Friday, June 1, 2012

One Little Word Blog Hop - June 1

One Little Word - May

Welcome back to the One Little Word Blog Hop.  This year, I'm working with the word intention and while this word hasn't taken me where I thought I'd go at the beginning of the year - it's still been a pretty amazing year thus far - and May was incredibly busy and full of fulfilled intentions.

I always find this month's One Little Word prompt to be a bit difficult - and while the video and handout are filled with encouragement to not get discouraged - it's a bit hard to not feel that way when you've not met expectations.  For me, not blogging more regularly is a huge disappointment.  However, I can honestly say there have been a number of days this month where I was so busy living life, that blogging just didn't fit.  And when I think of it that way, I'm more okay with it.

I'm happy with the progress I'm making on my Moving without Moving list. I've spent a huge amount of time with friends and family this month.  I photographed my first big "event" and as you read this, I'm getting ready to  help with photography at the first wedding I've ever done (it may be the only wedding I ever do...but we'll see how it goes).  While we were doing some wedding prep earlier in the week, I grabbed this shot in the little town of Cicero, Indiana (where the wedding is being held).  There is something about a quiet street seen that almost always makes me go black and white - why is that?

Cicero IN in b-w

Earlier in the month, I took a little time to be thankful and just appreciate the joy and beauty of life (we're still loving our little patio garden by the way).  You can see here that Lindsay is expectantly waiting to go back outside and play ball - something we've spent hours doing this month.  We're also enjoying the pond more this year as a result.  No fishing or swimming, but lots of baby duck watching. (I took this while playing with my new wide angle lens.)


First shot with the wide angle lens

I've found a great new web site that sends you an email or text message each day at a time you specify.  You just reply with what you're thankful for and it keeps a gratitude journal of sorts for you.  At the end of each week, you get a gratitude round up from the past week.  The site is  If you're a fan of things like one sentence journaling (as described in one of my favorite books - The Happiness Project) then you're probably going to really enjoy Grateful 160.

And next month is one of my favorite One Little Word prompts - nothing like getting artistic!  As a bit of luck would have it, I got my Sketchbook for the 2013 Sketchbook Project from Art House Coop in the mail today.  The topic I chose was a photo log.  I'm thinking about something around the theme of growth as I'm fascinated by baby birds and flowers and all the things around us that are growing every day - they are some of my favorite photos to take.  I'm also thinking about something about finding your inspiration or your own photographic voice.  Any ideas on other topics?  What would you like to see in a photo log?

Thanks again for joining in on the Blog Hop.  See you next month!  Next, you're off to see Nikki.

Margie -
Monica -
Jenn -
Lisa -
Kimberlee -
Donna -
Monica B -
Ruth -
Kara - <--YOU ARE HERE
Nikki -
Amanda -
Cheri -
Veronica -
Kelly -
Carolina -
Naomi - 
Missus Wookie -
Brighton -
Jill -
Cindy -


  1. Lovely pictures.

    Good luck with your wedding shoot! How exciting!!!

    I am envious that you are doing the sketchbook. I am horrible with sketching, but I always *want* to do it. LOL.

    Love all the artsy stuff you have going on here. I'm gonna have to look around some more. :)

  2. I am grateful for the Grateful website you mentioned!

  3. Hey, Life happens and we blog when we can! Can't wait to check out the website you mentioned.

  4. Good luck with the wedding. That is exciting for you. I like the idea of a grateful website. Sounds like fun. I love new sketchbooks. They are full of opportunity.

  5. I'm a big fan of B&W photos with quiet scenes too. It just seems more peaceful. Good luck on your first wedding shoot. I like the idea of the website you mentioned, going to check it out now!

  6. Hi everyone! I'm the guy behind grateful160 and I just wanted to say thank you very much for helping to spread the word. I really appreciate it. If you have any suggestions or feedback on the site, please let me know! Thank you!

    - Keyton

  7. I think B&W give a timeless feel to the photo, good luck on the wedding shoot. Not reaching or meeting experctations is always a problem for me too - I try to remember that and look at my life to see why on a regular basis. Glad that you found a way that it wasn't so negative - keep working at it :)

  8. Good luck with the wedding! How exciting. Off to check out the grateful link. TFS!

  9. congrats on your photography projects. and i think that alot of us are experiencing the same thing where our words have evolved into something a little different. but i think that kinda cool too. thanks for sharing!

  10. Great post! Thank you so much for the Grateful website!!! Good luck on your projects!!!

  11. This has always been a tough month for me, too, but I'm always glad when I've completed the project :) Congrats on your photography project and so glad you've had lots of time with those you love.

  12. Hi Kara,

    Today I'm grateful for the postcard you sent me in the i hanna swap. It says, "Keep Calm Make Art". I needed that today. :)

    I'm glad to meet you!



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