ON A JOURNEY: TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Took a six month break from blogging; and, I return re-energized and re-invigorated.  Grateful for this break.  It allowed me to reconnect with family and friends as well as SELF.

While away, I spent a great deal of time BEING STILL, GOING WITHIN and SEARCHING for the right path to follow in order to LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Not sure what will cross my path on this journey, but I am open to those things that bring LOVE, PEACE,  and HAPPINESS into my life.  Though 74-years-young, I believe there are still new:

  • things to learn;
  • people to meet;
  • places to visit, and
  • past memories to record.

I plan to use this blog as the platform to:

  • Share life experiences; and
  • Store memories because some are fading.

I LOVE TO CAPTURE NATURE PHOTOS

Two years ago dissatisfied with the photos captured on my IPhone, IPad and Canon point-and-shoot camera, I gifted SELF with a Nikon 5200 Digital Camera.  Some in my family, I am sure with good intentions, didn’t see the value in a 72-year-old grandmother purchasing, “such an expensive camera.”

Since then, I drifted through online photography courses as well hours of reading through different photography books including, “Nikon D5200 for Dummies.”

Last week, I attended a three-hour class, Photographing Camellias, which was  held at one of our local botanical gardens.  I went to the class with our 25-year-old granddaughter, who is with us for an extended visit,

Fessing up! I was a bit intimidated by the other attendees.  I came with my granddaughter and Nikon 5200 Camera.  They came with their camera along with a lot of different  equipment and supplies. Things that I had never seen before.

Minutes into the class, it became clear:

  • My skill set was far lower than the others attendees, including my granddaughter; and
  • This class was too advanced for my skill level.

Determined to make it a positive learning experience, for over three hours, I:

  • Enjoyed the beauty of the Camellia flowers;
  • Captured photos;
  • Observed the instructor and other attendees;  and
  • Questioned those things that I did not understand.

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Whle I enjoyed the photography class and the beauty of the Camellia flowers, watching my granddaughter as she took photos brought so much LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS INTO MY LIFE.

CHERISHED MEMORIES

PHOTOGRAPHS BY: SeasonedSistah2 (Yvonne)

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY: Chelsea Yvonne King

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Spread the Love Challenge

Thank you, Rebirth of Lisa, for the invite to take part in the Spread the Love Challenge.

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The rules are:

  • Write 10 four-word sentences about love.
  • Share your favorite poem filled with love.
  • Nominate 10 more bloggers to spread more love.

My Ten Four-Word Love Sentences

  1. Love uplifts the spirit.
  2. Love begins and ends.
  3. Love supports and protects.
  4. Love heals the heart.
  5. Love brings you together.
  6. Love your children unconditionally.
  7. Love yourself before others.
  8. Love will hurt sometimes.
  9. Love leaves and returns.
  10. Love cherished is forever.

My Favorite Love Poem

“You and I are the best team of all.  You are my best friend and the love of my life, my heart, my soul, the one I want to be with each and everyday.  You are the one I want to cheer me on through my life.  Your arms are the ones I want to comfort and support me.  I love how when you and I work together we can do anything. (Karen Rostyla)

This is not my favorite poem, but these are the words I needed to express today.  Because, tomorrow, I face a biopsy exam and If it shows a breast cancer recurrence; I need the team member who was by my side seven years ago as I went through a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.   While I refuse to succumb to fear, I am thankful that Hubby will be at my side every step of the way.   I know that “together we can get through anything” because that’s the way its been for us these last fifty-five years.

Now back to the “Spread the Love Challenge.

My Ten Nominees are:

  1. Living, Learning and Letting Go
  2. Second Half Woman
  3. A Life Less Physical
  4. Our Rumbling Ocean
  5. Imanikingblog
  6. My Eyes Are Up Here
  7. Sincerely Jess
  8. Pearls Before Swine
  9. Understanding Dee
  10. Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer