I have always been a follower of Candice McLean I started following her about 5 years ago when she was on this webisode show and she did this bad ass layout of her kids and it was a beach and pirate theme (who remembers that stuff right) .. me.
I also thought it was cool to see a military wife doing her thing and being recognized for her own well doings and not under the shadow of her husband which in a military world that is mostly the case! I think that she is amazing because she is just like you and me and no matter how far this industry has taken her she always finds time to relate and will take the time to comment and or say "something" to everyone. KUDOS for that, especially when you know there are women out there in this industry that you can "relate to or get you"
Either way I was reading her blog as usual and she has (this challenge) of sorts she posted about 4 things to complete before 12.31.2010 and I figured that is something I could do and it not be scrapbook related. So without further ado ...
1. Church - I am not a person that really goes to church. I have always felt that I do not need to actually be in an actual church to worship. I can do that at my good old Home Baptist. I have been invited a few times to churches, but it seems as though if folks invite me and I do not show they tend to not speak to me again. I guess they feel because I am not actually IN the congregation that I am not worthy enough of a "good morning". So before 2010 is over I will actually step foot into an actual church again, it has been a LONG time.
2. Photography - This subject really irritates me sometimes when it comes to those that are already professional photographers out there in this industry that have the nerve to have an opinion about other people having, showing and acting on the same passions. I look at it like this I will not judge you or form an opinion of you if I ONLY know you as a photographer when you tell me you want to start scrapbooking. So why even judge someone else who has the same skill, eye and or desire to make money on something they have been doing "out of sight" for 9 years. That's right I have been taking online classes, went to a workshop in Japan in 2003 and TONS of other things to pursue what I have wanted to do for years. My husband purchased my first non point and shoot camera for me when I was in Japan. It was a camera that the instructor suggested and it was a vintage Minolta 35mm w/interchangeable lenses. I am just known for scrapbooking and folks are seeing me do this now and I think most think it is a "oh I want to do that just because phase" not knowing this is my NUMBER ONE. I do not have the type of career and time that allowed me to be able to actually jump head first into it, so I came out on the scene with scrapbooking and was working and practicing on my photography on the side. Very few ladies will give you credit and very few ladies will even say anything positive. I mean my thing is I am not near you, I do not live in your area so why hate, complain? I do know that there are people that buy DSLR's and then bam they are all of a sudden taking pictures and starting a business. I on the other hand stayed quiet because I knew just what folks were going to think "online" but those that KNOW me .. know the real deal and they are the ones that are pushing me and supporting me 100%. Like my friends Jeni Boisvert and Kimberly Brimhall .. they are constantly telling me to get my ass out there and DO IT .. stop worrying about what others think. They see my work offline, we have had offline conversations, exchanging information and showing me my flaws and growth. I could go on and on but I will stop there. I feel like as long as I am spending my hard earned cash on developing my skill, taking my hiney outside to play with my settings and perfecting my skill, playing around in my Lightroom 3 and CS5 then you can just STUFF IT .. hahaha. ..
3. Size 10/12 - I am in no way trying to look like I have to have a double cheeseburger three times a week. I am 5 foot 10 and honey I have NEVER in my life been a single digit girl. Even at my sexiest. I feel like I have learned how and what is good for my body. Everybody is going to always have something to say about how you diet, when you should diet, how to run, when to run and what not but what is most important in the opinion process is that you have to show SUPPORT. I plan on being back down to a size 165 which will be a size 10/12 on me. I will however look like I weight 140-145. Remember I am tall and I look toned and lean not lanky and sick. I have no booty but I do have the boobies .. I am weight training, doing extensive cardio and still struggling with my eating habits. I will do good for a week and then fall off on the weekends, I feel like I have to constantly tell myself to starve itself but that is not good for my body because all that does it ADD weight FOR ME, you may be different. that is what folks need to realize what works for me.. may not work for you and vice versa. So before the Christmas party this year I will be in a size 10/12 and that is not a I HOPE that is a FACT.
4. Naughty Language - I have the worse tongue. I always go for the juggler and I do not really care about your feelings most of the time, if you ask me my opinion I will tell you and sometimes I might have a few curse words in there to top it off. I am a very skilled trained professional, I am very educated, I am a mother, I am a wife and I am an associate to many and the one thing that I know takes away from all those alcolades is the fact that I have a FILTHY mouth. I can hang with any man, woman or group and get just as raunchy as the next and sleep good at night, but really is that attractive on me or period? I know that it is not but that is just me and my personality. I have no problem with people that curse, hell I curse and I am not saying I will be completely cleansed of the EFF bombs .. but I will do my best to get better at it and not be so dramatic with it .. ESPECIALLY when I get pissed off. I am a time bomb of four letter words, I think I have even made a few up I am so bad. That is the one thing that irritates my husband about me is my "language" .. so I will do it not for him .. but because I should.
Well what are your lists? Thank you Candace for that post .. helped me get some shit off my chest (SEE DAMN) .. ha ..
xoxo Happy Tuesday ..