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Final day of Photo 101! Day 20: Triumph

It’s the last day of the Photo 101 challenge! Today’s theme was ‘Triumph’

My ‘triumph’ for today is managing to get a photo of this frog I saw today while wandering through Churchill gardens.

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and here are some other photos I have that represent ‘triumph’

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Top photo is of the glass walk pathway (yes I did walk on that)! 2nd one is me reading poetry in front of an audience and lastly walking on fire!!

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June 2015- Wake up and Smell the Coffee, or Just Say No to Individuality!

With all my posts for Photo 101 I almost forgot to write up my regular monthly run down blog! June was quite a hectic busy month as well. Here’s how I did with my goals and aims..

Key Aims for 2015

FRIENDSHIP- Pretty good in June I think, quite a lot of things happened, and I felt some of my friendships are getting closer than they were before.

FUN- I did lots of things, and many of them interesting (which I’ll get to) but I think the most ‘fun’ thing I did was going to another gig!

CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION- not so much writing wise, but I’ve been doing the Photo 101 photo project and been really enjoying it, even trying some of the more technical suggestions!

Goals/Aims

Regular Healing Clients- none this month

To be a supervisor- only thing I did really was quite a bit of overtime on one of the weeks.

To Finish My Book- worked on the grammatical errors, now just re=-reading and amending as needed.

To go to Glastonbury, Gaunts House and 3 Wishes fairy festival- sadly the fairy festival has been and gone, and I haven’t made it to the others either.

To be better at birthdays- have not been good with this at all this year 😦

go along to Street Spirit- have decided not to do this one, Saturdays are just too awkward for me.

Spend Less time on facebook- not been great..oops

reconnect with my pagan/witchy side- can’t think of anything specific apart from relating to my next goal..

go into nature more- yep, have been aiming for 3 times a week, and having a photo project has made me try harder.

watch less T.V- hardly been watching any

get into music again- as previously mentioned, I went to another gig! This time it was another nineties band I missed out the first time round, L7! Unfortunately we didn’t get a great view and no photos BUT we did have room to dance and they were very very cool!

Things I did in June

I went to the Inspiring Women meeting and we talked about challenges. Mine was about getting to Peru next year!

Miguel and I went down the seafront with my friends Susan, Fiona, Sara and Linda. There was a maritime festival going on when we went and there was supposed to be a drumming workshop there, that must have been cancelled as it never turned up! Luckily Susan had brought along some drums anyway, so we sat on the cliff tops and had a little play before having a walk about (and we got some yummy vegan friendly chocolate fondue with strawberries)! Then all went back to Susan’s house where we had soup, then she made a fire and held a small circle placing prayer logs into the fire.

Our friend Gareth came round for dinner one day and he came round another day too, also our friend Roberta visited.

I had to go to Camden for the L7 gig so we went a bit earlier and had a look around. I managed to find Cookies and Scream, which is a vegan friendly cake/cookie/etc stall in the Camden Lock market and I had a ‘Dowser’ which is half cookie, half brownie!

My circle was the following day and was about Living Your Dreams, and one of my friends that attended said she left feeling motivated so that’s good 🙂

Miguel ran his first workshop which was giving the Munay-Ki Rites and I was one of the people who attended. It’s far too complicated for me to explain fully here, but it’s a series of Peruvian rituals that connect you to various energies and give you extra protection, and strengthen your psychic abilities. Once you have them you can also give them to others, but I have to wait 6 months first to fully experience them myself first. I’ve only had little changes so far but for Miguel they affected him quite a lot, including helping him to lose weight!

I went to the Anti Austerity march in London. Luckily a coach got arranged from Southend so it was affordable and quite a lot of people I know went on the coach too. It was a good day. Thousands of people were there and there was lots of amazing banners. I just hope we all keep the pressure on!

Our friend Crystal hosted a Summer Solstice fire ceremony at her house, so we went to that, there was only a few of us, but it was a lovely ceremony.

I had a week off as it was my birthday. In that week, Roberta visited again, I went to see my mum and brother and grandad, it was my birthday so Miguel took me out for lunch at The Railway Hotel. We had the celebration proper the day after when 10 of us all went for dinner at The Oaktree.

Think that covers it, phew!

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Day 19: Double

Photo 101 is almost finished! (sadly there aren’t 101 photos in this project)

Today’s theme is Double. with the extra challenge of trying different rotations, so here is my photo in 2 different rotations:

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Day 18: Edge

Another challenging theme for Photo 101 ‘Edge’

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Day 17: Glass

Today’s Photo 101 assignment was ‘Glass’. Quite a challenging one, here are my attempts, let me know what you think!

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Day 16: Treasure

The theme for Day 16 o Photo 101 is ‘Treasure’. Possessions don’t mean that much to me, so the real treasures in my life are people, experiences and moments so here are a few photos of the special ‘treasures’ in my life.

My husband Miguel. We have been together almost 13 years and married almost for 6 years now. It was our mutual love of all things spiritual that brought us together. Whilst I am more on a witchcraft oriented path, Miguel has developed into an amazing shaman.

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My friend Sara. A very talented raw chocolate (cacoa) maker and my fellow colouring-in-er!

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My friend Sherry. she’s amazing! She runs the fantastic Southend Soup, and has organised other great events such as running the Southend Philosophy group in the past. She regularly fundraises for various charities by taking part in half marathons and organising events. She’s also a talented writer and a happy soul, who always makes me smile!

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My friend Fiona. Fiona is also amazing! She has never given up on me. When I failed to get the feminist group I wanted to do up and running, she turned up every meeting anyway! She’s very creative, a good cook and a brilliant gardener.

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One of my oldest friends Rachel. She is funny, unique and super clever. Sadly she moved to Switzerland a few years ago but we try to see each other when we can.

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Finally my family. My mum taught me how to be good with money and she is very resourceful. My dad gave me my love of music (even if they vary slightly)! and my brother Aaron is a very talented animator. Also in the picture is his girlfriend Stacey, who is also very lovely.

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Obviously there’s lots of other people but these are just a few of my favourites!

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Day 15: Landscape

Today’s photos for the Photo 101 challenge, I often take landscape photos so I also experimented a little with panoramic photos.

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Day 14: Scale and Observation

Today’s theme for Photo 101 is Scale and Observation. I tried to be arty today and use objects at home.(shame birthday wasn’t the theme as today is mine lol) I used a tiny cat figurine I have, and a newspaper, then took the photo from ground level.

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Day 13: Moment

Today’s theme for Photo 101 is “Moment”. This was quite a hard one, so haven’t been able to take a fresh photo today, however the one I’m going to share is one I took this past Saturday at the large Anti-Austerity march in London. To me it’s a moment of solidarity between two women. I love that one of them is holding a banner that says “Where is truth and beauty?” To me they themselves are the truth and beauty. It’s a beautiful moment.

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Day 12: Architecture and Monochrome

Today’s theme for the Photo 101 Challenge was ‘Architecture’ with the additional challenge of trying black and white. here is my photo of the student accommodation building in Southend, both the colour version and the monochrome version.

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