Kimberly Standish Photography: Blog https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog en-us Copyright Kimberly Standish Photography (Kimberly Standish Photography) Mon, 04 May 2020 22:25:00 GMT Mon, 04 May 2020 22:25:00 GMT https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u1002955961-o825428666-50.jpg Kimberly Standish Photography: Blog https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog 95 120 See for yourself https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/5/see-for-yourself See for yourself.  Think for yourself.  Don't blindly take on the views of others without question or you could find yourself unknowingly playing a role in someone else's game...serving a purpose that you are unaware of.  Don't be part of someone else's plan.  Look with your own eyes...not someone else's. 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/5/see-for-yourself Mon, 04 May 2020 22:25:19 GMT
Choices https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/choices While navigating this wilderness we call life...Be sure to follow your path and not be misled.    If you find yourself off course...stop to evaluate the signs...they are sure to point you back to your path.   Choices-EditChoices-Edit

 

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/choices Sat, 25 Apr 2020 13:47:09 GMT
Bound by our own limitations https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/bound-by-our-own-limitations Those with poison in their hearts will share it like fine wine and cheer you on as you drink from your cup.  Be aware though...as debilitating as their poison can be...the deadliest poison of all comes from within us...as we allow the cup to be filled with anything but love...love for ourselves as we navigate through our daily challenges.  With that said...we must promise ourselves that we will not drink of anything that poisons our hearts...or...our minds.  No more negative self talk, no more putting ourselves last, no more self criticism, no more saying "I can't".  Promise yourself you will take a breath, you will rest for a moment,  and you will move forward...holding your own hand...cheering yourself on...as you slowly take one step at a time...one day at a time...loving yourself...a little more than yesterday.  

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/bound-by-our-own-limitations Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:42:01 GMT
Be a GIVER https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/be-a-giver Life is about giving.  What we say...what we do...what we think...what we share.  So make this life count.  Give generously...but never let them leave you empty.  share your gift with the worldshare your gift with the world

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/be-a-giver Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:47:18 GMT
It's all in the way you look at it https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/its-all-in-the-way-you-look-at-it Perspective-the ability to understand what is important and what isn't.

Charles Darwin was known to have said "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."  Times are changing. We must adapt. This is a time of hibernation, a time of metamorphosis and a time of adaptation.  

 


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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/4/its-all-in-the-way-you-look-at-it Sun, 05 Apr 2020 01:36:35 GMT
Light your flame and let it lead you to your happy place https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/in-this-time-of-darkness During times of darkness...light your flame and find your happy place.  My camera has always been my escape...behind the lens is definitely a happy place...but in a very very literal way.  It is imperative to recognize that happiness comes from within us.  We won't find an object, a person or a physical place where it exists.  If you find your passion...then let that passion ignite the flame that guides you.  Follow your heart.  You may be isolated but you don't have to feel alone.  Connect with others.  Spend time doing things that you value...with people that you love...even if it is on the phone.  A month ago I felt like I didn't have enough time in the day to create new art.  Now I find myself incredibly grateful to have time.  I can't change what is happening in the world right now but it is within my power to stay home.  I have time to meditate, create, catch up with family and friends.  The way I socialize is certainly different but my relationships have not changed.  Be a giver.  Volunteer.  Find a group of people with like interests and teach them a new skill.  To Brooke Shaden...thank you for being a light in the world for other artists.  Thank you for being an example of how compassion for others can change the world...one step at a time.  One life at a time. 

 

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None of us want to stay locked inside...yet there is nowhere to go...and no way to escape. https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/none-of-us-want-to-stay-locked-inside-yet-there-is-nowhere-and-no-way-to-escape Not knowing the facts, not knowing the truth, not knowing what to believe, not able to predict or see what is ahead...It is important to stay calm.  Take one day at a time.  We are all in this together.  Take this time to take care of yourself and take care of each other.  Don't react out of fear. None of us want to stay locked inside...yet there is nowhere...and no way to escape.  Just breathe. 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/none-of-us-want-to-stay-locked-inside-yet-there-is-nowhere-and-no-way-to-escape Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:28:34 GMT
In my nest https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/in-my-nest While it is important to remain informed...it is imperative to remain calm.  We need to find ways to remain peaceful rather than allow ourselves to panic.  Maybe that means an online yoga class, a meditation workshop, catch up on a favorite show, read a new book or take a walk in the park.  We need to find ways to remain faithful rather than allowing outside sources to create fear within us. Maybe that means limiting our exposure to the news or only checking social media once or twice a day.  
We need to use our sense of wisdom rather than worry over things beyond our control.  Seek information but don't allow it to trigger fears.  For some of us, this is easier said than done.  While many of us are self isolating inside the protective walls our our own little nests, we need to know we are not alone.  Make a phone call, check on a friend, family member or neighbor.  Spread the love during these trying and frustrating times.  Whatever you do...don't panic.  Rest your mind.  Ease your soul.  

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/in-my-nest Wed, 18 Mar 2020 22:58:28 GMT
We get to choose our next move https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/we-get-to-choose-our-next-move It doesn't matter what games we're forced to play...or what our opponents next move is.  We can choose to walk away at anytime.  We can choose NOT to play.

