Sunday, April 27, 2008

I am a strong, capable woman

clearing the water
A few months back we had a house project that I must have whined about. Hem hawed. I don't want to do it. And AdRi looked me directly in the eye and said, "We are strong, capable women. Come on. We can do this." And I knew she was right.

I used to believe that all of the time. I can do this. What happened? When did I become soft? Have I become the woman who screams at bees? Who looks at projects of manual labor and whines for help? God I hope not. But I don't know. AdRi's simple statement, her reminder, awakened the woman inside of me. (And no, I didn't spell that womyn, thank you.) It shook me. Now? I'm all about the work. The camping. The garden. The canning. The picking. The harvesting. The work. The creating. The running my own business. We can do this.

And it's the same with blogging. I feel like I've gone soft. Too much mindless surfing. Twittering. Scanning. Reaction and trigger pulling. Not enough life, and simple reflection of life. Not enough carrying my camera with me and just capturing.

So this week is all about the photos. And connections. Is it possible to connect across the world through photography? I believe there is. And we'll find out here on this blog, as a reflection of life, of my imagination, of my world. I am a strong, capable woman. I can do this.


Anonymous said...

Look how amazing you are??? Oh, I already knew how amazing you are.

Radio Gretchen said...

You can't see me, but I'm over here nodding in agreement with everything you've said.

And I'm soo looking forward to more photos. I love looking at things from your point of view.

Anonymous said...

oh good, can't wait to see what you do!

Cris said...

I've been reading your blog for months now and you got me hooked with your narrative, your pictures, your aprons and your awesome sense of humor. So, to answer your question, yes, it is possible to connect across the world through photography.

Salud to an awesome and capable woman!!

Elizabeth said...

That is a great mantra. I must repeat it to myself - I am a strong, capable woman and I can do this. Thanks for the inspiration today!

SassyFemme said...

I am a strong, capable woman... I love that phrase for work. I keep trying to get my older, more technologically timid, teachers to say it and believe it. I throw in "independent" after capable. They laugh at me, I can't get them to believe it about themselves.

Now Fran and I just have to believe it about some projects we need to do around the house.

A Lewis said...

Both strong AND capable? Wow! You guys rock. It's funny how we do get soft. And it's not that I'm not capable, I quite simply just don't want to do it. I'm sick of yardwork.

Anonymous said...

For the last 4 days I was taking Zyrtec for some phenomenal itching. I became lethargic, couldn't start any of the week-end projects I'd planned. I've realized for me that although this antihistamine doesn't make me sleepy for a nap, it depresses me and does let me oversleep in the morning. So I'd prefer to scratch. Okay I went to the doctor and had it diagnosed and got some prescription cream. Anyway long personsl tale about ME so I could say, take it easy on yourself. You don't always have to be on top of everything.