Give Thanks

25 Nov
Silk Ribbons :: Ricketts Glen, PA

Silk Ribbons :: Ricketts Glen, PA

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -JFK

There is so much in our lives, both good and bad, that fill up our days that it can seem overwhelming.  I’ve found though, that a moment of gratitude can do wonders to give you perspective about what is important versus what is just “noise”.  It can drastically improve your mood and remind us to have some humility.


That being said, I want to take a moment to recognize the sources of joy in my life, and then encourage you to do the same. 🙂


Today, and every day, I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life.  I have my health, security, stability and opportunities to improve my life if I’m brave enough to reach for them.  I live in a place that recognizes my basic human rights.

The Hearts Overflows

The Hearts Overflows

I am surrounded by people who love and support me.  I was lucky enough to be born into a family that values things like compassion, kindness, and laughter.  I get to share my life with an incredible man who supports my dreams and enjoys making memories with me.  I literally have the best friends a girl could ask for.



I’ve seen enough beauty in this world to make anyone’s heart overflow with joy.  The power of nature, the rain, the wind, the lightning, the cold, the feel of the setting sun on my skin on a summer day, the colors of a dramatic sky, the smell of new grass and lilies, the sound of the ocean, watching children play and people love…

In Wildness

In Wildness

Adventure fills my soul, leads me to exciting places, introduces me to new people and enriches my life in a way that words can only barely describe.  I’m grateful to have wanderlust in my blood, to have had a family that nurtured it, and to now have the resources to follow its call.

Hope Rises

Hope Rises

The world is such a wonderful, frightening, beautiful place filled with an exquisite tapestry of human existence.  Every day I draw breath I am grateful that I get to be a part of it, grateful for the experiences that shaped me and the memories that sustain me.

We Are One

We Are One :: California

Thank you to each and every one of you for being part of my life.  Your support, your kindness, your smiles (or emoticons as the case may be), your love fills my life with so much joy.  You’ve all had a hand in shaping my life and I’m grateful for your influence.  It’s always appreciated when you take a moment to send me a note or comments.  I love the discussions and friendships that can be built from a photo.  And most importantly, you are a huge source inspiration.  Your perception and appreciation of my work is a humbling thing.  It’s incredible to think that my images can brighten someone’s day and my experiences (mistakes) help teach someone on the other side of the world.


Now, I challenge all of you to think about the blessings in your own life.  We all have our struggles, but perhaps focusing on the positives will help the negatives seem that much more bearable. 🙂


For those of you in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving week!  For my international friends, happy regular week! haha  Hope it’s a good one!




10 Responses to “Give Thanks”

  1. Timothy Price November 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Beautiful set of photos!

  2. Nelson November 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I really love the first one, the leaves on the rock do add something to the photo

    • seeingspotsphoto November 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks so much, Nelson! I was there with another photographer, and he and I both saw it and instantly set up to shoot it. Would have been a shame not to! 🙂

  3. tybeetabby November 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Some people spend their lives rushing and miss the beauty of the world around them. I’m thankful that you see it and share it.

    • seeingspotsphoto November 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Well, honestly, you guys are a huge source of inspiration. I’m grateful that the things I see make an impact on the lives of others and it’s a motivator to keep sharing. 🙂

  4. RDoug November 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Nice portfolio, but that B&W lone tree shot is an absolute classic.

    • seeingspotsphoto November 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Thanks so much. 🙂 I actually put it together as part of a BW 5 day challenge on Facebook (you can see the album at but it was by far my favorite image of the challenge. I used to do BW film years ago and it’s a skills set in its own way…was nice to dive back into it. 🙂

  5. Alexander Lautsyus December 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    Your description of the things for what people have to be grateful is amazing. All of that make person happy. Nice post and pictures.

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