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/3/we-get-to-choose-our-next-move Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:49:10 GMT
Are you on the outside looking in...or the inside looking out? https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/emptiness-is-an-illusion Emptiness is an illusion. 

Emptiness is not nothingness.

Emptiness is wisdom.  

Learn to look deep 

Don't avoid the ugly stuff

Don't let it pull you in 

You decide what is productive

Live with intention

Live without fear 

You will find everything...not nothing
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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/emptiness-is-an-illusion Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:03:50 GMT
Peace exists on the inside https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/peace-solitude-protective-boundaries Peace or imprisonment.  You decide.  Don't be defined by your past.  You can move forward.  You can take down that wall you've been hiding behind.  You can use your voice to define your boundaries.  You can use your feet to walk away from unhealthy people and situations.  I used to feel imprisoned.  Now I feel empowered.  

My answer to chaos.  I live in a bubble.  My happy place. Peace, solitude, protective boundaries.  My bubble...my rules.  Peace exists on the inside.

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/peace-solitude-protective-boundaries Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:23:42 GMT
Confused about someone? https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/confused-about-someone Do not fear confusion

Confusion is the answer


Use it to guide you in a different direction

 


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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/confused-about-someone Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:40:08 GMT
What sets your soul on fire? https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/what-sets-your-soul-on-fire What sets your soul on fire?  What is it that destroys you? 

There is a fine line between passion and destruction...

It's how you navigate that line that will define your energy

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/what-sets-your-soul-on-fire Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:39:44 GMT
Be https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/be Be thoughtful

Be generous

Be optimistic

Be present

Be supportive

Be loving

Be confident

Be respectful

Be positive

Be nonjudgmental

Be direct

Be hardworking 

Be trustworthy

Be transparent

Be reliable

Be fearless

Be sincere

Be disciplined

Be dependable

Be compassionate

Be courageous

Be everything you are without hesitation...so that you can guide others to do the same 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/12/be Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:00:47 GMT
Freedom...Water...and Healing https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/8/freedom-water-and-healing So happy to be a part of this flock. 
I'm thankful for the peace and joy in my heart and so incredibly grateful for those who surround me, accept me, support me and guide me. Everyone needs a flock. Choose them carefully and cherish them forever. ♥️

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/8/freedom-water-and-healing Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:17:17 GMT
Wisdom is magical...take every opportunity to pass it along https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/passing-along-life-lessons Strong women support each other...We believe in each other.  We help each other grow.  Wisdom originates, not just from books but from experience.   We stand by each other and protect one another.  We don't judge.  We raise our tribe to do the same and pass along our wisdom and experiences...knowing the next generation will be stronger and even more wise.  

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/passing-along-life-lessons Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:54:21 GMT
Butterflies change and so do we https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/butterflies-change-and-so-do-we Sometimes we don't realize that our lives are about to change.  Embrace it, be strong, be beautiful, be you! 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/butterflies-change-and-so-do-we Sat, 20 Jul 2019 23:34:48 GMT
set yourself free. https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/7/set-yourself-free Never let your loyalty keep you prisoner to a situation that you should escape from.  Set yourself free.

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/7/set-yourself-free Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:40:08 GMT
Walk your path https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/8/path We were all put on this planet for a reason. I have total respect for anyone who faces adversity, but looks to the light, and uses it as a guide to help others!  Keep telling your story... that's how you find your tribe. When you hold back your truth, you will only find yourself on a path surrounded by strangers...people that you weren't comfortable sharing your story with. Find a tribe that loves you for being you!  You will love yourself even more because you were fearless enough to share...and strong enough to face the opinions of those who are not supportive of your authenticity. There is a version of you that exists for every lesson you have learned.  They have all made you who you are at this very moment! Walk along your own pathWalk along your own path

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/8/path Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:01:30 GMT
The nature of coincidence https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/dont-withhold-your-heart Looking back...you realize there was never a reason to fear the nature of how things worked out. Appreciate the beauty of where you are at all times...even when it appears unexpectedly. 

**Side Note...This was not the image I set out to create on this beautiful morning.  While I was shooting...a deer walked through my frame.  Sometimes in life... things unfold the way they are supposed to.  In Buddhism, deer symbolically represent harmony, happiness, peace and longevity ...leaving me to believe that this was no coincidence.  It worked out just the way it was supposed to.
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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2020/2/dont-withhold-your-heart Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:32:33 GMT
Level Up https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/level-up  It's time to take things to the next level...look no further than yourself...you have everything you need in YOU
 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/7/level-up Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:19:13 GMT
Even Fairies have bad days https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/6/even-fairies-have-bad-days So you can just be flying along...full of love and light...minding your business in your forest of happiness and fall straight on your face.  It happens.  What you do next is your choice...stay there...or brush yourself off... and fly along. 
Even magical fairies have bad daysEven magical fairies have bad days So you can just be flying along...full of love and light...minding your business in your forest of happiness and fall straight on your face.  It happens.  What you do next is your choice...stay there...or brush yourself off... and fly along. 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/6/even-fairies-have-bad-days Wed, 19 Jun 2019 01:42:29 GMT
The source of real magic is inside your heart. Be careful of where you allow your head. https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/4/the-source-of-magic-is-inside-your-heart-so-be-careful-of-where-you-allow-your-head You spend 24 hours a day over a lifetime inside your head.  You are in charge of what's in there...so be careful where you allow it to go. 

