Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Foreign: I, too, believe that we’ve misused this word to alienate us from that which is familiar to us and that which is foreign.  Sometimes it’s used with such a sting to almost demonize that which is different.  The photos I’ve chosen for this week’s challenge is to highlight the foreign use of transporting items on one’s head.

Are you participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

-nah

Calm Waters

With all of the images of vicious waves on the Eastern Seaboard and Lake Michigan, we wanted to share a few pictures of calm waters. Here are a few we took in Cabo San Lucas this summer.

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Our thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Are you or your family being affected by Hurricane Sandy?

-nah

World Series Champions!

I can’t remember, but I may have briefly mentioned my feelings regarding the San Francisco Giants post-season play here and maybe even here.  This happened last night . . .

Since I live in Chicago, I missed the opportunity for the second time in three years to participate in this . . .

Now to see if I can find my way to San Francisco for this week’s parade so I won’t miss this for the second time . . .

*sings* We are the GIANTS, we are the GIANTS, no time for losing cause we are the GIANTS of the world!

Congratulations to the 2012 World Series Champions – the San Francisco Giants!!!

Have you participated in any post game revelry?

-nah

Growth

Happy Monday! It is our very nature to desire growth in us and around us with the passing of time.  Are you growing in those areas you truly desire? Do you sometimes reflect and while celebrating some of your accomplishments realize there are a few areas in which growth isn’t being demonstrated?  Maybe it’s just me.  I ran across a definition of growth that resonated with me.

growth – recognizing the value of doing what you hate

I would add that growth also recognizes the value of doing what you fear.  If I’m honest with myself, the lack of growth in some areas of my life is because I allow a hate (or rather a disdain) and/or fear of certain tasks to serve as obstacles.  I believe that what we hate and what we fear stand in the way of realizing our visions.  We’d rather temporarily appease ourselves with completing comfortable tasks.  So what, I ask, do we choose to commit ourselves to when we don’t complete those tasks that we hate or fear?

Tell me what you are committed to, and I’ll tell you what you will be in twenty years.
We become whatever we are committed to.
~The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren

Are the things you commit to doing in lieu of tackling that which you hate or fear what you want to become?  Will that please you twenty years from now?  In order to grow, we must develop a boldness and commit ourselves to doing those things we hate and facing those tasks we fear that stand in the way of our now and our harvest season of growth.  What I’ve also learned is that those tasks really aren’t as hated or fearful as we allow our minds to make them.

In what area of your life would you like to see growth before the end of the year?

-nah

P.S. – Our thoughts are with everyone on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Farmers’ Market

Dear Farmers’ Market,

I love you.  Let me count the ways . . .

*click anywhere on gallery once for larger photos*

I can’t lie, these next 7 months are going to be difficult.  Maybe even unbearable.  I enjoy popping through and stocking up on fresh, local produce.  While we are apart from each other, I hope that the weather is kind to the farmers that when we meet again, you will be bountiful with tasty, ripe and nutritious treats.

Until spring,
-nah


Do you frequent farmers’ markets? Which one is your favorite?