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Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

In the background…I’m loving it! I hope you will too. I visited Okinawa a couple of years ago and found myself at times more interested in what was going on in the background on the streets as we drove around. Well, I didn’t do any of the driving. I was doing good as a passenger trying to get use to being on the opposite side of the road as well as in the car from what I was use to. Good experience but some things are just better left alone…me driving on the opposite side of the road was one of them.

Back to the challenge… it was such a joy to capture everyday people coming and going. The photos I share with you below are of people going along unaware

…in the background in the routine of the day!

It’s a good practice to appreciate the ordinary. You can get more out of life that way. Nothing overlooked. Just learning to value all that surrounds you. My mom used to have a saying,” If you learn to eat everything, you’ll never go hungry.” Guess, I can apply that to life in general by saying, “if you appreciate everything, you’ll never…you’ll never …get bored.” Well, anyway something like that. Thanks, Mom!!

Seriously, if you learn to appreciate most things, you will add great value to your life as a whole. You will not take things or people for granted. What a precious characteristic to possess. We live in such a fast pace world and tend to overlook such detail that would be such an addition to our very being. Slow down take notice of what is around you. Just to try stop now and identify 10 things in your day that made a pleasant difference for you: the weather, someone letting you in traffic, a phone call, a text, hot running water, a bird perched on a pole, a flower in an unexpected place, a child’s smile, full use of your senses and limbs. So many things get pushed into the background of life as we hurriedly or intensely go through our days and nights.

Have fun with the life you are living. Get all that you can out of it. That would include taking notice of even the smallest things as well as the large and obvious. Try it. Go passed the 10 items I suggested above and tomorrow on purpose take notice from the moment you wake til the end of the day. See how many items you are able to list. I think you can get to 100 items. If not 100, I believe you will get pretty close 🙂

Bring the things in the background to the foreground and enjoy even the details of your life. Like in my photos…you never know who’s watching and appreciating what you may be taking for granted.

Love Life and Enjoy.

Blessings in Abundance!! Kulia

(Let me know how you did, I would love to see some of the items on your list)

By the way if you would like to participate in the weekly photo challenge here’s the information they provide:

 Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. You can also link to this post to create a pingback here and to encourage more people to participate.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

 

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Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange

Colors are amazing! I’m excited to share in Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange. I love the definition of orange that was given on her post. You can check it out at

http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-orange/

You’ll not only find the definition but also some great photos and fun entries to visit. I’m running a little late on entering the challenge, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So here are some photos to share that depicts my take on the color Orange!!

Nature holds so many shades of orange. Makes you smile and feel good on the inside. It changes the atmosphere. Just like people, fragrance and music, color has powerful influence. Looking at my images, you’d think the challenge was the color orange AND circles. Everything I included is round. Oh well, orange and round is good. Not to mention couldn’t resist my favorite subject of including a flower or two.

Thankful to have been able to share. It was fun! Hope it put a smile on your face as it has mine!!

Quote by Reggie Joiner…

“Orange is one of God’s favorite colors. He stuck it right there between red and orange as the second color in the rainbow. He decorates entire forests with shades of orange every autumn. It shows up in sunrises at the start of the day, sunsets at the end of the day, and in the glow of the moon at the right time of night.”

When I looked up to see who this person was, turns out he is the author of (never would have guessed it) a children ministry’s curriculum he titled Think Orange. How fitting for the theme. I looked further to see what was meant by thinking orange and I liked the answer given: 

It stated, if you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. When you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions and vibrant outcomes.

Thanks again Cee for a fun filled challenge. I now have a new favorite quote.

Joy, Peace and Blessings, Kulia…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foriegn

I almost didn’t make it due to schedule and routines of life, but here is my take on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign. Images I chose for the challenge are outside of my everyday environment. Some have become less and less foreign to me because I revisit them often…like the food!!

The things that are not apart of everyday life that come to my mind tend to be times when experiencing special cultural celebrations; visiting famous tourist spots; and especially my favorite, enjoying foods that we don’t normally prepare for ourselves. I believe going further than the norm is good. It makes us think and causes us to stretch and grow as individuals. Funny I should say this, I was not a person who liked a lot of change. But as wisdom often comes with time, I have learned that change, diversity, a step beyond the usual is a wonderful thing. Without variety and even sometimes without the unexpected, life would be very dull. These photos I’ve shared with you are from a wonderful visit to mainland Japan and Okinawa.

Through those things that are foreign to me…I expand who I am.

Great Fun! Good Challenge!

Blessings, Grace and Peace to all. Hope you enjoyed your visit 🙂

Kulia…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Single Flower

Okay, here it goes…My first entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I’ve had fun looking each week, but this time I couldn’t resist the theme challenge of One Single Flower. This theme is one of my favorites to take photos of and one that always catches my eye to view. The first I’ve included is a sunflower from a walk at Pike’s Market in Seattle, the second from a botanical garden in Washington and the third is a bougainvillea which is one of my backyard beauties. Oddly, the vibrant color of the bougainvillea is not the flower. The flower of this plant is the petite white flower in the middle surrounded by three sometimes six colorful bracts.

Hope you enjoy the view!!

