I just have to share my gratitude and excitement. Those who you who have read my profile (especially my Etsy profile) or saw the Auburn Journal interview know my greatest mission/motivation... to inspire a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature all around us. I have a photography book (developing very slowly) dedicated to helping people "see the beauty" everywhere. In high school, I was a complete "science nerd" and I *was* absolutely going to help "save the world!" While my path branched off of biology along the way, that desire in me to help demonstrate and preserve nature's beauty remains as real and passionate as ever. I'm always the one stopping those around me with an enthusiastic "Look at THAT!" Often, they seem somewhat less impressed by the view in question than I... After a "yeah, nice" there is inevitably a follow-up "No... LooOOoK." Hence the photography. It gets right to the point, showing exactly what it is in the whole scene that I find so amazing. And still, of course, some folks find those views more inspiring and beautiful than others. So it goes.
Fast forward to last night... I had just finished happily whipping up this healthy little yoghurt and fruit dessert and decided to check messages n' such before calling it quits on the computer for the day...
What a pleasant surprise. A message from Tins and Treasures said she had been inspired by my nature photos and the results of that inspiration were shown on her latest blog post. You really have to go to her blog and see the post to understand my excitement. I was soooo pleased to see how my photos had influenced a positive change for her... shifting from being sick of the snow to seeing the beauty in it, and even taking time out to capture that beauty. I get these sort of compliments from time to time, and they are, I think, the most touching.
I'm *always* grateful for anyone who takes time out of their day to compliment my work, always!!! And to hear that my work inspired positive action is... just so uplifting and encouraging... not only did her post show me that I'm actually helping inspire a greater appreciation of nature (even in the end of a loonnng winter!) , but at the same time I was able to help someone FEEL GOOD because of the process.
Life... is... good. I hope YOU have a wonderful day, inspired by the beauty around and within you!