Enjoying the Mundane

A friend gifted me a book called The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris. Immediately, I sensed the book had something for me. While in England, I decided to practice one afternoon as my mother-in-love asked me to cut back a beautiful Buddleia bush.  I allowed my mind to wander. I engaged my senses. I explored the act of contemplation during a seemingly mundane chore. Here are my thoughts, photos and a few quotes from the book:

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The Buddleia scent sweet, bees dancing busily, breeze blowing warmly on my skin, children giggling playfully in the next yard. –my journal

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Dead cuttings beautiful in their repose. -my journal

“I admit that I generally lose sight of the fact that God is inviting me to play.” -Kathleen Norris

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Laundry sunning itself on the line, sunflowers towering, cabbage whites flitting about, cleverly avoiding the lens. -my journal

“I have come to believe that the true mystics of the quotidian are not those who contemplate holiness in isolation, reaching godlike illumination in serene silence, but those who manage to find God in a life filled with noise, the demands of other people and relentless daily duties that can consume the self. – Kathleen Norris

In the end, the question my heart and soul asked: “Do I enjoy my Creator?” The answer is the true contemplative act, whatever task it is. So I will pose the question to you, dear reader. Do you enjoy your Creator?

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. -Westminster Shorter Catechism

Anaheim Packing House

I recently spent some time at the Anaheim Packing House. I highly recommend visiting this amazing restaurant/indoor mall. It’s photogenic as heck, too. I give people-watching an 8.5 on the  Great-People-Watching scale.

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But first, masala.

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Hammer time.

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Dapster

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Mirror, Mirror

 

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Monkeying around

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The Hangout

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Good form

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Double header

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Selfie

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Another hipster coffee joint

 

10 on 10: Day in LA (again!)

What is a 10 on 10? It’s ten photos, shot on a singular day, posted on the 10th of every month. I am lucky enough to be part of this blog roll with some stellar photographers. If inspiration is needed, click the link at the bottom of this post and scroll through. Thank you!

Bean and I spent the day with our fellow photographers/friends Andy and Staci. We always have a blast together. Enjoy our day in LA!

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Duet at Union Station

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Reflections from the Old Ticket Hall

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Abuelo

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We always love to find street art in LA

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Cowboy Up

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Watering Hole

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Art in the Art District

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It’s becoming a habit

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Nightlight, baby!

I can’t wait to click on Staci’s link to see what she got up to this month!

Old Town Pasadena

I ran some errands in Old Town Pasadena and stumbled upon a hidden treasure. For all the locals* out there, I found The Pie Hole in Pasadena! This little mini market is a true find. I enjoyed shooting with my camera; it made my errands much more bearable.

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*This little mini market is right next to Intelligentsia, the most hipster coffee place on the planet. On Colorado Blvd.