Thursday, December 8, 2011

Express Yourself

Picture the Holidays Day 7 - Express Yourself

Thiry Days Of Thanks Picture The Holidays - Day 7

Being (and staying) balanced can often be as easy as checking in with ourselves from time to time. Tuning into our own body and mind is a simple emotional gauging tool we often overlook. Today, take a few moments to be still. Breathe in and out and just allow yourself to be and to feel. (I'll wait)

Well? How are you today? What is your body saying? How about your mind? Your heart? Listen to the shouts and the whispers and take it all in and then exhale. Now, get your camera and interpret those feelings

My body and I were not on good terms yesterday. The worst of my cold seemed to be over, but I felt slightly nauseated most of the day, fought a headache and longed to crawl back into bed. Ironically, I had a good night's sleep the night before. Maybe my body was saying, "please may I have some more?"

My Mona Lisa smile may not be all that expressive, but it is a good capture of what I was feeling in that moment. Too tired to smile big, but happy to be reunited with my camera.

Inspired by Deb Duty's instagram obsession post, I downloaded instagram to my new iPad2 and thought a few instagram self portraits might be fun today. Instagram is fun, but I wanted something a little better quality for today's challenge since it is going into a book after all. Still, I'm already beginning to see why Deb is hooked. You can follow me on instagrid at or on instagram as LeAnne8790.

One emotion I did catch yesterday was this expression when I got my rejection email from Snapfish regarding my application to design cards for them in their beta program. They didn't say exactly why, just

"Thank you for applying to become a Snapfish Publisher design partner. We appreciate the opportunity to review your design submissions. Unfortunately your designs do not fit with our current card assortment needs."

I don't care if Santa Claus is coming to town, this made me pout a little.

You better not pout

But, I didn't want to put a grainy pouty face in my Picture the Holidays book, so I'll just express my tired, nauseated, rejected and overwhelmed self here for your enjoyment.

For today's This or That Thursday challenge, I'm going to link up with an instagram that I took at the office yesterday from my seat in the conference room where I've been holed up for almost two weeks training my new assistant while sorting out a god-awful mess in our CRM system. I think even more than my pouty face, this image describes the state of affairs in my life lately. The irony is totally natural and I did nothing to setup this shot except point the iPad at it. Sad, isn't it?

Sorta ironic

And on this cheery note, I will get on with my day now. First, let me point out that I also added an "About Me" page to my blog since I now have a reasonably recent self portrait to go along with it. Be sure to check it out before you leave.

Today's Linkups


  1. I know the feeling....nice photos...

  2. Sorry about snapfish! Instagram is fun isn't it, and creativity is such a wonderful tool to help stay balanced. Nice self portrait! Have a fun day

  3. Glad you're enjoying instagram! I just followed you! Love the self portraits.

  4. What a great self-portrait, and I know that pouty face, that's how mine looks right now because the lights on my tree are not working!

  5. Those rejections never feel good, but think of it this way, you don't really want to be represented by folks who don't align with your style, do you? I know, not very helpful when you're in the middle of it, but you're getting yourself out there and that's a wonderful thing. Remember the 200 card purchase in honor of your marine. Sending love and light. laf

  6. BTW, I LOVE that wistful Mona Lisa-like portrait!

  7. The first portrait is great! Happy holidays!


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