Simplicity

Simplicity boils down to two steps:
Identify the essential.
Eliminate the rest.

LEO BABAUTA

Welcome back to my series Life: From A to Z and the word Simplicity for the letter “S.” And just for the record, you have no idea how excited I am that there are only SEVEN letters left! Don’t think for a second that I’m finding it easy to write through the alphabet. But, I’m proud of myself for sticking to it. The last thing I need on the blog is another unfinished series.

Anyway, I love simplicity. I wish I was able to live simply, but I have a little too much craziness in my blood. A perfect example is my featured image. I had the word simplicity in mind today and then I took my mom to Hobby Lobby. I found a simple piece that made me think “yes… that is perfect! It is nice and simple.”

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Picture Perfect?

Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.

SALVADOR DALI

One of the reasons that I enjoy doing my series Life: From A to Z is that most of the time I’m not even sure what I’m going to write about. These posts are very spontaneous. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But, HEY, nobody’s perfect!

It’s usually either a great quote that I manage to dig up, or the content of my featured image that inspires me or helps me along. In the case of the letter “P,” it was the “perfect” quote (above) that helped me select my p-word; PERFECTION.

Good old enticing… titillating… and unattainable perfection.

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Color Washed Image

Colour My World

I’m back for another “Daily Gratitude!” Before I start, I have to say that my inner rebel is coming out today. I grew up with the American version—COLOR—and I always feel cheated when I spell it that way. It looks so boring!

Who would have thought that a simple little U could offer so much style and pizzazz? My pre-installed dictionary disagrees, however. It’s been fighting me tooth and nail—insisting I’ve committed some kind of crime—a naughty little typographical error.

So that is that. I’m going against everything I was taught, and I’m spelling it the COLOURFUL way.

So… back to gratitude. Today I am thankful for LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), and the fact that the college I’m attending has given students FREE access. For anyone stuck (and feeling bored) under the “stay at home” restriction, online tutorials are a great way to cure the blues and actually learn something.

It’s funny for me to say that because I usually NEVER have the patience to watch tutorials (or read instructions). But… in just a few 5 minute lessons so far, I’ve learned things that I can do in Photoshop that I was never aware of before. And I’ve been using it for years!

The featured image is a recycle; a black and white that I shared some years ago. I used it as my test subject and I’ve added some bold COLOUR to it, to make it more dramatic; dark sepia to blue. An added bonus to the LinkedIn Learning is that completion certificates can be loaded to your profile, and they add a little something to your resume—something many of us may be updating real soon.

That’s about all for now. Thank you for reading!


Colour is like food for the spirit—Plus it’s not addictive or fattening.

Isaac Mizrahi


I thought that quote was perfect for everything I’m into at the moment. Give me some colour… but hold the sugar please!

Abstract-Hearts Intertwined

Hearts Intertwined

Forever & Ever Amen

I’m interrupting the Alphabet Game for a little abstract fun. A big thank you to Brashley Photography for the challenge, and for the extremely useful instructions on “How to Twirl in Photoshop.”

This is my submission for Photo of the Week-53-Abstract, and how fun it was to make!! These are a few of my favorite fuchsias, incognito, with a little country twang to help them twirl in rhythm.

Peace & Love… Keep on twirling on. 😉