It’s Day 20 of being back to blogging, and while scrolling through pictures on my phone searching post inspiration, I came across one the perfect photo op. The term, short for photograph opportunity, was originally coined to indicate the opportunity to take a picture with a celebrity or of an event. But as I looked at this picture, it took on new meaning for me. You see, it’s of a corner in bedroom I share with my fifteen-year-old daughter at our tiny house and was designed to fulfill her request for a vanity area. I began renting the house for personal and professional to run my business, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, and to have a special place to spend time with my children.
At first my husband wasn’t on board with it, which caused some discord –– another D or challenge women face. Following a particularly rough patch, he brought the beautiful bouquet of my favorite pink roses to my new job as a repair attempt. Originally I took the picture in a fit of I don’t want flowers, I want to resolve the issue! Eventually I got over myself and can now look back and see my husband’s heart. It makes me mindful of the chance to be prayerful about all it represents –– a true photo op.
In a world where cameras on our phones make snapping a picture something that often occurs several times a day, I still want to make it special. Through blogging it’s become a way for me to chronicle the simple and significant in my life. Being intentional about maximizing photography opportunities by attaching prayers of ACTS –– adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication –– to my reminiscing over pictures elevates them from simply snapping away to powerful photo ops.
So the next time you hit that button to capture that perfect picture, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and not miss out on the photo opportunity that’s present too…
Pops of Pink from last night’s fireworks. After a vacation, it’s so easy to let all of the benefits of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration and relationships fade away. Artful blogging promotes mindfulness and capturing images from meaningful moments helps imprint them to stay.
I’ve lost track of what day of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and am blissfully exhausted from a two days of walking the island, but I couldn’t turn in before posting a pic of Sunset at Put-In-Bay. (Went back and checked once home –– Day 379!)
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose relatively newbie blogger, I must confess I’m no photographer. But God is the Master Artist, and when His handiwork is on display, all that’s required of me is to point my Smart Phone, click away, and offer up my appreciation for the Masterpiece and my praise of the Master who painted this sunset at Put-In-Bay.
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and mindful of the beautiful creation we get to inhabit? I hope you’ll find time to soak it in like a sunset.
It’s Day 362 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I practiced some new photo poses, including giving the camera the cold shoulder. Following Zumba this morning and a leisurely lunch catching up with my Swan Sister, Kibby, I asked her to take a few shots of me for today’s post. Though I love the look, I tend to avoid wearing cold shoulder tops because the name proves true for me and I spend my time in them shivering. Today was no exception, so it felt good to get out of the restaurant’s AC and outside where a sunny day and brick wall provided the perfect setting for pictures. I’ve mentioned in other posts that I’d like to broaden my repertoire of poses and Kibby is creative about pushing me outside my comfort zone. With her gentle nudging, she has me hold my face and and turn my body differently than I do on my own. Because I’m self-conscious about my profile – a childhood friend said I had a witch nose – I don’t feel as natural as I’d like to be, however, I’m willing push past my discomfiture to improve the blog. Of all the pics she took, my favorite is this one where I’m literally giving the camera the cold shoulder.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose blogger, I must confess I don’t know anything about modeling or photography. I just have a love of fashion and photos of it. Combine that with my faith and the desire to demonstrate that women can be stylish without sacrificing modesty – again the peekaboo bra strap was not intended – and I absolutely love sharing my sense of style. Once I believed I’d get to do that through a magazine for women…Now, because of blogging, in a sense, my dream has come true. Not only that, it causes me to be a good steward of what I already have and what I acquire. I go to my closet and am more excited than ever about putting together outfits. And believe me, that’s saying something! I’m especially glad I chose this outfit today seeing as our impromptu photo shoot provided the perfect opportunity for me to practice giving the camera the cold shoulder!
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about getting outside your comfort zone to enhance and personal or professional pastime or passion? How can you stretch yourself to grow?
