January 26, 2010

For your Valentine

I just thought I'd share with you some of the photographs that I'm making available as Valentine cards this year. They are printed on notecards made of lovely fine art paper. They can be found in this section of my Etsy shop.

I apologize for the bad bear pun.

January 25, 2010

Indie Fixx Auction

I just thought I'd let y'all know that an 8x10 print of my "Looking for Love" photograph is currently on auction at Indie Fixx. The auction is raising funds for Haiti relief. So pop on over, bid on an item you love, and help the people in Haiti. The auction of my print ends tomorrow.

January 15, 2010

Helping hands

1. golden gate, 2. Bound II, 3. Robert, 4. Untitled, 5. Offering., 6. London to Hastings line, July 23rd, 2009, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. Sisters

It's hard not to feel helpless when such enormous devastation occurs in our world. All that we can do from the cozy comfort of our homes is to donate money. It doesn't seem like much, but it can make such a huge difference.

Here is a list of reputable organizations to which you can donate money.

The handmade world is also jumping in to do it's part.

Etsy has compiled a Handmade for Haiti list of sellers who are donating a percentage of their sales to the relief effort.

Jen at IndieFixx is organizing an online auction, to which I've donated my print "Looking for Love".

Between now and January 31st, I'll be donating 15% of my sales in my isphotography shop and my Etsy shop to the Red Cross.

Do whatever you can, no matter how small it seems. As Bill Clinton said "the most immediate thing now is for people even to give small amounts of money, but we need large numbers of people giving small amounts of money so we can get food, water, medical supplies and shelter there".

January 05, 2010

A fresh start ... every day

"One resolution I have always made, and try always to keep is this - Rise above the little things"
~John Burroughs

For many years, I haven't bothered to make new year's resolutions because I am so terrible at sticking with them. But this year I decided to set some goals and intentions for myself and so I started looking for some information that might be useful in helping me do this better. In the past, I would try to take on too many things, quickly get overwhelmed, and give up. So this year, I'm going to pick only a few things to focus on. I haven't decided on my final list yet, but I found this article from Zen habits to be very helpful in thinking about resolutions differently. Also from Zen habits, is this article on making a fresh start every day. Perhaps my only goal really needs to be to follow these guidelines more days than not:

- Let go
- Decide what matters most today
- Clear away distractions and focus
- Find happiness now
- Reinvent yourself every day

"The secret of happiness you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." ~Socrates