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/4/the-source-of-magic-is-inside-your-heart-so-be-careful-of-where-you-allow-your-head Mon, 08 Apr 2019 23:42:19 GMT
Balance...The struggle is real https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/3/balance-the-struggle-is-real The struggle is realThe struggle is real

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/3/balance-the-struggle-is-real Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:53:13 GMT
What Matters https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/what-matters Melissa pony tail copyMelissa pony tail copy

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/what-matters Wed, 27 Feb 2019 23:55:13 GMT
She breathed the smoke of a thousand year old dragon https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/she-breathed-the-smoke-of-a-thousand-year-old-dragon WisdomWisdom

 

 

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/she-breathed-the-smoke-of-a-thousand-year-old-dragon Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:14:17 GMT
Don't seek clarity when something is only semi-transparent https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/dont-seek-clarity-when-something-is-only-semi-transparent Sometimes we seek clarity in things that are only semi transparent.  Everything happens for a reason.  Just step back, take a deep breath, and observe.  Give things time to settle.  Let the smoke fade.  Look at the big picture... the details will eventually become clear.  Don't jump to conclusions.  When things are slow to unfold...when you want an answer that isn't there...trust your intuition 100%.  Maybe what you are looking at, is exactly as it is supposed to be.  Maybe there is a reason for the chaos...maybe it is a warning to stand back and watch carefully... or maybe it's a sign... to find another path and move along.

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/2/dont-seek-clarity-when-something-is-only-semi-transparent Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:42:48 GMT
The higher you rise, the better the view... https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/the-higher-you-rise-the-better-the-view Remember where your roots are planted...and know that your branches have always sought sunshine. 

Your perspective may have become obstructed by your experiences...but the higher you rise...the better the view.

Seek what's above regardless of where you are standing...and know that clarity exists.

 

 

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/the-higher-you-rise-the-better-the-view Sat, 19 Jan 2019 21:39:06 GMT
Starting Over https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/starting-over RebirthRebirth Sometimes in life you have to walk away. 

I was faced with the choice of creating my own healthy world...or dying in the toxic world that I felt trapped in. 

It was my choice, but I had no other.  I had to walk away.  It wasn't getting better and couldn't get worse.  I tried, I stayed, I tried again.

I had to move on.  I had to heal.  I had to focus on something beyond the only thing I knew...being isolated, broken, and in a constant state of survival mode. 

I had to begin again...

So...I decided to change my perspective...I decided that each day was a new opportunity to be grateful for the positive things in life.  I refused to be a victim.  I decided that...although I couldn't change my past...I could certainly focus on what's ahead.

I took things day by day...each one a new opportunity.

I had to remember who I was, learn from where I came from, and look ahead to my next creation.

(To the girl I was then...I forgive you).

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/starting-over Sun, 06 Jan 2019 18:33:11 GMT
It could be time to close a door https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/close-a-door 7U3A4859-Edit-37U3A4859-Edit-3 When a door no longer leads you somewhere...maybe it is time to close it...and move on.  In life, love, and friendship, it is important to always speak your truth.  Not to create a line in the sand, but to create understanding.  When this is no longer possible...when there is no longer mutual understanding...when there is no longer mutual respect...it is time to close the door.  Some doors are simply open for us to learn a lesson and move on. 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2019/1/close-a-door Sun, 06 Jan 2019 17:45:33 GMT
Sometimes you have to adjust your own crown https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2018/12/sometimes-you-have-to-adjust-your-own-crown Sometimes you have to sit back and look at the big picture.  Remember who you are. Be grateful for life, love and lessons.  Each day is a new day.  Another chance to adjust your crown and remember who you are. 

 

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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2018/12/sometimes-you-have-to-adjust-your-own-crown Tue, 25 Dec 2018 22:57:25 GMT
Simple Complexities https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2018/12/simple-complexities Trees

 

Trees are complex and symbolic.  Trees are self sufficient.  They are producers. They make their own food and provide nourishment for others.   They are both a new beginning and an eternal resting place.  They are nurturing, harmonious and majestic.  Trees are life.  Trees are breath.  They shed their soul season after season and are reborn bigger, better, stronger and wiser. 

They are rooted deep in the earth, they stand tall against the wind, they do not fear the rain and they provide protection in a storm.  They are shelter and support.  They represent family, fertility, love, strength and stability.   Trees are energy. Trees are noble.  Without them we would not survive. 

To some, a tree is just a tree.  To me, a tree is complex and symbolic.  Either way....appreciate trees for what they mean to you,  but most importantly...do your best to be a like a tree.


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(Kimberly Standish Photography) https://www.kimberlystandishphotography.com/blog/2018/12/simple-complexities Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:46:33 GMT