Somehow I managed to celebrate yet another Thanksgiving without taking a single photo. I blame it on having fun with family and not having my phone attached to me (for once!!!).
Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday to me- although sometimes a bit bittersweet. But it has always been the holiday where I am able to spend time with family (Christmas is usually just me and Austin and then me and my parents when he goes off to work). But Thanksgiving? It's a time to be surrounded by loved ones. And while it use to mean traveling to see out of town family, the past two years we've stayed home.
Then of course Saturday after is always the BIG game (Auburn/Bama- in case you couldn't tell from the pups above picture). And this year....we WON! WAR EAGLE friends!!!!
Suffice to say, I have a lot to be thankful for!
Thank you long weekend for me to recoup.
Thank you Auburn for an amazing win.
Thank you family for the love and support you always give.
Thank you friends for spending 8 hours at a bar with me to watch my game.
Thanks husband for always making sure I know you love me.
Thanks pups for modeling for me--- and the cuddles.
And thank you!!! For reading my blog. I am appreciative of you and I should totally say it more!!
I'm sure that you've probably heard of/seen/been a part of the black and white photo challenge on instagram and facebook. And yes, I obviously took part (I was nominated, it was like I had too....)
But seriously, I really did enjoy it and it got me thinking about the whole photography thing. For a long time I had wanted to make photography my second career (and I don't know, maybe I still do a bit). BUT it has been forever since I took a photo not on my phone and not for our school fall festival. So basically, I'm just not doing what I love and sometimes I wonder- is it because I've given up, or because I'm too busy, or have I just given up the idea that I'm good at this? I would love to make photography something that I can give my full attention to, learn more about, get better at, and then make a business. However, I think I'm at a loss of how/where to get tips and training.
I don't want to spend a ton of money.... in fact a part of me even thinks that if I don't have it - I just don't have it. This would also explain the whole me giving up on it altogether.
One of the habits that I hate the most about myself is that if I don't excel at something pretty soon off the bat, I tend to give up somewhat quickly. (Yea- awesome idea right? NOT).
Anyway- tips for how to better my skillz (or lack there of) would be much appreciated!
Just about every time I read a book, I seem to find that a million more have been added to my want to read list. (But really, is that a bad problem to have?)
Currently these are the books that I am either reading, just finished, or want to read in the near future.
1. Before We Were Yours. A tragic story based on real events (which I never knew about!!). The heartbreaking tale is centered around 5 siblings that get kidnapped and put into the Tennessee Orphanage in the 1930's. Their story shares the abuse and unfair adoption process (most kids already had parents and had just been taken from them) that one woman disgustingly got away with for 30 years. I know it sounds awful, but honestly it was a well told and heartwrenching book that I would recommend in a heart beat.
2. The House I Loved. I read a book of hers previously and loved it (although a completely different subject- it was based during WWII). This book is based in the 1800's in Paris and is about a woman who is forced to give up her house (along with many other families) to create a more "upscale" Paris. I'm still in the midst of reading it, so I'm note entirely sure how I feel about it.....
3. Everything is Illuminated. Another story based around WWII. I haven't read it yet, but I did already check it out from the library.
4. The Tudors. Yea, I have a problem. Between WWII and Tudor history, I feel like the biggest nerd (and proud of it). It's an extremely long book, but very detailed about the Tudor reign. It's note told in chronological order though, which bothers me a bit.
5. Happier At Home. Another book on my to read list. I bought it for under $3 on kindle a while back and cannot wait to dive in. I really love this author's previous work, so I'm hoping I feel the same for this one.