Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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I’m the Featured “Business of the Week” at Mind Your Black Business

I’m honored to be the “Business of the Week” at Mind Your Black Business. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a long time Twitter friend, Louiseza Sanders, and asked if I would like be interviewed for her website. I was hesitant at first, because, well, I don’t see what I do as a business… I don’t offer any type of services, just a bunch of rambling with a few words of encouragement splattered in between. But talking to Louiseza made me realize there is value in what I do. Others see it, I just need to see it too.

Mind Your Black Business Quote of the Week from Daenel T. at www.livingoutsidethestacks.com

Mind Your Black Business offers support and encouragement for Black business owners and entrepreneurs to guide them towards success and self~sufficiency. You can connect with Mind Your Black Business on Facebook, Google +,  Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Blogtober: My Hobby

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over 3 years ago, The Hubs bought me my first “real” camera. It was a GE X500 Power Pro. I loved that camera. And I took it every where with me. But as I became more comfortable with photography, I started to recognize the limitations of my “bridge” camera {a step above a point and shoot and a step below a DSLR}; but I didn’t want to ask The Hubs to buy me a new camera either. We’d just moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri and were trying to get settled in a new place. A new camera was a luxury I just didn’t think we could afford.

Then one day The Hubs came home and said, “How’d you like a new camera?” I immediately started protesting until he said, “I want to do this for you.” So we hopped in the car, went to the store and he helped me pick out the Nikon D3100. This is, hands down, the best gift The Hubs has ever given me. And that includes our children.

The reasons I enjoy it:

  • I’m an introvert and photography allows me to be part of the action without necessarily interacting with people.
  • I like that photography allows me to capture memories and share them with people.
  • I enjoy the creative process; figuring out how I’m going to process the picture: light or dark, over or under.
  • I can tell a story. A whole story or part of a story. It can be real or imagined.

Some of my favorite pictures:

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my first photo to ever go viral. I was and still am very proud of it.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

An abandoned house in Fruitland, Missouri. I love the textures, the colors… I wonder about the people who used to live there. I want to know who owns it now.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

Katie and Robbie are the owners of Dynamite Coffee in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They’re such a fun couple and I wanted it to show in the picture.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This guy right here. I told him to hold the ball for me so I could take a picture. This is what I got.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s something about old vehicles that appeals to me. I guess I really like old stuff. Maybe it’s the historian in me?

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also enjoy portrait photography. I prefer to capture people doing stuff rather than posed because I like the idea of capturing someone doing something they enjoy. But I do appreciate posed photography as well. In this case, my daughter and I were talking about random silliness and I told her to stop and this happened.

My photography goals are:

  • To get more comfortable shooting in Manual. I do it but I get really anxious about how the pictures will turn out.
  • Take my camera out in public more. I get angsty in front of people.
  • Street photography is calling my name. I’m barely comfortable asking people I know if I can take their pictures so going up to strangers will be a real challenge.

You can see some of my other photographs by clicking here.

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you make time for your hobby?

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

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Let’s Celebrate: Make August Beautiful

Make August Beautiful {Living Outside the Stacks}

As many of you know, August is going to be a touch month for me: my middle daughter is returning to college, my twins are starting to college, and my baby is beginning her last year of high school. This is all too much. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to celebrate this new stage in our lives and document it without losing myself to tears and sadness…

This isn’t a sad event. Just different. I know that The Hubs and I raised our children well and that they’re ready to take on the world. We’ve provided them with the confidence and fortitude to be their own people, to stand up for what they believe in, and to help those in need. But, most of all, we’ve instilled in them a faith in God that transcends all things. So we know they’ll be OK.

But, they’re still my babies…

So I will cry. And I will laugh. And I will say “See you later” to the ones who are beginning the next phase of their lives and celebrate with the one who is ending a chapter. I will document the moments and share them with you on Instagram {I’m 4daenelt}. I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Celebrate the month of August with me by joining my friend, Beatrice Clay at inspired by beatrice clay, for 31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories. Use the hashtag #31stories.

If you plan to join in, leave your Instagram name in the comments below so I can follow along!

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