My original concept with this blog was to write about my explorations in photography, so I hope you'll excuse me if I take a broader view of "Playing With Light" for a while. The term "Light" could mean many things. After all, the very medium in which we bloggers create is made of little dots of light.
This doesn't mean I won't be sharing photos any more. I actually have a few from a recent trip that I hope you'll like. (More on that soon).
I've come to a point in my career where I'm taking stock and reevaluating my goals. Five years ago, I made a conscious change from administrative support to technical support. And although I've expanded my skill set to also include teaching, I still find myself wondering what it is I really want to do, or what direction I should take. I feel like a recent college graduate on her first job search, and it's a strange feeling at my age.
So here I sit, wondering about too many possibilities, and taking the route I usually take in situations like this... I get a bunch of books and research the hell out of it!
The two standouts (so far) are below.
Thank you for reading!
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking - by Susan Cain. I'm loving this one right now, finding myself described in its pages. In a world that values the extroverted person above the more cerebral or introverted personalities, the author describes ways that an introvert can learn how to silence their inner monologue of "I can't" and discover their strengths.
What Color is Your Parachute? - by Richard Bolles. This popular and well-written book gets a fresh update every year, and takes you through exercises to discover your transferable skills and the type of work environment you'd likely thrive in. They even have a mobile app which is essentially an electronic version of their workbook.
In an effort to get back in hiking shape for some upcoming trips, I've been making a point to get out on the trail more often. When I was getting in shape for Half Dome, I was hiking every week!
So I did a quick hike up to Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. Oddly enough, the peak isn't sandstone at all, but red volcanic rock. It was a beautiful day and a good workout hike.
And the views! You can see all the way out to the ocean in one direction, and to Mt. Baldy in the other, not to mention great city views.
A few weeks back, I went to visit one of my favorite places to photograph, the Huntington Library & Gardens. I had a lovely day, took lots of photos in the flower and herb gardens, and had a nice spot of tea to finish out the day.
Here's one of my faves, a photo in the Japanese Garden.
What are you going to do to celebrate? Personally, I need to go into work obscenely early, so I'm not sure how much celebrating I'm going to be doing. But share your ideas here if you
like and let me live vicariously.