Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recovered and Educated

Earlier in the week I tried to blog, but alas it just did not come to fruition. Around 9 pm on Sunday evening I had that funny feeling in my stomach. You know, the one that says, hmmm, things are just not settled in this here cavity. Needless to say, things continued to stir. I thought it was something I had eaten during the day and when sunrise rolled around, I did feel a bit better, just dehydrated.

After stopping for a few bottles of hydrating liquid, I headed down to keep Cupcake. She had the day off from preschool and I told her that Nunu was not feeling well. So we had a very lazy day. The fun part was letting her choose movies to watch. We had a Christmas movie event! Rudolph, Grinch and some other Christmas delight. When we did play, I was “allowed” to lie on the bed as long as I performed the voices of any critter she desired to play with. I did as I was instructed and she was so sweet to me. Even when see very quietly told me to try to keep my eyes open!

After arriving home, the bed was calling my name. My sweet husband came into the bedroom and found me asleep, with my laptop on my belly. I knew I had to feel better the next day because I was headed to Huntsville to mentor with Erin Cobb and I was not about to miss this opportunity!

I found Erin’s blog/website through another blog I follow by Karen Russell. Karen teaches an awesome online photography class that I took last year and after reading about a visit that Erin made to Karen’s home, I began following Erin’s blog/website. I was thrilled beyond measure when Erin developed and recently released her Clean Color Workflow image editing process. All I can say is WOW! I have begun to use this simple, yet powerful, image editing process and love, love, love it! For me, it provides a wonderful foundation. Sometimes it’s the only editing that my photograph needs and other times it lays the groundwork for other enhancing. That’s what is so awesome about it!

Toward the end of last year I discovered that Erin occasionally provided mentoring. I knew immediately that this one-on-one time was exactly what I needed. What I had been looking for. What I wanted. We made contact, picked a date and to Huntsville I drove this week. We had a delightful dinner on Tuesday evening and a full day on Wednesday with a yummilicious lunch of grilled pimento cheese sandwiches. Ooo la la!

I gleaned so much from this time with Erin. We covered so many topics (sorry if I bounced around too much Erin) and on the drive home, I didn’t turn even turn on the radio. I tried to process everything or at least put the information into my brain’s filing cabinet. And now folks, a public note to Erin:

Erin, you gave me so much to think about and helped me focus or at least realize that I needed to focus on some issues. Important issues. You have helped me to begin the sorting process and reassured me that I really don’t stink at this. Thank you for sharing, for giving and for opening up your home and business to me. I understand metering fully now! Thank you! I really get it and I won’t forget it! I feel like I have a plan of action and look forward to the road ahead. I also look forward to a future session with you. Yes, I will be back! Thank you Erin! Thank you will all my heart.

And a little note to Karen Russell: Thank you Karen for sharing your skills, your lessons and your life, with all of us bloggie folks. I don’t even know how I found you, but I am so thankful I did. You set the little wheels in motion and taught me that telling the story is important. That is what I want to do, tell the story in pictures. Thank you for sharing about your time with Erin. Again, you set a wheel in motion for me and I continue to learn and grow. I look forward to more lessons as you grow in your business. Thanks Karen! And if we are ever up your way, I just might say HI!

So, all that to say, even with a not-so-feeling-great week, it was very productive and educational! I am filled with happiness at what may come my way!

So, now I leave you with a parting shot……..I love when Cupcake takes her self-portrait! So does she!


1 comment:

Amy Arnaz said...

Hi Donna~
Hope you feel better! I clicked on your Karen Russell link and saw the fabulous photos on her site. I saw her link to the online photography class that I might click on now that I have a NEW camera. I got a Nikon Koolpic with my AmX points. It's a step up from my little pocket-sized camera. I loved the row of photos at the top of her blog. Very artsy & creative. All is well and sunny and happy here in Southern Nevada. Stay well. xoxo Amy