What’s Your More?

I’ve been reading previews of the last chunk of posts I’ve published and some that I haven’t. I also briefly summarized through some of the posts from my old blog and I’m finding one common denominator. I have been saying over and over and over for the last 2 1/2 years the same 4 things:

1. Should I go back to school? What for? When? Will it pay off? 
2. I desperately need and want to get healthy. Join a gym, eat better, be active. 
3. I love reading and writing. And I love looking at and taking photographs.
4. I feel like I’m stuck and I don’t know which way to go because I have my own set of hurdles (mainly listed above) which is preventing me from taking the next step forward.

So, until I figure out when and where to actually go from here; I’m promising myself only one thing. I promise to do “more” of something that I love or want to do each day. It could be anything from taking a drive to the middle of nowhere and snapping some pictures. It could involve starting and actually finishing a good book. GOING to the fucking gym. I could look into taking some photo editing classes or finally reach out to an old friend and join a pottery club.

Whatever it may be, I have to start now. I can’t keep wishing and hoping and dreaming expecting a light-bulb to flash on top of my head like some kind of cartoon. I’m in charge of my own life and my own happiness. Just sitting on the idea of great things isn’t going to make any of them happen.

In order to validate or prove my “more of something” daily; I’ll either post about it on here or you can follow me on twitter to keep updated. I challenge each and every one of you to do the same thing. Do whatever you want. It could be as simple as researching for your next vacation getaway. Or calling your grandma that you haven’t seen since last summer. There is no telling when our mortality will run out so those of us sitting on our asses every night really should start making memories even if they only pose happiness for a brief moment. 

Smile Kid!

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When I volunteered to take my brothers senior pictures, I didn’t realize how much of a challenge it was going to be. I’ve loved taking photos for as long as I can remember but I’ve never felt comfortable taking pictures of people. I guess I never went and sought out models so I never really had any practice. I have primarily focused any and all picture taking towards landscapes or flowers or buildings, stuff like that. Anything but people. And I’ve loved it. I take pride in my eye for a good picture and spend a lot of time on editing to make each photo just right.

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But when I finally took some time tonight to check out the pictures Logan and I took this summer, boy oh boy was I in for a challenge. The sun was our biggest challenge. Although it was an absolutely beautiful day, that meant hot, rosy cheeks for my brother. I’m taking my time on the pictures though to be sure not to butcher them or wash out his face.

It’s a great learning experience, that’s for sure. Once I finish this bout, I’d like to assess the results and improve my skills. If I’m being honest with myself; I’m a little disappointed because I pride myself in seeing things just right. And out of a hundred or so photos, only a handful are actually going to produce quality work. I hope he likes them or we’re in big trouble!!

I’ll update with more photos once I finish but here’s a sneak peak.

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