went with sweet potato). Also, we used goat rather than blue cheese, due to personal preference. The meal was delicious! Mmm...mmm!

We're definitely adding it to the binder.

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