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Foto Friday #18 – The View

“It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday.”

Oh sorry. You caught me singing there. But it’s FRIDAY! And Rebecca Black’s catchy, albeit terrible, Friday song always pops into my head.

It also means it’s Foto Friday! I always look forward to today. I love sharing one of my photos each week. Plus it means it’s almost the weekend.

Let’s begin shall we…


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One of my favorite things to do is drive around aimlessly with my camera in tow. For me, it’s relaxing. Scouting out new spots to shoot. Seeing what kind of creativity a spot can ignite.

On this particular day, it was our first day of our staycation. We didn’t have the money to travel that summer. We decided to take a week off and just kick back. Explore some of our local attractions. On our first day, we took a drive. Right up the Maine coast. We ended up in Kittery Point.

We saw a historic sign for a Fort. I wanted to see what it was all about. We found a parking spot, climbed out of the car, and treked up a dirt path. When we got to the top, we were greeted by views of the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Boats filled the left side, while the right side was quieter. It was a warm, sunny day. Clouds filled the sky.

We climbed to the top of Fort McClary, pleasantly surprised with the views we had at the top. We toured the old fort, which is now a museum, taking in the architecture and the history.

And then we stopped at one of the small windows.

And the view was breathtaking.

And I was reminded of the beauty of where I live. And how in just a short drive, I am able to find views such as this. I didn’t feel like I was in Maine anymore, but transported to another state all together.

Everyday, we may take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us. We’re used to it. It’s not new to us.

Take a moment and look at your surroundings in a new way.

Find the beauty. It’s there. I promise.

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Throwback Thursday – The TV Tells Us What to Weigh

I thought it would be fun to share some of my articles and writing from my college days. During undergrad, I was a Communications major with a focus in Journalism and Writing. Needless to say, I have an arsenal of articles and various pieces that I had to write for classes. I also wrote plenty for our college newspaper, The Voice, where I was an editor.

I was also lucky enough to write for Saddle Horse Report for a couple of years during my early college days, and I did some freelance work for The Port Planet, which was a local free newspaper in our city. Unfortunately, it’s no longer around.

So what does all this mean? Occasionally on Throwback Thursday, I’ll be sharing a piece of my writing from way back when. Right now, they are just sitting in a folder on my computer. Might as share for the world to see!

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This piece was originally seen in The Voice, Westfield State University’s newspaper, on March 28, 2008. My senior year. I chose to share this one as the first piece, because it still seems to relevant nearly 7 years later. Enjoy!

The T.V. Tells Us What to Weigh
As seen in The Voice- March 28th, 2008

Weight is an obsession. And it doesn’t affect just one or two people; it affects nearly everyone in one way or another. But in the United States, the obsession with weight has taken over; especially on our televisions. With such weight loss shows as Celebrity Fit Club and The Biggest Loser and shows focusing on the excessively skinny, such as America’s Next Top Model and Janice Dickinson’s Modeling Agency, the country’s view of what’s healthy had become much obscured.

The Biggest Loser has taken the country by storm and has motivated many people to take action with their own obesity problems. Contestants on the show are forced to weigh in every episode, after grueling workouts all week and challenges. During some episodes they have to endure a “temptation” challenge in which they are put in or near a room with food or a guilty pleasure and must have to conjure up the will power to not indulge. During a weigh-in, the men must wear only shorts, while the women must only wear shorts and a sports bra. This is ultimately putting their obesity in the spotlight and allowing people to see that they are real people and they are trying to lose weight. The person or team, who has the lowest weight loss at the end of the weigh in, is either voted out or chosen to leave.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have America’s Next Top Model. It seems like a fairly harmless show, until you get sucked into it and realize that 90% of the women on the show are a size 2 or less and are constantly showed in the kitchen or figuring out what is ‘healthy’ to eat. During the panel, some are told that they need to tone and work on their bodies more. But what about the plus-size models on the show? Plus size on Top Model appears to range from a weight of 140 to a weight of 190; depending on how much the judges like the girl in casting. One girl in particular by the name of Sarah, entered the competition during Cycle 9 as a plus size but was criticized nearly every judging for looking less and less like a plus size model.

