August Break : Reflection

I just realized that today marks the one year anniversary of maeandmarvel.com!  I was happy to see that today’s prompt fit so perfectly for the occasion.  After my family and photography, my blog is my greatest love.  Believe it or not, this is a place where I learn the most about myself.  I thought that I should take the time to reflect on this years experience blogging…

Today’s prompt: Reflection.  

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Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. – Margaret J. Wheatley

This place is where I get to write about my life and record memories.  I’ve always attempted to do so in journals, but I always dropped the ball.  This is the most comprehensive and recurrent record keeping I’ve ever done.  Also maeandmarvel.com plays as a photo album of my beautiful family that I have been able to scroll through when I am feeling sad that my babies are growing up, or when the hubs is away.  Honestly, I find comfort and inspiration here.

Blogging hasn’t always been easy.  In fact a lot of the time I found myself wondering what the point of it all was.  Sometimes I was even embarrassed that I put so much time into something so insignificant [to the rest of the world].  Not to mention how nervous it made me to step out of my shell and be so open to perfect strangers and even family and friends.  But doing it has really helped me to face many of my deficiencies.  Such as:

– Finishing things I start.  HA.  Such a weakness of mine.  Call it short attention span, or whatever you’d like but I have always had a hard time sticking with something to the end.  But I am now going on a year of diligently blogging!  THAT IS HUGE!

– Finding the medium that fits into my life.  Being restricted from creating due to some physical aspect like lack of space or materials or simply to distraction or time you feel discouraged and lost. But thanks to blogging I discovered that though I may not be in a place to paint right now, I can still capture images that inspire me.

– Educating myself.  Even though I took digital media software classes in college, I never cared enough to put in the effort that I do now to understand how to use it – I just slid by in those classes.  Now I find myself actually seeking out the knowledge by watching tutorials and reading forums and understanding better than I ever have (to think, I could have saved myself a lot of time and stress had I opted to try harder when I was actually taking the classes and had access to an instructor).  Also, I can look back and clearly see the progress I have made with my photography.  I went from knowing very little and relying on my auto settings to save the day, to being able to manually set my own exposure – huge feat!  And more than the equipment, I am better understanding the importance of light and composition… still learning, but enjoying every moment.

I didn’t realize that so much good was going to come out of something as simple as choosing to blog but I’m certainly not complaining!  Anyway, Happy Anniversary Maeandmarvel!  You have given me direction and made me a happier and more creative me. <3

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