Posted by KakieF on September 29, 2014
As long as I can remember, I have loved the art of photography. Taking photos at night doesn’t come easy for many. In this example, I think the complexity and structure of how a spiderweb is constructed is fascinating. Below is the original photo I took the other night on a tree in my back yard, using my Android. Someday I would love to get a professional digital camera, which has been added to my bucket list!.
I have been working with Photoshop Elements 10 for a couple of years now and thought it would be fun to take this version of The Weekly Photo Challenge Theme; “Nighttime” and see how I could transpose the same image to get different effects.
The only thing that will make it interactive is if you share comments, thoughts and questions below. Here are my results;
Nighttime web original photo – Android
Adjusted color variation to add one hue of green
Nighttime web converted to black and white
Nighttime web black and white diffused glow filter
Nighttime web black and white using the photocopy filter
View from another angle
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Posted by KakieF on September 27, 2014
Embracing uncertainty knowing there is no “around, over or under.”
Having the audacity to do something unconventional, telling ourselves;
“I can, I will, I am, I believe, I trust it is time for something new and it is necessary. I will practice this until it feels normal.“
Walking into the unknown with persistent fearlessness and a resilient spirit.
Forging ahead with integrity, courage, bravery, wholeheartedness and guts.
Past those who cast stones of judgement, unkind words and misunderstanding.
They will not define us.
For we know the only way out, is through, and that something better is in store.
Our self-assuredness will take us there,
because it always has.
This post was inspired by The Weekly Photo Challenge: “Endurance. Show us what endurance means to you.“
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Posted by KakieF on September 20, 2014
Though they may not understand the depth and breadth of it,
in time, they will.
Spinning, living life, pushing forward , chaotic schedules.
Hurrying to get to the next thing with good intention.
Adjusting to the shifting line of balance.
All for the sake of love.
And because we love, we forget to be here now.
But in moments, they remind us to be
centered and fully present.
Exactly where we belong,
and where it counts the most.
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Posted by KakieF on September 16, 2014
As part of the weekly photo challenge, Thirdeyemom asks us to decipher the theme “humanity“
So thinking about what it means to be human, poses more questions than answers.
The plural definition; “humanities” takes on more complexity.
Merriam-Webster defines humanities as;
…”the branches of learning (as philosophy, arts, or languages) that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes (as in physics or chemistry) and social relations (as in anthropology or economics)“
This photograph taken at the National Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC is great metaphor for this week’s assignment. A young man’s image reflected in front of the wall etched with more than 58,286 names of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam war for the sake of freedom. My challenge to you is to look at this picture, ponder its meaning and ask yourself the following questions:
- How did we get here?
- What makes us who we are today?
- What was life like for those who went before us?
- How did they live?
- How did they die?
- How did they want to be remembered?
- In what ways can we translate these questions to look inward and ask how we can be of service to others?
- What is our purpose and how can we make an impact?
It only takes one person to make a difference. So reflect, and ask yourself how you will make yours?
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Posted by KakieF on September 11, 2014
The internet as we know it is currently neutral ground, hence the term “Net Neutrality.” That means everyone has open access – no discrimination.
As I write this post, large Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) want the ability to slow down (and break) the internet by creating slow lanes for the sake of profit.
Can you imagine a world where we would be charged for faster service? Open internet access for everyone is at the core of what has sparked innovation across the globe which have resulted in stronger, better economics.
The FCC deadline is 4 days. PLEASE ACT NOW – click here to call Congress and tell them to protect internet freedom.
In addition, please click here to send a letter to law makers. Please share these links with your friends, tell them to get on board. Thanks for your support. Together, we can make a difference one person at a time.
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Posted by KakieF on August 7, 2014
“When was the last time you experienced writer’s block? What do you think brought it about — and how did you dig your way out of it?”
Writer’s block is a simple term for a complex process, so to add a party to it makes things a bit more interesting. If writer’s block was a destination, it would be a celebration that would never end because somewhere in the world, there are always writers in the midst of finding their muse. In fact, I am experiencing writer’s block right now, which is exactly why I was drawn to participate in The Daily Prompt. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by KakieF on July 19, 2014
Today’s post is about “between,” which comes in many forms. It made me consider the various ways we process and deal with change. Regardless of its application (professional, emotional or personal), the techniques for recognizing and approaching transition differs for each of us.
Sometimes it flows and feels natural, as captured in the photo for this post. A young man who is between testing for his next belt level in karate and receiving a new status because he is ready and has done the work. He has practiced to learn the movement and techniques with precision and accuracy, and he knows that along with his sense of accomplishment come confidence and the long term rewards that follow. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by KakieF on April 9, 2014
I’ve been taking part two of a course based on a book called; “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown. Brown has spent the past 10-15 years researching topics like courage, vulnerability and authenticity. One of our first assignments was to think about the gifts that come to us as the result of our own creativity.
