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WPC – A Good Match

Some things just work together: babies and stripes; road trips and loud music; beaches and beer. Creating these perfect pairings often requires some advance preparation, which is why I love stumbling upon them in my daily life — it makes it that much easier to take pleasure in what might otherwise feel routine or trivial.

A good match – butterflies, bees and flowers.

For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;
For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.

~ Kahlil Gibran, poet ~

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,                               but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.                                                                         ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.                                               ~ Saint Francis de Sales ~

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” 
~ Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee ~

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Love and Light!


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Bruce Lipton – Fear vs Love

Please check out Bruce Lipton’s video on Fear vs Love State and Stress’s Effect on Your Body. Something to truly give some thought to. Very interesting and I love this quote:

“Worry is a form of praying for what you don’t want.” ~ Bhagavan Das ~

Hope you enjoyed the life lesson from Bruce Lipton.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Against the Odds 2

This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.” Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” ~ Arnold Palmer ~

In September 2016 I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to capture photos of the blood moon. There was some light pollution affecting the shot until I found the perfect place. The tripod didn’t want to cooperate and holding the camera still long enough to capture a shot was almost impossible. Yet, as you can see I was able to capture several decent photos of the blood moon along with some stars.

Sometimes we are in the right place at the right time under the right conditions to capture shots that would normally be impossible for an amateur photographer to capture. When the chip was placed in the laptop, the moon shots surprised me.

Along with the moon shots, capturing a dragonfly in flight was another impossible shot. Sitting on the beach with camera in hand, after an hour or so of patiently waiting and watching I was able to capture the dragonfly in flight. Meditating on that warm summer day with dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, and beaver before me was worth the wait.

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When the memory card was placed in the laptop I was quite pleased with the result. It looks like the world is rotating around the dragonfly. It was against the odds to actually for this amateur photographer to capture. Feeling grateful for the results.

Another dragonfly photo was truly against the odds because over the decades of enjoying dragonflies, I had never witnessed a dragonfly on a leaf or anywhere else eating. Check out this damselfly eating an insect. This was capture while visiting a friend and walking the trails on her property near the pond.

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Have you captured any photos that you felt were against the odds of capturing?

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Against the Odds

An unexpected victory? A snapshot of an unlikely moment? This week, show us something that defies the odds.

This Sycamore tree was set to be cut down as had all the other trees in this area to make room for the Stewart’s parking lot. Against all odds people came together and plead for the tree to be saved. Here it stands alone with a fence on both sides and wires running along side but what a beauty standing tall above the blacktop parking lot.

Feeling grateful whenever I travel past this tree and always take a moment to honor its life and all those who came together to save this beauty.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Shadow (work)

For this week’s challenge – Shadow – You can completely change an image with a shadow. Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

“If you can touch your shadow—within form—and do something out of your ordinary pattern, a great deal of energy will flow from it.” ~  Robert A. Johnson ~

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This is one of my favorite books by Robert A. Johnson – American Jungian analyst and author.

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Sometimes the shadows are long and entangled within us and we don’t even notice how they manifest themselves in our outer life. Once we acknowledge our shadow we become aware of how it affects our lives and from there we can either accept it as is or intentionally shift our direction. Just think of a negative thought that continuously pops in your mind: “I’m not good enough.” “I’m overweight.” “I can’t do that.” “I’m not smart enough.” and on and on as the shadow increases. What about shifting to “I don’t know how to do this now so I will practice until I do.” or “I’m not my ideal weight so I will take steps starting today to achieve the body and health I deserve.” “I can’t do this today so I will find a way to learn how.” Somewhere in the middle we are living and balancing our lives so why not proceed intentionally and enjoy the process. Don’t be afraid of the shadow.

“The message is unmistakable; our own healing proceeds from that overlap of what we call good and evil, light and dark. It is not that the light element alone does the healing; the place where light and dark begin to touch is where miracles arise. This middle place is a manorial.” ~ Robert A. Johnson ~

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Shadows

You can completely change an image with a shadow. Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

Once again, this week’s challenge – Shadows – is another favorite. The way the shadows decorate the walls, floors, furniture, and in nature always amazes me. It is like natures art on display for all to see if they only open their eyes.

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.” ~ Junichiro Tanizaki ~

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Charles Dickens

“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

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“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.” ~ Martha Beck ~

“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?” ~ Desiderius Erasmus ~

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“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ Francis of Assisi ~

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“There’s something about shadows because you make your own mind up about what’s lurking in them.” ~ Richard O’Brien ~

“To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.” ~ Carl Jung ~
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“The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.” ~ Ram Dass ~

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“Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” ~ Rumi ~

The best part of life coaching is guiding people from their shadow of self-doubt into the light of their true self. Knowing our shadow exists and facing it head on allows you to release the fear that holds you back from a whole world of possibilities. May you face your own shadows and turn toward the light to find your way to living on purpose.

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Love and Light!


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WPC – Solitude in Nature

This week, show us what being alone means to you.

This week’s subject reached into my heart because solitude is a large part of my life, even when with others. Everyone needs time for solitude however it is not enjoyed by all. Love of silence isn’t loved by all either. Many people put on background noise so they don’t have to feel they are alone. For me, the constant ringing in my ears causes me to yearn for quiet in my solitude.

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“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.” ~Jack Kerouac ~

When in solitude in nature, take off your shoes and socks. Allow your feet to kiss Mother Earth – earthing/grounding – connecting you back with your source energy. It is uplifting for your health and soul.

Walking in solitude in nature allows the viewer to travel at their own pace, with time to stop and allow nature to show itself in wonderful ways. Maybe even have a dragonfly or two land on you to say hello or a deer to pop her head out from the tree. Many of these visitors enjoying their own solitude.

“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

Do you ever take off your shoes and connect with nature? Take walks along a hidden path in solitude? If you haven’t tried this or live in an urban area I would highly recommend this experience. Remember, nature is not quiet and sometimes can be quite noisy especially at dusk in the summer. Once you try it on your own and survive the experience it can become addicting. A healthy addiction  and a habit that you may not want to quit.

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Love and Light!