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.”      -Jim Carrey

We should all be more like the flowers and allow who we truly are to come forth. The world would be blessed by all that we each so uniquely have to offer. So don’t worry about the “how”

…just bloom and let the world enjoy your beauty!!!

Thanks Cee for the challenge!!

To join in visit http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-single-flower/

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Happy”

Well, here it is. Another opportunity to think, create, and post. So here is my Second Photo Challenge: What makes me Happy? That’s a loaded question, but what fun I had coming up what to share with you.

There are many things that make me happy and causes me to smile inwardly as well as outwardly. Here are just a few:

LAVENDER: smelling, growing and visiting lavender farms; TURTLES: spotting turtles at the beach; HULA: learning, watching and participating; WILD BLACKBERRIES: picking wild blackberries and eating the harvest; GARDENING: growing and sharing plants, flowers and vegetables.

These are just a few things that I enjoy that make me happy. I have fond memories in each of the categories listed and displayed below. I also have just as many more categories or things that I could share which in itself makes me happy too!

Just thinking about what makes me happy, makes me happy!!

Life is full of many things some good and some not so good. It is not just one or the other. It is a mixture of both. When I take the time to reflect, I can always find something that makes me smile. Even on a “rainy” day…cuz rain helps vegetation to grow. Even on a cloudy day…cuz outta the clouds sometimes you’ll find the most beautiful rainbow.

If you’re in the right spot and have the right perspective, that rainbow can even be double. In the oddest places…Yes, quite amazing.

During a tough time in your life, you may be introduced to support and encouragement that you never thought you had. Bright spots coming through the cracks and crevices.

Yet, some things are just plain obvious and outright joyful. Everyone has common joys and experiences of happiness. But there are those that are specific to just you. Those are very precious, priceless and nothing could compare.

Whether surface happy or inner happy, it’s all a blessing. I chose to share some of my surface happy. I don’t know if I could put into photo or words my inner happy. It is good to rehearse both. This challenge was fun and one we should all practice often: happy.

Happy, Happy 🙂

Blessings, Kulia…

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Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

All in a Row…

 

 
Yes, that’s how I like it…all in a row. Everything nice, neat and in order. I like it that way, but often times things in my life aren’t so cooperative. I like having the details planned out and all things accounted for. Planning for what is expected to happen and troubleshooting what may go wrong. Knowing A to Z. No Surprises or mishaps. Order. Control.

No, that’s not reality. Nothing has a perfect plan. No matter how much we try, nothing is entirely without flaw or element of the unexpected or the unintended.

Anyway, it would not do us any good in the long run. If everything was fail proof we wouldn’t grow, develop, discover, uncover. We wouldn’t expand or create. We wouldn’t know what is inside of us. Sometimes it is the unexpected, the unrehearsed, the thing that you would have never thought of happening, popping or showing up that gives us the most “stretch” and experience.

Yes, I have to remind myself. I can’t have complete order of everything. I need to plan for what I can and then just go with the flow for the rest.

Order is good, but it can be boring depending on what it relates to. Diversity and change can be a welcomed element at the end of a thing if not sometimes at the beginning.

I can think of countless times of things not happening the way I set out for them to and in the end it worked out for the better. From the simplest act of missing a turn while driving only to find there was an accident on the route I would have gone. If I hadn’t misplaced my keys and left later than usual I would have been stuck in traffic. Another instance was if things worked out where I moved to the states last year, I would have missed an opportunity to travel to the Philippines on a short term medical mission trip earlier this year. It was a matter of being in the right place for opportunity at the right time. Well, now I’m back in the states where I started out a year ago. This time with many wonderful experiences behind me.

So no, life doesn’t have everything laid out neatly all in a row. But do we really want it that way?

What interruptions in your life (big or small) have taken place only to find later that it was actually a blessing in disguise?

As I look and live ahead I must keep in mind that “all things work together for good…” Romans 8:28

That Peaceful Place…

 

 

We each have one. That place where we like to go and escape from the busyness of our routine, the busyness of our minds.

What does your place look like?

I have several. Some you can’t even physically get to. Due to the demands of the day, there is a place in my “mind” that I allow to give me a peaceful moment when I can’t get away. A one minute holiday! Works wonders to get yourself back on track, motivated, refreshed and revived. Sometimes we don’t even realize our condition. We just go through treating most things mundane and mediocre. Or we get so bogged down, that the weight of things begin to be too much.

It’s great to have that peaceful place you can go. For some it may only come once a year in the form of a vacation. Others may have a hobby or sport they can routinely participate in. Still others, like me have many “outlets” to provide my escape. Life is full of wonderful places, adventures and enjoyments. We just have to take advantage of them.

So step out and do the things that you enjoy. Take time to smile, laugh, or do something you haven’t done in ages. Go out and seek a place that you’ve never been before. Often times you don’t have to go very far. You’ll be surprised of all that is out there waiting to be discovered. You’ll be more surprised at what lies inside you waiting to be released.

Take a moment, a minute holiday. Take a few hours, a day, a week, a weekend and find that place that will offer you peace and enjoyment. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy you. If anyone else happens to come along…the more the merrier.

Enjoy Life in the midst of life.