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The why behind my August break.

reflection #augustbreak2014

Bay Ocean Spit, OR

This month, I’m sharing a photo each day as part of The August Break, 2014.  Today’s prompt is “Reflection“, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts around this challenge.

First and foremost, I’d just like to take more interesting photos.  I’ve always appreciated good photography but I’ve never invested much energy into learning how to do it myself.  No time like the present, right?

I’m also always looking to give myself a creative boost and focusing on images instead of words seems a good way to engage my brain in a new way.  And I like the structure of a daily prompt that forces me to look at the world with a more specific eye.

This has already been a super busy summer and it isn’t slowing down this month.  A beach trip with the New York family is just around the corner, which means lots of fun but limited writing time.  (Confession ~ I actually took the photo above on our beach trip last summer but I just love the way the herons are reflected in the water, don’t you?)

And finally, if I’m being honest, I am also super distracted because my son is starting preschool in 3 weeks.  Okay, it’s only 2 days per week, for 4 hours, but…my BABY…(sob) …in PRESCHOOL…(sob)…ALONE…(sob)   So I think I’ll be using my writing practice to work through all of THAT offline.  You’re welcome.

 

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How about you?  Have you participated in a blogging or other creative challenge?  I’d love to hear about your experience.

 

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Time, Space and…Raptors?

Some things that resonated with me this week…

clock I enjoyed Laura Brady Saade’s guest post on Laura Vanderkam’s blog this week. She talks about filling the 10-minute gaps in her busy schedule with targeted activities – large or overwhelming goals that become manageable when approached in 10-minute increments. Having a list of those important, strategic goals helps me remember to use my spare minutes wisely (and not to start another game of Words With Friends). If you’re interested, you can join monthly 10-minute challenges at the GiveMe10 blog.

I love inspiring workspaces and I cannot stop thinking about this Paris office. I’m not sure if it’s the indoor trees or plastic domed workspaces. Maybe both. As one of the commentators put it, “it’s like Rivendell meets the Apple Store”. Love it!

The boys and I had the opportunity to visit the Bonney Butte Raptor Migration Project on Mt. Hood this weekend. Although it was a slow day for bird spotting, the views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson were stellar. The observation and banding stations are staffed by Hawkwatch International volunteers.

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These guys are there watching and recording migrating raptors from 9 to 6 each day. Not a bad gig! The Hawkwatch International site also has tons of great information on raptor identification and conservation.