Party at the Park

Hello, dears!

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a gorgeous park near where we live to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was kind of like an arboretum, with elaborate gardens and landscaping, as well as more natural looking areas. Everything was in full bloom and full life and ahh, it was gorgeous! The perfect place for picnicking and exploring.

About half the photos I’m going to show you guys today are nature photos – blossoming trees, waterfalls, etc. The other half is not as beautiful but WAY more amusing photos of my friends jumping rope. And this isn’t your ordinary kind of jump rope, guys. XD XD

Ahem, now that you’re prepared, let’s get to it!

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Cultivating a Photographer’s Eye

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I often have people ask me how they can improve they’re photography or if I have any tips for them. So today I thought I’d make a post on one very important tip that often gets overlooked.

It goes along with two other big photography tips:

  • Invest in good equipment.
  • Learn how to use it well.
  • Cultivate a photographer’s eye.

There are plenty of blog posts and articles about the first two, but I haven’t seen many or perhaps any about the third, so I thought I’d address that point today. 🙂

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Thoughts On… {Anxiety}

Do you worry? I do. I’m nearly always worrying about something or other, and I’m not proud of it. During the past few years, as we moved from one farm to another, it felt like I lived in a whirlwind of uncertainties and anxiety about the future.

Moving might sound petty compared to the worries you’re facing right now, and it very well could be. Moving was a small thing, relatively speaking. As complicated and slightly terrifying as it was to move an entire farm… we were just relocating two hours away.

Past worries have a way of shrinking to their proper size as we travel farther down the road and gain perspective. Present or future worries, however, can loom over our heads like tottering sequoias, filling our whole vision and threatening to crush us with their weight.

I hope this post reminds you to take a few steps back from the tree that’s sprouting new branches of worry every moment. I hope it reminds you that you don’t have to (and indeed, can’t) chop down this forest alone, but that you can hand your burden to the Carpenter who is building something beautiful from the wood.

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Giveaway Winners + Etcetera #7

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It’s about time for another Etcetera post, don’t you think? Today I’m going to reveal the winners of my 5,000 followers giveaway (ARE YOU EXCITED?), and then we’ll proceed as normal with miscellaneous photography of cute pets, pretty macro shots, and more. Sound good? Alrighty then – onward we go!

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{Weathered Wood}

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So, remember the old shed in this post? Well, I took a bunch more pictures of it and decided to post them today. All these photos will be in black and white because I thought it fit with with the age and structure of the subject, but don’t worry – it was foggy and dreary, so you’re not missing much color. 😉

Ready to explore with me?

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Bunny-Themed GIVEAWAY!

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EEEP, I’M HOSTING A GIVEAWAY! ABOUT BUNNIES! To celebrate that this blog has reached over 5,000 followers! Wow. I can hardly wrap my mind around that. You guys are the best. ❤

We shall take a very brief look at some stats (because how could I not?), and then I’ll show you what I’m giving away! I think you’re going to love the prizes! 😀 And if you don’t live in the U. S., don’t worry – I have some alternate prizes for international participants too!

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How to Bring More Traffic to Your Online Business

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HOORAY, I’m so excited to present a small-business collab with several of my blogger friends! Aria and I have wanted to post business/entrepreneur tips for a while, and we’ve finally made it happen with the help of Megan, Hannah, and Clara! (Check the end of this post for links to their posts as well as some lovely coupons. ) We’re not experts or anything, but we all own small businesses and want to help you start or improve yours with some tips we’ve learned along the way. 🙂

Today I’m going to introduce SEO and talk about long tail keywords, a tactic that has really helped me personally. I’ll also touch on advertising and generally how to get more traffic to your shop. If you’re a beginner – I promise I’ll do my best to keep things clear and concise, and I’ll also give you links to articles and posts where you can learn more if you want.

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Bible Journal Tours

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I started reading through the Bible for the second time a couple of years ago and decided I’d write down my favorite verse from each chapter as I went. I try to read a chapter + journal every night, so thus far I’ve made it to Psalms and filled up nearly six journals! Sometimes I write the verses in beautiful hand lettering and other times… well, I just write them. XD

I’ve really enjoyed this method so far! It helps you slow down and think about the verse or verses, plus it’s fun to look back on the notebooks you’ve filled. Speaking of that, I thought I’d show you guys some of my favorites today. 🙂 Hopefully you enjoy the tour and maybe gain a little inspiration for your own journaling!

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