Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday and the big week

Anyone in college and this is the last week to get some serious stuff done before the ever so wonderful yet short spring break?  Well that is me... why am I doing this? Why shouldn't I do this?

The why is that it is a burning desire in my soul to be an exceptional photographer.

So before  I go into the hole of projects due this week I will share some delightful images from my journeys in the last few weeks.  Stall tactic .. yes indeed.   (I will edit and review these images later...just a quick Monday share of some black and white photography on the sunset looking back to Folsom Point, CA.

Friday, April 5, 2019

April - On Goals and motivation

Does it ever seem to you that when you are coming out of a serious drought or down time that you come out like a cannon.  You got motivated, you heard podcasts, you read encouraging books, you pumped yourself up... ON FIRE....and the flames slowly flicker out?  Diet, exercise, therapy, project???  Does it sound familiar or is it just me?

I hit the ground running with new goals and opening up my dreams to the universe and then putting my time and muscle behind them.    I will confess that it is exhausting.  "no one ever said it would be easy.."   I have tripped up a few times..."no one ever said you won't suck.."

When I did get distracted I had to go back to narrow it down...what was the motivation killer.  Most of time time I can just point my finger back to me.   Not saying I don't double down on effort and adding stuff to my life to pursue my dreams.... but almost always, overtime I start to stumble or loose heart.. I only need to look to myself to see that I am in my own way...over thinking, doubting, fearing, down right telling myself that the dream I am after is not really mine, or I am too old.

So many excuses.   I have been listening to Rachel Hollis speak in the am on her morning show, and her documentary, I am off the heels of Girl wash your face, and listening to Girl stop apologizing.    Keep talking Rachel Hollis...  because that fire and that strait talk is sinking in.

She mentions to narrow it down to focusing on one goal.  It hit home to me that it really needs to be one goal at a time.  And she reminds us that DOES not mean that everything else goes in the tank.    Her suggestion in the Documentary - Made for More - is to give one hard core hour a day to your dream.  Five days a week.  She also suggests to power through the weekends... yes rest, yes have fun, but don't undo all the good of the week by tanking out on the weekend.

So that is my goal.  One hour everyday to my main goal of being a professional photographer with a degree.  In the mean time I focus and live healthy and exercise.  And work admirably at my day job, keep up my house, and spend time with family and my dogs.   Oh and school... ha ha.  Is there enough time.  Yes, there is.  I am very lucky that I don't watch much TV.   No one said things would be easy.

I had planned to come and share some canyon pictures but this is what was on my mind.
Happy Friday.    I will share pictures more as part of my dedication to photography.  I would like for input and I would love to see you here or instagram.   Let's support each other.

Love Toni

Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy Blog-i-versary

Five years ago I decided to start blogging again.  I had blogged for years at A Circle of Books, along with my craft blog A Blog of my own.

Now I blog and share here.  It is a quiet and happy abode.  People visit but they don't say too much.  That is okay, because I don't say too much either.

Happy 5 Years to The Soapy Violinist Blog - I have had a great time sharing here.