#FindTheBeauty2014

#FindTheBeauty2014

A few years ago when I lived in Oklahoma I coined the phrase "Find the beauty or create it yourself" when I was asked for advice on how military spouses pass the time when our loved ones are deployed. I grew up and spent most every minute of my life in the NW so when I moved to Oklahoma I was struggling to see any beauty. This became my mission and over the 11 months I lived there and I found a lot of it. It was just different from what I was used to. Just because the beauty is different doesn't make it not exist. This phrase also helps me get through the dreadful winter months. I'm so not a fan of winter. I don't like the lack of flowers or green leaves on the trees. I usually describe winter as dark, colorless and blah. I also tend to suffer from a severe case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). NOT THIS YEAR! I refuse! So I'm taking a LOT of VitD3 and I'm taking my real camera or my camera phone out every day to find whatever beauty I can find and I started on November 1st... I just didn't know it till November 2nd... My goal is to find and photograph at least 1 (but probably more... knowing me) beautiful thing everyday. EVERY. DAY. 

I shot the picture below with my Note2 while scouting locations for family pictures yesterday. Technically it's not winter till Yule (winter solstice) but I'm starting now because I need to be reminded that these months are still beautiful starting now. No spiraling into the winter blues this year!

 

Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park on November 1st, 2014 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park on November 1st, 2014 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

I had no problem finding it when I wasn't even looking 2 years ago so I'm sure I'll have no issues this year.

Owen Beach, Washington in January 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

Owen Beach, Washington in January 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

And if I find myself having any trouble I'll just photograph my kiddos... there is always beauty there.

My oldest at Owen Beach, Washington in January 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle

My oldest at Owen Beach, Washington in January 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle

I don't even have to go outside if I don't want to. I can find the beauty anywhere!

My oldest playing on the iPad in the dark hallway in November of 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

My oldest playing on the iPad in the dark hallway in November of 2013 by Jenny Ryan of Amiabelle.

Creating beauty can be anything from food...

First attempt at bone broth in 2013.... if it was in the fridge it got thrown in the pot. It was good. 

First attempt at bone broth in 2013.... if it was in the fridge it got thrown in the pot. It was good. 

To grabbing my family and friends and creating fun memories.... fun is beautiful. ;)

Friends and family at the beach drinking coffee. November 2nd, 2013.

Friends and family at the beach drinking coffee. November 2nd, 2013.

So this is my plan. Find the beauty... or create the beauty myself. Share the beauty YOU find on Instagram! Use #FindTheBeauty2014

 

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