The book presents fascinating findings about creativity. Brown refers to vulnerability as the birthplace of innovation. She also makes the point that there is no such thing as people who are not creative. Instead, there are resourceful people who know how to tap into their ingenuity, while others don’t. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by KakieF on February 14, 2014
A few months back I took a six-week online class with Brené Brown based on her book; “The Gifts of Imperfection.” Early in the process we explored the meaning of courage and had a journal activity as seen in the picture. I wanted to share what Brené says about courage because I think it is profound;
“Courage, the original definition of courage when it first came into the English language – it’s from the Latin word cor, meaning heart – and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart…
This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’ just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.’”
-Quote by Brené Brown, speaking about The Power of Vulnerability at TED
How often do we ask ourselves the question of what it means to live wholeheartedly? It starts with having enough self-compassion to explore our stories about shame and vulnerability without judgement. Brené says that shame can not survive being spoken, so after we have explored our fears and insecurities, it is important to find “your people” – those who have earned the right to hear your story. They are the individuals you know will just listen without judgement. They are the people who will not throw it back in your face at a later time. Next, say it out loud to them. That is a step towards healing and growth.
That my friends, takes courage, and is a demonstration of living with intention. Thoughts feelings and actions in alignment with our values principles and goals. I’d like to think of it as a form of servant leadership that we give as a gift to ourselves. Genuine authenticity feels good.
If there is anything you would like to share about this please feel free to comment below.
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a Happy Valentines Day!
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Posted by KakieF on February 7, 2014
I took this picture in Rice Park at the 2014 St. Paul Winter Carnival on January 31st and the temperature was well below zero. There was a live band outside that evening complete with an ice bar and ice sculptures. We didn’t stay long, but we did get some great pictures.
The lights are so beautiful and remind me of a quote by Brené Brown from her book called “The Gifts of Imperfection.” A while back I posted one of her TED Talks videos that went viral about the power of vulnerability. In the book; The Gifts of Imperfection; Brené writes;
“I think the beauty of twinkle lights is a perfect metaphor for joy. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by KakieF on January 27, 2014
Making meaningful connections is important in leadership. We easily get caught up in “do-and-move-forward” mode which gets in the way of slowing down to value the relationships we have built and continue to grow. It helps to remember that people rally around causes and values that resonate with them, especially when leading through times of change. We have been trained to continuously scan internal and external environments and there is no question it takes time to figure out how to bring others with us through the journey that is change. Our role is to anticipate resistance, lead with confidence and have empathy for and redirect individuals who may get emotional. Modeling the behavior is a given and we can’t over communicate the key messaging that is required. Below are 6 simple things we can do to lead and influence people and organizations in times of transition. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by KakieF on January 22, 2014
When was the last time someone reached out to you and performed a random act of kindness? I was pleasantly surprised when a complete stranger recently did something thoughtful for me just when I needed it most. As a result of her good-hearted deed, I plan to honor her by paying it forward.
As thought leaders, we sometimes forget the view, taking a moment to acknowledge the people around us via random acts of kindness can go a long way. We get so caught up in our calendars, goals and tasks and only see the road ahead. But when we slow down a little to enjoy, pleasant surprises seem to come out of the woodwork.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, this past Monday, has been deemed a day to encourage making a difference in communities. As I wrote in a previous post called: Servant Leadership: Facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. King was a strong proponent of servant leadership, so whether or not you took action this week, I would like to propose a challenge.
What can you do to make a difference for someone this week? Please make the effort, then come back here and share your story below. I’d like to hear what you did, the response you got and how it made you feel. I look forward to hearing from you.
Posted in Business, Reflections on Leadership, Reflections on Life | Tagged: #OLCBreneCourse, #OWNers, appreciation, Being of service to others, change, compassion, connection, Courage, gratitude, happiness, Humanity, Personal development, Random acts of kindness, Servant Leadership, Thankfulness | Leave a Comment »
Posted by KakieF on December 25, 2013
These ornaments are hanging on my tree right next to one another and they both have significance. The one on the left was painted in November by my son as a way to create a memory, celebrate new beginnings, life and family. He did a beautiful job.
The ornament on the right was painted by my grandmother, Dode Jandric, in 1992. It was a tradition she created that has left a great legacy. For a number of years she painted and fired one for each of her 22 grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren. On the back of this ornament she hand painted a biblical quote from Isaiah 66:12 that reads:
“Now towards her I will send flowing peace like a river” and on the bottom; “Merry Christmas Kakie” along with her name and the year.
This year she passed away at the age of 92. Both my son and I had the honor of spending mothers day with her, knowing it was our last. It was meaningful time well spent and a blessing words can’t begin to describe.
Here is wishing you a wonderful holiday and a year filled with new beginnings. Family and good friends are priceless. Life is a gift, may yours be bursting with gratitude and love.
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