Monday, March 31, 2008

Six Days & Eight Gigs Later

makes me happy.


Last night marked the end of a very busy work week for me, event and bar tending work that is. And while I'd never consider myself afraid of a little hard work I do strive for a lot of balance.

Taking photographs, exercising, creating healthy meals, playing sports, reading, writing, inventing, walking the dog and enjoying a pint of Guinness with Kevyn, as we were about to do in the shot above, are just a few of the things that create that balance for me.

Interestingly, what all these pursuits of happiness have in common is they take time, which I'm supposing in my world has become a more valuable commodity then things.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Life After A Double

makes me happy.



Even though my double yesterday was filled with...


prosciutto wrapped shrimps...


Sammy sandwich's...


and smoked salmon bellinis,


as well as good natured...


great humoured...


and most gracious people...


chillin' on the couch after the big show with theses two... still took top honours.

Luckiest girl ever.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Doubles

make me happy.


Working a double is all good when you got a green tea in your hand and this guy on your arm.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It Mattering To Us

makes me happy.


I read this quote the other day in John Izzo's book The Five Secrets you Must Discover Before You Die...

Each of us has a path that is most true to us and if we follow that path, we find happiness. The question happy people ask is not whether they are focusing on what matters but whether they are focusing on what matters to them!

I think it's all about finding the courage to start that drive down your own path but once you get on it... it's a fine ride.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sticking Out My Neck

makes me happy.


It is my belief that there is a special connection between risk and happiness.

As Shushee demonstrates, so gracefully above, if what our heart really wants is on the other side of the door, we need to muster up the courage to stick our necks out and go for it.

No risk, no reward. Simple.

Rest assured, Shushee is one well rewarded and happy pussy cat.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sliding Doors

make me happy.


As I walked down the stairs toward the subway today, I noticed my train was sitting at the platform and I got my hustle on.

Even though I was flying as fast as my little feet could carry me I heard the chimes and saw the doors begin to close when I was still about 7 steps away. No biggie, I thought, another one is mere few minutes away, but before I had even completed my thought, the doors re-opened.

I couldn't see the kind soul who had held the train that extra minute for me but, I raised my hand and waved in thanks anyway, before leaping into the last car.

I was beaming as I took my seat and couldn't help but think 'Gratitude... what a rush!'

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Canadian Boys

make me happy.


Last night Kev took a stab at Fine Photography with this portrait of nude.

An homage to Rodin's The Thinker, this modern day version could aptly be named The Texter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Showcased Workplace

makes me happy.


Kev and I went out to dinner the other night to our local Italian cookery, 7 numbers, where the menu is written on a chalk board, the chairs don't match, the owners name is mama Rosa and the rustic pasta, sexy duck and savory lamb shanks are all prepared in the front window.

As I took this photograph I started thinking about the poor cook who sneezes while this window fogs up from the breath of the hungry patrons staring at him while waiting for their seats.

I know his pain as, I too, work on display. Don't get me wrong, I love bartending and I feel no way about people watching me while I work as I'm very confident about what I do. But if I had a quarter for every time some ya-who yelled across the bar to me, when I'm six people deep and have three different orders in my head, 'SMILE!' I'd be one very rich lady.

Seriously buddy!?! Do you sit at your desk, in front of your computer, on the phone with your clients smiling? ALL DAY LONG?

It wasn't until a fellow bartender shared with me the only appropriate response, that now makes me yearn for the 'SMILE!' comment...

"Not to worry... I'm farting rainbows over here!"

Monday, March 17, 2008

Choices

make me happy.


For me, my birthday is often a time of introspection and evaluation.

Am I on track mentally, emotionally, physically. Is my work fulfilling, creative and promising? Am I finding new ways to grow? Is my life balanced? Is this where, and how, and what my life should look like at this point in time?

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this paragraph, in Gary Zukav's book Soul to Soul, last week and it spoke to me... LOUDLY.

The Universe does not burden you with a destiny. It provides you with potential. How much of that potential you realize depends upon the choices that you make. At each moment you are given an opportunity to choose. What you choose leads you to more choices. Each of those choices leads you to yet more choices, and so on.

