Monday, December 5, 2011

The End is Near

In loo of finals coming up next week, I would like to dedicate this post to those of us who do not know if we will  live through finals.  Studying requires a mountain dew, a pizza box, few fifteen minute breaks, and patience.  It's that simple really.  The hard part is we actually have to pay attention and use a part of our brains we don't want to because its about to blow a fuse.  Four classes to study and finish final projects for all together at the same time can be stressful.  It's amazing how two weeks of one's life can be so amazingly  stressful.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I find if you do your best now and keep the faith all will be well.  I advise to those losing hope, continue to have faith - the end is near.  The more you focus and study (even though it may suck) you will be far happier when all is done and grades are in.  And then the best break there is "Winter Break", is upon us and the partying can commence.

Now Isn't that Extraordinary?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Life In a Day

Whenever I have the rare moment of free time, I love to spread out on the couch and watch a good movie.  One of these rare instances I was perusing the Netlfix library and found the film, Life In a Day,  which I had heard about a year ago in one of my communication classes.  The concept of this film is incredible- alright let me give you the low down. Life In a Day is about people all over the world who submitted a few minutes of their lives all on the same day of July 24, 2010.  Sometimes I think my daily life is pretty normal and not a lot of excitement happens, but that's how everyone is.  I watched this and was so awed by the different ways people live around the world.  Once I finished watching this, it made me realize how incredible my life is.  Life is so beautiful everyone loves something or someone, everyone is afraid of something, we all are born, and we all die.  But its in those special miraculous normal moments of our lives that makes it all truly worth it.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

I recommend everyone watch this movie.  Here's a short clip:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Parents, Those People You Call Mom and Dad

How grateful am I? 
Recently I realized how grateful I am for the two individuals that raised me. Sure your grateful for their cooking and providing you a warm home, but when you move out you REALLY are grateful for what you had.  You think after throwing together a little soggy mac n' cheese for yourself ,"wow, I could really use some of mom's homemade meatloaf." Or how you wish you could have some clean clothes, because now you have no time to do laundry.  Those people are incredible.  They show so much love and affection for you and half the time you don't realize how hard they worked to get you on the right path.
So, in loo of  Thanksgiving I want to publicly thank my wonderfully amazing parents.
Thanks mom and dad.
Now isn't that extraordinary? Or should I say they?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Photographing Your Travels

Today I am releasing my new website,"Photos That Speak"  (Its really not that big of a secret, so spread the word).  Please feel free to check it out and gather some great tips on travel photography.  If your hobby is photography, but you don't know all that much about it - then this website is just for you.

Simply click on the link here and you are on your way to a magical land (really I'm serious)

http://fs.finearts.utah.edu/~hdonaldson/travelphotosite/index.html

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weeds.

No I'm not talking Puff the Magic Dragon. I'm talking literally about weeds, those unruly things that grow out of the ground and kill your flowers or vegetables.
Usually that is how I view weeds, but one morning I was out taking photographs when I stumbled upon some beautiful weeds.  The lighting and frost could have helped... a little.

All it takes is just getting a little closer and you see things you've never seen before.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

Friday, October 21, 2011

A photo (or video) Is worth a Thousand Words

Here's something that is truly remarkable.  This video astounds me every time I watch it!  My professor in my photography class, shared this video with us.

 Everyone can take a photo nowadays its as easy as 1..2..3, flip out the cell and you are good to go.  But here is this man taking pictures of many different kinds of people in the streets, he photographs their personality and caricature (which many of us could probably do).  Yet, he goes beyond sharing these stories from Paris to the Middle East.  He makes an incredible statement- large posters in slums, on trains and homes, on walls separating two groups of people.  Watching this you know that if you were there in person, you would not be able to merely glance and pass by; you would have to stop and visually drink it all in.  As in the old adage:  "A photo is worth a 1,000 words." .... I think I'll just leave the video to do the talking.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

Monday, October 17, 2011

White Wedding

This past fall break, I did something rather out of the everyday, I got married.  The day was absolutely perfect and one I shall never forget.  In a whole, weddings are extraordinary- which is why this has made it onto the blog today!
Weddings are stressful.  Plain and simple.  They require much time, effort, and money.  Throughout the whole process of planning, sometimes I wondered to myself why we even spend so much time on so many small minute details?  For only a two or three hour reception?  It's pretty ridiculous!  But that's just it, this is not an ordinary day.  The day you get married is a day where you make one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, so why not celebrate that amazing decision- because it is so worth it!  At the end of the day everything comes together.  As I look back on that day, all that really mattered to me was simply celebrating this beautiful occasion with the people I care most about.  You realize all the details for your wedding help make the occasion beautiful, but they're not the things that define it...its the love in people that does.