“I think that Americas Next Top Model doesn’t always come out & say that weight is a major concern, they don’t have the girls working out or on diet plans, but they do chastise the plus size models if they are ‘too’ plus size,” Janine Riopel, a sophomore Criminal Justice major said.

But how do you compare two totally different shows, but both apparently with the goal of ‘losing weight’ and ‘being skinny’? In a world where the average woman is between a size 10 and 14, the idea of being a size 2 like a model is unrealistic. Tyra Banks is one of the only judges on the show that loves plus-size models, while many others believe that a plus-size model will never make it in the high fashion world. But the Biggest Loser aims to make their contestants healthy, not a size 2. Most lose 50 pounds at least, with most of the winners losing over 100, if not more. But they are pushed to a level of exercise that they had not experienced before.

Riopel said “I feel like what you take from a body image portrayed on television depends on what lens you’re viewing these bodies through. For example, there are plenty of sitcoms where mothers, daughters, etc are portrayed in a fairly normal light, while there are shows like the OC where everyone has a below a size 6 waist. If you can look at shows like that and realize that it’s not reality, more or less because societies like this don’t actually exist then you’ll have a healthier image of weight.”

She went on to say, “Unfortunately both of those shows put a major focus on weight, the Biggest Loser being more prevalent. On the brighter side they are using people who are fairly heavy and teaching them how to lose weight, which is healthy. Nonetheless, I think it’s a bit useless to kick people off who aren’t losing weight, defeats the purpose of weight loss a lot and almost says, if you can’t lose weight at our speed you fail.”

Weight appears to be a topic that will never cease to disappear. People are always worried about how they look and what they, even if they say they are confident with how look. There will always be something that someone doesn’t like about themselves. And it seems like shows such as the Biggest Loser and America’s Next Top Model have unknowingly struck a nerve with everyone that watches it, whether it be they feel too big or too ugly.


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Foto Friday #17

Ahh. It’s Friday again. One more week closer to spring, warmer weather and Vegas! Since I’m dreaming of warmth on this bitter day in New England, my photo for today’s Foto Friday is just what I feel like staring at today.

Let’s begin shall we…


 

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I’m sitting on my balcony, drinking my morning coffee and enjoying a good book. I’m awake before the rest sunny San Diego.

It’s quiet. There is no traffic. Just the sound of the rolling waves, crashing on the beach.

The cool morning breeze rushes through the palm trees, causing the palms to rustle and dance. The breeze is refreshing; clear and fresh.

The sun is just starting to peek over the horizon. The sky is a beautiful shade of cotton candy pink.

The seagulls began to wake and fly through the sky.

I stop reading.

It’s too hard to read on the is perfect morning. Instead, I kick back with my coffee (and camera) and enjoy my first morning waking on the west coast, making sure to memorize everything about it.

Question: What does this photo bring to mind?

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#MicroblogMonday #4 – Winter, Where Are You?

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I’m having a hard time believing it’s winter. You’re probably thinking “But it’s cold. Like really cold.”

You’re right.

But as much as I despise winter (and the cold), it doesn’t feel like winter because we haven’t gotten any snow. Okay, fine. We’ve gotten an inch here. An inch there. But usually by this time, we’ve gotten at least one major storm that’s dropped more than 8 inches on us. So far, nothing.

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Now. Don’t take this as complaining. I’d really rather we don’t have a bad winter. I don’t like the snow. I don’t like the cold. I may be a “hardy New Englander” purely because I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’m definitely meant to be in a warmer climate.

