who are you

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

 

 

 

 

Summer Series: Who are you in 2015?

Have you ever sat down, thought about who you are and what's important to you and written it down?  Done a little drawing?  A mind map?  A kind of 'this is me' mood board?   

It's a really, really worthwhile exercise, and it's fun, and it's easy.  After all, no-one should know you better than you

Many of us get busy doing our day-to-day busy thing and don't take the time out to get a little bit strategic about our lives - to think about who we are and where we're headed - but a bit of fun psychological self examination can go a long way to doing the following:

  • Making decisions and choices easier
  • Increasing our motivation to achieve goals and aspirations
  • Improving our self confidence.

If you have a lovely clear picture in your mind of who you are, what you bring to the world, what's important to you and what you want to achieve, then you can do all of the above without the distraction of confusion and self-doubt.

Over the remainder of January and throughout February I'm offering up a little journey of self-discovery.  Come with me and together we'll create a picture of you in 2015.  I'll give you the exercises to do (they should only take a few minutes each) and I'm very happy to give you a helping hand via email if you get stuck.  

You get to choose the medium you'll use - lists, images, a special notebook, butchers paper and coloured pens, iPad - whatever suits your style.  If you complete each little exercise each week by the end you should have a pretty comprehensive self-profile that will have your confidence up, your purpose clear and you'll be rip raring to go in 2015!

Your first homework task:  Find a place to record your self awareness exercises and build your profile.  I'm going to use my Make Your Mark notebook from Leaders in Heels because it's rather special and I haven't started using it yet.  You choose whatever you like but make it special and make it yours.  

make your mark notebook

Next, write down one thing you know about yourself.  There you go, you've started already! I'll see you next week but in the meantime...