Day one: goals, goals, goals

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Scarriff, Ireland, Oct 2014 (photo taken by Kemi Otaru copyright)

I’ve blogged for 4 years but I haven’t been pulling my blogging weight in recent months. Blogging 201 is a great way to ease back in.

It is a little scary as I can’t be sure I won’t slip up and stop blogging. But the reason want to keep blogging is to:
1. Create a network of followers to make life a little more interesting – ideally up to 1,000 followers in the next 6 months

2. To build my blog traffic from just over 30,000 hits to up 100,000 hits in the next 12 months

3. To write with honesty, incorporating my photography into posts where possible…the satisfaction is not measurable on this one. I can live with that!

My happy little skeleton: Individualism in children

My happy little skeleton

My happy little skeleton

Last week at LegoLand, my daughter asked for her face to be painted. We stood in line and watched as each little girl stepped off the bench after being transformed to a princess or flowery fairy. When it finally came to our turn, my little 5-year old said, “Can I be a skeleton please, Mommy?” My jaw moved to talk her out of it but I’ve learned to let her be her amazing controversial self. I envy her individualism- all she needs is to know that Mommy & Daddy think she’s beautiful no matter what. There’s incredible pressure to fit in and even as adults, I think people still “screen out” folks that are not like us in one way or another. I’m proud of my daughter. As she starts primary school this week, I will continue to support her in being herself no matter what. I learn from her every day and I feel blessed to have her in my life.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loved & Abandoned

"Loved & Abandoned"

“Loved & Abandoned”

 

I shot this on Sunday afternoon near my home. I caught one glimpse of it and had to make a U-turn.

The scene represents a friendship left to die, passion allowed to wither and a life once energetic, ultimately not lived to its full potential…

 

Photo credit: Yekemi Otaru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there Be Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there Be Light

Lairhillock, Aberdeenshire
Taken by Rorie Craigmyle

Today, I’m Thinking About Family

Chicago, Oct 2013

Chicago, Oct 2013

Photo Credit: Michael Otaru (Uncle Oye)

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