Friday, December 31, 2010

365 Days of Inspiration

In 2009, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Kim Tackett—a fabulous woman, mom, wife, designer, businesswoman and photographer—online. Somehow, our paths crossed and she has, time and time again, proven to be a huge inspiration to me. This past year, she challenged herself to take a picture a day for 365 days. The images that follow are a result of that endeavor. Some fabulous reminders as we look forward to 2011. To see the entire set of her flickr images, which are AMAZING, check them out here. Thanks for the inspiration Kim!!

188|365 steve's new mug

211|365 the shadow says so

189|365 remind me in the morning

128|365 imagine a rock...

16|365 napkin philosophy

72|365 treasured

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I love nature

The kind and wise Avia Veneficia—who shares her knowledge through her What's Your Sign, Symbolic Meanings, Tarot Teachings and Tattoo Symbolism websites and her gorgeous, earth-centered photography through her wonderful blog—asked me recently what I was grateful for.

In addition to overwhelming gratitude for my friends and family—who have stood by me in good times and bad—there's only one other thing on this planet that inspires my existence as much as they do.


It never ceases to amaze me—it's grandeur, it's splendor, it's intricacies, it's shapes, it's complexities and it's color!! Such magnificent color! It's humbling and blissful at the same time.

Photos below by Avia Veneficia. Enjoy.

Friday, December 10, 2010


OK, I just have to add (just shoot me now for all the Seth Godin references BUT...), here's a link to an article from the November 2010 issue of Fear.Less. (which, btw, I just learned about from my fabulous friend Terri Johanson @TJSimpleFocus on twitter or, you can check out her brilliant photography on her website here:

In this issue, Seth is featured and talks about fear versus anxiety and moving past fear to action. It's a great article... and you can finally see what this guy looks like! Check it out. His philosophy is totally inspirational!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fear of Communication?

I had a great conversation with my dad tonight.

I was a bit nervous prior to the conversation because I was dealing with an emotional subject. I'm not sure why the anticipation of a conversation leaves me so verklempt. Regardless, I'm happy to say, the end result wasn't quite as intimidating. In fact, I felt energized.

What is it about expressing ourselves that creates fear?

Do you ever experience this?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Universe Provides

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans.

That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred.

A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Begin it now.

—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Thanks universe.