A Step Into The New

This past Saturday I spent several hours expanding my horizons into something I’ve never done before. It was scary but I kept moving forward until my mission was accomplished. Well, maybe the first step.

I received an email that invited me to enter a photo contest. I looked through the email at the great pictures that had been entered in a previous contest. Then with great fear I looked at my photos. As I was going through them I saw a few that had great potential. I took the big leap into an experience I’ve never had before. Searching through more photos than I can count I picked out a few that would work.

The really scary part came next. That was filling out the entry form. A nervous attack was on the horizon. As I read over the form I realized it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. When I started uploading my photos my computer filled in many of the blanks and also gave me information that I didn’t know about the photos. While looking for one that I planned to enter I came across another that I thought would work but I decided not to enter it. I logged out because at that point my mission was accomplished.

This morning, two days later while getting ready for work the photo I didn’t enter was clear as day in a vision. I knew at that moment I was to enter it today which was the final day. So when I had available time I opened my entry and found out there was still time to add the photo. As a matter of fact I entered two and with those two I was still under the limit. Part two of my mission was accomplished.

So now I’ve gone somewhere I never thought I’d go. I feel great about going there. My step forward is a big thing because before I would have let fear overtake me and I’d shrink back because-because what or why I don’t know. This time I outsmarted fear.

According to the information it will take approximately eight months to get through all their steps and declare winners of the prizes. It would be great to win a prize but I’m just glad I had the nerve to look critically at my photos and declare they are good enough to be entered into a contest.

From now on I will call myself a Street Photographer.

Fear is false evidence appearing real. Don’t be bamboozled by fear that will cause you to miss out on a desire you might have. Go for it!

Magical Miracle

For this weeks challenge, find some magic, and charm us with it.

I looked at the photo challenge and thought where can I possibly find anything magical to charm anyone.

I was going to a shower when I saw a sign directing us to the venue. I began laughing and then suddenly realized it would take magic for me to get to the venue the way the arrow was pointing.

May you be charmed.

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This Way Please

Chaos

This week, let’s embrace disorder and its creative power.

This is the life I live in daylight when I can see clearly to get around. It is dangerous in the dark. Boxes packed and ready to move. Now to find the perfect place to relocate, unpack and live a life that is no longer a chaotic temporary situation.

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Walls of Wonder

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wall to Wall.”

What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

At this time most of what was on my walls is packed away because I’m preparing to move. When the walls are decorated you’d find a huge colorful picture of vases. I have artwork that I’ve created sprinkled throughout my home. My friend created me a banner of The Lion of Judah that is hanging in my library. My church gives us posters that I frame and hang. I have ten of the twelve tribes of Israel to be framed and hung in my new home.

I choose colorful hangings because I thrive on color. Black and white prints will be incorporated next time. I hang artwork I like to look at that make me happy and capture the attention of visitors. When they ask I can tell the story behind them.

I have a creative friend that sends me cards for my birthday and holidays that I will display in a shadowbox. The cards fill my heart with joy because they are beautiful and she thinks enough of me to send them to me although we live several thousands miles away now. To her I’m never forgotten.

Creative Cooking of an Amateur Chef

My stomach started growling feed me. I didn’t know what it wanted to eat because it didn’t tell me. Standing in front of the refrigerator with the doors wide open, I started scanning the occupants. There was half a cabbage, two bunches of rainbow chard and grass-fed beef brats. It was a toss-up between the cabbage and chard. The chard won.

I decided to slice the brats in bite size pieces and cook it with the chard. Home Run!

First I combined the chopped chard stems and brats and sautéed together in coconut oil until stems were tender. Seasoned with a little sea salt and pepper and added the chopped leaves and topped with a lid for a few minutes. After the leaves began to wilt I gave it a stir and added a tablespoon of butter. The lid went on again for a few minutes. Removed the lid and seasoned with a little more salt and pepper and a small amount of red pepper flakes. Beef Brats and Rainbow Chard

I was so hungry that I inhaled a small plate of brats and chard-nothing else.          Delicious!

For dinner I will add sweet potato fries.If I feel energetic I might make corn muffins. 

I made this dish up as I went along. That’s what I consider fun cooking. Check picture out.

Do you cook? Do you always follow a recipe or create one of your own.