Inspiring creativity in my kids

You know as a parent you are doing something creatively right (especially when it literally feels like chaos in the house 24/7) when you kid asks you to put the photograph you just captured on your camera in their room. But what exactly am I doing:  I am taking time to do something creative everyday.  Luckily my kiddos see what I do.

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We went on a stroller walk, which I turned into a photography walk because it ended up being the only chance I had all week to use my camera.  I’ve kept my 50MM lens on my DSLR for about a month now to create a constraint in hopes that it would allow my creativity to flourish within a restriction.  It has – and I am loving it.

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We had a great weekend, family dinners, breakfasts out, soccer practice, lots of coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and even a McD’s run (because we are so used to daycare taking care of lunches :P)

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My to-do list is long and already in play.  I even got started on some of my planning.

Next time I’ll write down that lyric

The last few days have been unbearably HUMID.  It’s no longer pleasant to take a walk outside on your lunch hour, waiting for the commuter train on the platform is daunting because the heat makes it hard to breath, and even after dinner it still feels like an oven so going for a walk to the park is not even an option. #SoReadyForFall

Thankfully it’s raining today, which has actually cooled things off a bit – so much so I had to wrap my shoulders in a shawl when we decided to take Miss S to the park after our dinner out today.

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Love this shot I took on the drive back from the city.  The iPhone was trying to focus with the motion of the car.  I am actually glad it didn’t.  I started reading this book – and I am hooked.  I felt kind of after reading this and this, I realized I needed something thrilling and no so inspirational.  I am sure I’ll be eating my words after this book scares the shIt out of me.

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Shirt | Chocker (similar) | Nail Polish

Outside of not wanting to read motivational and self betterment books, I’ve been saturating my self with positive quotes, inspirational tip and ideas on self care.  Also found this on pinterest last week – can’t wait for there to be a printable version!

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Finally, I’ve gotten bit by the moleskin hack bug.  It happens a few times a year and it makes me feel so organized (even though it’s just the prep needed to become more organized).

Who else is ready for Fall?  Do you think self care is important? What books have you read and recommend?

Photo Bucket List

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Last weekend was pretty busy as expected. We literally drove from the west end to downtown and back again before heading North to our home. We had to attend a kid’s birthday, drop off Miss S for babysitting (with my parents), attend an engagement brunch and then hustle back to pick up Miss S because she was a hot mess (ahhh 2 year molars) before we headed back home. Sunday I spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen. It was my first time but something I’ve wanted do since my late 20’s. This soup kitchen in particular operates restaurant style, patrons pay a dollar*, they are given a ticket, they find a table/seat and then they are served by a waiter/waitress. I helped to prepare the serviette package, rice, salad and then I waitressed! I’ve never worked in a restaurant before so this was an interesting experience for sure!
*Side note: to allow for the feeling of dignity

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And then yesterday, I met with some of my friends for an “inter-friend-tion”. I don’t know how people feel in these situations, but I felt nervous and nonchalant at the same time. Without giving too much detail, we were meeting with this old/past friend who had been absent for the last year and a half. It is heart breaking but at the same time a relief: to make sure she is “ok” but also to not have that topic of her being MIA hanging over our heads. The outcome wasn’t as expected but we are all adults and in control of our own lives – we just have to do what’s best for us and live the best life we can.

Okay enough serious stuff! I’ve decided I am going to compile a Photography bucket list to motivate me creatively and bring lively new photography content to this blog, my etsy shop and my other media channels: twitter, pinterest and IG.

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Oh and I’ll keep the updated list here (because I am sure more will come to mind) with links to where you can find the completed item.

Hot Air balloons
Planes Close up
Film Camera
Spinning Ferris Wheel
Child Jumping in puddle
Night Sky movement
A celebrity
Pride
Panda
Iceland Waterfall
San Francisco Bridge
Macro of a snowflake
Portrait of a Geisha
Under the Pier shot
A lone tree in a field
Self-Portrait (Tripod and remote is a must)
Lightening
Water drops on a spider web
Toronto Christmas Fair
Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower during the day
Shanghai and/or Tokyo Skyline

Do you have a bucket list? Do you find it helps you reach your goals to write a list of them?
Send me a link to your bucket list in the comments below!

Selfie [Nov 24th 2015]

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Took Miss S to the Reptile zoo on Sunday.  We went very early so there were only 3 other families there and it was like having the place to ourselves.  Something that surprised me the most was how she wanted to have her picture taken with the different animals (i.e. she would back up against the glass where the turtles, snakes and alligators were and tell me in her baby talk to take a picture).  Hence why I decided to post this selfie (also because I haven’t taken any new shots uploaded my pictures from my SD card yet).

I tried to build up her excitement leading up to the trip, telling her we were going to see animals on Sunday or “am oohs” as she calls them.   Most of the reptiles were very still but there was one feisty “tuh tuh” (turtle) that kept trying to climb up out of it’s enclosure and of course Miss S couldn’t contain herself.

On a side note, just trying to wrap up the custom orders I received from the Vaughan of a Kind show.  I am thinking about doing a marketing campaign with the greeting cards.  Or maybe reaching out to one of the other vendors I met there to do a colab…

On a second side note, I think my printing lab has changed management and they keep messing up orders (ex: I needed a quantity of 4 for a certain size or they colour correct my images even though I didn’t specify it – and then charge me for it!).   Looking for a reliable, professional photography lab in Vaughan.  Please email me if you have any names of labs.