Now isn't that extraordinary?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Two Helpful Chicken Legs and a Pair of Hands

I know what your thinking - interesting title eh?  It's true though, I do have skinny legs.  Obviously now that I have said that you know that this title has something to do with myself. 
This week, I decided to write on a personal experience I had while up on Campus at the University of Utah.  I had just happily left class to head on home when I spotted a man in a wheelchair, he was loaded down with equipment on his lap while trying to wheel himself up a somewhat steep sidewalk.  He was rolling at a pretty slow rate and seemed to be struggling.  Students walked passed him involved in other matters without sending this man a glance.  I'm not trying to point out that the whole student population is selfish by any means, but that struck me that no would help this guy who was obviously having a hard time getting up the sidewalk. Sometimes I wonder how disabled individuals make it around this campus!  Anyway, back to my story- perhaps there was divine inspiration in the timing, but I decided to help this man.  He gratefully accepted my skills at pushing a wheel chair and we got to talking.  He was a genuine person and so kind.  I think this simple act, helped me more than it did him.  It's amazing little how little acts of service can have such a huge impact in the lives involved.  People need a helping hand once in awhile, it helps you get through the day, you know? Just yesterday, I ran into him again at the same time and the same place.  He remembered me and we went right back into the same motion as the week before.  And I'm pretty sure I'll see him again next Thursday.

Now isn't that Extraordinary?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Do You Hear What I Hear?

This week instead of looking for ways to see, I found a way to open my ears.  LISTEN.  I don't mean to your mom or your significant other- you should be doing those things already.  What I mean is, listen to the sounds around you.  Tuck those Skull Candy earbuds safe and sound in your backpack and listen.  Soak it all in- the click of a bicycle, the flutter of wings, wind blowing through the trees, and even the sound of silence.  Have you ever hiked up in the mountains, found some grove, sat on a log, and closed your eyes?  It's beautiful, that sound of absolute stillness. One day simply slow it down and center yourself. I'm not saying you need to find your inner zen and pull some down dog yoga pose in mud and sticks,  but pay attention to what you hear.  Listen to the life teeming about you.

 Do you hear the rustle of leaves in fall?
Or the rush of foamy waves crashing into a blue abyss?
Whatever it may be...

Now isn't that extraordinary?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Take a Ride on the Wild Side

You know that moment when your coming home from school on Trax; students pile on in the dim evening light.  As they squeeze into a seat,  yawn and rub their eyes you look at everyone else on that train and realize how tired everyone looks?  Course you feel the same way, I mean school sometimes sucks the life out of you.  But then you catch a glimpse of someone's smile, hear someone laugh, see two holding hands, and you think everyone wants the same thing.  It's true right?  Essentially we all are searching for happiness or finding respect in the eyes of others; we all want to be included and loved.  It may sound cheesy, but deep down you know it.  A well balanced life has all of those qualities. So I encourage you to next time to make someone's life a little easier and give them a smile.  Smiles make all the difference in the world.
Now isn't that extraordinary?

Friday, September 9, 2011

To Bee or Not to Bee?

This last week, while enjoying a sunny afternoon working on some rather stimulating homework, I spotted a bee.   Not just a fuzzy fat pollen sucking honey bee -no, this was one of those nasty yellow jackets.  Yet, I continued to work without a  care.  I mean they're everywhere, and usually if you ignore the buzzing yellow insect all is well.  I did just that.  While brainstorming on my white sheet of paper, I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my foot!  I lifted up my crossed legs and noticed a merciless insect was piercing my skin.  How did I not notice it crawl underneath my legs?!  I yelped quite loudly and gave the impression to others around me I was going crazy.  Imagine watching a girl scream swatting at thin air,  i'm positive it would be somewhat hilarious to behold.
Anyway, by now your probably wondering how this even remotely relates to being extraordinary.  Your absolutely right an incident such as this is quite common, dare I say it ordinary and far from amazingly wonderful.  My point is, how crazy it is that an insect the size of a peanut can sting you with such ruthlessness and inflict such pain.
Now isn't that extraordinary?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The beauty of light

How many times a day do we take for granted the light?  That sun who will peak his face in the east and lay to rest in the west.  Groggily you stumble through your daily morning routine, fumbling for that one hairpin which always seems to sneak away from your grasp.  Sleepy eyed you drive to work and you miss that one spectacular shot of truly amazing light.  A beautiful gift to start your day goes unseen... but not for me today.  As I stepped out of my cracked windshield Hyundai of a car, I spotted an ordinary thing.  Light.
Now isn't that extraordinary?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Welcome! Welcome!

Hello readers! This is an informal welcome to my new blog, I hope you enjoy the treats that await you and are willing to share your own experiences as well :)