I’ll admit this post is a couple of weeks later than I had anticipated. It seems like January was over in a blink of an eye leaving behind unfinished projects to add to all the new ones that February has waiting for me.
However, going with my chosen word for 2012, which just happens to be “Trust”, I am trusting that the time to finish all that is unfinished will present itself at the best moment just as it did right now for me to write this.
This year I am going to trust in the natural process of things and let go of trying to control every tiny detail. I am going to trust in all the decisions and choices I have made. I am going to trust that those decisions and choices will help me achieve my goals and dreams. I am going to trust in the Universe and most importantly I am going to trust in myself.
So far, I have been rewarded with much less stress and many unexpected moments which is where much of the magic of life lies.
I hope you are all doing well and feeling good about how the year has started for you.
Have a good week.
~ J X
“I decided to drop out and trust that it would be okay. It was pretty scary at the time but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.”
My feet have hit the ground running since 2012 arrived which is why I’m so late with this post.
Every new year I like to pick a word that will be my focus for the upcoming year. Last year I wasn’t sure which word to pick as so many things were changing in my life and I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. So I chose the word action to help me get into gear and figure out in which direction to go.
2011 was a year of travel, revelations, passion, new dreams, new goals & new beginnings. It was also a year filled with surprises both good and bad. What I learned from these surprises was that I was right where I was supposed to be at that moment, doing what I needed to in order to move to the next step.
So, I stopped, I took a breath and I allowed patience to infiltrate my being.
Anyone who knows me, knows that patience is not my strong suit. By nature I am the opposite of patient. When I make up my mind about something I want it done, right then and there.With the plans my husband and I were making though, I knew that for us to be successful in the long-term that I would need to slow down and accept that it was going to be a slow process and that the road was not going to go straight to the destination but be long and winding.
Once I realized this I made the decision to enjoy the journey while still keeping focused on my goals and doing what I could at that moment to make me feel like I was working toward my dreams (e.g. studying graphic design & photography).
It was about March when this epiphany hit me and thinking back about the word I had originally chosen for 2011; action, I realized it no longer really fit for the year ahead so I changed the word to patience which fit perfectly.
I won’t say that I have mastered the art of patience but by adding this word to my life last year it allowed me to stop and breathe at moments where I would have blown a fuse before. It allowed me to go slowly while knowing I was still headed where I want to be. And now looking back I see just what a beautiful adventure it was.
Above I have shared the first half of my memorable photo collection for 2011. In the coming days I will post the second half along with the new word I have chosen to be my guide for 2012.
I really hope your new year is off to a good start and see you all soon.
Happy New Year everyone.
Hope the first week of 2012 has been a good one for all of you.
Today is a special day for me as it marks one year since the beginning of this blog.
This time last year when I wrote my first post I never thought it would morph into something which has become so important in my life and has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people as well as giving an outlet to my creativity and improving my craft.
Bohemian Musings has taken on a life of its own changing slowly over time to incorporate my growing passion for photography.
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to stop by here in the last year and like, comment or email me. Your support and words mean the world to me and give me the strength to keep on my creative journey.
I have many big plans for 2012 when it comes to photography and what I would like to achieve that I plan to share with you but for now I have started another photo project which you can check out here.
As for the future of Bohemian Musings, I plan to switch a few things up this year in both design and content as well as try to commit to a more regular routine of posting.
I have been spending endless hours of each day over the last few weeks with my camera exploring the beautiful island of Kefalonia in sun, rain & snow so I have lot’s to share with you in the coming weeks.
I also plan to take a look back at 2011 this week and what it meant through a series of photographs that I am working on right now, so I hope that you will join me on this journey as bohemian musings enters a new phase.
“You won’t realize the distance you’ve walked until you take a look around and realize how far you’ve been.”
Photo Credits:Richard Osborne
Well, it’s here.
The last day of 2011.
As I reflect about the events of the past year and realize just how much I got accomplished and how much closer the steps I took have brought me to my dreams, I can’t help but think that 2011 will always hold a special place in my heart.
With the New Year comes new hopes, dreams & adventures as well as the magic of the unknown. It’s up to all of us to mold the experiences into what we choose.
Above are a series of daily pictures I’ve been taking over the last couple of weeks. Looking at them now, all together with different shapes and colors remind me how beautiful life is and how important it is to pause even if we can only find one moment each day to stop and really look around and take in the breath of the present moment.
Photography has given me that gift this past year. It has infused my life with a new energy and curiosity that I am thankful for.
My wish for all of you is that you find what infuses your life with that passion and do it.
I also want to thank all of you for the awesome comments and support you have given me on my photographic journey through this blog, it means the world.
I wish you all a fun-filled New Year’s Eve wherever you are and may 2012 be your most memorable year yet filled with love, laughter and light.
“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
I’ve never spent Christmas in Kefalonia before, which is one of the reasons we chose to this year as future holidays will be taking us to different parts of the world.
It’s been good chilling out, spending time with friends, going out and losing track of time as you so often do when living on an island.
That is, until I woke up this morning and it all of a sudden hit me that Christmas is next week and then 2012 the week after.
Although I am super excited to start a New Year that I foresee taking me on many adventures, the procrastinator in me is realizing the enormity of all that has to be done in the next 15 days.
It’s going to be a mad rush starting today to prepare not only for the holidays but also for the next step in my journey.
Up until now I’ve had my head in books, finishing projects and focusing on education.
Now, another reality sets in. The reality that comes along when you are planning a huge move.
So, here I am, thinking about packing, thinking about the people we need to see, thinking about all that needs to be done in order to move to another country with pets, thinking about all the loose ends that need to be tied up when you own a business in the country you are leaving, thinking I am crazy for not starting sooner.
I leave you with some pictures taken earlier in the week which seem to compliment what is stirring within me at the moment.
I Love Athens.
I love exploring this city and it never fails to impress me, so after a long absence it feels good to walk its streets and visit some old stomping grounds.
Some of the highlights from this trip are;
- amazing coffee from here
- lunch at this newly discovered vegetarian/vegan cafe in Syntagma
- wandering the streets of Plaka & especially Anafiotika with my camera
- watching the sun rise over the Acropolis
- shopping on Ermou street
- strolls in the National Gardens
Walking in Athens is an experience like no other. As you look up and see the Acropolis and try to grasp just how old it is (over 2000 yrs) and look around at the ancient architecture and wonders you can’t help but feel grateful to have a chance to see it through your own eyes.
Happy December 1st everyone. Can you believe that in 30 days from today we will be ringing in the New Year. I don’t know about you but for me the last few months seem to have flashed before my very eyes and I somehow don’t feel ready for Christmas and the implications of the New Year.
Regardless of what I think, it’s on its way and as loads of to-do’s add up on my various lists, I need a moment to just breathe, sit, ponder & reflect. It’s been a great year in many ways and I suspect that in the future I will look back at 2011 as the year where big changes were made that propelled me forward to my dreams.
Old interests became passions, learning took a central role in my life and my soul began to dance at all the new possibilities available which is why I share with you today some of the final pictures from my first roll of film from the Pentax shot in August.
The pictures above were taken in our magical olive grove in Greece which equals serenity to me. Looking at these remind me to Breathe, to Dream.
I hope you all have something to remind you to breathe over the next 30 days as life is sure to be filled with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and find beauty in every moment.