photography

And These are the Moments I Love

Do you ever see photos and wish that you could just be in that moment? I grew up on Anne of Green Gables which instilled this dreamer part of me. Lately, I’ve seen so many beautiful photographs that I wish I could just jump in for a moment in time.

These are some of my favorites.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

[Rosalia de Castro]

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries everyday with new experiences and character.

[Henry David Thoreau]

Diana Barry: I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad.
Anne Shirley: You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.
[gestures to the setting sun]
Anne Shirley: Look at that. You couldn’t enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.

[Anne of Green Gables]

via Little Kay

Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.

[L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea]

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Anne Shirley: Would you please call me Cordelia?

[Anne of Green Gables]

True friends are always together in spirit.

[Anne of Green Gables]

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and real and change and grow and love and live.

[Leo F. Buscagilia]

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A Reminder for Self

Saturday afternoon I went on a little afternoon outing with my pops. After our coffee date I convinced him that we ought to stop by one of my favorite places: the bookstore. Without much thought, I headed straight to the “Self-Help” section of the store where I always find a treasure. This day was no exception. After browsing the shelves for something that stuck out, I found a little black book entitled “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon. As I was flipping through the black and white pages I was certain that this book had to become a part of my personal library.

Whether you are an artist, a student, a business person, or a stay at home parent– do yourself a favor and go buy this book. It’s a book about creativity that will inspire and challenge you to take life to the next level.

In his book, Kleon writes: “Take time to mess around. Get Lost. Wander. You never know where it might lead you.” I fell in love with this quote. It’s something that I need to remind myself of every now and then. I am a lover of creativity and thrive off it, however, at the same time I am the queen of to-do-lists. It’s easy to get caught up crossing things off the lists. Every couple of months I get in this place I like to call “The Funk”, where I feel completely uninspired and drained from work. When I take time to actually look up from my little computer screen and little black book of to-do-lists I realize that I’ve given myself no room to be inspired because I’ve been working to cross things off list and not allowing myself to get lost and explore. It’s all about balance. Structure is good and it’s needed to get things accomplished. However, I’m noticing that if I wanna stay out of getting in “funks” then I better be taking time to get lost along the way of my structured schedule.

I’ve always been taught to write things down and put them where you can see them to remind you of things. So, I decided that this quote ought to be no exception. I created a little poster to hang in my room to remind myself to allow exploring to become a priority in life.

So here it is.

Let it serve as a challenge to you as well.

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Display Your World

So, I recently made a big move! Well, okay, not that big of a move. To be honest, it was just moving down the hall at my office. None the less, every move requires a bit of redecorating. Spending at least 8 hours of my day in my office, I’ve come to find it’s like a little home to me. I realized the other day thought that I have never brought one photo that displays my world to my office. Shocking, I know, since I perhaps could be nominated as the queen of photos. I decided that with the move, it was time to display my world on the walls. Naturally, I wanted to display my photos creatively. So with a little bit of “research” I came across a few ideas to fall in love with…

Ready to see?

via The Blog is Found

Such a simple idea, but insanely cute. White canvases from any art store, with photos of all shapes and sizes. Classy.

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Okay, I’m seriously in love with this idea! I think I’m going to redecorate my living room in the upcoming months- and when I do… You’ll be seeing this!!

via The Stir

Simple white rounded frames. What’s not to love?

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One word: Brilliant! I absolutely am in love with this. Photos arranged by color. It’s perfect (at least for me). My closet can attest to this since it’s color coded. I can imagine having a New York loft work space with a wall like this.

via The Stir

When I’m married with a house full of kids, I’m going to do this. Seriously, what a statement wall!

via  100 Layer Cake

There is something about taking something old and re-using it to display beauty. If you were to walk into my Third Story Apartment, you’d understand why I love this. The Third Story Apartment is full of old pieces have been refurbished. My dear friend Megan and I saw this idea and fell in love. Megan fell so much in love that she actually created something like this for her little office space.

