Monday, June 29, 2009

Seize the moments and seeing ourselves.....

Last night, Max came home from Chinese dinner with his father and gave me the above fortune. He really thought I would love it and of course I did! And then this morning, there was a motivational quote on my Igoogle page that referred to paying attention to each moment and how we use our energy in each moment. Since I've been home for the past few weeks, I find myself looking at the moments and seeing how fast a day goes. Am I using the moments wisely? Are there things I could be doing differently to achieve my desires? How much am I accomplishing as I juggle employment search, creativity, household chores and kid taxi? As I keep pushing on, I'm going to keep dedicating my moments for seeking my truth. Here are some things to ask:

Am I taking care of my body through exercise?
Am I taking care of my body through good nutrition?
Am I taking care of my spirit through quiet time and prayer?
Am I keeping up with my daily journal?
Am I setting my intentions for my desires?
Am I naming my gratitude?
Am I taking some risks to move out of my comfort zone?
What are the stories I'm telling about myself? Are they true? Do they serve me?

This weekend, I took some more self portraits. I haven't done this in a long time. There was a point when I took one daily for an entire year. I learned more about myself in that year than I could possible say. It's not about ego or getting attention from others. It's about seeing yourself in ways that you don't always acknowledge. We are often so hard on ourselves and we forget that we are vibrant and soft and sensual. I can't tell you how many times I make fun of myself because I think I'm still this skinny girl from my childhood with frizzy hair and a flat chest. Sometimes the old tapes play from my first marriage when I was given the message that I was not sexy or lovable. Nobody is going to come along with a magic wand and turn you in to the person you always wanted to be; you have to discover these things by yourself. What tapes are you still playing? When is the last time you took a picture of yourself?



  1. Jane, I love your photos. You are glowing!

  2. Well said Jane.
    I cannot believe we're already at the end of June and I haven't spent as much time outside as I promised I would when the snow was covering the ground, not-so-long-ago!

    Bravo for you - I don't have the courage for self portraits. You're pics are always fabulous!

  3. I LOVED your pictures and your words! It appears we were on the same wavelength today. :)

  4. I love your post and photos I have been wanting to do self portrait but I like bohemian single mom don't have the courage. maybe one day I will

    peace and hugs