Today, I had the pleasure of working with Yoga Coach/Visionary Leader/Author, Denita Austin. I have worked with Denita in the past. She is one of my recurring clients. I enjoy working with her because she challenges me by desiring very specific, sometimes complex shots, but also gives me room to be creative.
We took pictures in a place she feels most connected with the universe: in her hidden cove amongst the trees in the Arboretum. We couldn't ask for better weather. It wasn't too hot or cold or rainy. The weather was fitting for the occasion. I am very satisfied with how the pictures turned out. I find myself getting better and better with each photo shoot. Practice may not make me perfect, but it's getting my pictures close...(at least in my eyes) :)
I'm feeling like Ice Cube right now..."I gotta say, today was a good day". As part of the preparation for the fast approaching missions trip I will be blessed to attend, the missions team went to the "city streets" to pass out free bottles of water, pray with strangers, and pass out tracts. I'll be honest, although I have prayed and talked about God with many strangers in public before, it has never been something I have been comfortable with. But today was different. God must have heard the many prayers sent by the team because the people we approached were not only interested in a cold bottle of water (it was crazy HOT), they were also interested in conversation, in prayer, and open to receiving tracts.
Most often, this is not the case. I typically encounter people who are not open to hear what I or anyone else has to say (even if something free is being handed to them...something they really want). Most people think you want something in return from them when you randomly perform a nice action or do something kind for them. Why is that? Why do we have such selfish expectations? That's a problem :-/
Anyway, the featured photo highlights a moment that touched my heart while we were out there today. A group of fraternity brothers held off from wherever they were on their way to, in order to dedicate a few moments to a public prayer session. I mean, they were HOLDING HANDS and PRAYING in the middle of the city!!! Unfortunately, it is not often I see such a sight. It encouraged my soul to a degree I cannot explain with words. It was a beautiful sight to see and it made my day. #itsthesimplethings
I just finished a rendition of Dr. Maya Angelou's poem she did for Michael Jackson entitled, "We Had Him". I will be reciting it during an event this Friday.
Before writing poems for events, I always feel a little stressed...which leads me to pray. It was no different when it came to this poem. I watched a few of Dr. Angelou's videos and listened to her voice. In it lied so much history, knowledge, wisdom, and love. This woman was a precious gem...and "WE HAD HER".
"We Had Her"
I'm a non-conventional woman with a heart to spread love, kindness, compassion, and overall, good vibes. I love math and science. I'm fascinated by the universe, Earth, and together, how fragile we are. I believe God exists inside all of us. He manifests Himself through us, through the universe, through nature. We're all in this together. So let's love, cherish, and protect each other.