What are your favourite things? Do you have a cause, project or something that you are truly passionate about that truly makes you happy? Is it baking cookies or cakes by yourself or with your children? Do you love to sit and watch a thunderstorm rolling in? Do you lay on the ground in the long grass looking up to the sky with your kids and seeing what animals or shapes that clouds form?
Whatever it is, I'd love to know! And if you can, take photos of any of your favourite things and post it to our facebook wall and leave a little blurb about them and what they mean to you. It doesn't have to be a professional photo...take it with your phone, a point-and-shoot or whatever you have. Here are some great tips for you... 7 Hacks to Photograph Your Day Without Losing Your Mind.
Even better, how about emailing me some of your own photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and attach a little blurb about your five (5) favourite things and what they mean to you?! And then each week I'll post one person's story about their five (5) favourite things and include their photos for others to enjoy! So please join in and share your favourite things!
So I'll get you started, and you can follow my lead...
KERRY'S FAVOURITE THINGS
Oh my goodness! Where do I start? I'll keep it simple.
1. Sitting, Reflecting and Contemplating Life
I don't know if you've worked it out, but I'm a bit of dreamer. I am a bit of a polyanna, though this is not outwardly apparent. I love to dream about the beautiful things in the world and about how to make this world a peaceful and more loving one. And I believe it starts with us, and in our homes and families. I usually do a lot of my reflecting from my favourite private little area of the garden overlooking the forest and creek behind our house.
Due to uni studies, I haven't been able to do any gardening for nearly two years. I have missed it so much and am so happy that I've been able to return to it. It gives me such pleasure to watch things grow and become beautiful. It's something where you can give of yourself and will always be rewarded with beauty. And plants aren't unkind. They don't talk back or give you grief or cause sadness. I love feeling the ground beneath my bare feet and having my hands in the bare earth. Gardens...plants...flowers, only give pleasure and I think are wonderful for soothing a weary soul. When I am disillusioned at times I draw sustenance from it and it restores my wonderment about life.
3. Bedtime with Miss Phil
I've been guilty over the years of pushing my daughter away at bedtime when I've been 'too busy'. But not anymore. I'm realising that soon my little girl won't be so little any more and she will no longer want me to read her stories, sing her lullabies, cuddle up with her in bed, have nuzzles (a bit like an eskimo kiss where we touch and sweep our noses), sleep in my bed when daddy is away or listen to her talk about her day or her problems or worries. And when she's fallen asleep I just love to watch her so peaceful and listen to her breathing gently.
So now I'm getting in as much I can. I'm still singing lullabies (she's 8 years old and 9 yrs old in April next year), reading her bedtime stories and giving her nuzzles. And we have this cute little thing that we say which we picked up from one of her favourite story books, 'Koalu Lou' by Australian children's author, Mem Fox. Whoever starts says, "I love you". Then the other will say "I love you more". And the last thing said to each other is "I love you most!".
I think many of us who are mums would have to agree that baking is something that gives us great satisfaction, knowing how much our efforts will be appreciated. I just love it when kids gobble up what you go to the trouble of cooking, because let's face it...they don't always like what you cook! But baking...ahhh...that's a different beast - cookies, muffins, cakes are such sweet delights!
5. Photographing What I Love!
Well what do you expect? I am after all a photographer and I've developed a real passion for it that grows daily. I have the pleasure of seeing life from a different perspective, witnessing others' points of view and then sharing it with a little of my own creative finesse added. There are no limitations when it comes to how creative you can be and the skills you learn. And mostly, it's the stories that truly inspire me. Whether they be stories of the landscape or elements and details of things of significance. And of course, it's people's stories, especially...your stories that absolutely keep me amazed and spellbound!