Chase Your Recovery

Like you chased your addiction!    

The premise of this card was based on me being PROUD!  Once my brothers committed themselves to recovery, it was and still is such a joy, to watch as they invest themselves into their recovery.  Faithfully attending meetings, working the steps, continually doing service work, and helping others in need.  It makes me smile and my heart leap with gratitude on just how far they have come.  When they first became sober—this was the type of card I was looking for and the words I so longed to say.

How we took the shot:

Let’s just say–we had to chase the photo too!  How do you create a photo of a balloon  floating in the breeze without losing the balloon?  Fishing line of course!  On a very windy day, John ran with the balloon tied to a fishing line as Colleen shot from the ground level of a nature trail.  Timing the wind and sunlight wasn’t easy but we finally captured it.

Featured Card: DL-11 Balloon

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We chose to use my brother’s inspirational notes and doodle page from the inside of his Big Book.  His neat penmanship and meaningful handwritten quotes were more than just that and to us portrayed his journey in recovery.  So that is what we chose to have inside the bottle.  We knew of the perfect spot for the photo which even included a lighthouse.  Lighthouses signify a powerful light and provide guidance.  How appropriate!

How we took the shot:

Equipped with a vintage flea market green bottle, journal entry and a very angry sea, John and I set out to capture the “Carry THIS message” image.  Climbing the rocks in Point Judith, Rhode Island we watched in awe as the waves came crashing against the rocks.   We wondered how we could possibly capture the shot without losing the bottle or damaging the camera. Perched on the rocks, John waited patiently and timed the crashing waves.  All the while, Colleen was the spotter and yelled a “big wave is coming!”  It took several unsuccessful shots where the photos only displayed ocean foam and a buried bottle!  But incredibly, John managed to capture the perfect shot, grab the bottle, and high-tailed it out of there without getting wet!

Featured Card: DL21-Message

Willingness

With the key of willingness, worries and fears are powerfully transformed into serenity. Willingness IS the key to recovery–this is true.  But willingness is also key in other aspects of our lives.  For instance, it took willingness and A LOT of patience in capturing this card image.  A heavy antique doorknob suspended by fishing line, in the middle of a picturesque path, is not an easy object to photograph.  Especially when it is windy!  We took turns holding the fishing line and “timing” the shot.  After several failed attempts, we became frustrated and wanted to give up.  After reminding ourselves of the premise of the card, we willingly gave it one last shot.  So glad we did!

Featured Card- DL22- Key

Life’s a dance…when you take the steps!  

Actually we hiked a nature trail to shoot the photo for this card!  When I think of this saying, I almost always think about a child’s innocence and their free spirit in their dancing.  The fun, silliness and joy they express as they work their “moves.”  There is something to be said about the way a child doesn’t strategically place their feet and plan their dance but rather feels the thump of the music and follows their heart.

Please take note, that they rarely give up and just keep on stepping.  My wish for those in recovery…just keep moving forward.  Continue to work the steps and dance your way to happy destiny!

How we took the shot….

Picking a local spot in nature, timing Mother Nature’s light, we set out with one of our favorite “little” friends.  We had asked her to dress herself and wear whatever she wanted.  The more wild the better.  Her face lit up with excitement.  Anything?  Yes, anything!

It was a humid 90 degree mosquito swarmed day.  Although miserable, we were determined to capture the shot.  We all were eaten alive with mosquito bites and sweating like pigs but in the end we love the image. Love her spirit, her outfit and her dance moves and they continually make many smile.  So worth it.

Featured Card: DL-13 Dance

Life Lessons Learned From Our Dog

We learn lessons from our dogs…daily.  I admire our dog Roxy’s enthusiasm and excitement in everything she does.  But her fearless love of water is apparent in her bright eyed smiley face, ferocious tail wagging, and in her prancin’ and splashin’ in puddles, lakes and oceans.  So it got us thinking.  Roxy really does have the right idea. As she leaps off the pier she proves to us that she allows her faith to be BIGGER than her fear.  And is rewarded with pure joy.  You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump.  How will you ever know how far you’ll go, if you don’t take the leap? Joy just may be waiting….

How we took the shot…..

With Fall quickly approaching, we had limited time to capture Roxy leaping off the pier. Even still, we only had one chance to get the shot while she remained dry.  Our dog is nuts when it comes to water and this isn’t an easy feat!  Working as a team—-the buoy was thrown, we held our breaths and captured the shot on the first frame!

*Featured Card Shown DL-29 Leap

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