I’m not going to lie, I have a little obsession with wooden hangers. Which is why this is one of my favorite photo displays. I contemplated replicating this in my little HR office, however, I came to the conclusion that hangers were probably a little too “artsy” for my corporate office. Mark my words though, one day I’ll display photos like this.

via The Stir

Taaaa da! So, after “researching” I found several examples of the clipboard display. Naturally, I came to the conclusion that this would be the perfect way to display photos in my office. After all, clipboards are technically office supplies. It’s perfect. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to post photos once my office decor is complete. Including photos of my clipboard display.

Simple and Classy. The idea of having shelves like this with a multitude of framed photos is simply wonderful. If I ever did this idea- I think I’d spray paint my frames and have some “pop” colors.

Alright, so now that you’ve seen ways to display your world- what do you think? Here’s the challenge for the day: Wherever you spend your time-  do something to display your world. I promise it will make that environment more vibrant and inviting to whoever comes your way.

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Come Alive

Ready for a question: One. Two. Three.

What makes you come alive?

Quick.

What’s your answer?

I was sifting through old photos a couple days ago, and came across this one from my travels in Cambodia Summer 2011. My heart races when I look at this photo. Why? Because nothing makes me feel more alive than traveling and working with villagers, orphans, and victims of sex trafficking. I know, not your typical answer from an 20 something HR girl, but that’s my answer.

Before the sun even rises, I’m at work. Around dinner time, I leave the office, only to do more work at home. The result: I work probably 50+ hours a week. Yet all the while, I feel so alive. I know that working in the corporate world is making it possible for me to live out my dream to travel and help the oppressed, the down-and-outters.

My day job as an HR girl allows me to see and hear a lot. Over the past couple months I’ve notice that people in our world are seemingly “burnt-out” they lack that passion in their eyes. They’ve worked so hard for the American Dream, they go to their 8-5 job, go home to wine and dine, then catch a few hours of beauty sleep only to do it all over again. It’s a cycle. In the process of trying to achieve their American Dream, they’ve lost it all. They’ve lost the purpose and meaning of life.

I have a new theory (as always). We have to have a passion, something that makes us come alive, if we want to live life to the fullest. We all need something that makes us come alive. The American Dream isn’t going to be our answer.

Why? If we don’t, we’ll go through the routine of life mundanely, bored, and on the verge of being burnt out. And let’s be honest, that’s no way to live.

So again – here’s my question: What makes you come alive?

Go after it.

Find your passion and purpose and move with courage.

Kampong Thom, Cambodia // Summer 2011

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Johannesburg

There are certain moments in life that I miss.
This is one of them: Traveling across the world with some of my dearest friends &
playing games in abandoned fields with village kids.

Take me back to South Africa.
My feet are longing to be on foreign soil.

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Oh, Happiness

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” -Dale Carnagie

Lately, I’ve been pondering the idea of happiness. Here’s the fact:- life is gonna be a bit chaotic at some point. So despite what is happening around you- choose to be happy.

I want to write a book like this one day- of all the things that make me happy. Whether that be memories, ideas, places, people, concepts, words, I want to capture it all.

What a true statement. If we all not only believed this, but started living it out, we’d all be much happier and in the end the world would be a better place.

The truth is- we are all going to experience things that are somewhat “unpleasant”- but what would happen if we started not just letting these things happen to us- but started reacting to them in a positive way? If we started gaining something positive from every experience?

Honesty moment: This couldn’t be more true. The end.

As my kid sister always says: “Don’t worry, Be happy.” Let’s stop worrying about the little things going on in life- and just ENJOY life. It’s plain and simple.

Forever and Always.

Two words: Love this. I think we’ll be the most happy in life when we are free. Free from everything that weighs us down, by choosing to not let them take ownership over us.

How perfect is this?

In the end, I think we’ll be happy when we’re selfless. When we put the needs of others before our own. There’s nothing better than seeing someone else smile.

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Girls + Bows

Bows. They’ve been around for forever, from the 1800’s to 2011, they probably were a girl’s first accessory! Okay, that may be dramatic, but you get the idea. If you are like me you probably had a whole collection of bows as a little girl- one to match every outfit. But as you continued on through life and left the playground you most likely left your bows stored away.

Well- although we no longer roam the playground and jungle gym- it doesn’t mean that we have to leave the bows behind. Classy, elegant, and lady like – bows are a perfect accessory to your outfit!