But it’s not winter until we get a big storm. Yes, the clean-up is usually a mess. And sure, big storms can be dangerous. But there is something about being cooped up in your home, curled up on the couch with a good book and big cup of hot chocolate (or tea, or really whatever is your forte during snowstorms). And a heated blanket. Because you can’t go through a snowstorm without a heated blanket.

Another reason – if we don’t get snow, we’re definitely going to be in a drought come spring and summer. And that’s just bad.

So Mother Nature, if you’re reading this, and I can’t believe I’m asking this, but can you please give us a bit more snow? Just for a couple of weeks. By March, I want all the snow gone and the glorious spring like conditions coming in.

And just for the record, I’m only asking because I don’t want a drought this summer. I still really don’t like winter.

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Foto Friday #16

It’s time for Foto Friday again. I missed the last couple of weeks due to the holidays, but we are back on track with it.

Today’s photo is one that I just adore.

Let’s begin shall we.


 

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Macro photography amazes me. I love how it provides you with the ability to get up close and personal with almost any object.

I love how you can see ever tendril of the center of the sunflower.

I love how you can see the pollen all over the bumblebee’s head and body.

I love how you can see his adorable fuzziness.

I love how you are able to see the pattern in his wings.

I love how this photo reminds me of a lovely late summer day, the sun shining and the air warm.

I love how it shows the simplicity of nature at work.

What do you love about this photo?

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#MicroblogMonday #3 – Regaining My Health

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Here we are. The first week of January, 2015. Which marks the busiest month of the entire year at the gym. Most of those new faces are ones of those who have made resolutions to finally get healthy. Many will start to watch their resolutions go by the wayside by February.

I’m did not make a resolution to get healthy this year. I never stick to my resolutions. Ever.

This year, it’s my goal. And this time, it’s not all about vanity. It’s about my health.

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At 28 years old, I weigh more than I have in my entire life. I’ve never been over the 200 lb mark. I am now. And I hate to even admit that out loud. But I need to make sure I stick to my goal.

YOU WEIGH OVER 200 POUNDS. YOU DON’T HAVE A SMALL AMOUNT OF WEIGHT TO LOSE.

(Sorry, needed to put that out there. Just as a friendly reminder.)

What started as a goal to lose 30 pounds over 6 years ago (just to lose that college weight), is now a 60 pound journey. Yes, I’m horrified. Yes, I’m scared. And yes, I’m ashamed for getting to this point.

But this isn’t all about looks. Yes, of course I want to lose weight for Vegas in the spring, and our wedding in 2016, not too mention dress shopping this summer, but this is about regaining my health. Hypothyroidism, diabetes, heart disease, just to name a few, run in my family. All diseases that can be helped by exercise. Even my anxiety dissipates when I eat better and exercise more.

So yes, I’ll be back at the gym. I’ll be eating better. I’ll be focusing on getting my health back. But this is not a new year’s resolution. This is the long-term goal.

We only have one body and one life. I’m ready to regain mine and become the best version of me that I can.

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#MicroblogMonday #2 – Goals and Resolutions

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In two days (three if you’re counting today), 2014 will be over. It will be just another year that has come and gone. Another year that we will say just went too fast.

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And it’s true. At least for me. As I get older, the years seem to fly by. I set goals, not resolutions, for the coming year around December. I take the time to brainstorm and think about what I want for the new year. Not what I plan to change, but what I want to accomplish. And suddenly (poof!), the year is gone and we’re into the new year. And I find myself looking back wondering if I managed to accomplish what I had planned.

But we all know that sometimes our best laid plans change.

And often times, it can be for the best.

As 2014 comes to a close, and we enter 2015, take a moment to remind yourself of all you have accomplished. Don’t focus on the items that you didn’t get a chance to complete, but rather, all of those items that you were able to check off, or even the ones that arose out of the blue and that became added accomplishments to your goal list. The ones you didn’t get to in 2014, will still be there in 2015.

And always remember, you’re creating an outline of goals you hope to accomplish in the new year; not resolutions for the new year.

