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365 Grateful | Day 1

The past few days have been life changing. Really. But before I get into the hows and the whys, I suppose I should tell you that I always struggle for inspiration when the weather turns from crisp and chill to soggy and brown. I know this season is fleeting and that Spring will soon be with us, but I just can’t seem to get that ‘jump up and down and do the hula’ kind of excited about shooting when everything is slightly monochromatically muddy outside. It doesn’t help that most of my clients book for finer weather and that trying to shoot dinner at 2:00 in the afternoon makes for consistently cold meals. James on the other hand – LOVES IT. He’s totally in his groove with design during the darker days and he’s rocking some super cool projects right now.

So here I sat a few days ago eagerly awaiting the upcoming Sue Bryce and Hailey Bartholomew workshop through Creative Live. I always enjoy listening to Sue speak as she is my ideal embodiment of power and dedication to this craft. She brings so much to her workshops and you always leave feeling like she really  wants you to not only succeed but to surpass your own self-imposed limitations. Anyways, I digress…  The workshop was on shooting show reels with your DSLR (which is really James’ department – he’s the editing guru when it comes to film) and I was stoked to learn a bit more about my camera’s capabilities and the way I might be able to incorporate that into something special for our clients. What I got from it was much, much more.

Hailey Barholomew came out of left field for me. Totally blindsided. Not only is she one of the most talented videography artists I’ve ever come across, but her story was so similar to mine that I couldn’t help but connect. She’s a visual artist who entered motherhood with one perception and found that it was something quite different – that she had all the things she ‘should have’ to make her happy and yet something was missing. Then she picked her camera up. Oooooh…I’ve been there. She is also married to a graphic designer and together they are living a life of love and art together with their children whom they idolise, adore, and travel the world with. Sound familiar?

Hailey said the turning point for her was when she decided to undertake a project called 365 Grateful in which she would capture an image every single day of something she was truly grateful for. Now how can that NOT change your life? We so often forget to take the time to really, truly give thanks and appreciate what it is that we have, finding ourselves mired down by the things that just don’t matter. I’m a firm believer in the power of positivity and the idea that an attitude of gratitude will bring you a constant flow of things that make you happy.

So Hailey, if you ever read this, THANK YOU! For being an inspiration, for giving me my mojo back, for making me see the beauty in a pair of worn out wellies instead of the constant muck they trudge through. And today, I can simply say, I am grateful.

Day 1. I am grateful for ruffles and dirty wellies on little feet that grow too quickly.

  • Mary AckenJanuary 27, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Danielle, this will change your life. My stepmother gave me a blessing bracelet. It has 3 beads on it. Every time you are aware of the bracelet you are to finger each bead and think of a thing you are thankful for (big or small — the smell of coffee in the morning or the gift of children’s laughter to the beauty of the sun on the water). The habit of thankfulness will bring you joy.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy StalnakerJanuary 28, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Mary, I’m so glad you are enjoying your blessing bracelet! The friend who first had one and gave me the idea, said she counted her blessings on the bracelet the first thing every morning and it gave her entire day a lovely beginning. Some times we get so wrapped up in the problems of daily life we forget the many things we have to be grateful for, and the bracelet is a beautiful reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Acken StudiosJanuary 28, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    What a great idea! I am already loving it and can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!ReplyCancel

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