The Third Story Apartment did a photoshoot just to show you all the different ways you can wear your bows. From headbands, to belts, to necklaces, to brooches- bows are a lovely addition to your wardrobe.


Bows are available for purchase via The Boutique.

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Life is a Story.

I’ve been exploring a thought lately: that life is a story. We are all characters in one grand story, but each of us have stories of our own as well. We work alongside the Master Storyteller, playing a role in His story and creating our own. Each day we are presented choices, opportunity, and perhaps even conflict that carry our story on. While I could expand on the thoughts and theories of life as a story, I believe that it comes down to this:

We exist to live out a beautiful story.

I trust that we work alongside the Master Storyteller to co-write our story. Although some may think that only the story teller moves the story along, I’d like to think that the character also  has a vital part to play in moving the story along. You see, the character has a personality and therefore has the ability to make choices.

I am a character in my story. With the ability to shape my story. With that in mind, I want my story to be one of breathing life. I desire for my character to bring a piece of heaven to earth and to move with purpose.

So let the story begin.

January 2009 I boarded a plane with no idea where I was headed. I was a first year intern with Go International, getting ready to take part in one of the biggest adventures: The Mystery Trip. I suppose one could say its Missions meets The Amazing Race. For all I knew I was going to be heading to the land down under, Australia. In fact, I’ll be honest with you, I was wishing on the stars that Australia would be my final destination. After all, it is the dream land.

Our team landed in Seoul, Korea and a few of us interns were determined that we’d be hopping on the next plane headed for Sydney. I’d say I was secretly hoping that Sydney was our destination, but I’m not so sure I really kept it a secret. Through a series of questions and answers, Cambodia was revealed as our final destination.

Silence struck. My heart sank. Cambodia was not the vision.

I mustered up as much “excitement” as possible as I cheered with the rest of the interns that we were going to Cambodia.

As we took the next plane to Phnom Phen, Cambodia I wrestled with the thought of being in Asia. To be honest, I’ve never had the desire to go to Asia. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

What happened next was definitely NOT expected. I fell in love with the nation of Cambodia. All it took was one little orphan girl who held my hand and tugged on my heart. Her smile was contagious. Her beauty was captivating.

Everyday our team would go to the orphanage where this little beauty lived. And without fail, she would come and find me. It wasn’t long before I taught her how to take photos. She was a mini me. A mini shutter bug. She would get her friends to pose, position them, count “1 2 3”, then snap a photo. Her face would light up as she and I looked at the photo she took, and the most beautiful smile would appear on her face. She was learning how to tell a story through photography and in the meantime she was impacting MY story.

Not a day goes by that I do not think of this little beauty. She is only one. One of 163 million orphans in the world. 100,000 children in Cambodia have the same reality as this little beauty. Out of those 100,000 children many of them will go to sleep on the streets and are at risk of being exploited for sex trafficking. This reality breaks my heart.

My heart burns with this desire: “To do right! Seek Justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). This June, I will be heading back with Go International to the nation that captured my heart, Cambodia. Not only do I hope to find the little beauty who impacted my story, but I will have the opportunity to create change in the stories and realities of orphans like the little beauty’s.

While in Cambodia, we will be working alongside the local government to rescue orphans off the streets and place them in an orphanage. Our team, will also be building a farm that will sustain the orphans that are rescued. This farm will provide the orphans with 3 meals a day, and create revenue in order to provide for clothing, housing, and an education. Our team will also be hosting a Night of Refuge, working with girls who are exploited for sex trafficking.

Every great story has several things in common. They all have a character who wants something, but must face some sort of conflict to achieve their goal. This story is no exception.

I am a character in a story. My desire is to change the realities of orphans and victims of sex trafficking. However, alongside this desire comes the obstacle: a price tag of $2,700.

I am asking you as my friends and family to come along side me and be apart of this beautiful story of changing the realities of the people of Cambodia.

This story is to be continued.

 

*If you would like to sponsor me on this journey back to Cambodia- Please make checks payable to Go International. *For more information on how to join me in Cambodia- message me or visit GoInternational.tv

Mail to: Lindsey Clark 5356 E. 81st Street #1338 Tulsa, Ok 74137