Uh oh. Those don't look like flowers to me.
So it's been a while since I gave you an update on my One Little Word, progress. It's not been far from my mind. I just didn't fell like I had much to say. This week, though, is different.
Last weekend, I took my first trip to the beautiful city of New Orleans to attend the Mom 2.0 Summit. I spent the conference surrounded by women (and a few men!) who have forged far-reaching career paths from their early experiences in blogging and social media. It was so inspiring - and overwhelming - to see the myriad paths one could take from this spot in which I stand. Being surrounded by all this achievement and success, I felt it was my obligation to myself to learn from these people and reassess my own goals. I can't say that I have all the answers just yet but it has certainly gotten me thinking.
In another development, I have surprised myself by how excited I am about these new friends I've made. I think that going into the conference, I knew most of the attendees by their Twitter handles but had met only a handful in real life. Believe it or not, little old introverted me actually had fun meeting new people and matching IRL faces to avatars -- though I haven't gotten so far as to know everyone's real names! There were 450 people attending, after all...
I also had a lot of opportunities to exercise my photography skills. I find few things more inspiring than a change of scenery and the natural beauty of New Orleans was certainly a welcome change. I took many shots when touring the city with Elise on our first day and also during a photo walk with several other shutterbugs from the conference. Earlier this week I posted my favorites photographs from New Orleans. Here are two new ones that I have also used for Picture Inspiration weeks eight (finding beauty in the random) and nine (documentary/observation style).
Oh, and about those flowers. Turns out that many of the seed things that had grown last fall were frost-damaged from this terribly cold winter we had (hence they've turned from green to brown). But, thankfully not all was lost! When I looked more closely, I found a few pure white blooms flourishing as nature intended. I guess there's hope for my little andromeda (and me!) yet!
See you next time!