I haven’t had a cute animal photo on a Monday for ages. One of the main reasons for this is not because I am over cute animals (never
), but I was having the hardest time finding credit for the photographs and couldn’t keep adding cute animal images without credit without huge amounts of guilt involved. When I came upon Li Ward’s work
I knew I wanted to show it off. Even better is that Li is not only a photographer (lifestyle, pet + wedding) but a calligrapher! It gets better, really, truly. Li pens a little blog
that is honest + funny. Word on the street is people aren’t reading that many blogs anymore, but if you want to be inspired I think Li’s blog is worth a look. Let’s talk inspiring, shall we? Li armed with a computer science degree joined the dot.com industry, was bored (she gets bored often) so she started photographing her rescue cats, kudos and compliments ensued– Li ended up becoming a full-time photographer. Li liked to doodle
and wanted to learn calligraphy, she took a two day Copperplate calligraphy class
and within a year (a year!) she was voted Boston’s #1 calligrapher
. I know there’s a ton of stock put into people focusing on one pursuit and you’ll become a success ot’s usually a good rule of thumb), but sometimes
there’s that rare individual that has many interests and succeeds due to the passion they put into pursuing those endeavors. Did Li possess magic powers? No, she worked at it and then worked at it some more. She networked and wrote about her journey and I think these are all valuable lessons. So, on this Monday morn I highly suggest that you consider following your heart, no matter how far fetched that may seem, you never know where you may end up.
P.S. I highly recommend you check out the links above so you can see how far Li has come!
I once read that one of the top five annoying conversation starters of all time is, “I had a dream last night…”. Supposedly, the idea of sharing your dreams with people is the mental equivalent of scratching your nails on a chalkboard–irksome to say the least. I don’t know if those same people that get annoyed at hearing dreams would feel the same way if Brin Berliner told them his dreams. Brin and I shared a school bus for years, if you need to know, yes we were on the short school bus, we were in a special school for young scientist, which as you may gather from that previous admission Brin was not prone to hyperbole (I am). His dreams were so fantastical that any one of them could have been made into the world’s greatest children’s book or blockbuster movie. I would listen intently for the almost 2 hours it took us to get to school each morning (traffic in Los Angeles is serious). Brin had dreams that well, I could only dream of having. The other night I had a very, odd dream, it was odd on so many levels but the most predominant feature was that I was in horrible physical pain. In my dream a woman was tattooing something on the bottom of my foot. I tried not to writhe in what was excruciating pain, she promised she was almost done, I allowed her to continue. The part that’s even more odd than getting the bottom of my foot tattooed (although if you have a young daughter that wants a tattoo that seems the smartest place to put it) was that I had no idea what was being tattooed on the bottom of my foot. All I knew, beside the pain was that I was getting very anxious that it felt like whatever was being permanently adhered to my person was going to be larger than I had anticipated, and it was…When the tattoo artist was finished and I could finally examine my new tattoo I turned my foot over tentatively to see what was now a part of me, it was one word in script it read, ‘trust’. I woke up. Granted, this dream is nowhere as exciting as Brin Berliner’s dreams were but it has stuck with me all week and perhaps will stick with me longer still. I don’t usually put much stock into dream interpretation, but this one has had me Googling variations of the dream when I have a free moment. Have you ever had a dream that just stuck with you? Do you believe in interpreting your dreams? I am always impressed with people that can either A) remember their dreams or B) keep track of their dreams. Here’s to a happy weekend and happy dreaming!