It’s Day 264 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I must confess being a beginning blogger has taught me that the sunset shouts for joy. After a wonderful sermon this morning – on making sure we (seeds) are planted in soil that is rich with the right people, places, and things – I taught my faith-based Zumba class, then hunted down a Bargain Priced Book at Barnes and Noble. Elated to have found one by Emilie Richards – an author I discovered at my local grocery store of all places – and that I’d enjoyed an inexpensive linner (my family’s version of brunch; a combo of lunch and dinner) with a BWs Christmas gift card from my hubby, I settled in on my favorite end of the sofa to read. Anticipating the Season 2 finale of “Victoria”, the only thing wrong with my world – not having a blog topic – righted itself when I went to warm up my tea. Our house backs up to woods and the kitchen window provides a picturesque view. Tonight, it framed a stunning sight. Grabbing my phone, I stepped onto the deck just in time to capture the sun as it dipped below the treeline in a perfect haze of pink that made my soul well up with hallelujahs. Not knowing a Scripture that spoke of sunsets, I looked this up: “They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs: “You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.” – Psalm 65:8.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose novice blogger who wants to create artful posts, I must confess, I wish I had a fancy camera and the skill to use it proficiently so I could have fully conveyed the breathtaking beauty of the colors depicted in this sunset’s pallete. But since I don’t possess either, I offer what I do have in the hopes that you readers will be drawn not to the art but to The Artist. I also offer it as a sacrifice of praise to Him for providing me with such a blogworthy picture and Scripture. Not only does the sunset shout with joy; so do I.
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking time to appreciate God’s art all around you? When is the last time you enjoyed and expressed joy over a sunset?
It’s Day 258 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my Soul Sister Kibby and I spent some time playing around with poses on President’s Day. Taking advantage of the opportunity to have a day off from working, we planned a needed Girls’ Day to have lunch, watch romantic comedies, and then go to Zumba. Right before we changed for the latter, I wanted to take a pic for tonight’s post and expressed that I needed to change up the way I stand in photos. Kibby styled this one, and other than a bit of belly bulge, I’m pleased with it. Besides, I’m committed to avoiding what I’ve come to think of as the “meme mentality” or basically posting pictures that scream perfection in every aspect of life. So rather than asking for a redo, I’m being transparent and let the bulge (as well the toys on the floor) be. The resulting shot feels authentic and makes me glad that I spent part of President’s Day playing around with poses.
Not only did the pose show a different side of me, it showcased some pretty Simply Shabby Chic decor, like the fretwork frames holding favorite pictures of my babies at ages two and three and the photo album. The wicker mirror with a shallow basket attached is one of my earliest flea market finds and the wicker basket underneath a table I lugged home by myself from Service Merchandise back in the day is one of two I got from Babies R Us for my fourteen-year old’s nursery. Though I didn’t plan it, it seems florals was is a theme of the picture, as seen in the handbag, Simply Shabby Chic waste basket, the “Be Kind” wooden sign, the winter hydrangeas, and the Valentine’s Day roses displayed in a large Goodwill Ball mason jar.
Then, there’s Kibby’s pose. She’s so natural – I want to channel that! I have a lot to learn from her and look forward to having her style me into some fresh poses during our weekend excursions.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose newbie blogger, I must confess that putting myself out here is humbling. My body, hair and face aren’t picture perfect. Neither are my settings. If I focus on all of my “barriers”, the devil (the worst D, or challenge of them all), will have me convinced that I’m not enough and don’t have enough to be doing this. But if I can stay focused on my blessings, my Deliverer (the best D ever!) will keep me convinced that I’m limitless and can do whatever He has planned for me – including more playing around with poses!
How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and play around with new ways of doing things in your personal or professional life, even if it means being transparent and letting your “barriers” show?
It’s Day 223 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to take pictures or post in 2018, so I’m using some photos from Myrtle Beach as inspiration to write briefly about the setting of the sun. While on vacation, as I lay in bed reading, I noticed God was in the midst of painting the sky my favorite shade. The hazy pink hue made me think I could catch the sun setting, so I grabbed my phone and captured this view before ever getting up. Then I stepped outside just in time to see the sun dip below the horizon. On one side it pierced the water with a brilliant shaft of orange light that stretched across rooftops and nearly reached our condo. On the other, it created a lovely pastel ombre effect of sky, sun, and surf that rippled gently to the sand. Close to weeping with the sheer beauty of it all, I sang a song of praise to the Master Creator of this masterpiece, for in all my forty-eight years, I have never seen such a magnificent setting of the sun.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose writer, I’ve always been enamored with words. But I must confess, I had little interest taking photos, other than those of family gatherings or those related to image and interior design. Because of that I’ve not always been mindful of the natural beauty around me. Now I’m so thankful my desire to capture images to complement my writing has made me more mindful of my surroundings. Before, I would have noticed the sunset, but may not have been intentional about taking pictures of it. Seeing these, the experience will live on. Furthermore, I’ve found more times than not that rather than photos enhancing my words, they inspire them. I’m still a novice photographer, but I appreciate the opportunity to grow and develop, personally and professionally. Especially when it that causes me to bask in the setting of the sun.
How about you? How has being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with an interest or passtime caused you to discover a new passion, personal or professional development opportunity? What new skills would you like to gain or hone?