After writing the Bitter or Grateful post, I decided that if I could cultivate gratitude in 2011, I would be happier. And what better way to cultivate this much-desired trait
Guest blogger LaNola Kathleen Stone, "I've spent the past year making images that I want to make. After 9+ years working commercially in NYC this was quite the stretch. I was rewarded for my efforts and the response to my work has kind of surprised me. I've been validated by awards, scholarships and even an invite to show work during Art Basel Miami at the Aqua Art!"
When my son David was born, I longed to know what he was meant to do in life. I reasoned that, if I knew, I could guide and direct him, making sure he gets 'what he was meant to do' done. I still wish I knew some days...
LaNola Kathleen Stone, a national award-winning photographer and art director in New York City, tells stories with images. She prefaces her photo essay with the following: "Measuring Up is an editorial story I created to fulfill an assignment to shoot amusement park Coney Island. The concept was to juxtapose the refinement of the mother's outfit with the simplicity of the child. Issues explored were based on the relationships observed while visiting the park; both mother and child trying to measure up to each others' expectations, both often coming up short."
We don't get our dreams done on our own. We weren't meant to. Which is why we need 'dare to dream' teams. Like my 'dare to dream' creative team. For instance, Brandon Jameson designed the logo and banner for 'dare to dream', for Know Your Neighbor AND my personal stationery. Brandon's design work visually captures what I hope to convey in words....As I analyze the dynamic of my relationship with this creative 'dream team', there seem to be some broadly applicable observations: 1) Start with short-term projects...
I have not been able to get Anna Kerr's comment that "we are desperate and depressed because our society (media/peers) encourages us to be dissatisfied" off my mind. It was a reminder that we need to not only look up and ahead, but down and back, and that when we dare and dream, and then 'get', if we aren't grateful for 'what we get', we'll still be desperate and depressed. With a nod and a big thank you to Anna, here's a list of four things (and their respective categories) I am grateful for:
My daughter MIranda turns 7 years-old today. When I look at this photo of her, I can't help but thank heaven for little girls. For when I observe Miranda, and most young girls (remember Connie Talbot), I feel as if I'm watching Rachel.