Really fun shot! :)
Sunset on Venice beach
Wonderful, shot, that smile sure is energized! :)
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Find a reason to smile.
Who hasn’t looked around a table of friends only to realize every last one is engrossed by their phones? I know I have been guilty of this sort of lapse in manners. I think it’s fair to say that our countless gadgets and endless social media platforms often get a bad rap for distracting us from the present moments in our lives. While some may say that all of this technology is disconnecting people, part of what I love about it is how freely I can connect with friends and followers.
While walking to the local farmers’ market, I spotted some street art that truly made my day. I was immediately able to snap a photo and share that experience with hundreds of friends. I hope that I can find at least one reason to smile every day, and when I do, I am happy to be able to share it.
But yeah…no phones at the dinner table/yoga class/wedding ceremony/etc.
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Today is a blessed day because of You.
I heard You when I woke up this morning. You whispered words that spoke of joy and love. I felt You when I was running with friends on the jogging track. Your warm embrace never fails to make me feel alright. I ate with You when I was having breakfast. All the bounty I received was enough to give me energy that will last. I thought of You when we were planning to go out. I know that You will keep us safe and sound. I witnessed Your glory when I saw Brother James outside – happy, healed, and ready to go back. Too many happy things to be thankful for. But then that’s how You are. With generosity and faithfulness You’ll never run out. :)
I saw Your beauty when I got to know Port Vila’s not so known side. Thank You Ate Mona for this! It was completely different from what I normally see – laidback, quiet, and not so hooooooot. Thank You for the camera we have. It added so much to the fun. Images were taken here and there. And with every happy face and beautiful place captured by its lens was You quietly smiling and watching over us. Thank You for this few fleeting hours. The photo session no matter how corny and embarrassing to some extent was fun. It was time wasted but still worthwhile. How ironic is that! :) We enjoyed walking on Your sand. We were happy to see the Your white clouds up above. The big ship on a stop gave us a reason to relax.
Beautiful words and a beautiful picture! :)
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“I love this little diva! No matter how difficult of a time I am going through with my mental health issues, she can always bring me back and make me smile.”
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This past weekend I was busy playing tour guide, showing around some of my brothers friends who were in town for his wedding. One of the places we decided to see, is the Lesedi Cultural Village close to Hartebeespoort. I am going to write a post about this experience, but wanted to leave a photo of our visit and of this Pedi (a tribe in South Africa) who as soon as the camera was pointed at him, beamed this great smile! Enjoy!
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It wasn’t just the fact they were in motion, but the expression on his face. Taken on a boat tour in Hong Kong, October 2007. There were a bunch taken that day, but this is one of the best.
Do you think he could be a little more enthusiastic? :)
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Mongolia is generally not your usual tourist destination. I will gladly admit, that I knew little, or nothing, about this country before I crossed the border via the Trans-Mongolian railway. However, I have learned so much after having observed the culture for more than 5 days, and I hope more people will visit in the future. Mongolia is underrated, especially considering its historical facts: it was once twice the size of the Roman Empire, and before America was discovered, historians believed the Mongol Empire was as large as half of the world. The legacy of Genghis Khan is still the pride and joy of the Mongolian people, and his spirit lives on in most Mongolians who all yearn for wrestling and judo.
You have rocky mountains, semi-Gobi deserts, green moors, rivers, freezing snow in winter and everything your heart desires. On our 5-day tour we got to meet four lovely nomadic families, and we spent three of the nights inside their gers (felt-lined tents). As plain and simple the gers are from the outside, as elaborate and detailed they are when you sit inside. The walls are covered in beautiful carpets and their wooden furniture consists of colorful and intricately beautiful details. During our stay, we got to ride Mongolian horses and camels; we have been herding cattle in all shapes and sizes, we have been hiking in the luscious greenery, eaten dairy products like there was no tomorrow and the list goes on. However, the best part of the tour was without a doubt the meetings with the families.
Sounds like a really wonderful trip!
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Great lighting and shot!
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“She decided she had no place else to go, so she turned back toward the house.
Something white caught her eye, and she looked down.
Dismissing them without another thought, she began to step forward again, but
Another mushroom, but this one was different. It was small. It was ugly. It was shapeless and she loved it, immediately, because of those factors. It was unlike any mushroom she had ever seen. She felt, as strange as it seemed, that she could relate to it, because she herself was unlike any other person she had ever known.
She poked it with her foot, noting the soft, smooth texture.
She stared at it for a moment, merely existing.
And, with a smile and a mysterious feeling of satisfaction, she turned again and