Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Rain Drops {In the Dark Room}

Rain {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Water”. This is one of my submissions for this week; if you’d like to see the rest of my daily pictures, click here.

Such an appropriate theme for this week, it has been raining almost every day. Well, no, that’s not true. It only seems to rain on the weekends or when I have the day off. A conspiracy? I think so.

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013! I’m so excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. It’s almost like life is giving us some sort of cosmic do over. And boy do I need it! I missed some of my goals for last year but I’m pressing forward and not dwelling on the past. I hope that you’ll continue to share this journey with me and that you’re just as excited for 2013 as I am…

Morning Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

I began today much like I do any other day, with a cup of coffee. This is how I prepare myself for the day’s activities: a cup of coffee and a few minutes of silence. And with this being the beginning of a new year, I used my quiet time to think about all the things I will accomplish.

This year I’ll be turning the big 4~Oh! This is so hard for me to believe. There are days when I feel like I’m barely out of my twenties. And a lot of days when I look at those four teenagers living in my house and wonder why they’re calling me “Mom”. You’d think after nineteen years I’d be used to them by now. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to mark this milestone birthday, but I know I have to do something big.

I’ve joined not one but two photography challenges for this year. Like last year, I’ll be joining in the Photo A Day Challenge hosted by fat mum slim and posting the pictures on Instagram (be sure to follow me there). The second challenge is the one I’m most worried excited about because it requires that I use Nikki (my Nikon D3100). Poor Nikki hasn’t been getting out as often as she used to since I started working. Mostly she’s been relegated to taking outfit pictures but we all know she’s capable of so much more. So I’ll be stretching my creativity and, hopefully, learning some new tricks along the way. You can view my photos from  365: The 2013 Edition by clicking here.

At church I’ll be busy with the women’s group. Pastor Z asked me if I would help lead the women’s group. squee and eek I agreed because I thought it might be fun and since I’m not reading the Bible in 90 Days this year, I thought this would be a fun way to engage myself with other ladies in a study of God’s word. Our first study will be True Woman 101: Divine Design by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’ve already run it by the ladies and they’re all kinds of excited about the study and the discussions that we’ll be having.

I’ll also be doing some product reviews, sharing some of my favorite books and, hopefully, hosting a whole lot more giveaways. As always, I enjoy reading your comments, so please don’t be shy, leave a comment whether you agree or disagree; life is all about learning and sharing.

And I look forward to sharing 2013 with you! Be blessed and be happy!

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My Plans for 2012 {Photography}

First Coffee 2012Wow! Can you believe it, we’ve made it to 2012! throws confetti I’m so very excited for what this new year will bring for me both personally and professionally. Yesterday, my daughter wrote the very first post for 2012 and I couldn’t agree more with her words ~ she said instead of sitting back and complaining about how bad last year was, take the initiative to make this year better and that’s exactly what I intend to do. I plan to make it better and to learn a lot along the way.

Last year, I had a lot of fun getting used to my camera by participating in different challenges such as Shades of Autumn and Shoot. Edit. Submit. Those challenges forced me to look at the world differently, more creatively. So this year, I want to branch out more and learn how to operate my camera on manual. Right now I mostly shoot in Auto but I have noticed a difference in the quality of pictures between Manual and Auto. I also plan to do more portrait photography.

My goal is to teach myself portrait photography in two ways. The first is to use myself as a model through a 365 Project. My 365 Project will consist of daily pictures of myself, not because I’m vain but because I think the best way to get others comfortable in front of the camera is to learn how the body works, which poses photograph best, etc. and I need a ready model. And, well, I’m always with me. Do you see what I did there? I won’t bore you with those pictures on my blog but if you want to check them out, just go to my flickr stream by clicking here.

The other set of pictures I will share here though (along with any photo challenges that I decide to participate in). I’ve thought long and hard about how to learn to photograph others and I came up with a 4 week project. My 4 Week Project is pretty exciting and daunting. My goal is to take pictures of 4 elderly strangers and tell their stories through words and photographs. This challenge has me nervous and excited. Nervous because, well, I’m going to have to talk to people and ask them to trust me ~ a complete stranger ~ with both their images and their lives. And excited because this is something I never would have done or thought of doing a year ago.

I so look forward to sharing this journey with you all. And, please, don’t be shy, give me your feedback ~ both positive and negative, that’s what I’m counting on to help me grow and develop as a photographer and a writer.

Have you set any challenges for yourself this year?

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