In closing…

A part of me feels like 2015 flew by, and part of me feels like it dragged on forever. It has come time for me to reflect upon the years accomplishments, as I do every year at this time (although this time without the whiteboard because I gave it away!).

Things to be proud of in 2015:

  • Strength training. While I admit I have lacked in that department for the past 1.5 months, I am picking it up again very soon. It’s a great feeling to gradually build up your strength. I could not believe what my body was capable of until I started doing it.
  • Participating in MyCanadaFilm. A documentarian put a call out for video submissions that reflect traditional lifestyles of Canadians all across our great nation. The resulting video for my town has a great amount of my footage! 🙂
  • Relationships. This is kind of an odd one to include in the list, but I feel like it’s important. I’ve tried, failed and learned in a couple of different personal relationships this year. I’ve made new friends and subsequently removed some from my life. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F Hansen.
  • Photography. Some of my pictures were featured in a gallery showing at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre with the Tamarack Camera Club.
  • Photography 2.0. Some of my pictures were also featured in a slideshow in partnership with the great pianist Sarah Hagen. Here’s the slideshow.
  • Celebrated 5 years blogging. From Travelling Infinity to Color of Outdoors – it has been a thought-provoking journey.
  • Poetry. I took an online course over 6-weeks called “How Writers Write Poetry.” It was an extreme privilege to participate in this free course that introduced me to many terrific writers, and gave me some excellent insight into how I write and how I can write better.
  • Workshops. Participated in photography workshops run by my former instructor, Jeff Ducharme. It was great to see Jeff again and re-learn some old photo techniques and reapply them!
  • Bouncing. Weird title, right? For a time (July to October) I stepped wildly outside of my comfort zone and was a bouncer at one of the local bars. I didn’t entirely ‘hang up my shirt.’ It’s still in my closet and I’ll bring it out again on the occasional Friday night 🙂
  • New Tattoo!

In closing… here’s to 2016 being our best year yet. Enjoy these northern lights photos that I took tonight!

Love always,

M.

Faded Tattoos

I used to think that being passionate about something was all that you needed to get by. I wish my eyes weren’t open to the fact that this is no longer the truth. Seeing is believing, and I’ve seen that I can’t afford (mentally, financially) to keep living as I do.

If you’re wondering why the title “Faded Tattoos,” it’s because I have a number of tattoos on my arms from a time when I made quick decisions. They’re faded now, like the person I used to be – which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The objects in the mirror are not as close as they appear.
So let them go.

M.

<playing catchup here, forgive my late post. here’s some photos />

My Northern Light

I’m very excited to say that for the past few weeks my work has been shown on a much larger scale – GE Canada has sponsored #mynorthernlight, a tumblr blog that aims to spark conversation between northern and southern residents of Canada. I’ve been paired with Toronto blogger Rannie Turingan. We both compared our lives through photographs and by answering questions. Our collaborative work can be seen here:

Inspiration is All Around

The Local Dish

Rush Hour

Northern Lights vs. City Lights

There’s also this pretty cool little .gif that the creative minds at Matchstick put together of photos I took of Terrington Basin here in Goose Bay. I’m really proud to have been apart of this project. There’s still more to come, so please check it out!

M.

Thankful.

If I were to sit here and list everything that I was thankful for in my life it would take me a really long time. Perhaps that’s it though, people don’t take the time to appreciate things. I’ll start an un-justified list, meaning I’ll just say simply what it is and not explain it.

Mom and Dad.
My best friends.
Having a roof over my head.
My health.
Clean air.
Food.
The night sky.
Sound mind.
The internet.

Haha. There’s obviously so much more to this list, I didn’t want to go into specifics or get too materialistic. But I am thankful for all of those things, and I’m thankful for them every single day & not just the second Monday in October.

In other news, I spent my weekend filming the Trapline Marathon for work. What a rush that was! I was so impressed by all the runners, especially two in particular. There was an 8 yo running with who I can only assume to be his dad, he ran the 10k and killed it! And then there was Michal Kapral, the ‘joggler’. He holds the Guinness World Record title for fastest marathon while juggling three balls. That was a sight to see!

My morning on Sunday started at 6 a.m. and lasted until about 2. And then from 6 to 9 at night. After that was all over, I felt I really needed to wind down so my friend Doug and I took a drive to the dock and C-Side and guess what I got? Obviously some night photos. Here they are.

M.

Northern Lights of Labrador

There seriously aren’t even words to describe how utterly amazing the northern lights show was last night. I’ve only seen them a handful of times, but last night was by far the best. I went to the dock around 9 with the intention of getting a few photos of the big dipper, but I got so much more then what I expected.

I don’t want to get deeply sentimental here, but seeing the northern lights as they were last night really reminded me of how much beauty there is out there in the world. Even though there’s plenty of madness occurring all around us, sometimes you have to step back, take a breath, and remember how much bigger the world is in comparison to the problems you’re having in your life. Like I always say, looking up will never let you down.

I ended up staying down at the dock until almost midnight, I just couldn’t bare to leave. I’m so glad I brought my camera. If I had died last night I would have died a happy person. Okay, enough chit chat. Here’s the photos. You’ll note the sky color varies (not just the lights) because I was experimenting with different exposure times.

M.

Oh, and if you’re going to take them, note that my watermark is on them so please do NOT remove it or share them as your own.