In contemplation, Life
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Summer feels especailly radiant this year. The weather has been stellar so far, and as more and more people get vaccinated there is this eagerness and freedom to get out and enjoy each day. However, I can see that the  pressure we all faced at the height of the pandemic left its mark on me, and as we come out of it I feel a shift in my priorities. 

The isolation of the pandemic helped me filter out what I truly find is important, leaving me with a better sense of how I want to spend my days. If I am truthful, all I want to do is spend time with my grandson, plan Sunday dinners with my kids, read, and dig in my garden. I can’t remember the last time I took off somewhere with the soul purpose of taking photographs, but my camera sits out to capture all those “firsts” of a childhood, ordinary moments at home, and the awakening of the garden. 

I arrive at the door of summer with fewer expectations, and a simplicity that feels glorious. Letting go of things I use to feel I had to do, and replacing them with things I want to do, opens up new possibilities, and there is an eagerness to each day that I have not felt in a while.

I am gentle with myself, as I allow old habits to slip away, and am no longer surprised to find that I was the only one holding on to those old expectations. 

xo, Cathy


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham


  1. Cathy, the life you are creating for yourself sounds divine. I have enjoyed following your journey these past few years and more than once have felt we were on parallel paths with similar pitfalls and revelations. Your photographs mirror your words beautifully and brought a smile to my face. I hope to feel that eagerness to face each day that you describe; it has been a year of transitions for my family and I will be happy once life settles down. Reading this gives me hope! : )

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