Goals can be completed; resolutions are usually abandoned by spring time.

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#MicroblogMonday #1 – Less Violence. More Love.

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When I decided that I truly missed blogging, I began looking for new things to bring to the blog. Things that would allow me to write, and just be creative. Different things than ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ and talking about my day. And on a day when I was trying to determine what I wanted to start doing with this blog, a photo client’s most recent blog post popped up. I saw #MicroblogMonday as the title, read her post and then promptly read the description of what it is.

I knew this was exactly what I needed for this blog.

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It’s a mere 4 days until Christmas. I’ve yet to begin my shopping, and at this rate, it will probably mean gift cards for all. My mind has been too occupied. Too many things are bouncing around up there. I haven’t been able to concentrate on the holiday ahead of me. But each time I think “I really need to get some shopping done,” I remind myself that this holiday is not all about giving and receiving gifts.

It’s about spending time with the ones you love. And I’m very blessed to have a wonderful family who I adore.

What I really want for the holidays this year? To stop seeing all of the violence and hatred when I turn on the news in the morning. Between the terrorism and the attacks on those who protect us, the missing children and the massacre at a Pakistan school, even a cyberattack on Sony Pictures; a place that creates for our entertainment, I just want to see a world that can just get along. And I know we are in age where that won’t happen.

But the top stories each and every day are horrific, depressing and far from uplifting. Let’s change all of that this holiday. Let’s fill our world with happiness, joy and peace. While we may hope that one day that violence will end, right now we need to focus on the love that surrounds us all. Especially this time of year.

Less violence. More love.

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Foto Friday #15

Foto Friday is changing. Yes, I will still be sharing some of my favorite personal images, however, instead of a series, or a theme, it will be just one photo. And what I will share is a possible story behind it, or an idea, or the emotions or feeling it might evoke in me. It will be a day where I can share something from my other passion, photography.

Let’s begin shall we.

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Pure happiness and joy. That’s what I feel looking at this photo.

It brings me back to a day where I traveled to another continent, and a country, that I never thought I would visit. As I stepped foot on the pavement of the old seaside village of Asilah, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the same ocean I look out on at home, I felt alive. Cars whipped by us, camels were calling out to one another on the beach as they carried tourists around, and smells wafted through the air as the residents began to prep their evening feasts for Ramadan.

Looking down this alley reminds me of the simple beauty that we witnessed. We were surrounded by white-washed walls with brightly painted windows and doors, beautiful mosaics, and the shadows of palm trees shrouded us. The white walls kept the kasbah cool, despite the sun beating down on us. The architecture was unlike anything we ever saw, and the details embedded in the ground amazed us all.

I wanted to get lost in there. I wanted to explore every nook and cranny, and photograph every glorious detail. I wanted to sit on the stoop on the right and read a book; say hi to all those wandered by. Immerse myself in the beauty. I never wanted to leave Asilah.

But as I left that beautiful alley, to explore the next, followed by the rest of the kasbah, I reminded myself that this place would always remain. And I could one day reunite with Asilah.

I want to know – what comes to mind when you look at this photo?

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Foto Friday #14 – Scenes of Newburyport

Newburyport, Massachusetts is my hometown. I was lucky to grow up in such an incredible place, a place that my entire family and previous generations has grown up. I like to joke that I’m a third generation townie… however, it could be more like 6th generation.

Growing up, I took for granted what a special place Newburyport is. Like any high-schooler, I wanted out. After four years of college in the western part of the state, I realized that there was nothing better than my little hometown. And as I get older, it has become one of my favorite places to photograph.

From Maudslay State Park, to the waterfront, to the downtown area, to Atkinson Common, and everything in between, there is no lack of subjects to capture.

For today, I decided to share some of my favorite photos taken in and around the Newburyport area. My hometown, as I see it.

Enjoy.

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Under the Weeping Willow

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