Now, I look at each choice as a fork in the road with both paths leading me to realize my full potential. The kicker is, one path will be riddled with potholes, making the journey a little slower and bumpier, and the other will be perfectly paved.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hugs That Last

make me happy.


This is how my day off with Kevyn began yesterday morning.

I carried that feeling around with me all day long.

Makes for a nice day off.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Five Star Shots

make me happy.


As I take photos I organize them, tag them and rate them between 3 - 5 stars, anything below 3 gets deleted.

I'll often browse my 5 star folder to get inspired and remind myself of certain lighting, angles, or shutter speeds I've used before that have worked.


I was doing that this morning and these three fuzzy photos caught my eye.


There's something about the photos being slightly out of focus that creates a kind of mysterious feeling, leaving the photos open for personal interpretation.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Melt

makes me happy.


Not much else screams SPRING! the way icicles melting on my front porch...


and little people walking through my front door do.


Today, as the sun warmed up Toronto, Noah...


and Reese, bought the sunshine inside, where they warmed up our home...



and our hearts.

Cashius, Kevyn and I would like to thank you for visiting... please come again.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Beer Beards

make me happy.


Did I mention that my new camera is waterproof?


Which is great, because I can now bring it into the hot tub with me...


to capture moments like these, for people like you.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Ultimate In Acceptance

makes me happy.


After the beating we took on Saturday night, Toronto is on track to break the snowiest winter record, set during the winter of 1938 - 1939.

In case you can't tell, that's Cashius in the photograph above. Not to worry, she's German, she can handle the snow. In fact she doesn't just handle it... she embraces it, unlike many Torontonians you'll speak to these days.

I too was beginning to feel their pain, until, during a walk through the storm with Kevyn, he turned to me and said "I think the weather is the greatest teacher of acceptance. There is absolutely nothing we can do to change the weather, so aside from leaving the country every few days, our only choice is to accept it."

Sing it again brother!


Afterall, we wouldn't have mornings like this...


or driveways lined with mounds of blood, sweat and tears like that, if it was it weren't for the big, beautiful snow storms of 2008.

Friday, March 7, 2008

People To Photograph

makes me happy.


I love capturing shots like this one.

My models in the foreground are giving it, channeling their inner Kate Moss, giving me their best angles and attitudes...and I ask them to hold it...hold it...until someone pops up in the background and sticks their tongue out.

Brilliant.


Shark Week climaxed last night when I hooked up with a bunch of friends at one of my favourite restaurants in the city, Kultura, for a cocktail or two and to test out my new birthday present...an Olympus Stylus 1030SW!


I go through digital point & shoot cameras like they are disposable! So when I found out about this waterproof, freezeproof, sandproof, CRUSHPROOF, little number, I knew it had my name written all over it.

And when a very generous friend sent over this delicious bottle of bubbly I whipped it out and began doing what I do best...


capturing happiness.


Yet with each shot...


I kept thinking to myself...


even the best camera in the world...


would be useless...


if I didn't have friends like these...


who make life worth capturing.


Oh look! I found the self timer button!

This is going to work out just fine.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Laura Getting Shark Week

makes me happy.


Some people 'get' the concept of Shark Week, others do not.


Laura is one of those people who 'get' it...


and would never miss an opportunity to bring some laughter and love to anyone's Shark Week.

Thanks for bringing it last night my friend.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Shark Week

makes me happy.


You know how pumped up you get when it's Shark Week on The Discovery Channel? For one week, every night is party night on the tv.

Well that's how Kev and I celebrate birthdays. For one full week. And I'm not talking about taking vacation time, I'm talking about taking everything at a medium pace for one full week.

And for me, that might include something like... staying up late last night after work to play a game of crib and enjoy a glass of wine with my husband.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Feelin' The Flow

makes me happy.


Whenever I'm taking photographs I feel the flow.

Time ceases to exist, there is no anxiety and anger is never felt as I don't mind staying with it until I think I've got it right.

Patience and peacefulness reign the moment.


Now I'm trying to find the flow in each moment of my day.

Guess what! It's not that hard. Be it doing yoga or polishing glasses, if I'm present and conscious...I'm flowing.