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Easter by the River: 10 on 10 Photo Circle, April 2015

I love participating in this photography circle. It's a real highlight for the month. I was particularly excited about April's challenge as we always camp at Easter and it seemed a perfect opportunity to capture a special day in the outdoors.  I chose Easter Sunday as my 10 on 10 photo day but sometimes the conditions are just not quite right for this less than proficient photographer.

I pressed on regardless and in the interest of positively reframing the challenges of low light, moving children and a misbehaving camera, I learnt a little more and decided to get creative with my editing software.

So here is Easter Sunday 2015 by the Murray River.  When  you're done please follow the link to the lovely Jenny's photos at Love Wednesday.    

We woke to a foggy morning

We woke to a foggy morning

There was bunny for breakfast

There was bunny for breakfast

and eggs to collect.

and eggs to collect.

The bunny knew this one is footy mad.

The bunny knew this one is footy mad.

Some morning Uno for the kids, 

Some morning Uno for the kids, 

and a cuppa for the grown ups..

and a cuppa for the grown ups..

A writer never leaves these behind.

A writer never leaves these behind.

The sun is out.  It's time to play.

The sun is out.  It's time to play.

River cruising.

River cruising.

Girls having fun.

Girls having fun.

I hope you enjoyed our little camping adventure.  Jenny's photos await you here but before you go, tell me, how did you spend Easter Sunday?

Something a little different: 10 on 10 Photography Project

If you've been following along with the 'Summer Series: Who are you in 2015?' I've been posting of late you'll know that we've talked about your strengths, interests and values and how knowing these can make a big difference to your confidence, your self belief, your goals and your decisions.

I've been playing along and posting my own thoughts and notes, doing each of the activities as we go along and despite having done this kind of thing many times before, I have - as I always do- discovered and rediscovered little things about myself that seem very pertinent to life as it is at the moment. 

One of these is an interest in things aesthetic.  This has never been a driving force in terms of what I do work wise.  It's more of a hobby that manifests in fun with clothes, home interiors, my garden and taking photos.  But when life gets busy, as it does, I don't always get to these things as often as I'd like and I think that leaves a gap in my positive experience of life.

So, when some of my fellow graduates of the Clever Cookie School of Blog (a nicer group of people you never would meet) suggested getting together to create a photography challenge to incorporate into our blogs, I excitedly put my hand up to join in. It's gives me the goal I need to put aside some time for taking photos, testing my skills and learning a little more, and a lovely reason to sit and edit and have fun with the aesthetic side of this blog. 

So today I bring you my first 10 on 10 Photography Session.  This is a day of photos that I took last month when one of my dearest friends and her two small people joined my littlies and I on a jaunt to Phillip Island and my parents' farm.  At the end of the photos you'll see a  link to a fellow Clever Cookie graduate who is also participating in the 10 on 10 photo challenge.  There are some terribly talented photographers in this group, so if you love beautiful pictures, please click on. 

Off to The Nobbies, a spectular headland on the southern side of the island.

Off to The Nobbies, a spectular headland on the southern side of the island.

Flora and fauna.

Flora and fauna.

It was a little chilly and spectacular coastline is perhaps not that exciting when you're under seven.

It was a little chilly and spectacular coastline is perhaps not that exciting when you're under seven.

Now that's spectacular.  And a little dangerous.  Rock fishermen are lost regularly, sadly.

Now that's spectacular.  And a little dangerous.  Rock fishermen are lost regularly, sadly.

Farm time.  Hello boys.

Farm time.  Hello boys.

Off to pick mulberries from the very old and very prolific mulberry trees.  We estimate that these are over 100 years old and produce bucket loads (literally) of mulberries every summer.

Off to pick mulberries from the very old and very prolific mulberry trees.  We estimate that these are over 100 years old and produce bucket loads (literally) of mulberries every summer.

The mulberries are good, but the climbing is the best part.

The mulberries are good, but the climbing is the best part.

My littlest man having fun and looking a little more angelic than he is.

My littlest man having fun and looking a little more angelic than he is.

The produce.  Delicious but messy.

The produce.  Delicious but messy.

Big boys.  I love this photo.

Big boys.  I love this photo.

And we're done.

And we're done.

Next in the photography circle is the lovely Sally at Glimpses of Lately.  She's shot some beautiful photos of her kids enjoying country life!

And as today is Tuesday I'm also linking up with the lovely Jess @ Essentially Jess for #IBOT

 

 

 

 

Who are you? Who am I? Finding your uniqueness*

*That may not be a real word.

It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.
— Francis Bacon, philosopher, scientist, author

Today is the first day of the first course run by The Clever Cookie School of Blog and I'm a freshly minted student (again!)  The Clever Cookie School is run by Chantelle Ellem (aka Fat Mum Slim) and Rowe Timson (photographer extraordinaire).  It's undertaken online and there are about 100 of us in attendance, mostly hanging out and getting to know each other via a closed Facebook page.  

Today, however, we were set our first piece of school work - to think and write about why we 'blog from the heart.'  Chantelle's introduction to the assignment was accompanied by the following quote...

via The Clever Cookie School of Blog 

via The Clever Cookie School of Blog 

This quote held massive appeal to me, firstly because I am a lifelong fan of Dr. Seuss (every bedtime story would be Dr. Seuss if I had my way) but also because I am a passionate advocate for each of us to understand what makes us unique human beings or as the psychologists call it, our individual difference.

From a psychological perspective there are a vast array of individual differences - our personality, our values, our abilities, our strengths, our intellect, our beliefs, our self-efficacy (faith in our ability to undertake a task) and our self-esteem, just to name a few.  

To think about it in practical terms, if we each took a big piece of butchers paper and some coloured textas (as I'm wont to do with clients) and drew pictures and lists and charts of each of these attributes - a kind of mind map - and then added another big piece of butchers paper and drew pictures and lists and charts of our goals, aspirations, achievements, ideas, plans, desires and dreams, I can guarantee you that no two big pieces of multicoloured butchers paper would look the same.  What's more, we would each have a wealth of factual, tangible about ourselves that we could use to guide our decisions, our plans and our next steps in life.

I've done this for myself, for clients and for friends - I tell them to pin it up somewhere visible at home or at work and refer to it often - and it's a great reminder of our uniqueness in the world.  Go on, have a go!  You can't get it wrong as you're the expert in you.

Ex.