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Are You Winning?

I was a little nervous about writing this blog…but then I cured it with my brain!

We all see life through our own set of lenses; some metaphorically and some literally. Sometimes what we see is received and translated quite clearly by the outside world and at other times is quite confusing.

Now, this week through almost every channel of mass media, Charlie Sheen has given us a glimpse of his life from his own perceptual lens. In his own words, his life is awesome and beautiful and healthy… thanks to the fact that he is winning! and possesses the rarest of blood types from the tiger variety…uh…what!?

So if youíve been as confused as I have by all his random ramblings, you might have an idea of how I sometimes feel about others perceiving my photographic work and even the blogs I write. What I see and hear in my head always makes sense to me and Iím usually pretty stoked about the final product. Then I wonder if others will ever understand what Iím putting out there…and then I question if it really matters if they get it.

Truthfully, youíve just got to put everything youíve got into what you do and in turn put everything you feel like exposing out there for others to interpret. AND, youíve got to do it without apology.

So, until I figure out how to acquire this ďtiger bloodĒ I keep hearing so much about to make me super awesome and amazing, here is what I offer out to the world today: ūüôā

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Atlanta. Photographer. Editorial. Laura. Polmear. +Laura.

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I really didnít know where to begin this entry today. Life has been so full of activity and starting points with new projects that itís been difficult to keep a clear head. My internal dialogue has been discussing with itself (yeah, itís like thereís a two party system in my head that is in constant peace talks/negotiations) the matter of maintaining balance in my day to day life…and letís just say I made it a point to work on the whole balance thing as it has never been my forte… Iím not sure how much progress Iíve made so far, but Iíll keep working on it.

Keeping this whole effort in mind, I have found that a great way for me to keep perspective on everything (and, in turn, help ensure I continue on my quest to be balanced) is to do the following:

Take a walk outside and simply…. look up.

When things start to get too crazy or when I get SO wrapped up in everything that I think is SO important…..I take a minute, go outside…and I look up. I try to remember where we are in the grand scheme of things…I am one person on a huge planet and this big planet is just one of many in a huge solar system and this solar system lies in a vast galaxy and this galaxy is just one of many among the multitude of others in the universe….and the universe, well…we may never know itís true magnitude…

So now, tell me….how important is it that your Starbucks order got messed up this morning, or that someone showed up 5 minutes late to a meeting, or someone didnít communicate the way you wanted them to, or (fill in other frustration here)…

When you truly stop to take in the whole night sky (well, and even the day time sky….Bob Ross would tell you to look up at the happy little clouds) looking at the millions of twinkling little stars shining down upon you from millions of light years away…does it all really matter that much? This is not to say that our lives do not have meaning and what we do or how we live our lives is not important, but rather, that we need not stress about the things we perceive to be so important or stressful when we take it all in from a different light. And, speaking of Bob Ross…heck! Watching one of his shows will probably throw you into a state of tranquility to make all your woes melt away.

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Atlanta. Photographer. Laura. Polmear. +Laura

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Hello. I’m +Laura.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind donít matter and those who matter donít mind – Dr. Seuss

This sentiment holds so much value for myself and hopefully for those I have shared it with recently.† In writing this first blog post, Mark wanted me to write whatever came to mind…no matter what.† My immediate reaction was ďReally?† oh gosh..thereís a lot up in that crazy brain of mine to pick and choose from…especially depending on my mood, time of day, where I’m writing…what if itís not good, interesting, enlightening, too forward, or worse…Ē

But then I think back to the above statement and my brain changes its dialogue to ďLaura, itís okay.† Just say what you want, because those who donít mind (or find it funny, entertaining, enlightening…) will stick around to read/see more… and those who don’t get it, well… maybe it just wasnít meant to be.Ē

In that same light, I recommend you follow Dr. Seuss’ advice if you find yourself experiencing any type of relationship dilemma (friendship, family, significant other…hey, I do have a psych degree…Iíve got to put it to use when I can) ūüôā

So what I am feeling and have been thinking lately is this:

Some of us are notorious for not communicating when we need to, or have a hard time translating thoughts into words and images – but I find it always works out better when you at least try to put what you can out there and the rest has a way of working itself out.† (I need to ingrain this into Mark as well…the complete sentence thing is hard for him.)

I know itís been said countless times before, but truly – communication is key, and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

I promise to be honest with my work and the words that go with it.† As an artist you run the risk of both criticism and praise whenever you put yourself in front of the public eye.† I can handle any reaction from either side…heck, I encourage it… but what I couldnít live with is not trying to create anything at all. That’s simply not an option. †Along these same lines, I encourage all the people I know, will meet, and will work with – to be open and be themselves without apology – and I will always provide the same in return. Thank you.

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Atlanta. Photographer. Laura. Polmear.