You Make Me Smile


In 2010, I started my “Refresh” project, inspired by an article in which the columnist challenged people, in the new year and the new decade, to look at a few things through fresh eyes. The writer listed 52 suggestions, one for every week of the year. I finished most of those but got derailed towards the end of the project. I have just a few more to go and want to see it through. So, this week’s topic is smiling.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Photo collage by iLookbook for iPhone

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Something Beautiful


Because everyday needs a little beauty in it.

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I love fresh flowers, of any kind — roses, daisies, lilies, any bloom. I’m not picky, although the more fragrant the better.

So this week at the grocery store I bought this bouquet. Yep. I bought flowers for myself, something I’ve been tempted to do on numerous occasions but could never justify the cost or the selfish gesture.

But that’s silly. They were less than $5 — cheaper than a lot of other retail therapies, I might add — and they’re a gorgeous reminder of the beauty God made for us to enjoy. They look beautiful on the kitchen table and make me smile.

Black & White


I love black and white photos. My iPhone photo apps make it easy to turn all my photos into black and white, which I’ve often done playing around with photos for my 365 photo-a-day project.

A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to dedicate an entire month to only black and white photos because I thought the calendar view on the site would look cool in all black and white photos.

Another month I want to do all black and white during the week and vivid color on the weekends.

So, my first two b&w photos of the month.

More Lovely Pictures


I took lots of love-ly pics as part of Valentine’s weekend and my 365 project nor my Valentine’s post could hold them all. So they’re getting their own post. Enjoy!

Twenty-Ten in Photos


My 365project is one of the most fun things I did in 2010. It was a fun project to share with David, even back when we were just friends, to be always on the look out for a photographic opportunity, and sometimes even shooting the same objects or event or at the same place but with our individual perspectives.

It was fun also because so many friends encouraged me — “Is that going to be for your photo a day thing?” friends would ask if they saw me taking a photo. Early in the year, I was self-conscious about taking photos for it, that someone might wonder why I was taking a picture of a slice of pizza or a stack of Mardi Gras beads or some restaurant fixture. I was also self-conscious about the project itself, that friends might think taking and sharing a photo a day was strange. And maybe some did, I don’t know. But overwhelmingly, people enjoyed it and got into it, from helping me frame my photos to commenting and/or “liking” them on Facebook to asking me about it when we got together.

As you can see, I wasn’t successful at posting a photo a day. I shot 264/365, so 101 photos shy of the goal.

I’m doing it again this year, so there’s more daily photo fun to follow!