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3 Quotes to Inspire you!

Mid way through February! Where does the time go? In my part of the world, we are dealing with colder than average temperatures and higher than average accumulations of snow. Moods and motivation are also dropping for many that I know. The kids are enjoying snow days, but what they don’t see is that for each snow day, they add a day onto the end of their school year. That will be an eye opener, when the end of May arrives and the year has stretched out longer.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes, especially with the way this winter season seems to be dragging, it’s hard to find the motivation to get up and get going. The to-do list is impervious to the temperature or the snowbanks, I’ve found. What I’d really like to do is go somewhere warm; unfortunately, my life and work have other plans for me.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

~ Walt Disney

Over the years, I’ve collected inspirational and motivational quotes from websites, books, cards and elsewhere. Sometimes, a favorite quote can provide the pick me up needed to keep plugging away.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

At Nygren-Kearns Photography, we are keeping busy with shoots and edits and having a good time networking and meeting people. Getting out and about keeps the blahs away for us. Do you have any tried and true methods of keeping your spirits up and motivation strong? What is your favorite inspirational or motivational quote? Do you have a saying that sticks in your head and keeps you on track, or something that you return to when you feel yourself dragging?




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Happy June 2nd?

the hanger on-er

Egads! How did I manage to not update this blog for four months? Scary stuff. I imagine being busy is a good thing (so long as it’s in good ways) but it was still rather disconcerting to log in and see ice & Christmas ornaments staring back at me.

Time keeps hopping along, doesn’t it? We’ve been watching spring slip into summer. We started seeds a few months back and transplanted them into our garden. We’ve been fighting the “Great Unknown Bug Battle of 2010” this season; evidence now suggests earwigs. So. Earwig hunting it has become.

The birds are happy. The garden has worms. Nature is smiling.

And us, too, of course.

We’ve been taking photos. We’re always taking photos … it’s just, sometimes life dictates we stay away longer than we’d intended.

I hope you’re having a nice summer. Or winter, depending on where you are on this planet of ours.

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Happy February First


As is typical, it’s been a busy time around here lately. I’m pretty pleased to see January roll into February. Our last week in January was painful, filled with medical appointments, automotive appointments and a plumber as well. Need I mention that they all cost money?

January wasn’t a horrible time, though, as we did get out and get some great photos taken. While winter will never be a “favorite” of mine, it’s tolerable through the camera’s lens.

The photos in this post were taken mid-January. We had a fog that was freezing on surfaces and it made beautiful crystal formations all around the neighborhood. Very pleased with the photos in this series.


I hope everyone has a great week!

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the summer past

peachpink (ish)

Today was spent sorting through files and organizing pictures. Got some much needed organizing done – and spent a bit of time missing summer. Can’t wait for the spring/summer of 2010.


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thinking ahead

I <3 you

I was a good enterprising young woman today and got some photography things done. I am perpetually behind the curve on holidays, on events, on seasons – you name it, I have a great idea regarding it about three days AFTER said event. Christmas is a great example. I took several scenic post card type winter & Christmas shots for use in my cards & post cards …. and …. didn’t get them printed in time. Hmm.

I am indeed working to improve that as the year goes along. I have a lot to learn. Quite a lot, in fact.

I <3 you, framed

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quotes and spring

spring in white

“There are some people you love so much, that a hot dog tastes like steak. And you can have the finest cut of beef with other people and it ain’t all that much fun.” ~ Paula Deen

I came across that quote today at work. It really appeals to me – and is so true. Also appealing to me today? These images, on an entirely new level now as I am looking out the window at the snow falling.

When I find myself pining away for spring & all the wonder that comes with it, I browse back in my photo library and find images that I took in April and May. It’s always spring on my hard drive. It’s sunny, warm and always 70 degrees in some of these photos. I sure wish I could import them to more than just my laptop!

spring in blush

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the world keeps going

lake michigan

Somehow, my ‘I’m going to update my photography blog every Saturday’ mantra really slipped out of my ability at the end of August. There were many wonderful day trips, and an over night stay in Chicago, as well, that kept me away from this blog. Not away from my camera, of course, but now I have a happy back log of several hundred images. I’m trying to get better about my bad habit of quickly scanning a set, picking one or two I like, putting them up and … forgetting about the other 60 or 70 photos. There are some good ones in every set that I need to remember to look at.

The above photo was taken in Kenosha, Wisconsin on a day trip to Lake Michigan. I think if I could live on the edge of a lake or an ocean, I’d be a happy camper – but only if I never had to work again. Having to go to an office job every day with the water being footsteps away would drive me buggy. We also made a few stops along the way to Kenosha, at the Jelly Belly Warehouse in Pleasant Prairie as well as a few other places.

Chicago, 2009

We had a meeting in Chicago early September, for an ongoing case. We went in the night before and stayed in a hotel – which had a sushi restaurant on the ground floor. Score! The next day, after the business aspect of the trip was handled, we spent the day walking around the city, enjoying the sites and the beautiful weather. We did the tourist thing and enjoyed ourselves. Surprisingly, I was sad to leave. I think I have a crush on Chicago.


There was a trip to Oregon, Illinois as well as Byron, Illinois. We enjoyed the weather and took lots of pictures.

There were a few special events where I displayed my photography. The market is winding down. I’m making a long running list of where photography fits into my life and where I’d like it to be. Making a game plan, of sorts. I love photography. I truly do. I especially love it when OTHER people love my work – and it’s not entirely about them purchasing it. I enjoy it when people tell me what they think of it – honestly. I love it when people tell me _why_ they like a particular image. Granted, I am not complaining about selling items – but that’s not why I do this. To be honest, sometimes I can’t explain why. It’s a strange affliction, I guess. Haha.

And now, fall is here. My favorite season. I could take pictures for hours, just in a patch of weeds. Pumpkins will be featuring as well.


pretty fall

I’m going to need a bigger external drive soon.

Happy Fall to you!


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