December Reflections Day 20: Warmth

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December Reflections Day 20: Warmth

Being a Minnesotan, I spend a large part of the year trying to stay warm. About March I have a hard time remembering the last time my feet were warm more often than chilly. Lately I'm obsessed with the quest to find the perfect socks - -ones that are comfortable, warm enough to keep my permanently chilly toes happy but not too hot that they are sweaty, ones that don't pill, that don't sag, and of course, look cute. So far, I'm still searching although these Champion brand from Target are making me pretty happy. I also have some cabin socks from Dick's Sporting goods that are toasty but the fuzzy stuff on the inside tends to pill up and fall out. Still, they are heavenly to put on when they are new. 

This is how you'll find me most mornings these days...toasty socks, fuzzy blanket, cup of tea.  Warmth = good socks

December Reflections Day 18 & 19: Circles & Goodbye

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December Reflections Day 18 & 19: Circles & Goodbye

I was reflecting on the Circles theme. And was stuck. What photo do I have or could I create to represent circles? What does Circles conjure up for me? 

I was driving along and thinking as I often do. And suddenly I couldn't stop seeing circles! On cars, on signs (hello Target), everywhere! But of course I couldn't take a photo. I was driving! So trust me, when you start thinking of something, you all of sudden can't stop seeing them.

But it also made me think of the cyclical nature of life and "what goes around comes around." Which leads so well into Day 19's theme: I said Goodbye to...

Recently I said goodbye to my trusty old mini van. It was time. And although I love my new car and feel so good in it... I thought about how long I had my van and how much it's been through. I had it 10 years!! We got it when I found out I was pregnant with Alex -- three car seats wouldn't have fit in the car we had so we needed more space. And I loved the mini van -- with its fold down seats and very fancy for the time, built in DVD player which saved us on long drives back to see family when we lived in Arkansas. My kids grew up in that car. We moved from AR back to MN in it. We've slept in it (camping trips). We drove 137,000+ miles in it. It's gotten us safely through snowy winters. It's been chock full of photography gear, groceries, Christmas presents, camping equipment, and various sporting equipment. It's transitioned from strollers to bikes. It's been on many family vacations. It saw me through a divorce and taught me to take care of getting repairs done myself. It brought Alex home from the hospital in it. I taught Drew how to drive in it. It was a car full of love and memories. 

This photo is from our family vacation to Duluth this past summer. When I told Alex I sold the mini van, he said "Awwww. I'm going to miss it."  Me too buddy, me too.

December Reflections Day 17: My Smile

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December Reflections Day 17:  My Smile

I love to smile. And I can actually say I love my smile. I get compliments on my smile (thanks mom and dad for years of orthodontic work!) which is nice, but I'm never fishing for compliments. It's always a little hard for me to be gracious and just accept those compliments (working on that!). I rather hope my smile simply makes others smile. Because that fills up my soul. 

So smile. I see you. 

December Reflections Day 16: I Said Hello to...

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December Reflections Day 16:  I Said Hello to...

A lot of new friends! And specifically I really enjoyed saying hello to my new friends with autism this year. Working with families to photograph children with autism and tell their stories, has been a soul-filling project for me this year. And although I'm behind with where I'd hoped to be by this time, I'm looking forward to getting to work on it again this winter.  (Follow along on the Faces of Autism Facebook page). 

To learn a little about each child, to be allowed into their lives for a brief moment, to document who they are and show others what makes them special, is a true honor for me. I love meeting new friends. Especially sweet souls like these friends...



Hello young friends! I look forward to meeting more more of you this year. 

- Tera

December Reflections Day 15: 2015 Soundtrack

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December Reflections Day 15: 2015 Soundtrack

Help me out! What was your soundtrack for the year? What song sums up your year? Maybe it's early and I can't think of anything. Or that the year was so full for me and I can't pick. Give me some songs people! 

December Reflections Day 14: The Space in Between

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December Reflections Day 14: The Space in Between

Best new word I learned this year:  Liminal. In-between. Transitional. 

Isn't that a lovely word. Rolls off the tongue. And I love the whole thought of being in the liminal space. It sums up how I've felt this year. On the cusp of change. It's a tad uncomfortable, frustrating, and exciting and even a bit scary. I can't even tell you exactly what the changes will be but it feels imminent. And a good thing. I think a few years have gone by now since I've been divorced. The dust has settled and I'm settling in to a new way of life but it's always felt transitional to me. I'm ready for what's next. Photography too has felt "settled" to me and I am ready to do things in a different way. Attempting to publish a book is one way I see my business growing and expanding. What else is possible? I'm ready! But patiently waiting in the liminal space and allowing those good changes to come my way. Liminal - not always comfortable. But necessary for growth to happen. 


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adjective  lim·i·nal   \ˈli-mə-nəl\

Definition of liminal

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  1. 1:  of or relating to a sensory threshold

  2. 2:  barely perceptible

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition :  in-betweentransitional<in the liminal state between life and death — Deborah Jowitt>



December Reflections Day 12: Best Decision of 2015

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December Reflections Day 12: Best Decision of 2015

I would like to think I've made lots of good decisions this year but I think one thing that has impacted a lot of what I was able to accomplish this year was joining the best networking group in the area. We meet weekly and it's been such a great group. Not only have I been able to grow my business through referrals and collaborations but this group has been super supportive in so many other ways both professionally and personally. (A couple of the guys even changed my tire when I got a flat during lunch this summer!) 

I'm so grateful to have a network to bounce ideas off of, people who help promote my business, who I can work together on projects with, who have helped me through difficult situations, and of course who I've used their services. Every week I get something out of our meetings. Plus we laugh. A lot. 

The group as shuffled a bit since this photo was taken last year but it pretty much sums up what it's like when we get together. Yep. Joining was a great decision.

December Reflections Day 11: Gold

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December Reflections Day 11:  Gold

I'm a bit behind on life these days so yes, it's the 13th today and I'm writing about Day 11. But then again, I JUST got my tree up this morning and so it seems fitting as I'm behind on decorating too. It's not finished but after wrestling the thing out of the basement crawlspace and setting it up, I'm taking a break! I love when the lights are on and how warm and cozy it feels. I purposely took this shot with my phone and snapped when it was out of focus because it's the warm fuzzy feeling I was trying to capture (just in case you start to think I'm a terrible photographer!!). 

Gold twinkly lights make me happy. Very happy. 

December Reflections Day 10: Shadows

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December Reflections Day 10:  Shadows

I've been reflecting on this topic as it's been a very hectic, stressful couple of weeks. Which I know is not uncommon this time of year but it is for me. Because I strive to slow down this time of year. And I don't invite drama into my life. And I try to take care of myself and I know when I'm over taxed. But lately, I just haven't been able to calm the chaos. It's frustrating. 

But then I've also realized that with that frustrated, chaotic, "shadow" energy also comes great growth. Things change quickly and often improve and great growth happens. It's like that quote about a seed...

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” 
― Cynthia Occelli

Yeah, so maybe these shadow times are necessary. And I so I will work to embrace the shadows for it seems I'm on the verge of great growth!